Does Ocean's Edge provide housing?
Ocean’s Edge School of Worship has fully furnished apartments right around the corner from campus. Once students are accepted and enrolled, we pair them up with other roommates. Typically, students are two to a room in a three-bedroom/two bathroom unit. Housing costs are not included in tuition. Rent is $425 a month (this includes wireless internet and utilities). Housing is on a first come, first serve basis.
What about meals?
Due to our location, we are fortunate to have access to a restaurant, coffee bar, and a café/grill all on our school campus. This variety gives students many different meal options to fit their taste and budget. Our students will receive a 50% discount at The Grill, our main restaurant on campus. We also provide a break area for students who wish to bring their lunch.
Can I get financial aid?
Because we are not an accredited institution, federal student aid organizations and student loan sources (FASFA, Sallie Mae) will not be available to you. We do have a limited scholarship fund available which is awarded on the basis of financial and other considerations. Scholarships are only available to students that have applied, auditioned and been accepted. Upon acceptance, we will send a whole financial assistance packet to help students fund-raise. Our payment plans are typically monthly.
Will I be able to work and go to school?
It is possible to work part time and attend Ocean’s Edge School of Worship. We urge our students not to work an excessive amount (more than 10 – 15 Hours per week) as the program is demanding and will require a lot of time in practice and study.
How many hours a week does the school take?
Students can expect to spend 20-25 hours a week in classes, ensembles and lessons. They need to expect another 15-20 hours weekly in practice, study, and of course, time with the Lord.
Can I take classes without being a full time student?
At this time we do not offer part-time, on-line, or audit classes. We specifically gear our program to develop the whole student, and want to encourage those that are interested in OE to be a part of the entire experience.
Where do I get to play?
All our students will participate in an ensemble group. We hold separate ensemble auditions once school begins to place students in groups by skill level. Opportunities to play vary by skill level, but will involve leading worship throughout our ministries at Calvary Chapel and our satellite campuses. Additionally, we are always looking to establish working relationships with other Christian ministries and churches where students can gain additional experience.
How do the lessons work?
Our private lessons are geared toward helping students develop their abilities on their primary instruments. During enrollment, each student will be required to pick ONE primary instrument. If you choose to take lessons on a secondary instrument, there is an additional cost and you must audition on this instrument as well.
Will I get college credit?
While Ocean’s Edge School of Worship is not an accredited school, we are proud to partner with other colleges and universities, allowing for a seamless transition between institutions. Many credits earned at Ocean's Edge are transferable to our partner school and vice-versa. Current partner schools include Calvary Chapel University and Visible Music College .
What you do get at Ocean's Edge School of Worship is an experience that no college offers. You will receive training that has direct application to music ministry today. You will grow in your faith through our Bible training and mentoring. You will gain experience by doing ministry here and now. Students who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion. A part of the OE process involves helping our students to develop their resumes, and helping them find places to look for opportunities in worship ministry or continuing their education. We also will keep in contact with our alumni and refer any ministries that call us for musicians to the appropriate alumni.
Do I have to be a high school graduate to apply?
Yes. A high school diploma or equivalent is a prerequisite for admission to our school. OE is a post-secondary school, and is an intense, full time program as well.
What is the average age of OE students?
OE is primarily focused on the ‘college/career’ age students of 18-25 years old. We do not limit our students based on age. We do require them to be High School graduates.