A University-Model® takes the best attributes of home schooling and combines them with the best attributes of traditional, Christian education. In so doing, the University-Model® preserves and maintains the God-ordained family relationship, while offering students the opportunity to achieve a high degree of academic excellence. Oakwell is held accountable by University Model Schools International (UMSI), an accredited organization that upholds rigorous academic standards. Oakwell is certified through UMSI and is pursuing accreditation through AdvancED in the year 2017.

The immediate goal of the University-Model® is quality, cost-effective, college-preparatory education accomplished in a way that gives parents more time for imparting the faith and values they hold precious. The ultimate goal is that of producing wholesome, competent disciples of Jesus who are equipped for the calling of God on their lives.

At Oakwell Academy, Grammar School students attend school (central classroom) two days a week and are in their home classroom two to three days a week with lesson plans provided by the central classroom teacher. School of Logic students attend school three days a week and are in their home two days a week. While in the home classroom, Grammar and Logic students follow teacher-designed assignment sheets under the direct supervision of their parents. By the junior and senior years, students should follow a university-style schedule, attending school whenever classes are offered any given day of the week. Following this schedule will provide upperclassmen the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities or part-time jobs. This type of schedule will also eliminate the adjustment to college. Secondary students are responsible for accomplishing teacher-designed, out-of-class assignments on their own time, under the counsel and supervision of parents. This methodology provides excellent preparation for college.

As a UM school, Oakwell Academy is a part of a larger national organization: the University Model Schools International. UMSI is a Christian organization founded in order to promote this unique model and to provide support and assistance to over 80 existing and developing University-Model Schools® around the world.