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Victory Life Academy has spent two decades engaging students from a Biblical Worldview. The goal and mission of the school is to align with Biblical standards, and incorporate chapels, Bible memorization, and an emphasis on moral values.
Victory Life Academy uses Bob Jones, Abeka, Saxon Math, PTLW Robotics, Istation, and Compass to engage students in higher level learning that meets and exceeds state standards. Because VLA holds accreditation, all high school students can transfer to any university they desire. VLA also offers music and drama classes to expand the mind of the student, as well as physical fitness activities for a well-rounded education.
Victory Life Academy strives to make tuition affordable for families in this area. There are also scholarships available upon request and they are based upon the need of the family. Schedule a meeting for more information!

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About VLA

We’re so pleased that you are considering entrusting us with the education and spiritual guidance of your children.  It is an honor and responsibility we take very seriously. As a ministry of Victory Life Church, VLA has spent over two decades working with parents to prepare young men and women to make a positive difference and impact their world for Jesus Christ.  Our goal is to develop a partnership with parents that will teach and reinforce Biblical values and lessons, in the home, church and school settings, ultimately providing a consistent and healthy Christ-centered environment for your children. Engaged, supportive parents are vital to the mission of effectively educating students in the knowledge of Christ.

As a Christian school, our heart is to educate in all aspects of a child’s life by cultivating spiritual, mental, physical, and social growth.  We want to nurture your child’s development through excellent academic programs, taught from a Biblical world view, so that they may be examples unto the world—lighted candles bathing those around them in the illumination of Christ.  With that passion as the driving force behind our educational program, our faculty and staff have dedicated their lives to Christ and to the task of helping students realize their God-given potential. To assist students in their quest for knowledge and growth, VLA (as an accredited member of the International Christian Accrediting Association and AdvancedED) offers a rigorous, Biblically integrated college preparatory program.


In 1987, Victory Life Academy was founded in Durant, Oklahoma by Duane and Sue Sheriff with the goal of providing Christian-based, high-quality education. Subsidized by the sponsoring church, Victory Life Church, the academy has grown and made significant improvements, and has kept tuition reasonable.

Victory Life Academy held its first classes in a small metal building annex behind the church parsonage. There were nine students and two teachers in grades ranging from preschool to first grade. Each year since 1993, VLA has had a high school graduating class. Many graduates have also graduated from various colleges and universities.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate the mind using state standards with an innovative curriculum that incorporates a Biblical worldview, to provide a conducive environment for Biblical character development through servanthood, and to provide physical fitness activities to enhance overall health.

Victory Life Academy students will be provided a well-rounded education that will enhance their lives and minister to the whole person spiritually, mentally, and physically.

Philosophy of Education

Victory Life Academy is an adjunct to viably assist Christian parents in fulfilling their divine responsibility to thoroughly train each child to obey God in every area of life and to make him or her a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

Christian education differs from secular education.  It is centered in the triune God and has the distinct goal of developing the character of Christ in the student.  The ultimate purpose of Victory Life Academy is to provide quality education in a Christian atmosphere.  VLA’s program is geared to meet not only the intellectual needs of the student, but also his/her spiritual, physical, and social needs. Every subject, whether scientific, historical, mathematical, literary or artistic, is taught with the consciousness that Jesus Christ is to be central in all living and learning.

Victory Life Academy shall provide an environment which encourages each student to discover their unique abilities, to develop those graces and skills demonstrated in the life of Christ, to achieve educational excellence in all disciplines, and to exercise his/her God-given gifts in the expanding opportunities of their Christian development.

The ultimate purpose of man is to glorify God.  Therefore, VLA expects staff and students to reflect that image.  VLA upholds the belief, in practical terms, that God is glorified when there is an atmosphere of understanding and where the fruit of Christ’s Spirit (Galatians 5) is constantly being cultivated.  When God is glorified, it affects how one relates to others in his family, church, and community.  It also affects one’s lifestyle, behavior, and overall attitude toward God’s authority structure in the world.

Victory Life Academy views itself as an extension of the Christian home, reinforcing the ideals, social norms, and beliefs of the Christian family.  Christian education is not confined to the classroom.  It takes place in the Christian home, in the church, and in all the Church’s institutions and educative agencies.  It is therefore important that parents enrolling their children understand the nature and philosophy of Victory Life Academy.  Victory Life Academy’s ultimate purpose for existing can only be fulfilled as parents see and agree with where Victory Life Academy is leading their children.

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Sarah Morrison

Dr. Sarah Morrison


Dr. Morrison has worked in both public and private education for over 15 years. She has a heart to help each student that comes through her doors to achieve their goals in good academic standing and in strong character.

Bachelor's of English Education
Master's of Education Administration
Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration
15+ years in Education

Tamra Lindley

Tamra Lindley

Academic Administrator

Ms. Tamra has been with VLA for 32 years. She has served in several capacities over the years but is most passionate about our concurrent enrollment program whether that be at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, or Kiamichi Technical Institute. Ms.Tamra hopes that all students feel equipped and supported for their next steps after high school graduation.

Debbie Hagood

Debbie Hagood


Mrs. Hagood has over 30 years of experience in education. She strongly believes that the Deuteronomy 6 mandate to raise our children in God’s Word all day is a command and not a suggestion. Mrs. Hagood has been married to Bob for 29 years and is proud that their son is a VLA graduate.  

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education UA-Monticello
Master of Curriculum & Instruction from UT-Arlington

Diana Rangel

Diana Rangel

Pre-K Teacher

Mrs. Rangel has taught Pre-K for six years at Victory Life Academy. God has given her a unique ability to patiently love, nurture, and help children grow in their relationship with and knowledge of God while instilling in them a passion for learning.

Mrs. Rangel has been married to John Rangel, for 24 years. They have three beautiful children, twins who graduated at VLA- Meagan & Morgan and John Paul.

Kim Hull

Kim Hull

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Kimmie brings global awareness to her students.  She is passionate about cultures along with the way boys and girls respond and relate to the world around them though educational experiences. 

Mrs. Kimmie is a wife of 36 years to Truett, a mom to six kids, which includes VLA graduates and current students. She is also a proud grandmother.

Ruth Burns

Ruth Burns

2nd & 3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Burns considers teaching children a privilege and relates that the Lord called her to teach after she raised four children.

Some of the greatest moments that she enjoys are watching students becoming successful spiritually and academically. Mrs. Burns says that she learns and grows each year from new educational experiences and from the students. 

Elementary Education degree -HPU

Ceil Patton

Ceil Patton

4th - 6th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Patton is one of the original team members who opened VLA in 1997. Her favorite times are when her students’ faces light up with joyful success as they master concepts. 

Ceil Patton has been married to David Patton for 32 years. They have two daughters. Tandi is an elementary teacher and Torrie is a student of Rosenburg School of Optometry in San Antonio.

Bachelor of Science in Religious Education -HPU
Elementary Education -HPU
Master’s in Educational Administration degree-Texas A &M

Phillip Layton

Phillip Layton

7th - 12th Grade Teacher

Along with teaching, Mr. Layton assists with various administrative tasks related to Dual Credit, IT, online courses, Accelerated Reader, RenWeb, Scienteer, and Yearbook production.

He is passionately dedicated to seeing students develop a firm relationship with the Lord through learning academic content, praying, declaring God’s Word, worshiping God, and living by faith in action.

Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science with a Concentration on Education

Statement of Nondiscrimination

Victory Life Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability in administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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