Durant Campus

WHY CHOOSE VLA?

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.

History

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.

Academics

Thank you for considering Victory Life Academy.  Our mission is to provide a quality Christian education, based on strong academic standards.  Victory Life Academy’s emphasis on Christian education is what distinguishes VLA from other academic institutions. VLA meets and exceeds state standards for Oklahoma schools.

Sports

Victory Life Academy is a member of the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) and offers Junior High and High School Sports. Sports programs include basketball and VLA co-ops with Achille for Softball and Baseball. Homestudy is available for students who wish to play sports. Victory Life Academy welcomes students who are doing home study and at least 1 credit hour at VLA to participate in VLA sports. Please contact administration for details.

Upcoming Events

Mon 10

JH Basketball @ Thackerville

December 10 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue 11

HS Basketball @ VLA vs. Achille

December 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 13

Christmas Concert

December 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Faculty & Staff

Brent Shain

Brent Shain

Academy Elder

Sarah Morrison

Sarah Morrison

Headmaster

I have worked in education for over ten years, and I am currently working on my Doctorate in Educational Leadership. I enjoy helping students work towards their achievements and goals!

Bachelor’s of English Education
Master’s of Education Administration
Pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership
10+ years in Education

Allison Clubb

Allison Clubb

Receptionist

This is my fifth year to work at Victory Life Academy. I love the students, the hours, and how my gifts and talent’s are utilized in working here. The reception office is always filled with energy and life.

Sharon Thompson

Sharon Thompson

Registrar

I live outside of Madill and have 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. I graduated ECU in 96 with a coaching and biology degree, and love working with children and their families!

Pastor Johnny Green

Pastor Johnny Green

School Pastor

Married for 35 years. Previous to coming to the Victory Life Staff, I worked with children and families privately and facilitated student, student families, and teacher support within the public school system.

Sherry Cheek

Sherry Cheek

Library and Resource Room

I have loved volunteering at VLA but this year I am Full-Time and overseeing the Library and still helping teachers with projects when needed. It has been a blessing to be a part of VLA thru the years.

Cindy Stinchcomb

Cindy Stinchcomb

Coach

Stacie Allison

Stacie Allison

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Josie Amerson

Josie Amerson

Kindergarten Teacher

I enjoy children and I just love it when the children understand whatever you are trying to teach something and you can see on their face that a light bulb is going off.

Jennifer Goddard

Jennifer Goddard

First Grade Teacher

I have been working in education for two years. I have always loved working with children and find it to be the best way I can serve the community!

Charity Scott

Charity Scott

Second Grade Teacher

Originally from Louisiana; I am now in my 6th year of teaching. I taught my first lesson in 6th grade as a project and I was hooked!

Mark Turner

Mark Turner

Third & Fourth Grade Teacher

I have worked in education for 9 years. I thought I would enjoy working with students and their families, so here I am!

Matt Goddard

Matt Goddard

STEM Instructor, Fourth Grade

I told my wife how I did not like seeing the younger generation relying on social media as a means of self-worth. So she told me to become a teacher and impact them!

Lydia Eldridge

Lydia Eldridge

Music & Drama, 5 & 6 Grade English Teacher

I absolutely love teaching! Knowing that God has given me a wonderful opportunity to impact the future of students for His kingdom is amazing. I am humbly honored.

Rebecca Bolding

Rebecca Bolding

JH & High School English Teacher – Assistant Principal

My first teaching job was in Memphis, TN at a Christian school. From there I have been able to teach in schools in TN, AL, TX, and OK.  I have never been happier and I know that this is what God designed me to do!!

Will Smith

Will Smith

JH History, HS Mathematics, and Bible Teacher

Watching a student move from underperforming or just not caring to the realization that they can learn and grow (and be excited about it) really lights my fire.

Meggan Taylor

Meggan Taylor

Art Teacher

After getting my Arts degree, I had no idea what I wanted to do with it. Over the course of the next 6 years, God gave me a full-blown passion for teaching! So now I teach art!

Melissa Holder

Melissa Holder

Science Teacher

Through prayerful consideration, God led me to share “Christian Science” in a world full of secular education for His purposes.  I am grateful to share the truth of Creation Science with my students in a way that is life-changing.

Mitzy Stout

Mitzy Stout

Mathematics Teacher

I graduated what is now Texas A&M Commerce with a Bachelors and Masters, and I have worked in education since the fall of 1978. My parents and several aunts and uncles were also educators.

Dana Blackwell

Dana Blackwell

History & Cheerleading Teacher

I decided during high school that education would be my career path. I wanted to make a difference and I love learning and have always loved children. So I have been teaching 30 years!

Donnie Riggs

Donnie Riggs

Spanish Teacher

I got into education because I knew the Lord was calling me to it, and He gave me a heart and love for Hispanic people and I became a bilingual teacher in inner Houston.

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