This is Oneida: Oneida in a nutshell

By Larry Gritton

Published: September 30, 2018

Oneida Baptist Institute is a Christian boarding and day school for students, Christian or non-Christian, in grades K-12. Our mission is to provide a structured living, learning and working environment in which each student is challenged to grow mentally, physically, socially and spiritually in order to acquire an "Education for Time and Eternity."

For over 100 years, the purpose of Oneida Baptist Institute has been to provide young people with a high quality Christian education. What began as a ministry to mountain children grew into an outreach to young people from around the world. Located in a small rural village in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky, Oneida is a school that has adapted to meet the needs of a changing society while remaining true to its Christian vision and purpose. OBI provides a safe, structured environment where students can learn life lessons of responsibility and self-discipline.

At Oneida Baptist, students will meet people from across the United States and around the world. They will also experience daily chores and responsibilities, interact with Christian adults, attend daily chapel services, receive individual attention in class, and have a chance to join sports or other co-curriculars.

OBI has private school accreditation through the National Non-Public School Commission (NNP-SC), the Kentucky Non-Public School Commission (KYNPSC), and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE).

It really is a world mission field that comes to Oneida, which enables us to do our best to fulfill Christ's command in Matthew 28:19 to reach the world for His name's sake. About 50 percent of our students are from the state of Kentucky, 30 percent from other states, and 20 percent from other nations. Our average class size is 11 students. The ratio of male/female students is about 50 percent male, 50 percent female. The average number of students in a graduating class is 52. Approximately 60 percent of OBI graduates continue their education after graduating from Oneida.

To accomplish our mission, we minister to our students in four major areas: academics, work, co-curriculars (athletics, clubs and organizations) and worship. Every school deals with the minds of young people, but few, like Oneida, minister to the souls as well. While we respect the backgrounds and beliefs of all of our students, we steadfastly present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in daily required chapel services. We provide additional fellowship and discipleship opportunities for young Christians or seekers in our Campus Ministry program.

OBI is a faith ministry, and we do our best to make the most of every dollar. The largest portion of our funding comes primarily from churches and individuals. The fees charged to students from the United States are based on family income and virtually every Oneida student receives some sort of tuition reduction. No American student is ever turned away from OBI because of a legitimate inability to pay.

Come and see for yourself what God is doing at Oneida!