Colin Ford, a child actor of movies, television and voice-overs since the age of 5, has recently enrolled with Oaks Christian Online School (OCO) to better manage his career and school aspirations. As most HMB readers know, Colin most recently worked along side Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson (former child actors themselves) in the movie, We Bought a Zoo, and has another film coming out in November of this year, Disconnect, starring funny man and another former child actor, Jason Bateman. With voice-over work in Disney Junior’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates and other auditions and appointments, Colin was searching for a way to make the best use of his time.

Like most traditional high school students, Colin begins his day at 7:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm but instead of sitting in a classroom, Colin works completely online. He takes regular breaks when he knows his friends are available by phone. “This new schedule allows me to eliminate unnecessary time in the school day and complete my homework at the same time.” Colin mentions that he must be disciplined, but he no longer has three hours of homework at night. “During the first week of online school, for the first time ever, I was able to read a script all the way through in one evening,” Colin says, “My stress level has gone way down.”

Colin’s plans for college and interest in Christian education are a good fit with OCO’s college-preparatory curriculum and emphasis on spiritual life. “I like all my classes,” he says. Colin also likes to DJ, with about 27,000 songs on his computer, and hopes that working online will allow him to complete school work on set, work ahead when he knows he has other commitments and be able to be with friends and family more.

The main campus of Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village opened in the fall of 2000 and Oaks Christian Online School (OCO) opened for full-time, online students in the fall of 2011. The online school provides a rigorous and challenging college preparatory education for high school students all across the country in a Christian environment. Oaks Christian Online School continues to enroll part-time and full-time students throughout the school year and regularly hosts information sessions on its main campus – 31749 La Tienda Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91362, as well as virtual information sessions for prospective student families. Interested students can visit the website to R.S.V.P.

For additional information about Oaks Christian Online School, its courses, curriculum, admissions or application process, please visit, call 855.462.6257, or contact a school representative at online(at)oakschristian(dot)org.

The talented cast of “We Bought A Zoo” at the Hollywood Premiere.