The Academy


Dwight Mission


100995 South 4590 Road Vian, OK 74962



(866) 298-1739



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College Prep

College is a giant academic leap from high school, and as such, it requires careful preparation, often beyond what high school can provide.


Many students connect with college prep programs in their junior and senior years to brush up on skills that will give them the competitive edge they need to succeed in college and in their future careers.

Traditionally, summer college-prep programs offered by colleges and universities have been the primary means of preparation for students.


Today, there are more options to consider than ever before. The Academy at Dwight Mission is one of the newest options presented in a nurturing Christian Community. 

High School Juniors and Seniors can complete their academic program online with an accredited school.


High School Graduates can earn up to a full year of college credit through partnerships with the TEL Library and Colorado Christian University.

Program Information

Who provides leadership to this program?

Dr. Robert J. Duncan, Jr. is responsible for the program design, weekly online college prep class, and a weekly mentoring session with every student. Dr. Duncan served as the Director of Admissions for the Theological School at Drew University and as President & Professor of Religion at Bacone College. He presented a workshop and paper on the Freshman Experience at the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission annual conference in Chicago. Dr. Duncan will provide a personal letter of recommendation to each participant who successfully completes the College Prep Course.

Richie Withycome provides day-to-day leadership in his role as Director of Operations at Dwight Mission Camp and Conference Center. Richie has staff experience in residential boarding schools.

Resident Advisors are assigned to cohorts of 10 students in our modern air-conditioned dorms.

How do participants finish High School?

The Academy at Dwight Mission has partnered with accredited online high schools to meet the academic requirements of high school education.

How do participants earn college credits?

The Academy at Dwight Mission has partnered with the TEL Library to offer high school graduates online general education courses for college credit transcripted by Colorado Christian University. These courses are designed to take one course at a time and completed in one month. Colorado Christian University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional institutional accrediting associations in the United States.

What are the Skills-Based objectives of this Residential College Prep Program?

The learning possibilities for students enrolled in our residential skills-based college prep program are significant and focus on:


  • Academic writing

  • Research

  • Critical thinking

  • Dorm life

  • Time management

  • Social skills

  • Leadership

  • Work-Study Experience

Mentors provide additional support and guidance, helping youth develop their skills and, in many cases, support their children. The program also provides optional ACT/SAT prep classes and real-world work experience.

What are the admissions requirements?

Age 16 - 21

Recommendation from a Teacher, Church, or Non-Profit Organization

What is the Schedule?

The program runs in two terms: August - December & January - April

Participants can sign up for one month at a time.


What does the program cost?

$250 Registration fee per term.

The program costs $1000.00 per month.

Ten hours of work-study is required.

What is included?

100% Tuition for Academic Courses, Room, Board and the College Prep / Leadership Course are all included.

Where will participants stay?

Each participant will stay in a semi-private room in one of our dorms.

Each dorm floor has two bathrooms with showers.

Dorm refrigerators and microwaves are provided in the Student Lounge.

What facilities does Dwight Mission offer program participants?

  • Laundry Room

  • Prayer Trail

  • Labyrinth

  • Creek Area

  • Service-learning opportunities