Our athletes are Student-Athletes which means education is one of our biggest priorities. OHA is in partnership with Penticton High, one of the highest rated schools in Western Canada, as well as Skaha Lake Middle School (Grade 8). Pen High and Skaha have implemented a schedule that allows our student athletes to attend school from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm without missing core classes for practice or training.
A weekly mandatory study hall provides our student athletes with an opportunity to have one on one instruction with our Academic Advisors and help manage their workload. Our Academic Advisor, Dave Nackoney, works diligently at helping our students navigate through SAT’s, ACT’s, and NCAA Clearinghouse ensuring that all options are available for our students when they are ready to attend a post-secondary institution.
“OHA students have had so much success at Pen High due to our structured and focused environment. Education is truly a priority for the academy and that’s why a great majority of their students are consistently on the honor roll.” - DAVE NACKONEY, OHA ACADEMIC ADVISOR
"The staff at Pen-Hi made my time There unforgettable. Being a student athlete, their support and understanding meant the world to me. They helped me set and reach my goals all while preparing me for University." - Emily Clark, Team Canada / University of Wisconsin, NCAA
Dave has been the OHA Academic Advisor since the inception of the program. Dave’s guidance and knowledge is a major part of the success our students have at Pen High, and the success they continue to have in all of their endeavors after they graduate.
Chris is one of our OHA Study Hall teachers, specializing in English and Social Studies. Chris teaches English 11 and 12 at Pen High.
Chris is one of our OHA Study Hall teachers, specializing in Math and Science and is also head of the Math Department at Pen High.
Being a part of the Okanagan Hockey Academy has been an extremely rewarding and unforgettable experience. It has enabled me to gain confidence and acquire life long skills expanding beyond the game of hockey. The balance between academics and athletics is superb, allowing you to achieve your ultimate success. The academy assisted me in achieving my dream of playing hockey at the NCAA level while studying Pre-Medicine. Without this caring support group, none of this would have been possible and I am forever grateful.