Accomplishments of Our Students!
These figures reflect achievements of students who have graduated in the classes of 1992 to 2012.
•The 21st graduating class of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics held commencement exercises May 26, 2012, at the Oklahoma State Capitol. A total of 1,274 students have graduated from OSSM.
•The 1,274 students to graduate from OSSM have received scholarship offers in excess of $108 million.
•OSSM has produced 341 National Merit Finalists.
•National Merit Commended Scholars who have graduated from OSSM number 175.
•Six graduates have been named National Presidential Scholars. OSSM has had 15 semifinalists and 138 nominees for the Presidential Scholars Program.
•To date, 227 OSSM students have received Robert C. Byrd Scholarships through the federally funded program that recognizes exceptional high school seniors who show promise of continued academic excellence and achievement.
•The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has named 95 OSSM students Academic All-State Scholars in the 20 years the school has been in contention.
•Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Scholarships have been offered to 587 OSSM seniors.
•The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has offered Sir Alexander Fleming Scholarships to 34 OSSM students.
•The school has produced 15 finalists and 24 College Board National Achievement Scholars.
•Twelve OSSM students have been named National Hispanic Scholars.
•There have been 32 OSSM recipients of a State Superintendent Award for Arts Excellence.
•In the National Competition of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAM+S), sponsored each year by the Junior Engineering Technical Society, OSSM teams have placed first regionally for 13consecutive years. OSSM students have consistently swept state, regional and national TEAM+S titles since 1995.
•OSSM has graduated 15 students with appointments to the United States Naval Academy, 15 to the United States Air Force Academy and three to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
•Two students in the Class of 2000, two in the Class of 2001, and three in the Class of 2002, were selected for the U.S. Chemistry Olympiad Team. In 2000, one student won a Bronze Medal competing internationally for the U.S. In 2001, one student won a Silver Medal in international competition, and two students secured U.S. Gold and Bronze Medals competing internationally in 2002.
•One student competed on the 1993 United States Physics Olympiad Team and on the 1993 United States Computer Science Olympiad Team. A 1996 graduate won a Bronze Medal in the International Computer Science Olympiad.
•A student from the Class of 1995 was a Gold Medal Winner in the XXVI International Physics Olympiad. In 2006, one junior and one senior were named to the U.S. Physics team - the senior went on to compete internationally and won a Gold Medal. In 2007, a senior competed internationally for the U.S. In 2008 and 2011, two students were finalists.
•More than 14,405 Oklahoma teachers have taken advantage of workshops and seminars provided by the OSSM faculty. More than 2,878 middle school students have participated in OSSM sponsored mathematics competitions.
•From 2006 through 2012, NEWSWEEK has named OSSM as one of "America's Top Public Schools."
•Each year, half of OSSM seniors participate in mentorships in which they do concentrated research or project development under the direction of professionals in the scientific community.
•More than 50 percent of OSSM graduating seniors attend colleges and universities in Oklahoma.
•Over half of the OSSM enrollment is from communities with populations of fewer than 10,000. Students from all of Oklahoma's 77 counties have been selected to attend OSSM.
The late Dr. Julian Stanley of Johns Hopkins University, a nationally known expert on gifted education, called the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, "the most rigorous academic program of its kind in the nation."
- Is OSSM a private school?
No, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is a two-year public residential high school created and funded by the Oklahoma legislature. The school is open to all students across the state who wish to apply during their sophomore year. OSSM is categorized as a state agency. See the Admissions webpage for details and application deadlines.
- What is the tuition to attend OSSM?
There is no tuition for a student to attend the school. Room and board are provided by the state. Students may wish to have "pocket money" available for incidentals like school supplies, snack bar items or a weekend trip to a local restaurant, movie theatre, bookstore or mall.
- Who can attend OSSM?
OSSM is open to all Oklahoma students who are entering their junior year of high school. Applications are due in March of the sophomore year.