Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics

Accomplishments of Our Students!

Awesome Facts

These figures reflect achievements of students who have graduated in the classes of 1992 to 2015 

The 24nd graduating class of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics held commencement exercises at the Oklahoma State Capitol. A total of 1,474 students have graduated from OSSM.
• The 1,474 students to graduate from OSSM have received scholarship offers in excess of $130 million.
• OSSM has produced 398 National Merit Scholar Finalists.
• National Merit Commended Scholars who have graduated from OSSM number 194.
• Six graduates have been named National Presidential Scholars. Also, there have been 21 semifinalists and 155 candidates for the Presidential Scholars Program.
• The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has named 106 OSSM students Academic All-State Scholars in the 23 years the school has been in contention.
• Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Scholarships have been offered to 645 OSSM seniors.
• The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has offered Sir Alexander Fleming Scholarships to 37 OSSM students.
• The school has produced 32 College Board Advanced Placement National Scholars.
• Thirteen OSSM students have been named National Hispanic Scholars.
• There are 33 OSSM recipients of a State Superintendent Award for Arts Excellence.
• In the National Competition of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAM+S), OSSM teams have placed first in state and regionally for 16 consecutive 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 four to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
• Two students in the Class of 2000, two in the Class of 2001, three in the Class of 2002, and one in the Class of 2015 were selected for the U.S. Chemistry Olympiad Team. Competing for the United States in international competition, during 2000, one student won a Bronze Medal; in 2001, one student won a Silver Medal; in 2002, two students secured Gold and Bronze Medals, and one student brought back a Silver Medal in 2015.
• 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 14,680 Oklahoma teachers have taken advantage of workshops and seminars provided by the OSSM faculty. More than 3,520 middle school students have participated in OSSM sponsored mathematics competitions.
• For six years, NEWSWEEK has named OSSM as one of "America's Top Public Schools."
• Each year, more than 65 percent of OSSM seniors participate in mentorships in which they do concentrated research or project development under the direction of professionals in the scientific community.
• 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.
• More than 50 percent of OSSM graduating seniors attend colleges and universities in Oklahoma.
• More than 60 percent of OSSM graduates live and work in Oklahoma. According to a 2014 independent economic impact study, the school’s graduates generate nearly $40 million in economic activity annually for the state of Oklahoma. Nearly 85 percent of OSSM alumni pursue collegiate study and professional careers in STEM fields.

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."

Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics
Oklahoma's Investment in the Future

Updated 8.18.2015



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 an Oklahoma resident 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.  OSSM can now accept nonresident and international students for paying tuition.

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How have OSSM graduates helped Oklahoma's economy?

Of the 1,400+ OSSM graduates since 1992, more than half who have completed a degree and have entered the workforce are working in Oklahoma. Ten of those have started their own businesses in our state. An independent report credits OSSM with a $40 million economic impact in Oklahoma.