Highlights of the Academic Program
THE HEART OF OUR PROGRAM
- To Be One of the Best Secondary Schools in the Nation
- Sustained Academic Effort Over Time…Great Challenge with Great Support
- Integrated Academic and Residential Life – Evening Faculty Support
- Strength of Faculty – Genuine Student Engagement with Difficult Topics
- A Diversity of Offerings within the Context of a Solid Understanding and Skill Development in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Humanities
INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM FEATURES
- Students Study at Least 7 Academic Courses, Plus Fine Arts and Physical Education, Each Semester
- University-Type Schedule Is Followed (Classes Meet M-W-F for 50 Minutes or T-T for 75 Minutes; Science Laboratories Meet Weekly for Two or Three Hour Sessions.)
- All Courses Utilize Collegiate Textbooks
- Two-Thirds of the Faculty Possess a Doctorate in Their Academic Discipline
- Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics Classes All Feature Regular Help Sessions
- Faculty Members Emphasize “Open-Door” Office Hours Policy for Tutorial Help, and Each Professor Spends One Evening Per Week in the dormitory in Support of Students’ Required Study Time
- Approximately 50% of Seniors Participate in Mentorships with Practicing Researchers; Special Mentorship Program for Selected Juniors
- 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 now accepts 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.