The Love of Teaching!
Professors come to Oklahoma to teach at OSSM from all over the world. Faculty have earned doctorates or advanced degrees and many have taught at the college level before joining OSSM.
The desire to teach lies at the core of every OSSM faculty member. Dedication, perseverance, knowledge and wisdom guides each professor to make his or her students the best that they can be - achieve academic goals, learn more about the world, become an expert, grow, dream, create, contribute.
Besides implementing an "open door" office policy when not in the classroom, every professor spends one evening a week in the Great Hall working with students on their lessons, as well as answering questions and giving guidance.
- 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.