The OSSM Difference

OSSM offers academically rigorous courses. Our courses are taught at a collegiate level.  In fact, all courses utilize collegiate textbooks.  Student’s class schedule has at least 7 academic courses, fine arts and physical education, each semester.

A University-type schedule is followed. Classes Meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 50 Minutes or Tuesdays and Thursdays for 75 Minutes; Science laboratories meet weekly for two or three hour sessions.

OSSM students participate in mentorship and internship opportunities that are available to students in their junior and senior years.  Approximately 50% of seniors participate in mentorships with practicing researchers; Special mentorship programs are also available for select juniors.

OSSM prepares students to get admitted to their first choice college or university and opens doors to new and additional college scholarship opportunities.  

OSSM provides students with necessary study skills to successfully complete college.  We have also seen that the rigorous OSSM courses also helps to shorten the number of courses that a student needs to graduate from college.

Currently more than 70% of the faculty hold a Doctorate in their academic discipline.  Our faculty emphasize an “Open-Door” policy for tutorial help, and one-on-one help. In addition, each professor spends one evening per week in the Great Hall in support of students’ required study time.  Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics classes all feature regular help sessions.