FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2013
SUBJECT: COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS READY TO EXPLORE FEASIBILITY OF ADDING GRADES K-8 TO SCHOOL OF THE OZARKS
College of the Ozarks is determining the feasibility of adding grades K-8 to School of the Ozarks, the secondary school it launched in August 2012. As part of that study, the College is requesting input from area residents via a brief survey. Individuals willing to take part in the survey, which should take less than ten minutes to complete, may go to www.cofo.edu/highschool/ and click on the “K-8 button.” The link will be open for participants October 16-November 1.
School of the Ozarks reflects the College's philosophical views by interweaving a biblical worldview, character education, and patriotism into a rigorous academic curriculum grounded in the Great Books. The additional elementary and middle school would mirror those same ideals and expectations.
Dean of Character Education Dr. Sue Head has been charged with researching and creating a framework for the additional K-8 grades.
"In keeping with the College's mission and vision, we hope to further serve students in our area who seek a challenging curriculum with an intentional threading of service learning and work,” Dr. Head said. “The College was founded as a work school over one hundred years ago, and the younger students, too, would be expected to meet those standards but in an age-appropriate manner."
The proposed K-8 grade offerings would provide area youth the opportunity of an affordable, quality, Christian education with innovative programming, service learning, and small class sizes. At School of the Ozarks students do not pay tuition. However, they are responsible for a book and uniform fee each year. Deserving students may receive a scholarship, based on a sliding scale, to help with that fee.
The College Administration will examine the results carefully prior to making a decision. Once a decision is reached, the College will issue an announcement. For more information about the online survey, please contact The Keeter Center for Character Education at (417) 690-2242.