The School of the Ozarks was founded in 1906 with the purpose of providing a Christian education for the children of the Ozarks region who were without financial means to obtain an education. That small elementary school transitioned into a high school, added a junior college, and finally became College of the Ozarks, a nationally recognized liberal arts college. The vision of the School of the Ozarks emphasizes the importance of Christ-like character and a Biblical worldview in understanding Truth. School of the Ozarks has been re-established and operates as a department of College of the Ozarks under the direction of the Keeter Center for Character Education.