Welcome to School of the Ozarks
A Laboratory School of College of the Ozarks
The School of the Ozarks was founded in 1906 with the purpose of providing a Christian education for the children of the Ozarks region. That small school has now transformed into College of the Ozarks, the unique and award-winning college of which a laboratory school is an important part. School of the Ozarks reflects the vision of the College of the Ozarks and emphasizes the importance of Christ-like character and a Biblical worldview in understanding Truth. The School of the Ozarks has been established under The Keeter Center for Character Education, a dynamic part of College of the Ozarks. The School welcomes anyone who desires a quality Christian education and is willing to work to his/her potential. The book of Daniel, chapter 1, details the commitment of four Hebrew youth who chose to live God’s way. Not only were they physically stronger than their peers, but, “To these four … God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning.”
This handbook outlines the policies and procedures of School of the Ozarks. The rules and regulations established by the School are intended to ensure the rights and responsibilities of all, and to instruct the student in establishing self-discipline.
Rules and regulations in this handbook are in effect at the time of publication, August 1, 2012. Changes in these policies may be made by the administration of the School of the Ozarks at any time. The most updated copy may be found online through the School’s RenWeb ParentsWeb site.
School of the Ozarks will operate within the same mission of College of the Ozarks, to provide advantages of a Christian education for youth of both sexes, especially those found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to procure such training.
Vision – School of the Ozarks reflects the vision of College of the Ozarks:
The vision of School of the Ozarks (like that of College of the Ozarks) is to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic.
In carrying out this vision, School of the Ozarks has adopted five goals that mirror those of the College, but are adapted for the environment of the preparatory high school. These goals are rooted in the goals of the original School of the Ozarks, founded in 1906.
To provide students with the opportunity to develop their God-given knowledge and wisdom to their fullest potential so that they might become producers and influencers.
Daniel 1:17: “ To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning…”
To promote a strong work ethic and to demonstrate a servant’s heart in the workplace whether as an employer or employee.
Philippians 2:3-5: “Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus…”
Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men.”
To foster a deeper knowledge of Christ, a desire to be conformed to His image, and the desire to live a life that reflects a Christian worldview.
Philippians 3:7-14: “But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith. My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead. Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 8:29: “For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.”
Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.”
To encourage an understanding of American heritage, the value and responsibility of living in a country that has a constitution, a love of country, and a willingness to defend it.
Psalm 33:10-12: “The LORD frustrates the counsel of the nations; He thwarts the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation. Happy is the nation whose God is Yahweh…”
To cultivate Christian leaders who influence the culture at large because of their pursuit of excellence, their determination to stand for truth, and their willingness to live out their faith.
Daniel 3:28, 30: “Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, ‘Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent His angel and rescued His servants who trusted in Him. They violated the king’s command and risked their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God’…Then the king rewarded Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.”
Matthew 7:24: “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock.”
School of the Ozarks is an important part of College of the Ozarks. It is used to encourage excellence and creativity with a distinctly Christian worldview. As a member of the Association of Classical Christian Schools and the International Association of Laboratory Schools, the School seeks to be a leader and an example of what is best for American education. Traditionally, a laboratory school’s commitment has been to assist in preparing teachers, while delivering quality instructional programs for children in the classroom. These schools are affiliated with a college or university for specific purposes that go beyond the scope of traditional public and private institutions. Over the years, laboratory schools have evolved to reflect the diverse needs of the teaching professional and have often led the way in improving the science and art of teaching. Operating under The Keeter Center for Character Education provides an opportunity for faculty and students from various departments to interface with the School on a regular basis.
Each student is expected to uphold to the standard of the Honor Code.
I agree to be an honest, trustworthy, caring and responsible citizen. I will uphold these values in others and myself.
School Colors and Mascot
School of the Ozarks colors are cardinal red and navy blue.
School of the Ozarks mascot is the Patriot, reflecting the patriotic goal of the School and an appreciation of the values on which this nation was founded.
School of the Ozarks aims to honor Christ in all that we do, and we expect nothing less of our students. Each student is expected to be respectful and above reproach in all areas of his or her life.
The vision statement of the School of the Ozarks mirrors that of the College and focuses on the development of Christ-like character in our students. Students and staff are expected to live a life yielded to the will of God and guided by His Spirit to be transformed into the image of His Son. We realize that this is an on-going process, but one that must be intentional both by trainers and trainees. The School places a high value on character and developing character within our students.
School of the Ozarks has been established under the division of Character Education of College at the Ozarks. Therefore our programs will be rooted in the goals of The Keeter Center for Character Education. Character education at School of the Ozarks will:
Reflect the College's five-fold mission emphasizing academic, Christian, vocational, cultural, and patriotic growth, and provide society with productive, responsible citizens.
Promote basic Christian values such as honesty, respect for and service to others, good citizenship, generosity, honor, courage, sound use of time and talents, and the work ethic.
Character Point Average (CPA)
At the end of each semester our faculty reflects upon each student’s character qualities. All teachers and the Headmaster evaluate how students’ lives reflect the fruits of the Spirit, the five goals of the College and School, and the twelve FirstPLACE character traits selected by our community. Students are given a detailed report with a score in thirty-one specific categories. This evaluation helps the student and his or her parent(s) reflect on areas where they are most like Christ as well as to identify areas in which they might need to be more sensitive to His Spirit.
These twelve character traits were chosen by the citizens of Stone and Taney counties as major indicators of good character. They represent the baseline for daily character expectations.
Respect – treating others with courtesy and honor
Responsibility – taking ownership of what you say and do
Citizenship – being loyal to your country
Compassion/Kindness – caring for others
Commitment – being true to your word
Honesty – being truthful in what you say and do
Cooperation – working together toward a common goal
Perseverance – demonstrating persistent determination
Self-discipline – training and control of yourself
Patience – waiting calmly
Patriotism – showing love for one’s country
Courage – facing difficulty with bravery
Work Point Average (WPA)
The goal for each student should be to obtain a 4.0 Work Point Average (WPA). Students will not have a “workstation” and will not be required to work at School of the Ozarks after the school day ends. All students at School of the Ozarks will contribute to the care and upkeep of the school in some way. The philosophy of work education includes providing all students with the opportunity to take responsibility for some facet of the School, much like the chores at home. In addition, juniors and seniors will also contribute through a student-made product or high school work station.
Daily Work Points - Students will have chores several days a week, similar to what they would do at home, to help contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment. During the last 20-30 minutes of the day, all students will help with cleanup, dusting, vacuuming, and general daily chores. Students who do their fair share and display a good attitude while working will receive their full daily points. Juniors and seniors may earn the bulk of their Daily Work Points by helping to make, package, and market a student-made product.
Christian Worldview Curriculum
A biblical worldview will be emphasized throughout each and every course that the students take. The School of the Ozarks is dedicated to teaching God’s Word and incorporating it into every aspect of the student’s experience.
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Upperclassmen at School of the Ozarks may have the opportunity to take a dual credit course through the college with approval from the Headmaster. These courses will be of no additional charge to the student. These students have a special application, provided to them by the School’s headmaster. This application is submitted to the Admissions Office of the College. Should they wish to apply as a regular degree seeking student post-high school graduation, these students must apply through regular admissions procedures through the Admissions Office.
Students who achieve a grade-point average of 4.0 in a given marking period are placed on the Patriots Honor Roll. In addition, students who achieve a grade-point average of 3.7-3.99 will be placed on the Headmaster’s List.
A graduation ceremony will take place at the end of the school year for all graduating seniors.
Requirements for receiving a diploma are as follows:
Attendance at School of the Ozarks for at least one full academic year. Transfer credit is determined upon admission.
An overall grade-point average of 1.7.
Academic Warning and Probation
A student is placed on academic warning for receiving one F or two grades of D+ or lower in a marking period. A student is placed on academic probation for receiving two Fs or three or more grades of D+ or lower in a marking period, or being placed on academic warning for two consecutive marking periods. Any student who is placed on academic probation for an entire year must repeat that grade.
Arrival and Departure Procedures
Students are to report to the flag pole for opening ceremonies (Monday-Thursday) no later than 7:45 a.m. and no earlier than 7:15 a.m. *Friday morning ceremonies will start at 7:45 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel. [Parents are to report all absences to the office by 9:00 a.m. Any student coming in late must report to the office to be signed in by a parent (if the student drives, then a phone call from a parent is requested).]
School dismisses at 3:21 p.m. Supervision is provided until 3:45 p.m. We request that students get picked up promptly after dismissal if they are not participating in P.E. or a sport.
Students will attend a chapel service at 7:45 a.m. every Friday and should arrive early. These services will include the opportunity to hear speakers give a brief message on faith and freedom as envisioned by the founders of the country. During this service, students will be expected to be dressed in their Friday uniform, no exceptions. In addition, the last period of every Friday will be dedicated to learning about a founder of our nation. Parents are welcome to stay for chapel services.
Regular school attendance is important to a student’s academic success and also promotes good work habits and self-discipline. Parents are to report all absences to the office by 9:00 a.m. to be considered excused. Students are not allowed to report their own absences. Any absence that goes unreported will be unexcused and may result in disciplinary action. Students who are dismissed or checked out from school early for any reason must be signed out at the office by a parent, or must be dismissed by a parent phone call (if the student drives). Further, any student coming in late for any reason must sign in at the office. Parents may request for homework to be sent up to the office and can pick it up after school has dismissed for the day.
We request that parents call the office to inform us of a prearranged absence. Due to the rigor of the curriculum, it is recommended that students avoid absences.
School of the Ozarks will have a devotional and opening ceremony each morning. It is an important moment of the school day, and attendance is required. Students should be present for these events before 7:45 a.m. Arrival after the start of these events will be considered a tardy. *Students arriving after 7:45 a.m. should remain in their vehicles until the conclusion of the flag ceremony and then report directly to the Headmaster. Students are allowed three (3) tardies per semester. Tardies beyond this number will result in disciplinary action. Emergencies and inclement weather will be taken into account. The consequences of classroom tardies are at the discretion of each teacher.
An orientation will take place the day before opening day each year. This will be a very important event, and student attendance is mandatory. This orientation will lay the foundation for the year.
School of the Ozarks will provide opportunities for participation in a variety of athletic activities. If a student chooses to participate in a sport, they will be allowed to use that participation as their Physical Education credit for that semester. Students who are participating in athletics are expected to represent the School appropriately and participate in all practices and events as scheduled. A student must have a completed physical form on file before being allowed to participate in any school-sponsored sport.
The role of discipline at School of the Ozarks is to create an atmosphere conducive to learning. Students are expected to show due respect to teachers, peers, property and administration. In addition, discipline at the School ought always to uphold the essential virtues established by the School’s Mission Statement and professed in its curriculum. The School recognizes that good conduct by students promotes good behavior off campus and prepares the students for good citizenship in adulthood. Accordingly, students will be expected to adhere to the general rules of the School, as well as those rules established by each teacher within his or her classroom.
Any conduct that is deemed inappropriate will result in disciplinary action as seen fit by the Headmaster and/or teacher in charge.
Any student who demonstrates a general unwillingness or inability to abide by classroom or School of the Ozarks rules is subject to suspension or expulsion. After meeting with parents, the student, the involved faculty, and Headmaster will decide if expulsion is warranted. Students may be dismissed from the School at any time at the discretion of the Headmaster, with the approval of the Dean of Character Education.
Any introduction of a weapon, an illegal drug, tobacco, alcohol or sexually explicit material will be treated as grounds for immediate expulsion. Any use of the same, either at school or outside of school, will similarly be treated with utmost gravity and may be grounds for immediate expulsion.
Aside from the luncheon period, personal consumption of food and beverages, including candy and chewing gum, is never permitted in the building, with the exception of bottled water as long as the top can be completely sealed. Under no circumstances may students keep food or beverages in their lockers overnight.
Our school uniform seeks to achieve a clean and well-groomed appearance for our students and to free them from fashion trends and peer pressure. Uniforms are to be purchased through Lands End.
Monday through Thursday uniforms can include any of the following items:
Khaki pants, shorts or skorts (for girls)
Sweater or sweater vest
Dark shoes or laced athletic shoe
Girls will be expected to wear navy trouser socks or navy tights any time skorts are worn.
Friday uniforms should include:
For Boys- Blazer, Oxford Shirt, Plaid Tie, Khaki Pants, Navy Socks, Dark Shoes
For Girls-Blazer, Oxford Shirt, Khaki Skort, Navy Trouser Socks or Navy Tights, Dark Shoes
Jewelry, Makeup and Hairstyle-
Neck chains and watches should be removed for P.E. and sports. Hair is to be neat and clean. Boys’ hair should be above the eyebrows, off the collar and of uniform length. Facial hair is to be clean, neat and professional. Makeup is to be professional looking and not meant to draw attention to the individual. Jewelry should be appropriate and non-offensive. All questions of jewelry, makeup and hairstyle are at the discretion of the Headmaster.
Coats and jackets are to be worn outside the building only and kept in the student’s locker. No hats will be allowed on campus.
On Fridays, or when wearing slacks or skorts, a simple, one-tone, dark leather, practical school shoe with non-skid soles, and enclosed toe and full back will be worn. Belts are to be of a solid dark color as well. Shirts must be tucked into the slacks or skorts. Boots, sandals, clogs, mules, halfbacks and athletic style shoes are not permitted. Non-skid soles and laces, if applicable, must be dark in color. Girls are not to wear heels higher than one inch.
Computer Use Policy (before, during or after school)
Computers may be used for researching and teacher-assigned projects only. These are the only two acceptable uses of School of the Ozarks computers. No use of computer games, online chat rooms, social media, etc. is permitted. Limited use of e-mail is allowed for seniors in the process of college or university application. Any student using school computers for anything other than teacher-assigned projects will receive disciplinary action.
No cell phones will be allowed at school, no exceptions. Students must obtain permission at the office or from a teacher to use the phone in the office or in a classroom. Outgoing calls should be of an urgent nature and should be kept brief.
Students are not to bring electronic equipment of any kind to campus except for class use, as authorized by the teacher.
School of the Ozarks seeks to nurture absolute respect for intellectual property. Any willful misrepresentation of another’s work or ideas as one’s own (cheating or plagiarism) will be treated with the utmost gravity.
Each student will be assigned a locker. Students will be allowed to go to their locker before school, at lunch and after school. Students will not be allowed to go to lockers throughout the day or in between classes without permission from a teacher or administrator. Students are never to keep food in their locker overnight. Backpacks or other bags need to be left in the locker throughout the day and are not to be carried with them to classes. We request that students bring a binder (Trapper Keeper ©) with them to carry throughout the day to organize their school materials and assignments. Girls will be allowed to carry a small purse throughout the day.
At School of the Ozarks we view relationships as a healthy and necessary part of the learning process. We see dating as a very serious behavior that needs to be approved and monitored by a parent. Therefore, no public display of affection will be allowed on campus. At no time should a dating relationship affect the student’s behavior, attitude or work at school.
Having a car on campus is an earned privilege and is only offered to juniors and seniors. All student drivers must have a copy of their driver’s license on file in the office. They must also have their car registered with campus security. Forms are available in the school office and a parking tag will be issued. Students must park in designated student parking areas. Failure to have a car registered or parking in a non-designated area will result in disciplinary action and removal of parking privileges.
Designated Parking Details:
Parking is allowed daily from 5:00 am-1:00 am
College Center (uphill side)
Chapel (east side only until 5 p.m. weekends; no Sunday mornings)
Youngman Agriculture (East Side and west row away from buildings)
Youngman Resident Hall
Alumni Center (west side)
Students on school sponsored trips may leave their vehicle in the following lots
You can find the full version of parking restrictions listed in the College of the Ozarks student handbook at http://images.cofo.edu/cofo/handbook.pdf.
Calendar and Planner
The School will keep an up-to-date calendar in the office and on the website at all times and will make it available to students and parents. Each student will be given a planner to utilize and keep track of assignments and activities. Use of this planner is highly encouraged in order to promote good organization and self-discipline.
Meaningful homework assignments are an important part of the School’s curriculum. Teachers assign quality homework for each school night, within reason.
School of the Ozarks will provide the necessary textbooks that the students will need for each class. The rental cost of these books is included in the fee schedule. Students will leave the books in the classrooms and will be able to get any books they need to take home at the end of the school day, with the expectation that they will be brought back with them the next school day.
School of the Ozarks will provide financial aid for families who need assistance. At the time of interview, parents should indicate if they wish to be considered for financial assistance. In order to be considered, the parents must completely fill out the FAFSA worksheet. These items will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Office of College of the Ozarks, and results will be reported to the Headmaster.
Please mail all financial documents directly to the following address:
College of the Ozarks
Re: School of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 17
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Parent and teacher conferences are held twice a year. These times are designated for discussing the student’s academic achievement and citizenship. Both parents are encouraged to attend. Of course, parents and teachers are welcome to request conferences throughout the year.
Hot lunches will be provided on a daily basis for each student. These lunches are covered in the fee schedule. Upon dismissal, students will proceed to the lower level by use of the south stairs. Students are expected to behave in a mature manner and clean up their own area after eating. A limited number of freshman and sophomore students may be asked to assist, on a rotating basis, with lunch set up and clean up each day.
Eating with Students
Family members who wish to eat lunch with their student are allowed to do so. The cost will be $6 per person (cash only). We ask that these visits be limited to once per week at most. Parents who are College employees will pay the employee rate. Parents must notify Layne in the school office by 9:30 a.m. if they plan to eat with your child.
Students who become ill in class are required to proceed to the front office, with assistance, for parental notification. He or she may be taken to the College of the Ozarks McDonald Health Clinic to be examined by a registered nurse. If it is determined that the student needs to go home, he or she is to remain on campus until a parent can pick up or release the student.
Students who are deemed by a teacher or administrator to have, or to have potentially, a contagious illness will be isolated from other students until they are picked up or released. Students are not allowed to return to school until their contagious symptoms have been gone for at least 24 hours or with a doctor’s note releasing them.
School of the Ozarks is able to provide only routine first aid for students who become ill or injured at school. At the beginning of the school year, parents may complete and turn in a permission form authorizing the front office to administer Tylenol to their child if circumstances warrant. Prescription medicine is kept and administered in the front office only when the school has on file a completed Medical Authorization Form signed by the student’s parent. This form is available at the front office.
Medical information and immunizations are required. The College (School) does not accept exemptions for immunizations. The College (School) will consider an immune titer (lab work that shows immunity to the diseases for which immunizations are required), or a physician’s statement/recommendation if the patient has history/family history of adverse reaction to immunizations. A waiver for the meningitis immunization is permitted because it is not yet a state-required immunization.
The following immunizations are required: Hepatitis B series; diphtheria; tetanus diphtheria booster within the last ten years from date of enrollment in School of the Ozarks; polio series; measles, mumps, rubella series. A tuberculosis skin test is required within the last year from the date of enrollment. A meningitis immunization is recommended, but not yet required (a waiver is accepted for this immunization).
All visitors, including parents, must report to the office when entering the building. Former students and guests must have prior approval from the Headmaster in order to visit during the school day.
Messages to Students From Parents
Messages of an emergency nature only are delivered to students during the school day. All other messages are delivered after the school day ends. Parents should contact the main office to leave a message for their child.
Delivery of Items by Outside Vendors and Parents
Parents are not to disrupt the school day by ordering and arranging for the delivery of items from outside vendors, such as food, flowers, balloons and the like. Parents are asked to have such orders delivered to the student’s home; otherwise, items delivered to the school will be kept at the office until the end of the school day.
If a parent needs to bring something that a student might have forgotten at home, they are asked to bring it to the office, and we will let the student know to pick it up in between classes. We will not disrupt class time to deliver forgotten items.
Lost and Found
School of the Ozarks is not responsible for lost or stolen items; however, we will do our best to assist and return found items to the rightful owner. Lost items should be reported to the office, and found items should be turned in to the office. We highly recommend using a permanent marker to identify all school uniform items.
Inclement Weather Policy
We take student safety seriously at S of O. Please keep these guidelines in mind as we prepare for the possibility of inclement weather.
School cancelation will be broadcast on KRZK, KOMC, KHOZ, and KLFC, as well as the "Weather Phone" (417-336-5000). Parents will receive a text-cast from us as soon as the decision is made.
Parents who live in outlying areas should use their discretion in deciding if their student will be at school if the weather is questionable and we have school. We understand that the weather can be much different 15 or 20 miles in any direction from the school. Please call the office if your student will not be at school. Work can be made up according to the policy in the student handbook.
The decision to cancel or continue with an athletic activity for that night will be made in cooperation with the opponent and finalized near mid-day. The decision will be broadcast in the same manner as school cancellation.
A copy of the tornado and fire emergency plan will be placed in each classroom. A fire and tornado drill will take place at the beginning of each school year.
We would like to give a special thanks to Hillsdale Academy (Hillsdale, MI), New Hope Academy (Franklin, TN) and Valor Christian High School (Highlands Ranch, CO) for their help in creating this handbook.
All scripture references from the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Copyright 999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, TN. All rights reserved.