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.
Mission and Vision
Daniel 1:17 “To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning…”
In keeping with the original founder’s intent, School of the Ozarks will operate within the 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 and Goals
Vision – Accordingly, 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.
Goals – 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 k-12 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, 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.”