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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

December 2, 2013

Subject: Positive Results of Feasibility Study Spur Plans for Adding Grades to School of the Ozarks

Students pledge allegiance to the flagCollege of the Ozarks has been conducting a feasibility study for the addition of kindergarten through eighth grade to School of the Ozarks.  Thus far, the College has gathered data from 414 area families through a survey, reviewed options for a temporary location, developed a preliminary budget, and researched other K-8 schools, including Hillsdale Academy, operated by Hillsdale College in Michigan. 

“The College is encouraged to see how supportive the community is regarding the expansion of School of the Ozarks and is honored to continue its mission of providing a quality Christian education to deserving young people as it has been doing for more than 100 years,” says College of the Ozarks Dean of Character Education Sue Head.

The survey was open from mid-October thru November 1, and reflected a high level of interest in the proposed addition.  When asked to rate the most important factors to their child’s education and their decision regarding the school they attend, respondents emphasized four areas: academics, Christian education, character education, and patriotic education.

During its fall meeting, the College’s Board of Trustees authorized the addition of the lower grades to School of the Ozarks and entrusted the implementation plan to the administration.

As the next step, the College immediately will seek to hire a curriculum development director/lead teacher for the Lower School.  This person would need to have a working knowledge of Classical Christian schools, with teaching experience and, preferably, a master’s degree.  It is important that this person understands and fully supports the mission and vision of College of the Ozarks.

The curriculum development director position is posted at

More information regarding the addition of lower grades to S of O will be released to the public as it is finalized.


Picture Caption:  Each morning School of the Ozarks students begin their day at Patriots Plaza where they sing a patriotic hymn and pledge allegiance to the flag.


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