Subject: Preparation for S of O Lower Grades, which now includes K-6, on Track/Town Hall Scheduled for March 6
Preparation for the opening of the School of the Ozarks Lower School continues to advance. Since February 3, K-8 Curriculum Director/Lead Teacher Jennifer Carey has been hard at work preparing the curriculum. The College of the Ozarks Construction Department is rapidly transforming the upper level of the Youngman Agricultural Center into a school, complete with classrooms, lunch area, small library, and more.
“When we first began to research the task of adding grades, we originally decided to offer K-5 for the first year,” said Dean of Character Education Dr. Sue Head, who has been charged with overseeing the School of the Ozarks department and the addition of the Lower School. “Once Mrs. Carey arrived and brought experience teaching 6th grade, we have decided to go ahead and open Kindergarten through the 6th grade this fall.”
With the process on track, the Lower School is slated to open August 2014, and parents of students may learn more about the school on March 6. School of the Ozarks will hold a Town Hall Meeting for parents of students interested in the addition of grades K-6. The meeting, which will take place in the Royal Oak Forum of The Keeter Center, will begin at 7 p.m.
School of the Ozarks opened with grades 9-12 in fall of 2012. It mirrors the mission and vision of College of the Ozarks by offering a quality, Christian education to deserving young people, from the Ozarks region, who do not have the financial means to procure such training. No tuition is charged. S of O students participate in a work education program by doing daily chores, such as cleaning up after lunch. Students in the lower grades will be asked to perform age-appropriate tasks, such as cleaning their desks and emptying the trash.
Applications packets will be available at the Town Hall Meeting, but not before. For more information on either the Open House or Town Hall Meeting, please call the S of O office at (417) 690-2325.
Photo: C of O students assigned to the Construction Department as their work station, install the metal studs, which frame the rooms of the Lower School.