POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. -- The College of the Ozarks Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved the proposal for a college preparatory secondary lab school that will be named School of the Ozarks.
“The approval of the new School of the Ozarks brings another opportunity to offer to area youth the advantages of a quality, Christian education,” said Dean of Character Education Sue Head. “The School will focus on faith, flag, and the future by interweaving a rigorous classical education, Biblical worldview, character education, patriotism, and service learning in a small class setting.”
The board’s vote followed a feasibility study on opening a college preparatory lab school on campus. The feasibility study included information gathered from site visits to several model high schools, an online survey that the college conducted in September, and a review of the college’s facilities.
The online survey got responses from 330 families in an area from Branson to Springfield to St. Louis. When asked to identify the aspects they felt were important to their child’s education, 93 percent of respondents indicated “academics,” 79 percent indicated a “Christian education,” 80 percent indicated “character education,” and 55 percent indicated “patriotic emphasis and education.”