OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) announced today that it is now accepting applications for the 2023-24 academic year. The OSSM primarily enrolls high school sophomores entering their junior year in the fall. Applications are also accepted from aspiring seniors. There are no tuition, room, or board costs for state residents.
“OSSM offers a rigorous academic program for some of Oklahoma’s bright, able students who have a special interest in science and mathematics,” said Edna McDuffie Manning, Ed.D., interim president of OSSM. “OSSM has accepted students from all 77 districts into our advanced academic program and highly qualified faculty.”
Application deadline is March 17th. Eligibility criteria include high school grades and transcripts, recommendations from teachers and advisors, and ACT scores. Applicants are also required to write four essays as part of the application. Faculty, staff and alumni also interview prospective students.
The OSSM is recognized for its academic program and ranks in the top 1 percent of public high schools nationwide. The OSSM has highly qualified lecturers, 75 percent of whom have doctorates in their fields. Throughout the history of the OSSM, many students have achieved National Merit Finalist or Recommended Scholar status. One hundred percent of graduates attend colleges and universities, many with significant financial support. In addition, most Oklahoma universities award academic credit for some of the OSSM classes.
The OSSM experience also includes a mentoring program that gives students the opportunity to work on projects with professional scientists and engineers. Through the program, students have formed partnerships with the state’s leading research organizations, including the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the OU Health Science Center, and the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory at the University of Oklahoma. Her work has included research into targeted therapies for pancreatic and ovarian cancer and observation of optic nerve surgeries.
Today, the OSSM alumni are doctors, engineers, computer scientists, researchers, lawyers and a variety of professionals. About 60 percent of OSSM alumni live and work in Oklahoma.
To apply to The OSSM, visit the website at www.ossm.edu or call the Admissions Office at (405) 522-7802.