Admissions

Welcome to Ozarks Academy’s admissions process.  The upcoming school year includes our single-day program for pre-K to 6th grade on Thursdays, 32 weeks of the year from Aug. 31, 2017 to May 10, 2018. We appreciate your interest in the school and invite you to learn more about Ozarks Academy’s unique approach to education by exploring the information below and on the rest of the website.

The administration considers each family’s application carefully.  We are here for all Ozarks Academy students to thrive, and want to assist you in determining whether this school community is a right fit for your child(ren).  With this in mind, we design our application process in a way that will help the administration understand the character, cababilities, and motivations of each candidate and to more accurately identify and admit students from families who hold to educational convictions resembling those upheld by the school. In view of the school culture and mission, the selection of students at Ozarks Academy is second only to the selection of the faculty.

Thank you for considering Ozarks Academy. Outlined below, you will find a summary and checklist for the admissions process.  Please read carefully before filling out the forms.

Admissions Process and Checklist:

Step 1: Application, Fees, Custody, and Health Forms

  • Submit the Application with the non-refundable $50 application fee (per family).
  • Submit the registration fee, non-refundable unless acceptance is denied ($50 per student).
  • Submit a copy of any divorce/custody decision as it pertains to the applicant.

Step 2: References/ School Transfer Information (if currently attending another school)

  • Submit a copy of the applicant’s most recent achievement test scores.
  • Submit signed Teacher Recommendation Form (give to child’s current school teacher).
  • Submit signed Administrator’s Reference Form (give to child’s current school admin).
  • Submit signed Request for Copies of Records Form (give to child’s current school admin).

Step 3: Family Interview

Step 6: Determination Letter

  • Accepted: Students approved for admission will be notified by letter.
  • Waitpool: If your child meets our admissions requirements but we do not have space in the necessary level, your child will be placed in a waitpool. We will select applicants as space becomes available.
  • Denied: Students not approved for admission will be notified by letter with a simple explanation of the reason for denial.

Step 7: Enrollment

  • Following notification of acceptance, the applicant’s family has two weeks from the date of the notification letter to respond before that child’s seat is offered to others.
  • Enrollment is completed by submitting a signed enrollment contract.

Priority for acceptance will be as follows:

  1. Continuing students
  2. Siblings of continuing students
  3. All other applicants

Admissions Requirements for the Student:

Students are required to be believers in Jesus Christ.

If students have successfully completed the previous educational year and his classwork and behavior compare favorably to Ozarks Academy standards, they will be placed in the level for which they are applying. However, if there is evidence to show that the child may not be adequately prepared for the next sequential level, he or she may be required to repeat some or all areas of the previous level.

Students should understand that their parents have delegated their authority to Ozarks Academy during instructional hours. There, the child is subject to the instruction and discipline of the teacher and the administration in their prescribed roles at the school.

Admissions Requirements for the Parents:

At least one parent is required to be a professing believer in Jesus Christ and attend a church regularly.

Parents should have a clear understanding of our unique classical educational approach, and should carefully read the informational materials about the school.

Parents are required to cooperate with all the written policies of Ozarks Academy. This is especially important in the area of discipline and schoolwork standards, as well as active communication with the respective teachers and administration. In addition, parents are strongly encouraged to become actively involved in other areas of voluntary school functions.

A Special Note to Parents:

We want each child to thrive at Ozarks Academy. Placement decisions are made on the basis of age, testing, and other factors. We pay particularly close attention to children whose dates of birth fall in or near the summer months (pre-schoolers should be 4, kindergartners 5, and 1st graders 6 by July 1).

Our curriculum is an accelerated curriculum that is generally ahead of national norms in most areas. According to research, most children benefit by having more time to develop and mature before working at a first grade level and above. Students who are relatively young may not have a problem at the Kindergarten level, but when they reach first grade and above, the age disparity can be much more pronounced as these children begin to work at a higher level of academic difficulty alongside classmates who are as much as a year older.

Non-Discrimination Policy:
Ozarks Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally made available to students at the school. Ozarks Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship programs, or other school administered programs.