Our School Model
As an alternative school, OSS has created an alternative structure to the school day in order for our students to experience ultimate success. Below are the three key features of our school model.
Students spend 2 hours per day with their homeroom instructor. This extended time allows students to build a positive, supportive relationship with their instructor and peers within the classroom setting. During the homeroom time, students build on basic literacy, behavioral, life and social skills. The homeroom instructor is the school's point person for the student, their families and other supporters the student may have in his or her life. Homeroom instructors are also in charge of facilitating a Student Learning Portfolio (SLP), which is a collaborative process between the student, family, and instructor. Through SLP planning and goal setting, students track their progress within each OSS pillar and celebrate those successes.
These classes allow students to explore interests beyond the core curriculum. Some examples of elective classes include: work study, art, marketing, and various career exploration opportunities.
The rest of the school day is spent in traditional/core classes: English, Math, Science and Social Studies. These classes are typically small in size, allowing students to receive the necessary help to be successful. Instructors tailor classroom content to student strengths and interest, as they deliver standard-based instruction.