College of the Ozarks Considers Expanding to K-8 Education

College of the Ozarks Considers Expanding to K-8 Education

Hard Work U already runs a lab school for high school students. Now it's conducting a survey to determine whether to add elementary and junior high.
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. -- Nearly two years into laboratory high school endeavor, College of the Ozarks is exploring the possibility of adding elementary and junior high classes to its campus.

The college is conducting a survey to gauge the level of interest in the community as well as the feasibility of creating a private Christian lab school for young students. School of the Ozarks, a 9-12th grade school on the C of O campus, already houses nearly 90 students.

Brad Dolloff, the headmaster of the school, said he is impressed by the level of his students' and teachers' performance.

"When you bring together a group of students like this who are serious about their academics and want to achieve, and we have a wonderful faculty here," he said. "That combination just causes students to excel."

Dolloff said the high school students follow the same model as the C of O students earning their bachelors. The students perform various jobs on campus to cover tuition, though the chores are not as extensive as those done by their college cohorts.

Sue Head, the school's dean of character development, said a K-8 program would also have a work requirement, though it would simplify certain tasks for the younger grade levels. For instance, a Kindergarten student might have to put away toys or help pass out papers.

"None of our students in [kindergarten] through college would pay tuition. They would all work, or at this age, do chores," she explained. "We believe that a solid education, where kids do chores, they get a solid Christian education, is certainly of value to a lot of families."

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