The High School experience at OSNAS is truly one of a kind. Domestic students have the opportunity to travel the world in their classrooms due to the school’s diverse population and robust international program. OSNAS has welcomed students from Suffolk and Nassau Counties, New York City, 36 countries and 5 continents. One can learn a lot about the world simply by interacting with one’s peers. With a 5:1 student to teacher ratio and smaller class sizes, students receive and great degree of attention and personal care.
As for curriculum, OSNAS students are offered a wide range of courses that include Advanced Placement courses that can be taken for college credit. The graduation requirements for OSNAS students meet and surpass those of the public school. In addition to having a full four years of English, Math, Science and Social Studies, students at OSNAS take required courses in Bible, Health, Phys. Ed., Logic, Public Speaking, Foreign Language. They are also offered a variety of electives including Art, Music, Choir, Computers and more. All classes are taught from a Christian perspective and worldview since it is our sincere belief that all truth is God’s truth. This means that everything that is true has its source in God and if we leave God out of the picture, we end up with an incomplete and distorted view of reality. Field trips to local venues are also offered (e.g. Suffolk County Legislature, Bay Street Theatre, etc.) to give students memorable opportunities to learn in a hands-on environment outside the classroom.
Since we understand that parents are the most important and influential factor in a child’s development, OSNAS views education as a partnership in which parental involvement is welcomed and encouraged. Parents are informed on a regular basis through internet resources, conferences and open communication. This helps parents prepare their children for upcoming homework, exams and activities. Parents are also invited to take part in the PTO that plans student and family activities such as LEGO Night, Summer Swim in December, Child/Parent Valentine’s Day Dance, and more.
High School Students are offered opportunities to lead and grow in heart, mind body and spirit through extracurricular activities. Students can participate in Student Government, Drama Club (new for the upcoming year) or in one or more of the sports teams (see Athletics). In addition, all High Schoolers have the opportunity to participate in the Christmas and Spring concerts. By participating in these extracurricular offerings, students become well-rounded people prepared to bring positive change in our community, country and world.