Educational Institutions

Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation

  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • www.ossm.edu/foundation/

Mission Statement

Fostering educational development of students with exceptional potential and interest in science and mathematics and serving all Oklahoma schools/students through research, teacher training and outreach.

Main Programs

  1. Annual Faculty Stipend (Bridge) Fund
  2. Fine Arts Program
  3. Summer Teacher Institutes
  4. Middle School Summer Math & Science Workshops
  5. Distinguished Lecture Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Oklahoma

OSSM serves all Oklahoma schools and students through math contests, research, teacher training and outreach activities. Students from across the state apply competitively to attend OSSM's two-year residential program in Oklahoma City. Hundreds of others attend half-day programs at OSSM Regional Centers housed in 13 Career Techs around the state that offer Calculus and Calculus-based Physics to students who want to remain in their home communities.

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Frank Y. H. Wang, Ph.D., President OSSM

Keywords

Self-reported

OSSM, Specialized High School, Gifted and Talented, Science, Math, Residential, Accelerated Education

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EIN

73-1401430

 Number

3547215706

Also Known As

OSSM

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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OSSM helps Oklahoma students talented in math and science develop their skills to the highest degree possible in high school and beyond. Since OSSM is a public school charging no tuition or fees, students are selected without regard to family financial resources. OSSM alumni, in turn, are steadily strengthening Oklahoma's resources in science, technical, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and contributing substantially to our state's economic development. As of June 2014, OSSM has graduated 1,407 students since 1992. Approximately one-half of them are still involved in completing their educational and professional training. The following describes the 600-800 who have been out of OSSM long enough to complete at least one degree: 85% have stayed in a technical field for their chosen professionMore than half stayed in Oklahoma for undergraduate educationMore than half who have completed a degree and have entered the work force are working in OklahomaTen have started their own businesses in OklahomaMore than 300 are practicing engineersMore than 100 have earned MD degreesMore than 50 have earned PhD degreesMore than 20 have earned DO, PharmD, DDS, or DVM degreesMore than 30 have earned JD degreesOSSM alumni are teaching at the University of Oklahoma, MIT, Stanford, Michigan, USAFA, USAFIT, Johns Hopkins College of Medicine, Wake Forest College of Medicine, Southern Utah University, The Citadel, UC - Berkeley, UC - Merced, Duke University Medical Center, and other of our country's finest institutions of higher learningSeveral are serving in ministryMore than 75 are serving or have served in the US Armed Forces

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Annual Faculty Stipend (Bridge) Fund

The Bridge Fund, established in 2000 by the OSSM Foundation Board to help retain our outstanding faculty, supplements faculty salaries through annual stipends. As a state agency, OSSM salary increases are controlled by the state legislature, and faculty salaries have not remained competitive over the years. Our faculty is the backbone of OSSM. Eighty percent of our teaching faculty hold doctorates in the disciplines they teach. All are teaching college-level curriculum, and many are staffing more than their own full time position to help OSSM weather budgetary constraints while maintaining the world class level of quality for which the school is known. Faculty members tutor students weekly in evening study halls, mentor seniors in individual research projects, and often become life-long friends. One long-time teacher has often said that ""working for OSSM is not a job - it's a way of life."" It is imperative to the continued success of the OSSM program that we keep these remarkable men and women on staff.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$150,000.00

Program 2

Fine Arts Program

OSSM students are totally immersed in studies that are academically years ahead of a normal high school curriculum. They are focused, competitive, and devoted to academic excellence. The Fine Arts program at OSSM provides an outlet for their creative talents. Though they may not seek careers in the arts, they will be consumers and supporters of the arts throughout their lives. Students must enroll in a Fine Arts class for one or more semesters each year as required for graduation. Classes are pre-arranged and include specialized areas of art, music, theatre, photography, and dance, as well as period exposure to cultural and performing events.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 3

Summer Teacher Institutes

The Summer Math and Science Institutes for Middle School Teachers are free week-long experiences that are changing the way science and mathematics are perceived and taught in Oklahoma middle schools, broadening teacher knowledge and comfort level, and teaching skills that will stimulate and invigorate student interest in math and science. Teachers from across Oklahoma who attend the Institutes each summer bring back new and innovative teaching methods to students and to colleagues in their home districts. Held in the first week of June, the residential aspect of both institutes gives teachers the opportunity to share ideas and concerns with peers from across the state.Teachers participating in the Summer Institutes receive classroom and laboratory (science) training, workbooks, and equipment on specific concepts that follow State of Oklahoma curriculum. Emphasis is placed on recruiting teachers from rural areas and small towns who work in relative isolation. OSSM faculty continue to provide informational support to attendees as needed throughout the following school year.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$67,000.00

Program 4

Middle School Summer Math & Science Workshops

Free day-long math and science workshops are designed for middle school students during June and July. Each of four intensive math sessions is uniquely different and designed to expand a student's knowledge in higher level math concepts. In addition, students are introduced to an assortment of physics principles. Two one-day science sessions introduce students to a wide variety of career directions in STEM fields, including engineering and the physical and plant sciences.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$8,000.00

Program 5

Distinguished Lecture Program

In appreciation for the far-sighted vision of then State Representative Penny Williams, who in 1983 authored House Bill 1286 which created the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, the Senator Penny Williams Distinguished Lecture Series was begun to bring national and international figures in the arts and sciences to the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

$5,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Oklahoma

OSSM serves all Oklahoma schools and students through math contests, research, teacher training and outreach activities. Students from across the state apply competitively to attend OSSM's two-year residential program in Oklahoma City. Hundreds of others attend half-day programs at OSSM Regional Centers housed in 13 Career Techs around the state that offer Calculus and Calculus-based Physics to students who want to remain in their home communities.

Funding Needs

General Operating to take on more Oklahoma students Faculty EndowmentAnnual Faculty Stipend FundFine Arts ProgramEquipment Needs

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OKLAHOMA SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Frank Y. H. Wang, Ph.D., President OSSM

BIO

Dr. Frank Y. H. Wang joined the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics as President in August, 2012, succeeding Dr. Edna McDuffie Manning, the school's founding president. Wang earned his Bachelor of Arts in Math from Princeton University in 1986 and his Doctorate in Pure Math from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991. As a graduate student, he co-authored a widely used high school calculus textbook. After graduation from MIT, he went to work at Saxon Publishers, Inc., where he later became its president in 1994. Under Wang's leadership, Saxon Publishers grew to become a major textbook publisher, with 250 employees and annual sales approaching $100 million. In 2003, Wang left his position as chairman of Saxon Publishers to pursue his lifelong passion and desire for teaching. He taught at OSSM and the University of Oklahoma and started a special after-school school for middle school students in Norman, Oklahoma. In 2006, Wang moved to Plano, Texas and ran his own education business, Wang Education LLC. In 2010-2011, he was a teaching fellow with the Alexander Dawson Foundation Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Dr. Wang has spoken to teachers and/or students in the New York City Public Schools, Los Angeles Unified School District, Chicago Public Schools, Washington DC Public Schools, and numerous other schools, large and small, public and private, throughout the country (as well as Managua, Nicaragua).

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"OSSM President Dr. Frank Wang's major goals continue to be: 1) to maintain and build upon the solid foundation of academic excellence for which OSSM is known; 2) to find ways OSSM can generate revenues and be more fiscally self-sufficient; and 3) to find ways OSSM can impact and benefit more students, especially those areas of the state where advanced math and science instruction may not be readily available For example, OSSM opened a Virtual Regional Center this school year whereby students receive live instruction via readily available and free video conferencing software like Skype. Uniquely, this instruction is combined with full hands-on labs conducted in person with all students by our traveling instructor at least once a month. One Virtual Regional Center student, the son of farmers in Medford, was the only student in the state to be accepted this year by both Harvard and Yale. Being a ""hands on"" person, Dr. Wang personally drove to the young man's school in Blackwell to help him prepare for the AP Calculus exam at the beginning of May. To become more self-sufficient, OSSM is developing high-end residential summer programs for paying students. We are so grateful to Williams Companies for making scholarships available for Oklahoma students with limited family resources to attend this week at the end of July filled with academic challenge and fun. Also, OSSM will be allowing paying students from out-of-state to attend OSSM during the regular school year on a limited basis (maximum 10% of our enrollment). This is developing very slowly with perhaps just 1-2 students signing up for the 2015-2016 academic year. We anticipate these numbers will grow steadily as word spreads of positive experiences by non-resident students. The goal here is to charge out-of-staters a premium and to use the monies to expand opportunities for Oklahoma students. No Oklahoma student will lose their place—In fact, funds earned through this program will help OSSM fill budget gaps and allow OSSM to serve more Oklahoma resident students! Please read Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) president Stephen Prescott's recent Op-Ed piece in the Sunday Oklahoman titled The Business of Health: Nerds: The Fuel for Oklahoma's Economic Engine. Most of our students stay in Oklahoma for college and career. A recent independent study by Oklahoma City University finds our graduates stimulating some $40 million annually in economic activity in Oklahoma. OSSM is an economic engine for our state!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Webster Lance Benham

Retired

Term: Jan 2015 - Dec 2015

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