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The Opportunity Scholarship Fund is proud to welcome two new schools – Lawton Academy of Arts & Sciences and Oklahoma Bible Academy in Enid. The addition of these schools brings to 54, the total number of schools that enjoy the benefits of Oklahoma’s tax credit scholarship program through the OSF.
The Lawton Academy of Arts & Sciences (www.lawtonacademy.com) is a K-12 school that believes that gifted children are an important resource for solving problems of the future. LAAS provides a differentiated curriculum aimed at meeting the needs of gifted students. Students are offered a rigorous curriculum that will not only satisfy their intellectual curiosity, but will also create the opportunity for maximizing potential. Students are required to explore the arts and sciences fully, with participation in advanced-level classes and fine arts (music, art, technology, public speaking/theater).
LAAS was started in 1999 and is headed by Kay Johnson who has over 50 years of public and private education, primarily in administrative and gifted program education. Kay was in the first gifted and talented program in St. Louis, Missouri, during the Sputnik era; she worked with the Oklahoma Legislature to pass the Gifted and Talented Law for Oklahoma; she served as president of the Oklahoma Association for Gifted and Talented; and she was selected to represent Oklahoma on a cadre of leaders from eleven states in a consortium for arts for the gifted and talented.
Oklahoma Bible Academy (www.oklahomabible.com) is a middle and secondary school (grades 7-12) located in Enid. OBA is committed to offering a rigorous academic experience in a Christian environment. OBA challenges its students to work hard as they develop knowledge, skills, and critical thinking. They believe this to be their professional privilege and responsibility as an academic institution. However, the school also embraces the opportunity to offer students its Christian education with character development.
Oklahoma Bible Academy started in 1911. In its 105-year history, the school has graduated hundreds of students to become high-character, high-performing citizens and influence the world around them. Headed by their headmaster, Andy Wilkins, OBA provides a wide range of school experience that allows students to participate in athletic, arts, and community service endeavors.
OSF welcomes these two new schools to our organization and look forward to their active participation in helping students afford the education value that they provide to their communities.