While enrolled in the O-School, each child learns to experience a sense of accomplishment through academic engagement, the cultivation of individual talents and the building of lasting, healthy relationships. Together, these enable students to manage real lives, both at the O-School and beyond. Most students experience significant change, so they can re-engage the world with mastery and confidence.
I learned how to think clearly for myself and make my own decisions, how to deal with stressful situations, build healthier and more realistic relationships and function as part of a community. I wouldn’t have those skills if I hadn’t gone to the O-School.
– O-School Alumna
Long-Term Educational Outcomes
A long-term outcomes survey of O-School alumni conducted five years or more after they have left the school found that the academic achievements of O-School students compare favorably with both the national averages for all students and for special education students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).
In addition, over the past three years, more than 90% of those students who graduated high school from the O-School went on to attend college.
Long-Term Mental Health and Relational Outcomes
In other areas of their lives, O-School alumni report that after 5 years:
- 94% required no substance abuse treatment
- 88% have held a job or been employed
- 86% have strong relationships and a viable social network
- 87% maintain close and significant relationships from the O-School
Considering the high-risk populations that the O-School serves, these outcomes confirm both the short- and long-term effectiveness of O-School programs and services.