Mission Statement



Mission Statement

The mission of Oscar Smith High School is to inspire and empower students to realize their full potential as life-long learners and productive citizens in a changing world by providing a variety of challenging educational opportunities in partnership with students, parents, staff and community in a safe, encouraging environment.

About OSH


Oscar Frommel Smith High School, an International Baccalaureate Program World School, proudly hosts 2,300 diversely talented students in its fifty-sixth year of service to the citizens of Chesapeake, Virginia.

Our Compass


We believe that students and staff have a right to a safe learning environment.
We believe in the dignity and worth of every individual.
We believe that understanding and respect for diversity are essential.
We believe that every child can learn.
We believe that all students deserve a quality education that promotes high academic standards.
We believe that learning is a lifelong process.
We believe that staff development is essential for quality education.
We believe that student development and learning opportunities are a shared responsibility among students, parents, staff and community.
We believe that cohesiveness among school, parents, businesses, organizations, and the community enhances quality education.
We believe that the schools and the community mutually benefit from the exchange of resources.
We believe that education is a sound investment in our future and enhances our quality of life.


Our students will show improvement each year and meet or exceed benchmarks on state assessments.
Our students will graduate or successfully complete program requirements.
Our students will be prepared for further education, employment, and civic responsibility.


Increase school, business, family, community, and alumni involvement.
Continue to strengthen communication among school, home and community.
Improve student achievement both socially and academically.
Improve student participation in and family and staff support of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Increase student awareness and planning for the future.
Increase staff ability to manage the inclusion of special education students.