High school is high pressure academically because college and career are the next stops on the journey. The pressure to get prepared comes from all sides it seems, and this can be difficult to handle on your own. We understand, and this is why we want you to know this: we're here for you!

As you navigate and strive to make the best of this school year, be kind to yourself and know that everyone is on your team, and you are so loved. You are loved enough that we invite you to make mistakes, to fail, to mess up, to blow it, to have several glitches along the way. This is normal. This is okay. This is how we learn and we grow. And when this happens, we want you to have great compassion for yourself. This can be the hardest because as humans, we are toughest on ourselves. But on the one day when you have to decide if everyone, everything, even life itself is against you, know these three powerful things:

  • God will grant the grace you need for each day.
  • Your teachers are rooting for you and will respond with empathy, even if they must enforce a policy or follow through with a consequence.
  • God has a perfect plan for your life.


It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. - T. Roosevelt


Scholars are able to schedule appointments with Mrs. McDaniel and Ollie, our therapy dog for guidance counseling throughout the year. If home or school circumstances become too much, or you need someone to talk to or pray with, be sure to reach out and never stay silent. Sometimes we need others to help us see from a different perspective and to help us reach new heights.

College Journey Night

If you are in grades 9th - 12th, be sure to visit college journey night for all the info you need to learn about college and career readiness.

August 9th // 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Believe it or not, planning for life after high school begins in 9th grade, and meeting with an advisor is key. Advisors help with the process of choosing the right courses to take in each grade year, and advisors help you strategically plan for college and career.

Your academic advisor is an integral part of a network of mentoring and supportive relationships —some formal and some informal—available to you here at OSOTA. One thing that distinguishes your relationship to your advisor from other such relationships is the central importance of academic goals and decisions. Navigating your educational path is a core priority when you work with your advisor.



Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution for middle and high schools that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, and improve student outcomes.

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement.

FASFA Federal Student Aid plays a central and essential role in supporting postsecondary education by providing money for college to eligible students and families. FASFA partners with postsecondary schools, financial institutions and others to deliver services that help students and families who are paying for college.

College Board. The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity by providing information about college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT® and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®).


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