Award Year: 2015

Osan Middle School

Unit 2037
Osan Air Base, Korea, DD, 96278-2037

(571) 372-0590

Dr. Legena Roberts-Kpinkpin, Principal at time of Nomination


School Website


Osan Middle School is "providing a setting of high expectations that engages and motivates all students in a successful learning environment."

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 31%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 23%
  • Two or more races: 24%
  • ELL: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Osan Middle School Thunderbird Pride

Osan Middle School Thunderbird Pride

“Providing a Setting of High Expectations that Engages and Motivates All Students in a Successful Learning Environment” is a vision that guides Osan Middle School (OMS) to embrace the challenge of meeting the needs of military families and helping each student gain the confidence and skills needed to succeed in the 21st century learning environment and beyond.

With diverse student needs, teachers focus on curriculum standards and encourage all students to explore and expand their understanding of key concepts by integrating technology and instructional strategies of essential questioning, graphic organizers, and summary writing. Other instructional methods used are word walls, displays, games, and study trips to provide students with experiential learning within and beyond the school setting. In addition, OMS unites with two local host nation schools to promote an appreciation for and understanding of cultures by cultivating student and faculty exchanges and cross-cultural curricular activities.

Assessment data is communicated to students, parents, and community members, using various communication venues to include the weekly newsletter, website, forums, such as open house, parent-student orientations, student expectation meetings, and local military community meetings and events. Stakeholders are encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback. This active participation allows for open exchange between the school and community and promotes distributed leadership in the continuous school improvement process, yielding highest student achievement.

Most importantly, students demonstrate their school spirit with the motto “You Can’t Hide that Thunderbird Pride” which is echoed at various school activities, exhibiting their focus for a successful learning environment.