Located in Muskogee, the Oklahoma School for the Blind (OSB), also known as Parkview School, provides residential and day education, and outreach programs at no charge for Oklahoma children who are blind or visually impaired from infancy through 12th grade. OSB's goal is to help students reach their maximum potential.
Information for Parents (and Others involved in the Child's Education)
Check out this Information for Parents document to find out about the specialized services OSB provides for Oklahoma's children who are blind or visually impaired. OSB programs serve students on campus as well as those attending school in their home communities. Open the Information for Parents PDF file or Information for Parents Word file.
Residential and Day School Education
OSB offers a comprehensive curriculum of reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, physical education, music and computer science for residential and day students. Specialized instruction includes braille, orientation and mobility, optimum use of low vision, adaptive equipment and technology, and tactile graphic skills.
The secondary school program includes college preparation, vocational training and a work-study program. In addition, students may receive assessment, counseling, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, hearing tests and health care services. Recreational activities include student organizations and interscholastic athletics.
Teaching materials and instructional styles are adapted to meet the needs of each student. Independent living skills are taught to enable each student to attain maximum independence and strengthen social skills and self-esteem.
OSB transports students home for weekends and holidays.
The school serves as a resource center for students statewide with visual impairments who do not attend OSB. Outreach staff provide consultation, curriculum assistance, classroom modifications and assistance with technical equipment. Students receive free evaluations on academic achievement, orientation and mobility, low vision, psychological profiles and living skills. Early intervention services are provided to young students to help them prepare for school.
How to Apply
- The school accepts referrals from Local Education Agencies (LEAs), educational cooperatives, parents residing within the State of Oklahoma, and/or third party agencies or individuals.
- Admission to the school is accomplished through application directly from parents or guardians.
- Download and fill out and outreach application: http://osb.k12.ok.us/new/images/PDF/OutreachApplicationCompleted.pdf
What to Bring
- Vision Report
- Individualized Education Report(IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
- Multidisciplinary Education Evaluation and Group Summary
- Release of Information form ( http://osb.k12.ok.us/new/images/PDF/OSB-Outreach-Release-Form.pdf )
- To be eligible to attend OSB a student must have a visual impairment. The impairment can be a corrected visual acuity of 20/70 or less, or a visual field no greater than 20 degrees in the better eye. Even if a student does not meet either of these criteria, he/she may also be eligible to attend OSB if there is a visual impairment which, even with the best correction, adversely affects the student's performance in the regular classroom.
- The student’s visual impairment should be a major contributor to his/her inability to succeed in the public school.