Children learn Maths, Science and Social Sciences subjects in Tamil besides learning Tamil as the first language. They learn English as second language. The school is affiliated to the State Board. Children complete their 10 years of schooling by appearing for the SSLC exams of Tamilnadu State Board of Secondary Education.
Children come from Socially and economically disadvantaged families in the neighbourhood and some families displaced from the Besant Nagar suburb.
The parents are mostly poor fisherfolk, coolies, housemaids whose family incomes hover between 10,000 INR and 20,000 INR per annum (USD 250 to 500).
The fluctuating nature of incomes and the nature of the work leaves many men underemployed and frustrated. It is sad that our children therefore live with domestic violence, alcoholism, women and child abuse, and among elders who sometimes exploit such situations.
The school attempts to support the underprivileged children through free education. OMHSS is a vibrant, happy and dynamic place for children and teachers. The school attempts holistic education through good practices in pedagogy through well thought-out facilities. The children learn life skills to cope and deal with their difficult circumstances.
The school tries to instil self-confidence and respect for honest living through hard work and an SSLC certificate that is the gateway to their futures.