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Rita Cox, Home Buyer in Sand Springs, OK

What is the best elem. middle and high school district in or around tulsa, Ok?

Asked by Rita Cox, Sand Springs, OK Sun Sep 30, 2007

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Check out Great Schools.net. When we moved to OK, I used it to help get information on the area schools.
Web Reference: http://www.greatschools.net
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 7, 2007
Citing the State's Academic Performance Index
http://apps.sde.state.ok.us/apireports/CountyMap.aspx?county=72

Berryhill 1387
Bixby 1287
Broken Arrow 1322
Collinsville 1238
Glenpool 1253
Jenks 1400
Keystone 1317
Leonard 1211
Liberty 1205
Owasso 1369
Sand Springs 1305
Skiatook 1232
Sperry 1288
Tulsa 1037 **
Union 1325

The Academic Performance Index rates school districts on a scale of 0-1500. The current state average is 1180.

** Since Tulsa Public Schools is comprised of many districts, I caution judging the entire district based on this API.

I encourage you to visit http://apps.sde.state.ok.us/apireports/CountyMap.aspx?county=72 for further detailed information.

If I can provide any additional assistance, please feel free to contact me via e-mail or phone.

Best of luck in your search,
Lora Clark
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 30, 2007
Great question that is difficult to answer - mainly because there are so many great school districts in and around the Tulsa Metro area. Our local schools districts (such as Tulsa, Union, Bixby, Jenks) all offer different philosophies so I'd recommend that you do a little research on the Department of Education website http://sde.state.ok.us or the districts' individual sites (all listed on the DofEd site). Choosing the right school district has a lot to do with your child(ren)'s needs. Do they have any disabilities? Excel in certain disciplines? Speak any foreign languages? Be cautious acceptin answers about the "best" school district from individuals - we have proud parents around here and generally their child's school is always the "best."
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 30, 2007
The best 'public' schools in the Tulsa district are Booker T. Washington and Edison Preparatory (high schools). Most of the elementary schools in the Edison district are of very high quality too. For elementary, I am a fan of Eisenhower. Honestly, in my opinion, those two high schools are the only acceptable high schools in Tulsa Public Schools. All others are graded as deficient by the government.

For 'private' schools, the best school in Tulsa by far is Holland Hall, but its very pricey.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 16, 2008
If you are asking this questions strictly from a home resale respective, the scores are the thing. From my years doing real estate in California, I can tell you the number of times I heard the refrain, "I will not look at school districts with API scores under 900." This led to school districts in Mission in the East Bay having premiums (!!) of $150,000 over homes outside the district. Metro Tulsa schools don't have close to this variance, but we expect the gap to widen over time.

However, bear in mind that many of these schools are very one dimensional, so consider for your kids, the art, music athletic programs that are available, and giving them a well rounded education. Also note that many kids don't do well in a hypercompetitive environment, the atmosphere can be stifling for some very bright, creative kids. So, if you are able to narrow down to a few schools, talk to the parents and the kids going to the schools, I know it's a lot of work. GreatSchools.net previously recommended by Susie has parent reviews of schools, an excellent resource.
Web Reference: http://TulsaHomesPro.com
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