I raised my kids here in the Owasso school system from about the 4th grade on, when we moved up from Tulsa. The elementary school system is excellent. We have awesome principals and good schools and teachers. Once the kids move into 6th grade they go into "centers". These years are very formative and the kids seem to enjoy being together. The Owasso system is large and growing. It is rated excellent. Children can and do fit in, but there is a social structure in place. However, that being said, it doesn't seem that kids who are from other areas have issues fitting in, if they are good at fitting in. Collinsville is a great school system just up the road. It's a bit smaller and is becoming a strong school system of choice. We also have an excellent private Christian school here in town as well. I invite you to check out the awesome new search feature for homes on my website at http://www.BobHaywood.com as well. It's free!
I have some clients who just moved to Owasso and love the schools! They came from a school district called Oakdale in the OKC area and were concerned about the same things. They love it. The kids and mom have got involved and really have a peace about the move. In regards to rentals, the market in OK is still very strong. I have numerous investmant properties and have for years. If you would like to connect with my buyer to ask her some questions, mom to mom, let me know. I will set it up.
You may have already seen that Owasso schools are listed under the Academic Performance Index (under the No Child Left Behind) with excellent ratings - 2 elementary schools received the highest ranking possible (1500). Most of these schools have pretty low and acceptable student/teacher ratios. We have several brand new elementary schools so your children would not be attending a large school until they are much older and would have had time to adapt. We also have a smaller private Christian school in the area and several other private schools in the Tulsa area if you prefer.
I am an Oklahoma native and grew up in Collinsville/Owasso. I have seen this area change tremendously over the last several years, and now it offers some wonderful conveniences, yet it still feels small town with excellent community activities. I currently have my 5 year old enrolled through the local YMCA in soccer and we are having a great time!
As for homes in the 2500-3000sf range, we have many new construction as well as exisiting homes -- some on 1-2 acres in an affordable price range. If you prefer to rent, I can work to locate a rental that might work for you. Please contact me if you'd like more information so I can assist you better! I look forward to talking to you, and I would like to be the first to welcome you to our community!