What is the secret to any community’s success? Simple. It’s education.
Providing a comprehensive education from pre-kindergarten through college has been the goal of community leaders since the city’s founding. The results of this dedication are reflected in some impressive statistics: More than 83 percent of Tulsa area residents have a high school diploma or higher; 23 percent have a bachelor’s degree; and more than 11 percent have a master’s degree.
A great education starts with a solid foundation in elementary and preschool. Two dozen school districts offer public education in the Tulsa metropolitan area. In Tulsa County alone, more than 90,000 students are instructed by 15 independent school districts. Tulsa Public Schools, the largest district in the state, educates more than 42,000 students at more than 80 schools. The district is noted for progressive programs and high levels of community involvement, including the very successful Partner-In-Education program. Formerly known as Adopt-A-School, this program encourages companies to develop partnerships with schools that foster ongoing linkages between business and public education.
Other public school districts, such as Jenks, Owasso, Broken Arrow and Bixby, offer students outstanding programs that provide a well-rounded educational experience. Each year, students from Tulsa area school districts garner impressive honors such as National Merit Scholars and all-American student-athlete awards.
The rich tradition of private schools in Tulsa dates to the 1880s, when small churches and congregations offered educational opportunities. The tradition continues at outstanding private institutions, including Holland Hall, Cascia Hall, Monte Casino, Bishop Kelley, Miss Helen’s, Riverfield Country Day, Undercroft Montessori, Baker Academy, and many others. Tulsa is home to nine Catholic schools. Schools in four other communities in the region—Broken Arrow, Okmulgee, Muskogee and Bartlesville—carry on the tradition of excellence in Catholic education.
Both public and private institutions offer a wide range of associate, undergraduate, graduate and vocational opportunities in Tulsa. With the creation of Oklahoma State University-Tulsa in 1999, higher education reached a new level of service delivery. As an urban university, OSU-Tulsa offers a wide array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs designed to accommodate non-traditional students. Other institutions of higher learning include the
University of Oklahoma
University of Tulsa
Oral Roberts University
Tulsa Community College
Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow
University of Phoenix
Tulsa Technology Center
Southern Nazarene University
Oklahoma Weslyan University
Rogers State University
Oklahoma City University
More than ever, Tulsans have access to educational opportunities that are second to none nationwide.
Document: Education Guide 2004-2005