Quality, commitment and accountability - these are just a few of the words that reflect the sweeping changes and improvements in education in Oklahoma City.
In 2001, Oklahoma City voters approved MAPS for Kids, a comprehensive education reform plan that raised $700 million for Oklahoma City Public Schools and 23 surrounding school districts. In addition to building seven schools and renovating 65 others, the plan called for strategic academic reforms; improved student achievement; restored classroom discipline; and increased accountability.
Oklahoma schools have received national recognition for alternative education, early childhood accessibility and the increasing number of teachers earning National Board Certification - the profession's top credential.
There are also several excellent suburban school districts within and adjacent to Oklahoma City, including Putnam City Schools, which was named by Money magazine as one of the nation's "top 100 schools in towns you can afford." In addition to Oklahoma City and Putnam City Schools, other school districts located in Oklahoma County include: Choctaw/Nicoma Park, Crooked Oak, Deer Creek, Edmond, Jones, Luther, McLoud, Mid-Del, Millwood and Moore.
Oklahoma students score above the national average on the SAT and have seen the largest performance increase on the ACT test over the last 13 years in the Southwest Region. In fact, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM), a tuition-free residential high school in Oklahoma City for juniors and seniors with exceptional ability in math and science, has achieved the highest composite ACT scores of any high school in the country twice since 1998, and has produced 225 National Merit Scholars in the 14 years it has been in operation. Oklahoma City's Classen High School of Advanced Studies also offers an International Baccalaureate diploma program for international or internationally-minded students.