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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Public schools in OKC

Students painting

When moving to a new city, we know how important a role education plays when choosing where to live. Luckily for Oklahoma City, there are excellent public schools throughout Greater Oklahoma City. There are more than 271,000 students enrolled in public schools in the 10-county region and more than 50 schools in the region hold National Blue Ribbon distinction. Read a complete list of public school districts at abetterlifeokc.com.

Charter schools are public schools established by contract with sponsors and often promote a specific curriculum and learning style. Several Greater Oklahoma City school districts have authorized charter schools – Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Edmond, Mid-Del, Moore, Mustang, Oklahoma City and Putnam City. View a list of area charter schools.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Private schools in OKC

Students reading

In today’s blog post we are going to highlight the private school webpage. Here you can find a list of all the private schools in Oklahoma City and under each school you will find a brief description of what to expect in regard to the grades they teach, how many students they typically serve, and a myriad of other facts. You will also find a link to each school’s website, where you can learn more about their values and educational standards.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Education foundation

kids learning at school

In November 2001, the MAPS for Kids program was established when Oklahoma City voters approved a new tax to fund public schools. The seven year temporary sales tax, combined with a $180 million bond issue, raised $700 million to fund transportation, technology and construction projects for the benefit of Oklahoma City’s public school students.

With many of the larger construction projects complete, work continues at some schools throughout Oklahoma City. When the program comes to a close, more than 70 new and renovated schools totaling $470 million in construction will be completed.

MAPS for Kids also provided funding for 23 suburban school districts that serve Oklahoma City resident students. When the program ends, nearly $153 million in city sales tax will have been expended for over 400 projects in these 23 suburban school districts.

Like other MAPS projects, MAPS for Kids has played a fundamental part in improving the daily lives of Oklahoma City residents. By investing in Oklahoma City student’s schools and programs, MAPS for Kids has also invested in the future of Oklahoma City.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Charter school options in OKC

Lunch Time at John Rex

In Greater Oklahoma City, options are the name of the game when it comes to education. The metro has a great array of public, private and charter schools that provide flexibility in finding the right fit for your kids. In the past we’ve highlighted both the public and private schools in our area. Today we are going to shed a little light on OKC’s growing charter school options.

Charter schools are public schools established by contract with sponsors and often promote a specific curriculum and learning style. Several Greater Oklahoma City school districts are authorized by state law to have charter schools -- Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Edmond, Mid-Del, Moore, Mustang, Oklahoma City and Putnam City.

In the Oklahoma City district alone there are 18 charter schools providing education for students between kindergarten and 12th grade. More than 850 students are enrolled in charter schools in the district.

If you want more information on charter schools be sure to visit our website. There you will find a comprehensive list of schools and frequently asked questions about charter schools in OKC.  

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Better Life: childcare

Better Life Childcare

Having access to quality childcare is important if you’re a working adult or even just looking to get your kids involved in some fun activities.

If you don’t know where to start in finding childcare centers near you, we’ve got you covered. Check out our website for a list of childcare centers, schools and more in the OKC area.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

An education on education

Kids using computers

We know just how critical educational opportunities are any time someone relocates to a new community. Here at Better Life HQ we want to help answer any questions you have about education in OKC. Check out the education tab on our website to get more info on everything from public schools, private schools, charter schools, universities and childcare.

With more than 18 public and private schools with 125,000 college students, we believe Greater OKC offers an educational fit for every type of student. Be sure to visit the university section of our website for more information and links on the schools we talked about and more.

If you can’t find the info you are looking for on our website, give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter or the comments below, and we will help you gain more knowledge on the wealth of educational opportunities in our region.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Superb suburbs

Suburban Home

We know what you’re thinking: the suburbs are snoozers! But wait just a moment, dear reader. It’s not all huge SUVs with backseat TV screens, chain restaurants, roving packs of opinionated soccer moms, soulless big-box retail and packed Starbucks drive-thrus in OKC’s suburbs. Many take advantage of Oklahoma City’s famously quick commutes and live in popular “suburban” areas that are nonetheless easily accessible, feature lots of new housing product, clean and green lawns and safe, cost-effective subdivisions--and that still feel like a seamless part of the city.

So what’s the real story on OKC’s suburbs? How about good schools, close neighborhood ties and unique community events? If that doesn’t grab you, think open, modern floor plans, sizable yards, shared neighborhood amenities like pools and splashpads and more. The best part? Affordable suburban neighborhoods abound all over the metro. Whether it’s north, south, east or west, in our own cool considerate objective opinion, OKC’s suburbs offer the best of all worlds, especially given Oklahoma City’s low commute times. In Oklahoma City, living in the suburbs doesn’t have to mean living out of the city. Learn more on our website at http://www.abetterlifeokc.com/housing/suburban-neighborhoods/.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

High school football on Fridays

Stout Football Field

If you’re paying any attention, you’re probably aware that college football in Oklahoma is quite popular. If you are having trouble finding tickets, or you just want your live sports with perhaps a little less video board, consider attending a local high school football game. Oklahoma high schools have produced more than 400 NFL players, and in many places, Friday night lights are a community ritual. Join the masses--check out a high school game and see possible future gridiron stars in the making.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Teacherís pet

High school pep band

It’s that time of the year again – back to school for students throughout the Oklahoma City metro area. When moving to a new city, we know how important a role education plays when choosing where to live. Luckily for Oklahoma City, there are excellent public schools throughout Greater Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Public Schools
This district covers 134 square miles and includes 60 elementary schools, 17 middle schools and 13 high schools. Listen to new OKCPS Superintendent Aurora Lora discuss her goals for the district at this recent Chamber lunch.

Putnam City Public Schools
Covering 43 square miles, the district serves more than 18,000 students at 18 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools and has an overall population of 117,700.

Edmond Public Schools
The district covers 129 square miles and serves more than 20,000 students.. It includes 23 schools – 15 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools, as well as one early childhood center.

Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM)
OSSM is located on a 32-acre site to the northeast of downtown Oklahoma City, adjacent to the libraries and research resources of the Oklahoma Health Center. OSSM is a tuition-free residential high school for juniors and seniors from across the state with exceptional ability in math and science.

Read a complete list of public school districts at abetterlifeokc.com.

Charter schools are public schools established by contract with sponsors and often promote a specific curriculum and learning style. Several Greater Oklahoma City school districts have authorized charter schools -- Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Edmond, Mid-Del, Moore, Mustang, Oklahoma City and Putnam City. View a list of area charter schools.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Head of the class

Students on Computers

Along with quality public schools, Greater Oklahoma City has a variety of private schools that offer world-class educations.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Find a local school for you

While we’re on the subject of schools, if you’re new around here, you can learn about area schools on The Better Life website. Whether you’re interested in public or private schools, preschools or universities and those in between, take a look at the site’s education section.

In addition to the metropolitan area’s largest district, Oklahoma City Public Schools and programs tailored to different types of students, such as the Career Academies or its charter schools, there are suburban public school districts to choose as well, depending on where you live. There’s even an Oklahoma City school catering to the downtown crowd, called John Rex Charter Elementary School.

For more information about education in the state, go online to the State Department of Education’s website.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The root of Oklahoma Cityís forward momentum

Kayakers on the Oklahoma River

While we’re on the subject of elections, let’s talk about one of the most important elections in Oklahoma City’s recent history – the one that changed everything and led to the city’s current, ongoing transformation. If you have visited the Oklahoma River or seen the U.S. Olympic training programs for both canoe/kayak and rowing programs there or attended an OKC Dodgers game in Bricktown, you’ve enjoyed some of the results of that election more than 20 years ago.

Informally and most commonly known as MAPS, the first election for Metropolitan Area Projects happened on Dec. 14, 1993. Then, voters approved a five-year, one-cent sales tax to build or upgrade nine community facilities – projects that are now known as the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (construction), Cox Convention Center (renovation), State Fair Park (improvements), the Bricktown Canal (construction), Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library (construction), Chesapeake Energy Arena (construction), the Oklahoma River (transformation into a popular recreation area with rowing, kayaking and more), Civic Center Music Hall (rebuilding) and new trolleys.

The initiative was so successful and popular that voters have since approved similar limited-term MAPS sales taxes three more times. MAPS for Kids funded school improvements and renovations and MAPS 3, which passed in 2009 is currently underway.

All projects have been built debt free, and each sales tax has had a term limit.

Since MAPS passed in 1993, Oklahoma City has seen more than $5 billion in new public and private investment throughout the city. But the energy, momentum and pride these projects have added to our city are unmeasurable.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Your Mom Goes to College

As a regular reader of this blog, you’re keeping up to date on all the things to do and see in OKC. As you can tell, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. But what about the rest of your day? After all, all leisure all the time can’t be good for anybody (just look what it’s done to Garfield the cat). So if you have a hankerin’ for hustle in the form of college credits, you’re in luck – there are 125,000 students just like you here, and 18 public and private colleges and universities in Greater Oklahoma City from which you can choose.

Fancy a law degree? You’re covered, counselor. Medical school? The laughter we get from the question is the best medicine. Musical theater? We sing a six-second affirmative (with full orchestral backing and maybe even a twirl and jazz hands). Liberal arts? No fancy analysis necessary. Veterinarian? You vet your can. Want to do research? Get a Ph.D. and be smarter than that can of Dr. Pepper. We’re running out of ridiculous ways to respond to these questions, but rest assured, whatever you want to do in the world of higher education (even if it’s “become a rock star”), you can probably do justice to your diploma dream here in OKC.

To learn more about the opportunities in higher education in Oklahoma City, check out the Universities section of this website and our “OKC At a Glance” publication.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Get Your Learning On

Listen up, knowledge lovers! Oklahoma City is surrounded by the some of the best colleges and universities in the country. Seriously, did you know that our region serves more than 125,000 college students at 18 public and private colleges? It’s true! Here’s a quick rundown in case you’re looking to do some learning.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Surprise! It's Time for Supplies

Admit it, as much as you may have resisted, you’ve begun to see them: back-to-school displays at your local big-box retailer. The mere sight of these end-of-summer staples can inspire a range of emotions, from outright fear and denial in kids, to dreamy memories of going back to school for some new-to-the-working-world young professionals, to perhaps even a sense of impending relief for harried parents. Unfortunately, some of OKC’s less fortunate kids may look at those displays and wistfully wonder, “What if I could have the use of even the most basic non-designer series Trapper Keeper?” Help keep Oklahoma City Public Schoolkids in Trapper Keepers (as well as pencils, paper, rulers, etc.) by donating to the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation’s Teachers Warehouse program. $25 provides a basic set of school supplies to an elementary student, and helps students, parents as well as teachers (often, teachers are forced to foot the bill for supplies when their students’ families cannot afford them). In addition, Team Up OKC’s annual school supply drive aims to replenish the Warehouse, and provides supply dropoff locations throughout the city during the drive, usually in September. Don’t live in OKC Public Schools? Check with your local school district to see how you can donate. Give what you can, in turn giving our kids the best opportunity to achieve in the classroom—and in life.

More info:
http://okckids.com/invest/donate/
http://teamupokc.com/

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Sales Tax Holiday, AKA Just the Excuse you Need to Get Some Crazy Socks

In what very well may be the latest sign of the end of the world as we know it, the sock craze is officially upon us here in OKC. Stripes, dots, patterns, and golfer-chic argyle is where it’s at—and hey, the flashier the better, amiright?  But maybe you’ve been waiting for just the right time to beef up your sock stock. Well, look no further than the Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday, heading our way August 2-4. It can potentially knock your old socks right off your feet (as well as whatever else you happen to be wearing). Yep, that’s right – any item of clothing or pair of shoes up to $100 intended to be worn daily, including even the most awe-inspiring, epilepsy-inducing, ridiculous-looking pair of socks, is exempt from sales tax. (Some items designed primarily for athletic activity and others are excepted. For example, if the costume mask craze hits us next year, you’ll be sadly (thankfully?) out of luck.) Give the inside of your boots as well as your pocketbook a little break, and get your back-to-school wardrobe ready from bottom to top.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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