Norman Public Schools – Serving Four Ideal Homes Communities

May 15, 2018

Nestled in the heart of a world-class academic community, Norman Public Schools is the eighth-largest district in Oklahoma. Located near the University of Oklahoma, NPS has earned a reputation for academic excellence, robust fine arts programs, first-rate athletic teams and providing opportunities for all students to reach their full potential. Norman Public Schools provide an exemplary education for students through consistent curriculum, innovative partnerships and rigorous professional development for educators. The district has repeatedly been recognized for academic excellence in Newsweek, the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and more. Norman residents continue to support public education, serve more than 16,000 students and invest in projects that enhance students’ learning environments. Since 1972, voters have approved $432 million in bond funds for capital improvements, instructional enhancements and technology upgrades, including:
  • Freshman Academies
  • College and Career Centers
  • Unique Advanced Placement programs
  • Hands-on STEM enrichment opportunities
  • Robust Fine Arts programs at every grade level
  • 6A Athletics for middle and high school students
  • Competitive academic clubs, after-school programs and activities
  • Special education programs that maximize opportunities for students
  • Robust community partnerships that allow educators to serve the whole child
Where Ideal kids go to school: Students from Ideal’s Greenleaf Trails, Little River Trails and Trail Woods communities attend the following Norman Public Schools. Adams Elementary Street Address: 817 Denison Dr., Norman 73069 Phone: 405.366.5972 Whittier Middle School Street Address: 2000 W. Brooks St., Norman 73069 Phone: 405.366.5956 Norman North High School Street Address: 1809 Stubbeman Ave., Norman 73069 Phone: 405.366.5954 Students in Red Canyon Ranch attend: Eisenhower Elementary Street Address: 1415 Fairlawn, Norman 73071 Phone: 405-366-5879 Longfellow Middle School Street Address: 215 N. Ponca, Norman 73071 Phone: 405-366-5948 Norman North High School Street Address: 1809 Stubbeman Ave., Norman 73069 Phone: 405.366.5954 Community Partnerships Power Progress Partners include: Norman Public School Foundation, University of Oklahoma, Norman Regional Health System, Moore Norman Technology Center, Embassy Suites by Hilton in Norman, Norman Police Department and the Norman Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education. iTech, Norman Public Schools Instructional Technology Initiative iTech closes the digital divide, provides MacBook laptops for all secondary students, infuses elementary schools with additional Apple devices, promotes 21st-century readiness, expands educational opportunities, provides MacBook laptops for every teacher, enhances project-based learning, extends learning beyond the classroom and improves opportunities to innovate and collaborate. NPS recognizes students are tomorrow’s inventors, entrepreneurs and problem-solvers. It is our responsibility to meet their needs in their quest for knowledge and provide a level playing field for all students. To best prepare our students for what's ahead, we must adapt our instructional approach. NPS is investing more than $16 million in student-led technology and the infrastructure needed to support it. The iTech initiative will ensure students from all socioeconomic backgrounds have equitable access to the most sophisticated technology we can provide. The technological tools we implement will supplement curriculum, enhance student engagement and extend learning beyond the classroom. Students will have countless opportunities to demonstrate innovation, creativity and collaboration - key skills needed to thrive in any college or career environment. For more information about iTech, click here. Fine Arts Every NPS student will have the opportunity to study the arts and acquire the understanding and skills necessary to create quality artworks and performances. Students will also develop problem-solving techniques for intellectual and artistic pursuits, appreciate the works of other artists, and value the arts in their everyday lives. The NPS Fine Arts Department includes discipline-based programs in visual art, general music, instrumental music, vocal music, theatrical arts, and modern dance. AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination AVID’s mission is to ensure that ALL students, and most especially the least served students who are in the middle:
  • Will succeed in rigorous curriculum.
  • Will complete a rigorous college preparatory path.
  • Will enter mainstream activities of the school.
  • Will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges.
  • Will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.
  • AVID is a program for “middle to upper middle” academic students.  These students have the potential for advanced courses and AP courses in high school, but need academic and emotional support paired with the rigor.  AVID combines rigor with support that includes the student’s own individual determination and the support of teachers, other AVID students, their families, the AVID teacher, and specially trained tutors.
  English Learners Para ver esta página en español utilice la herramienta IDIOMA encontrada en la parte superior de esta página. Gifted and Talented The District provides appropriate educational services to develop the potential gifts within each child. “Gifted and talented children” are those who have evidenced high-performance capability in cognitive ability such as intellectual or academic achievement; or in creativity and talent areas. The term “gifted” refers to a person who has the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment, while “talented” refers to someone who is able to perform at a remarkably high level of accomplishment. The district's Gifted/Talented Program aims to identify students who demonstrate high potential and provide opportunities that develop cognitive and creative talents in those children through site-developed program plans.   Guidance and Counseling NPS Guidance and Counseling Program enables all students regardless of individual differences to acquire the academic, personal/social and college and career readiness competencies necessary to become successful adults. Indian Education Mission Statement The district's Indian Education program provides paths that foster character, cultural awareness and academic excellence in our students and empowers them to positively impact the world. Through character, culture, career and community, the program maximizes school and district resources to serve students and families. Summer School Summer School opportunities are offered to students in:
  • Elementary grades K-3
  • Middle school who are taking high school courses
  • High school grades 9-12
The Elementary Program is offered free of charge to current K through 3rd-grade students who meet specific eligibility criteria and are invited by their teachers to attend.  The elementary summer program is focused on reading remediation for students one or more years below grade level. High School Summer School is offered at a cost in a traditional, face to face, format. Summer school fees are waived for high school students eligible for free or reduced lunch. ESY (Extended School Year) is also offered to eligible Special Education students in all grade levels. EL (English Learner) students in grades K through 8 who meet eligibility requirements are served in the elementary or high school summer programs. High School ELL students who meet eligibility requirements will be invited to attend a 4-week summer program. Contact your school principal or counselor with specific questions regarding summer school. Special Education The purpose of special education is to minimize the impact of disability and maximize the opportunity for the student to participate in school. NPS’s Special Services Department provides guidance and support to schools and families to ensure students are provided the specialized instruction and related services they require to succeed academically, as outlined in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Parents who believe their child is in need of special education and/or wish to learn more about their rights under IDEA may contact the district's Special Services department at 405.366.5841.
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