Oklahoma City Surrounded by Excellent School Districts
November 9, 2018
In addition to having five high schools that the U.S. News and World Report named as being among the best in the nation, Oklahoma City is surrounded by school districts widely renowned for their excellence. Edmond Schools Located directly north of Oklahoma City, Edmond has 11 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, the most of any district in Oklahoma. This district has close to 25,000 students and employs more than 3,000 people. U.S. News and World Report has named all three Edmond high schools among the top 10 in Oklahoma. In addition, Edmond leads the state in the number of National Merit Finalists and Commended Scholars. Consistent with its history of supporting the quality of education local students receive, two bond proposals totaling $111 million were overwhelmingly passed Feb. 14, 2017. That money is being used to increase student safety, fund technology and upgrade and improve school buildings and campuses. Deer Creek Schools Home to one of six Oklahoma 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools, Deer Creek Public Schools serves students in northwest Oklahoma City and Edmond. Known for its excellent staff, strong parental involvement, and focus on the growth of students both academically and personally, Deer Creek has approximately 6500 students enrolled for the 2018-19 school year. The money from a $169.4 million construction bond passed in August 2016 is being used to build two new elementary schools, bringing the total number in the district to seven. This bond money is also being used to build three classroom wings at multiple schools, additions to the high school’s performing arts center and a second story on the middle school. Piedmont Schools North of far western Oklahoma City, Piedmont is consistently rated among the top school districts in the state. Piedmont schools have a history of strong test scores, impressive graduation and attendance rates, and a large number of extra-curricular sports and activities for students to participate in and enjoy. In fact, Piedmont High School has over 20 sports teams and its marching band has regularly received statewide recognition for the quality of its musicians. Consisting of seven sites, the Piedmont school system includes the primary school, three Elementary Schools, as well as Piedmont Intermediate, Middle School, and High School. Mustang Schools In Canadian County, Mustang is to the southwest of Oklahoma City. Mustang Public Schools enjoys the status of being one of the premier school districts in the state. Thanks to the continued support of the voters over the years, the district enjoys quality facilities and expanding opportunities for its students. Mustang has been named one of the governor’s STEM communities focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. The goal is to infuse STEM into all levels of learning, from STEM exploration in the elementary schools to actual scientific research classes at the secondary level. At the Mustang Education Center, the district offers pre-kindergarten classes for four-year-olds, plus an alternative learning program for high school students. The district also has eight elementary schools, three intermediate schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Moore Schools Moore Public Schools offers Pre-K through 12th grade in the suburban areas of Moore and south Oklahoma City. With a student population of over 24,500, the system is the third largest in the state. It encompasses 34 schools in 159 square miles. Through the years, the district has maintained a tradition of high student achievement, outstanding instruction, and strong community support. Norman Schools Due south of Moore and Oklahoma City, the Norman Public School District is the seventh-largest in Oklahoma. The district, which is located near the University of Oklahoma, 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. The district has repeatedly been recognized for academic excellence in Newsweek, the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and more. Since 1972, voters have approved $432 million in bond funds for capital improvements, instructional enhancements and technology upgrades. The most recent bond issue provided funding for more than 40 projects throughout the district, including the creation of Freshman Academies and College and Career Centers at both high schools. Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools To the east of Oklahoma City, the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District has been ranked among the Top 20 districts in Oklahoma to offer advanced placement (AP) programs. It has 5,671 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 75% of this district’s students are proficient in math and 80% in reading. Choctaw-Nicoma Park has a total of nine schools: six elementary (four of which offer preschool programs), two middle schools and one high school. Choctaw High School has been recognized by the U.S. News.com National Rankings with a bronze medal. The student body in this district is known for its proficiency in both fine arts and academic competitions, as the high school Drama Department has won the state championship 13 times in the last 15 years and both the junior high and high school wrestling teams are state champions, while the baseball, and boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have distinguished themselves at the tournament, regional and state level.