2019 At a Glance Datasheet

EDUCATION

K-12 EDUCATION: The Greater Oklahoma City Region offers a variety of choices in K-12 Education. Our 10-county area enrolls more than 277,000 students in the public school system. Harding Charter Prep High School, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Dove Science Academy, Edmond North High School and the Oklahoma School of Science and Math (OSSM) are regularly recognized on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools in the Nation list. A total of 55 schools in our region have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools. Our region gives parents diverse educational options with 34 public charter schools and 30 private and parochial schools recognized by the Oklahoma Private School Accreditation Commission. WORKING TOGETHER Civic, business and education leaders developed a blueprint that has forever changed the area’s largest school district, Oklahoma City Public Schools. Near completion, MAPS for Kids is a comprehensive education reform plan that raised $700 million for Oklahoma City Public Schools and surrounding school districts. In addition to building seven schools and renovating 65 others, the comprehensive plan implemented strategic academic reforms; improved student achievement; restored classroom discipline; and increased accountability with students, parents and the community.

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT (POPULATION 25 YEARS AND OVER)

Less than High School Graduate... 11.6% High School/Technical School....... 27.2% Some College...................................... 24.3% College Graduate or Higher............37.0%

SOURCE: CENSUS, 2013-2017 AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY (1 YEAR ESTIMATE); OKC MSA

This innovative vision for our school system was reaffirmed in November 2016 when voters overwhelmingly approved a $180 million bond. This type of support helped earn Oklahoma City a spot as one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People” by the America’s Promise Alliance in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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