The 2009 guide to Tulsa's private schools
Trying to make the all-important decision of where your child should attend school next year? We’ve made that task easier by compiling the need-to-know details about Tulsa’s major private schools.
All Saints Catholic School
299 S. Ninth St., Broken Arrow;
All Saints Catholic School offers a challenging curriculum with an emphasis on faith development and preparation to be good civic leaders. All students, kindergarten through eighth grade, participate in daily religion classes and weekly Mass. Facilities: The main buildings for classrooms, two playgrounds and one gymnasium. Programs offered: Kindergarten through fifth grade: language arts, math, social studies, science, art, music, Spanish, computer science and physical education. Sixth through eighth grades: math, language arts, social studies, art, foreign languages, computer science, speech, drama and physical education. Tuition: $3,800 (Catholic); $4,400 (non-Catholic). Admissions: Testing required for academic placement. Student-teacher ratio: 18-1. Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: Yes.
Augustine Christian Academy
6310 E. 30th St., 832-4600,
Augustine Christian Academy, formerly St. Augustine Academy, is a Christian, classical school dedicated to providing a setting to students that is both challenging and supportive. Facilities: Located in midtown Tulsa in the former University of Oklahoma Medical School library building. Educational approach: Classical, Christian programs for pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. Programs offered: All three levels of the time-honored Trivium: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric; history; literature; science; foreign languages; music; and art. Tuition: $3,800, K4-K5; $4,450, grades 1-5; $5,200, grades 6-8; and $5,800, grades 9-12. Admissions: Call for open house dates or to receive an enrollment packet. Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: Yes.
Bishop Kelley High School
3905 S. Hudson Ave., 627-3390,
Founded in 1960, Bishop Kelley High School serves Catholic and non-Catholic families who seek a college preparatory program within a Christian environment of concern, trust and growth. The school is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Tulsa and serves a student population of nearly 900 students, grades 9-12. Facilities: Located in midtown Tulsa on 37 acres that include the Stephenson Family Library/Media Center, a student commons, classrooms, computer labs, science labs, a theater, two gymnasiums and athletic fields. Programs offered: In addition to traditional classes, scholars and pre-engineering programs available. Extensive co-curricular activities and opportunities for community service as well as top 5A athletic program in Oklahoma. 2008 tuition: $6,200, Catholics supporting a parish; $7,975, all others. Admissions: Placement exams and application. Student-teacher ratio: 12-1. Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: Yes.
Cascia Hall Preparatory School
2520 S. Yorktown Ave., 746-2600,
Founded in 1926 and located near Utica Square, Cascia Hall Preparatory School offers a stimulating academic curriculum to students in the sixth through 12th grades. Facilities: Forty acres of wooded campus with French neo-style buildings, including a monastery, chapel, performing arts center and athletic facilities. Programs offered: College preparatory, liberal arts curriculum. Tuition: $9,975. Admissions: Application (required); shadow day (optional). Student-teacher ratio: 12-1. Financial aid: More than $350,000 annually in need-based financial aid awarded to families with demonstrated need. Uniforms: Yes.
Christian Montessori Academy
3702 S. 90th E. Ave., 628-6524,
At Tulsa’s only Christian Montessori school, children 3 to 12 years old (preschool through sixth grade) receive instruction in classrooms designed to accommodate the individual learning styles of students. Facilities: One-story facility containing multiple classrooms. Educational approach: Individualized, hands-on learning using Montessori methods and curriculum. Programs offered: Life skills and sensory exploration, with progressive lessons in mathematics, science, language arts, geography, history, art, music, basic sign language, Spanish, computer training, private piano lessons, swimming and soccer. Tuition: $510 per month, five full days; $410 per month, three days for preschool students, ages 3-5; aftercare program also available for additional fee. Admissions: School tour, interview and application. Student-teacher ratio: 5-1, prekindergarten; 10-1, ages 6-12. Financial aid: No. Uniforms: No.
Evangelistic Temple School
1339 E. 55th St., 743-5597,
This interdenominational Christian school serves students 3 years of age through high school and strives to create an academic environment where students can grow educationally and spiritually. Facilities: A beautiful 74,000-square-foot facility with 20 classrooms, gymnasium, learning center, computer lab, media center and playgrounds. Programs offered: Extracurricular activities such as basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, football, golf and track, as well as art, music, speech, drama, band, computers and Spanish. Tuition: $3,987, prekindergarten-kindergarten; $4,625, grades 1-8; $5,020, grades 9-12 (2008-09). Admissions: Christian parents seeking Biblically based education; academic achievement consistent with grade level. Student-teacher ratio: 17-1. Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: Yes.
Grace Christian School
9610 S. Garnett Road, Broken Arrow; 249-9100;
Established in 1978, Grace Christian School is a college-preparatory school that prepares students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade spiritually and academically. Over the last five years, ACT scores have averaged between 24.1 and 26.5. Facilities: Housed on an 80-acre campus, which includes a soccer field, baseball field, gymnasium and full science lab, the Grace campus is closed with a focus on the safety and security of every student. Campus security is on site during all school hours/activities. Programs offered: Advanced Placement courses with a focus on academics and preparing students for college. Tuition: $3,620, K4/K5 programs; $4,270, grades 1-12. Admissions: Application process, entrance exams, GPA/performance requirements and shadowing opportunities. Financial aid: No. Uniforms: Dress code.
5666 E. 81st St., 481-1111,
Holland Hall provides a challenging, comprehensive educational experience that promotes critical thinking and lifelong learning to students in prekindergarten through 12th grade. Facilities: A 162-acre wooded campus with seven science labs; four computer labs; three libraries; the Walter Arts Center; All Saints Chapel; gymnasiums; an eight-lane, all-weather track; tennis courts; and athletic fields. Programs offered: Academics, arts and athletics. Tuition: $3,800-$9,300, preschool; $11,500, kindergarten; $11,875, grades 1-3; $13,310, grades 4-5; $13,800, grades 6-8; $14,975, grades 9-12. Admissions: Current and previous school performance, admission test results, teacher recommendations and personal interviews (grades 6-12). Student-teacher ratio: 9-1. Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: Yes.
Holy Family Cathedral
820 S. Boulder Ave., 582-0422,
Founded by Saint Katharine Drexel more than a century ago, Holy Family Cathedral is a faith-based accredited school serving students from preschool to eighth grade. The school uses multiple teaching techniques to ensure all students’ individual needs are met. Programs offered: MATHCOUNTS, geography bee, athletics, spelling bee, elevated curriculum for the gifted, reading and tutorial labs and more. Tuition: With hot lunch: $3,900, Catholic, K-8; $4,810, non-Catholic, K-8; $4,475, pre-K; without hot lunch: $3,425, Catholic, K-8; $4,335, non-Catholic, K-8; $4,000, pre-K. Student-teacher ratio: 9-1 Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: Yes.
Lincoln Christian School
1003 N. 129th E. Ave., 234-8150,
Lincoln Christian School’s philosophy is stated in three priorities: godly character, academic excellence and extracurricular activity. Facilities: Classrooms are exceptional in design, and special facilities at the secondary level are offered for art, music, science and computer labs. Programs offered: Advanced Placement classes for biology, calculus, chemistry, English and U.S. history. High school electives include accounting, art, drama, driver’s education, economics, jazz band, vocal music and others. Elementary specials include art, computers, music, physical education and Spanish. Tuition: Please see Web site. Admissions: Application process and family interview. Uniforms: Yes.
1519 S. Quincy Ave., 584-4631,
Established as the Sacred Heart School in 1918, Marquette has a rich history in educating future leaders. The school offers Christian values and a comprehensive education to preschool, elementary and middle school students. Facilities: New early childhood development center, gymnasium, computer lab, playground and classroom technology. Programs offered: Sacramental preparation, academic bowl, athletics, choir, dance, piano, student council, National Junior Honor Society, weekly liturgical celebrations and MATHCOUNTS. Tuition: Please call for current rates. Admissions: Entrance testing required. Student-teacher ratio: 21-1. Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: Yes.
Metro Christian Academy
6363 S. Trenton Ave., 745-9868,
This accredited college-preparatory school provides a well-rounded education that allows elementary, middle and high school students to cultivate their character while learning to excel academically, spiritually, physically and socially. Facilities: Classrooms, athletic facilities, a newly renovated 850-seat auditorium, computer labs and a library. Programs offered: Sixteen Advanced Placement honors courses; state-recognized music, drama and arts program; student leadership; honor societies; and championship athletics. Tuition: $5,500-$7,750. Admissions: Minimum 2.5 GPA and an acknowledgement of the Statement of Faith. Student-teacher ratio: 18-1. Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: Yes.
Miss Helen’s Private School
4849 S. Mingo Road, 622-2327,
Family owned for more than 50 years, Miss Helen’s provides a safe, loving and challenging environment for students in prekindergarten through fifth grade. Facilities: With the new additional 3,600 square feet for elementary grades, the facility now provides more than 19,000 square feet featuring a uniquely designed pod system for separate programs and state-of-the-art equipment, which have allowed the school to greatly expand its educational programs and provide increased counseling and student services. Programs offered: Individualized and challenging reading and math curricula, dance (prekindergarten), physical education (kindergarten through fifth grades), music, Spanish, art and computers. Tuition: $715 per month for prekindergarten and kindergarten; $685 per month for elementary; fall and summer sessions available. Admissions: Family interview, tour, application and enrollment fees, as well as an annual supply fee. Student-teacher ratio: 10-1, preschool; 15-1, kindergarten through fifth grade. Financial aid: Scholarship program pending. Uniforms: Yes.
Mizel Jewish Day School
2021 E. 71st St., 494-0953,
Formerly known as Heritage Academy, Mizel Jewish Day School is the ideal learning institute for children in preschool through fifth grade who are intellectually curious, excited to learn and would like optimal success in life. Facilities: Located inside the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center, classrooms overlook Liberator’s Park. Playground, computer labs and library also available. Programs offered: Secular studies based on Oklahoma PASS objectives, Jewish culture and traditions, Hebrew language classes, music, art and physical education. Admissions: Valid birth certificate for ages 3-5. Tuition: $6,775. Student-teacher ratio: 7-1. Financial aid: No. Uniforms: Yes.
Monte Cassino School
2206 S. Lewis Ave., 742-3364,
Founded in 1926, Monte Cassino is a Catholic community school that serves students in preschool through eighth grade. Facilities: Five distinctive buildings on a beautiful campus with a student activity center, performing arts theater, running track, chapel and new early-childhood center. Programs offered: Art, computer education, foreign languages, mathematics, music, physical education, religion, science and social studies. Tuition: $7,568. Admissions: Entrance test, student records, previous test scores and letter of recommendation from a teacher. Enrollment ongoing. Open house: Feb. 3, March 3. Early Childhood Learning Center screening, Feb. 7. Student-teacher ratio: 9-1. Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: Yes.
4620 S. Irvington Ave., 627-1040,
Peace Academy is an Islamic private school educating students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade that aims to provide a unique learning environment with high standards to students of all faith traditions. Facilities: The school is housed in one building located next to the Islamic Society of Tulsa. Tuition: $2,950 per child but decreases with sibling enrollment. Admissions: Registration fee. Student-teacher ratio: 15-1. Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: Yes.
Regent Preparatory School of Oklahoma
8621 S. Memorial Drive, 663-1002,
Regent Preparatory School provides a challenging, Christian-centered education to ensure students will receive spiritual nurturing and achieve academic success. Facilities: A 71,000-square-foot building on 25 wooded acres. Educational approach: Classical and Christian programs offered in pre-kindergarten through 10th grade; now adding an additional grade level each year. (The first graduating class will be in 2012.) Programs offered: Music, art, math, geography, history, foreign languages, literature and athletics. Tuition: $6,170, grades 1-6; $6,690, grades 7-8; $8,600, grade 9. Admissions: Application, testing, classroom observation, required reading materials for parents and parent interview. Open house: Feb. 12. Open house week: March 2-6. Student-teacher ratio: 11-1. Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: Yes.
Riverfield Country Day School
2433 W. 61st St., 446-3553,
Riverfield is a non-sectarian school that provides children 8 weeks through 12th grade with an excellent education in a family-oriented atmosphere. Facilities: A 120-acre campus encompassing three buildings, a barnyard, pond, hiking trails, outdoor classrooms and athletic fields. Educational approach: Multiage classrooms with small class sizes and personal attention. Programs offered: All basic courses, the arts, college preparation, athletics, world languages and summer programs for all ages. Tuition: $6,985-$8,960. Admissions: Depending on age/grade, application, student visit and review of records. Open house: Feb. 3 and 17, March 3 and 24. Student-teacher ratio: 4-1 to 15-1. Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: No.
Saints Peter and Paul School
1428 N. 67th E. Ave., 836-2165,
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School has a diverse population and focuses on providing an outstanding academic program to prepare students for high school. Facilities: Located in northeast Tulsa on grounds that include a large play area and ropes course. Educational approach: Christian values are the center of the school, and teachers offer a warm, caring classroom environment. Programs offered: All basic areas, religion, computers, Spanish, co-curricular activities and athletics. Tuition: $3,000. Admissions: Interview required. Student-teacher ratio: 10-1 in prekindergarten through second grade; 20-1 in grades 3-8. Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: Yes.
Saint Pius X School
1717 S. 75th E. Ave., 627-5367,
Saint Pius X is a Catholic school at the forefront of education in Tulsa. Open to all faith backgrounds and financial situations, Saint Pius currently serves 380 students from preschool to eighth grade. Our mission is to promote personal responsibility and academic excellence within a Catholic community. Facilities: Seven-building campus with a church, gymnasium, computer lab with 85 workstations, two libraries, tutoring center and language lab. Programs offered: Mathematics; science; language arts; social studies; physical education; foreign languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Russian, German, French, Latin, Spanish and Italian; music instruction in piano, voice, guitar and drums. Tuition: $3,350. Admissions: School tour, interview and transcripts required. Student-teacher ratio: 18-1. Financial aid: Available to those who qualify. Uniforms: Yes.
School of Saint Mary
1365 E. 49th Place, 749-9361,
Opened in 1954, the School of Saint Mary is a parish school that aims to provide its students with a quality education while integrating their spiritual, academic, moral, social, physical and emotional development. Facilities: Two-story building with school library and media center. Educational approach: Traditional instruction for first through eighth grades. Programs offered: Traditional curriculum, Spanish, physical education, library, computers, art, music and religion. Tuition: $3,584, parishioners; $4,400, non-parishioners. Admissions: Placement test and interview with principal. Student-teacher ratio: 15-1, with a maximum of 30 students per grade. Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: Yes.
Town & Country School
5150 E. 101st St., 296-3113,
Founded in 1961, Town & Country is Oklahoma’s only accredited, non-public, full-day kindergarten-through-12th-grade program specifically designed to meet the needs of children with learning disabilities, attention disorders and — most recently — Asperger’s Syndrome. The school’s mission is to improve the lives of students with learning differences by providing a nurturing environment for academic, social and personal growth. Facilities: Town & Country School houses its programs in five buildings on a 9.5-acre campus located in south Tulsa. Programs offered: Language arts, math, social studies, science, computers, music, art and physical education. T&C provides certified special educators, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, specialized reading programs, life skills curriculum, individualized assessment and curriculum, college-preparatory classes and vo-tech training. T&C partners with Tulsa Technology Center to provide additional classes for Upper School students. Annual tuition: $8,670, kindergarten through third grade; $8,980, grades 4-6; $9,300, grades 7-8; $9,680, grades 9-12. Admissions: T&C admits only those students with a primary diagnosis of a learning disability, ADHD and/or Asperger’s Syndrome with an IQ in the average to above-average range. Student-teacher ratio: 6-1. Financial aid: Yes. Dress code/uniforms: Yes.
Undercroft Montessori School
3745 S. Hudson Ave., 622-2890,
Undercroft is a nonprofit private school serving children ages 3-15. The school was founded in 1964 by parents who sought a whole-child approach to their children’s education. Facilities: Classrooms are child-sized environments. Outdoor learning areas are located on site. Educational approach: Montessori curriculum. Programs offered: Regular curriculum, physical education, Spanish, music, reading/speech therapy and after-school clubs. Tuition: $4,776, early childhood half-day; $7,159, early childhood full-day primary; $7,552, lower elementary; $7,746, upper elementary; $7,804, middle school. Admissions: School tour and interview. Student-teacher ratio: 11-1. Financial aid: N/A. Uniforms: No.
University School at The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Drive, 631-5060,
University School is a private school serving academically talented children ages 3 through eighth grade. The school strives to serve as a national model of excellence in pre-college education. Facilities: Two-story building on the TU campus with a gymnasium, library, indoor play area, butterfly garden and commons areas. Educational approach: Curriculum tailored to nurture gifted children. Programs offered: Music, computers, physical education, science, mathematics, library, Spanish, art and community projects. Tuition: $7,825-$8,360. Admissions: IQ testing and parent form. Call to schedule tour. Student-teacher ratio: 5-1. Financial aid: Yes. Uniforms: No.
Victory Christian School
7700 S. Lewis Ave., 491-7720,
Victory is one of Oklahoma’s largest private Christian schools serving students in K3 through 12th grade. Facilities: The 35-acre main campus includes an activity center, indoor discovery zone, athletic fields and stadium. The early-learning center is located nearby. Educational approach: Traditional, fast-track, pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement courses available. Programs offered: Balanced program of academics, fine arts, performing arts and multiple sports teams. Tuition: $2,419-$5,031. Discounts for multiple enrollees. Admissions: Open to families who agree with the school’s vision. Interview required. Open house schedule on Web site. Student-teacher ratio: 17-1. Financial aid: Discounts available. Uniforms: Dress code.
Wright Christian Academy
11391 E. Admiral Place, 438-0922,
Wright Christian Academy is a private, nondenominational college-preparatory school established in 1989. The academy encourages community spirit, and 98 percent of graduates attend college. Facilities: More than 61,000 square feet of building space on 10 acres. Recent additions include a gymnasium and a performing arts center. Educational approach: Prepare students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade for college. Tuition: $4,130, prekindergarten; $3,958, kindergarten; $4,323, grades 1-5; $4,919, grades 6-8; $5,322, grades 9-12. Admissions: Application form, immunization record, transcripts, family interview and campus tour. Enrollment fee, $160. Student-teacher ratio: 13-1. Financial aid: Yes. Multi-student discount available. Uniforms: Dress code.