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PUBLIC Charter Schools

A charter school is a publicly funded school created through a contract or 'charter' and must show greater accountability for results. Charter schools provide innovative ways of educating children within the public school system and are free and open to all students.

Charter schools differ from traditional public schools in that they receive some regulatory freedom and autonomy in exchange for having their charters reviewed by an authorizer, in this case Tulsa Public Schools. Charter schools still participate in state testing and federal accountability programs. The charter school's operation, organization, management and curriculum are unique and different from those of Tulsa Public Schools.

Interested families must apply for enrollment by completing the charter school's application found on the schools' website.

The following charter schools are authorized by Tulsa Public Schools and are members of the Tulsa Charter Compact.


2015-2016 Charter Performance Summaries

Public Charter schools are free, public schools that are open to all students. There is no tuition admissions test to gain entry into a charter school, and all students (including those qualifying for free or reduced lunch, special education, gifted and talented, or English language services) are welcome to attend. All Tulsa Public Schools-sponsored public charter schools proudly serve students within these classifications, are committed to actively recruiting and educating underserved students, and work to remove barriers to student entry and retention.

In collaboration with its public charter schools, Tulsa Public Schools developed a comprehensive performance framework to ensure that every Tulsa Public Schools-authorized charter school meets high standards of quality and performance. The performance framework defines the academic, financial and organizational standards by which Tulsa Public Schools-authorized charter schools will be evaluated.

Just as teachers do in their classrooms, Tulsa Public Schools relies on regular progress monitoring to determine and evaluate how well charters are performing based upon these measures and standards through an annual report. The framework is the primary tool guiding charter renewal recommendations, and these ultimately help each school reach their potential.



Below you will find summaries of the 2015-16 annual report for each public charter school sponsored by Tulsa Public Schools.

For more information, or a copy of the full 2015-16 performance report for any school, please contact Mark Modrcin, Director of Charter and Partnership Schools, at or 918-746-6580.



Critical Measure

Components Included

Near-Term Financial Health

Current ratio; Fund balance; Enrollment variance; Debt Default

Educational Program

On-time reporting; Protocols for protecting students with disabilities and ELL students

Governance and Reporting 

Maintaining non-profit status; Adherence to Oklahoma Open Meetings Act

Charter Act Compliance and Enrollment

Adherence to lottery policy and enrollment; Non-discriminatory admissions; Fall student verification audit; Spring address verification; Suspensions are conducted appropriately

School Environment

Background checks; Insurance; Emergency drills; Health and safety permits; Facility inspection


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