Literacy, Engagement, Graduation
At Broken Arrow Public Schools, the district wholeheartedly follows its mantra of “100% Literacy, Engagement, Graduation – Every Student, Every Day.” Our intention is that employees, parents, students and community members recognize and embrace the role we play in meeting 100 percent success in these principles. We want every student to be literate, engaged in school and within the community, and to graduate on to post-secondary education and training.
To assist educators and administrators with moving students toward graduation, the district focuses on enhanced teacher collaboration and smaller learning communities, which helps teachers quickly identify struggling students or whether they need to be challenged to reach their full potential. Broken Arrow’s instructional specialists and administrative staff also provide teachers with a number of high-quality professional development opportunities, as well as continued support through instructional programs, such as Reading Recovery, Literacy First, Read 180, Think Through Math and others.
Broken Arrow educators know that student success entails much more than pure academics. Students must also be engaged by investing emotionally in learning, whether through routine requirements like attending class and submitting assignments or through student involvement in extracurricular activities such as academic clubs and sports teams. Having meaningful relationships with peers is also a key factor, and parents play a crucial role in keeping kids engaged in school. Because students spend a large portion of their day at school, educators and district employees are in a unique position to make sure students stay engaged so they eventually cross the graduation stage.
The district thinks well beyond graduation for its students with a number of initiatives including a College and Career Readiness Center equipped with trained counselors who provide students with personal and academic guidance regarding graduation requirements and college and career preparations. Also housed within the College and Career Center is information about off-campus learning opportunities, which includes programs at Tulsa Technology Center and internships through the Career Exploration Program.