TulsaKids' 2018 Education and Enrichment Guide
Academic Advantage is a creative, unique, “one-of-a-kind,” business that specializes in an innovative, personalized, educational experience for your child. Dr. Trissy Pitkin has over 20 years of experience with proven strategies and techniques to improve and enhance the cognitive development of students to become independent life-long learners.
A Board Certified Cognitive Specialist, Dr. Pitkin is certified in many areas, including reading, Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, music therapy, special education, and early childhood education. Your child will benefit from Dr. Pitkin’s extensive expertise in the following areas: assessments, personalized education plans, reflex integration, dyslexia remediation, attention coaching and training, integration of learning and movement, auditory and visual improvement, music therapy, test taking techniques, study skills, ACT preparation, partnering with your child’s school, and much more!
“No matter what your child’s unique needs are, Dr. Pitkin has the expertise to help him or her succeed.”
Contact: Kirk Post, Headmaster and Founder
John Ahrens, Director of Operations
6310 E. 30th Street
Augustine Christian Academy is a Christian, classical, non-denominational, college preparatory school for grades K4–12. We are dedicated to educating young people to think, reason, and persuade from a distinctly Christian worldview. Our goal is to equip students to understand their times, to impact their culture and to serve God and man. Augustine Christian Academy uses a classical model that integrates every subject with the Biblical truths of the Christian faith. Find us on Facebook and on our website at www.acatulsa.org!
4103 S. Detroit Ave.
7607 S. Sheridan Rd.
At Avant Garde, we know that entrusting someone to provide care for your family is a big decision! We take this responsibility very seriously, and we pride ourselves in offering the highest quality of care.
Each Avant Garde facility has been completely renovated and modernized to foster a creative and child-led learning environment.
We are happy to have an extremely dedicated and highly qualified staff who attend regular, ongoing training above state licensing requirements.
Our owners have over 15 years of experience managing and operating local preschools in Tulsa, formerly known as Koala Care. We have the best team of people that make every day full of fun, love, learning and creativity!
At Avant Garde Preschool, we nurture a lifelong passion for learning through developmentally appropriate practices such as:
- Investigative style project approach
- Child-led topics of study
- Learning through play
- Holistic approach to school readiness
- Family-style dining
- Cooking Classes
- Baby Yoga
- American Sign Language
Contact: Meghan Tappan
6022 S. Yale Ave.
Brain Balance of Tulsa offers a comprehensive, drug-free program that helps kids overcome their behavioral and learning difficulties, enabling them to reach their social and academic potential. If your child suffers with behavioral issues, ADHD or a learning disability, then you’ve experienced their painful frustration and lack of confidence both academically and socially. At Brain Balance Achievement Centers, we can help your child achieve success behaviorally, socially, and academically. We are specialized achievement centers that utilize a drug-free, whole-child approach to address the underlying issues in many of the behavioral, developmental and learning disorders that plague so many children today. Call us today to schedule your free consultation!
Contact: Mr. Roger Carter, Headmaster
2520 S. Yorktown Ave.
Cascia Hall Preparatory School is a Catholic, Augustinian School for students of all faiths in grades 6 – 12. Students are prepared for college and for life in a supportive, Christian community with a well-rounded and challenging program of academics, extra-curricular activities, and community service. With an enrollment of less than 550, students are related to as individuals, resulting in stronger motivation and achievement. One hundred percent of Cascia Hall seniors matriculate to college following graduation.
Contact: Carol Ainsworth
2952 S. Peoria Ave.
Channing Day School, Where love for learning begins. It’s a fact: children who are given positive support right from the start are far more successful than those who are not. For more than 50 years, our time-proven methods, programs and activities have given children the tools to enter kindergarten ahead of the curve and eager to learn. Utilizing a thematic curriculum for ages three to five, Channing teachers work one-on-one with each child to help them develop their fine motor skills. Our hands-on activities are structured to help kids learn as they play. See the difference in your child that only a low, eight-to-one student-teacher ratio can provide.
Contact: Ami Chapman or Mollie Heaberlin
3702 S. 90th E. Ave.
Cookie-cutter molds don’t fit everyone, nor do traditional classrooms. For 20 years, Christian Montessori Academy has offered metro Tulsa students innovative, progressive, and individualized opportunities using the Montessori Method of instruction in a non-denominational setting. For over 100 years, Montessori education has been a proven method for excellence in education. CMA students have a strong sense of citizenship, community involvement, and values. Students are encouraged to excel to their full potential in a non-stressful manner. Our advanced core curriculum available for ages 3-15 (preschool through 8th grade) includes: Mathematics, Language, Science, Geography, History, Life Skills, Sensorial Development, Spanish, Art, and Music. Extra-curricular activities include: art, piano, swimming, computer, and home economics. Summer camp is also available to students in the community. If you feel your child would benefit from a non-traditional setting, please give us a call. Tours are given Monday through Thursday, 918.628.6524 or www.montessorilearning.org.
Contact: Laurie Pearn
3515 S. Harvard
Our program is a Monday, Wednesday, Friday pre-school program. Hours are 9:30 to 2:30. There are several options as to how many days and the times children can attend. In the afternoons, we offer enrichment classes in gymnastics, music and “Bible Buddies.” Our staff members are chosen for their early childhood experience and training as well as sensitivity to the individual needs of each child. We use a hands-on approach so children learn by doing. Classes are arranged in learning centers and areas of interest where the daily theme is carried out throughout the room. Parent participation is encouraged.
1819 E. 15th St.
7:30am - 5:30pm
Happy Campers at Temple Israel:
2004 E. 22nd Pl.
7:00am - 6:00pm
Happy Campers at John Knox
2929 E. 31st St.
Ages 5-12 years old for after school care
Enrollment: year round enrollment as space allows
Happy Campers Academy offers Tulsa and surrounding communities quality child care while families are at work. We accept children ages 6 weeks to five years of age, and provide parents an opportunity to view their children in the early learning center through a closed-circuit internet connection. At both of our midtown Tulsa locations, Happy Campers utilizes a child-centered philosophy and partners with our families to provide a quality educational experience in a nurturing environment. Our highly trained staff works to get to know each individual child and his/her cognitive and developmental needs, while seeking input from families to make the home and school transition smooth and communication open for the success of the child. Through a balance of developmental play and planned educational activities, our students learn best through doing–all while having fun and expressing themselves creatively. We start the foundation for learning when our students are infants–bonding and connecting. When they become toddlers, the focus is self-help and self-recognition and then during the twos, we build upon independence and language skills. The three-year-olds start making cognitive connections and experience the beginnings of social skills. Finally, in PreK, students start connecting all the tools from every stage to form a strong foundation for early reading preparation to build confidence for kindergarten.
Our teachers conduct conferences twice a year in order to build a strong home and school team. We want to keep parents informed about what their child(ren) is learning, developmental milestones that are being achieved, and suggest skills that can be practiced at home. We believe that our child-centered philosophy will foster a love for learning in these ever-important early childhood years.
Contact: J.P. Culley, Headmaster
5666 E. 81st St.
Grades: Pre-school – Grade 12
Holland Hall is Tulsa’s Pre-K through Grade 12 Independent Episcopal School. We offer an ambitious curriculum, an extensive array of exciting electives, dozens of individual and team sports, transformative arts programming, and an apprenticeship in self-reliance. Our student/teacher ratio of 9:1 means your child’s teachers truly know who they are and where their strengths and passions lie. Located on a beautiful 162-acre campus, Holland Hall provides a lively and uncommonly kind community that honors the individual integrity of each child while providing the bedrock education every student needs to succeed in college, work, and the world beyond.
Contact: Jodie Whitman
5130 E. 101st St.
Lake Hills Montessori is committed to providing quality education for children ages 2-6 years in a safe, loving, and stimulating environment. Each child’s day is organized to ensure successful experiences that will foster self-esteem and a love of learning. LHM offers a traditional Montessori curriculum that allows children to learn through exploration and play. In addition to providing an atmosphere of discovery, LHM offers healthy lunches, dance, Spanish, soccer, music, yoga and art. School time 8:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m. and before/after care 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Pete Theban, Principal
1519 S. Quincy
Since its founding in 1918 as Sacred Heart School under the direction of the Ursuline Sisters, Marquette has a long tradition of academic excellence. That tradition continues today as we educate our children for the world of tomorrow. Combined with outstanding academics, Marquette students receive an education that nurtures their spirit and heart. Participating in weekly Masses as well as mission projects in and out of school, our children develop empathy and compassion for the less fortunate. These experiences will enable them as future leaders to govern not only with their minds but also with a conscience. As a service to the Parish of Christ the King, Marquette Catholic School teaches Catholic values and offers a comprehensive curriculum to preschool, elementary, and middle school students in an atmosphere that promotes the growth of each child’s mind, body and spirit.
Contact: Jana Annett, Admissions Director
6363 S. Trenton Ave.
Established in 1983, Metro Christian Academy is a state-accredited, college preparatory school serving students P3-12th grade. From their first morning in the halls to the day they don cap and gown, Metro Christian Academy students learn and live out the school’s four pillars. Academics, spiritual life, activities and community each make up a vital part of the student experience.
Academics are taken seriously at every level. Our educational standards are clearly articulated and aligned to ensure every student receives a consistent education. MCA maintains small class sizes for students. They stay challenged and remain on track because teachers are in tune with them and can offer differentiated instruction.
Biblical principles and truths are woven throughout every part of the school. Students study the Bible, strengthen their faith, and serve the community through outreach and mission opportunities.
Students are encouraged to discover and display their talents in activities ranging from athletics to fine arts to leadership. Participation in activities builds character, strengthens skills and fosters relationships.
Metro cultivates innovators, artists, leaders, and lifelong learners so they are prepared for the path ahead of them. For more information visit www.metroca.com
6415 S.Mingo Road
Ages: 6 Months-Adult
Miller Swim School has been in the business of swimming for over 60 years. We believe in building a safer community, one family at a time, through swim lessons, water safety education, and drowning prevention.
Through participation in water activities, students are able to gain self-discipline, coordination, and balance. Studies have also shown that swimming lessons help children grow socially and intellectually as well.
At Miller Swim School, students are grouped according to ability and comfort in the water. Classes are offered year-round, in both morning and evening at our main facility in Tulsa and coming soon to Jenks in 2018!
Transportation for large groups may be provided in our Miller Buses as well.
Miller Swim School also offers party packages and open swim times for families and friends to enjoy the pool!
Check out our website to find our complete summer and year-round program schedules as well as more information regarding parties and the other classes we offer! Also, “like” us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on current news and discounts!
Ending the drowning epidemic, one swimmer at a time!
Contact: Mrs. Lisa Padgett, Admissions
8304 S. 107th E. Ave.
Mingo Valley Christian has been serving Tulsa area families for over 40 years. We are a college preparatory, non-denominational, private school, serving students in grades PK-12, through personalized learning and maximum growth for each student. We partner with parents and incorporate a Christian worldview into all aspects of the learning process. We know our students are tomorrow’s leaders, and our school culture is infused with opportunities for leadership, mentoring, and service to the Tulsa community. Learning happens best in the context of relationships, so our teachers engage personally with each student to encourage academic success. We offer honors and AP courses, NHS/NJHS, concurrent college enrollment, art, computer, music, and foreign language, with technology utilized throughout all academic disciplines. Our highly regarded theatre program attracts arts patrons from across the Tulsa community. Our athletic programs include football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross country/track, and cheer. For more information or to schedule a tour or shadowing, please call or visit our website, or visit us at our two open houses in the spring of 2018: January 30 (9 am-1 pm) and March 27 (9 am-1 pm). Office hours: 7:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Accreditation: State of Oklahoma (OPSAC); AdvancED; Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Contact: Jayme Wingo-Martin
4849 S. Mingo
Miss Helen’s Private School is a family-owned, family-focused business celebrating over 60 years. Teachers are college degreed, caring and dedicated. All pre-kindergarten classes offer music, Spanish, art, stories & science, pre-reading skills, math and dance through small group and independent activities. Small class sizes in grades K-5 enable students to have more individualized instruction and work beyond traditional grade levels. In addition to basic academics, we offer Spanish, fine arts, and community service and charitable projects as well as health, nutrition and fitness. After-school activities include computer classes, swimming, cheerleading, Amazing Athletes and more. Serving ages 3 years through 5th grade. We thank the TulsaKids readers for voting us the 2017 Family Favorite for Best Preschool/Early Learning Center AND Best Private Elementary School in the Tulsa Area. Come for a tour and see why!
Contact: Lillian Hellman 2021 E. 71st St.
Founded in 1975, and located on the beautiful Zarrow Campus, Mizel Jewish Community Day School provides hands-on learning for students of all faiths in preschool through fifth grade. Our highly experienced, talented staff provides a nurturing environment with small class sizes, individualized instruction and innovative General and Judaic Studies. Hebrew is taught as a modern, living language and our strong Character and Values Education Program complements our overall curriculum. Specialists conduct classes in Fine Arts, Music, Physical Education and LEGO robotics. Smart Boards, Chromebooks and iPads allow for academic innovation. Educational field trips, student-to-student mentoring, an enriched after-school program, and multi-age interaction round out our program. Mizel students also have the unique opportunity to experience multigenerational activities with residents at Zarrow Pointe Retirement Center. Art appreciation classes are conducted at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art and students participate in planting and harvesting at the Community Garden, all located on our exceptional campus.
Contact: Kevin Smith, Headmaster
2206 S. Lewis Ave.
For more than 90 years, Monte Cassino School has been committed to academic excellence while educating the whole student. Beyond the classroom, Monte Cassino Students, ages PreK 3’s –eighth grade, develop socially and morally within a supportive community of educators and parents to develop the active skills for life. Enrichment opportunities abound for all students including team sports, Scouting, Robotics, Newsletter, Academic Bowl, fine arts and drama. Monte Cassino School represents 30 teachers with advanced degrees, 40 zip codes, 16 cities and a 10:1 student/teacher ratio; our students rank in the 90th percentile of school norms for standardized testing. Supported by the legacy of the Benedictine Sisters, Monte Cassino School provides students with a distinctly Catholic education.
Contact: Heather Koerner, Registrar
13407 E. 106th St. North
The right school will change a child’s future. At Rejoice Christian Schools (RCS), our experienced faculty provides for your child’s best future through Christian nurturing, educational challenges, and small class sizes. Year after year, RCS continues to rank as one of the top academic schools in the country. Our God-given ministry is to lead
young people to know Christ and train them in Biblical principles, Christian character, language and traditional subject matter. RCS offers a complete curriculum from Pre3 - 12th grade, including college preparatory and honors classes, a vibrant arts program and a dynamic sports program.
Contact: Kacey Davenport
2433 W. 61st St.
Riverfield provides a student-centered approach to education for students 8 weeks through 12th Grade with an innovative program of authentic, experiential learning in which individuality is valued and the needs of the whole student are honored. Small class sizes, along with the collaborative nature of our classrooms, provide the opportunity for students to cultivate leadership, interpersonal skills, and the confidence needed for success today and tomorrow. Personalized programming and flexible scheduling offer Middle and Upper School students the opportunity to develop talents and explore interests in a college prep setting. The 120-acre campus encompasses a barnyard, hiking trails, gardens, freshwater system, outdoor classrooms and athletic fields. Accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Oklahoma Private School Accreditation Commission (OPSAC).
Contact: Lisa Bell, Principal
1717 S. 75 E. Ave.
For 60 years St. Pius X has educated leaders of tomorrow by focusing on academic success, personal responsibility, spiritual growth and character development. Conveniently located in midtown Tulsa, the campus offers new state-of-the-art 3-year-old through 8th grade classrooms with two FEMA-approved storm shelters. Computer technology, music, art and foreign language are part of a comprehensive curriculum taught in classrooms with an average 19:1 student to teacher ratio. We offer 18 extracurricular activities including State-qualifying Robotics and Academic Bowl teams, traditional team sports, Service Club, Mad Science, Running & Fitness Club, Musical Theater and more. St. Pius X alumni are regularly named National Merit Semifinalists—one of the reasons we’re recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. At the same time, we employ tutors to help students with special needs. Our diverse student population represents 37 Tulsa-area zip codes with 29% of our students speaking a second language at home. Need-based financial aid is available. Come see why St. Pius X could be the right school and church community for your family.
Contact: Nancy Davis
3745 South Hudson
With a 50-year history in Tulsa, Undercroft Montessori School is the first Montessori school in Oklahoma accredited through the American Montessori Society and AdvancEd. Undercroft provides an authentic Montessori education, which is uniquely effective for children from age 3 through 8th grade. Undercroft students are diverse in interests, personality and learning style. Our approach supports development of individual capacities, and our students are well prepared for high school with academic skills as well as life skills. Instruction is individualized as children take a more active role in their own learning, and our graduates thrive in a variety of both public and private high schools. Most importantly, our students love to learn. Call for a tour at 918.622.2890 or visit www.undercroft.org for more information.
University School offers a challenging, yet nurturing, environment for gifted students ages 3 through 8th grade. Our program is well-rounded and includes art, music, physical education, foreign language, and computer classes for all ages. Located on The University of Tulsa campus, our beautiful facility provides a unique setting and resources that few schools can match. University School students benefit from a rich variety of learning opportunities and interactions with college professors and students as they endeavor to maximize their potential, develop creativity, and become responsible citizens.
Contact: Jim Cherry, Superintendent
7700 S. Lewis Ave.
Victory Christian School is a K-12 Christian school that in its pursuit of excellence integrates a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with a distinctive biblical worldview designed to ignite a passion for the Word of God while empowering our students to pursue and achieve academic excellence. VCS students daily thrive under outstanding instruction and skillfully develop in an environment designed to refine their God-given talents. Victory’s vast curriculum offers students the ability to academically engage in a course of study that provides advanced educational opportunities in our lower school. Students may secure high-school credit in grades 7 and 8, with the option to earn university credit through college concurrency and participation in classes offered by the AP College Board. VCS also offers a spirited athletic program that regularly competes for conference, regional and state championships while holding fast to its core beliefs. Take the next step by contacting our Admissions Office at 918.491.7720 to schedule a tour and see why we say, “It’s a Good Day to Be a Conqueror.”
Finally, we want to thank the readers of TulsaKids for voting us as a TulsaKids Family Favorite!