TulsaKids’ Education & Enrichment Guide
TulsaKids’ 2021 Education & Enrichment Guide features 24 of the best schools and extracurricular options in the Tulsa area.
Contact: Jan Thomas, Admissions Specialist
7700 S. Lewis Ave.
Victory Christian School is a K3-12th grade, fully accredited school with a Biblical worldview. Over the last ten years, our senior classes averaged $4.3 million in scholarship offers, produced 8 National Merit Scholars, and had an average score of 25 on their ACT. We had numerous district, regional and state championships while signing 43 student-athletes to collegiate scholarships. We have played for state championships in football, basketball, baseball, track and golf while winning four state championships in a row in Volleyball. Our 5th – 12th grade robotics program competes in state and regional competitions often resulting in invitations to compete at the national level. Our band consistently obtains 1’s in state competitions, and we are the only private school in Oklahoma to have won Sweepstakes. We were blessed to add a brand new STEM lab in 2020 and have expanded our Kindergarten Wing to house our growing Elementary.
We were founded to challenge students to become men and women fulfilling God’s destiny for their life. Through challenging academics, a celebration of the arts and championship-level athletics, Victory Christian School is where your student can thrive! Student-led chapels, biblical studies, and missions trips train your children and present opportunities to develop their faith. VCS is more than an education. It’s a preparation for a calling. Learn more at vcstulsa.org.
Hardesty Arts Center
101 E. Archer St.
Ahha Tulsa is the arts destination for families and teens to explore, experience, and create! Check out THE STUDIO for drop-in activities that let guests think like artists through open-ended creative exploration and discovery. Select your own materials from a wide array of possibilities and make your own unique project. Ahha is also home to THE EXPERIENCE: IMAGINE, a large-scale immersive installation unlike anything else in Tulsa. Activities are included with the price of admission: $12.75 for adults, $8.75 for youth (3-17), and free for kids under 3 and ahha members. Be sure to follow @ahhatulsa on social media for information about community art classes, teen programs, and camps for school-aged children. Explore your creativity today! www.ahhatulsa.org
John Ahrens, Headmaster
6310 E. 30th St.
Augustine Christian Academy is a Christian, classical, non-denominational, college preparatory school for grades Pre-K–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!
For 50 years, the Boston Avenue Weekday School has nurtured children spiritually, emotionally, socially, creatively, cognitively and physically while offering a warm, accepting early learning environment. Our weekly theme-based curriculum, which includes early faith lessons, supports teachers in their center-arranged classrooms, with a small teacher to student ratio. Activities include community visitors, field trips, chapel, music, yoga, sign language, and ASL and Spanish vocabulary. We also have a summer program for school-age children through 3rd grade. Call for information and a tour today! Although we enroll all year, enrollment for the next school year begins in March. Be sure to call early, as spots are limited. Serving ages 4 months through Pre-K. Oklahoma DHS Licensed. *Adapted drop off and pick up, sanitization and disinfection, and classroom procedures to meet and exceed current community health and safety guidelines*
6022 S. Yale Ave.
The Brain Balance Program is the leading drug-free program designed to help kids improve focus, behavior, social skills, anxiety, and academic performance. The Brain Balance Program offers a comprehensive, non-medicated option that goes beyond the more traditional, mainstream approaches you may have tried before to help your child get to the root of their challenges versus masking them. The Brain Balance program is specifically designed to strengthen and build brain connectivity with a unique combination of physical, sensory, and cognitive activities. When you work these brain functions together, different networks in the brain fire together. Over time, this changes the speed and efficiency in the brain’s communication pathways. These new, efficient and effective connections in the brain lead to improvements in our executive functioning and our ability to complete cognitive tasks. 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. Brain Balance can help! Call today to schedule an assessment.
Contact: Makala Welsh
2520 S. Yorktown Ave.
Preparation for college begins in grade 6 with a seamless Catholic liberal arts curriculum through grade 12. Each class is aligned year after year to create pathways for students to reach their goals in college and in life. Students in grades 6-8 have opportunities to earn high school credit in math, science, and world language. Students in grades 9-12 can earn college credit in the extensive Advanced Placement program. College-level courses are available to upperclassmen through concurrent enrollment. Cascia Hall Upper School hosts a unique program called “Minimester” for students to explore student interests and ambitions. With an enrollment of approximately 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.
RoseMarie Mann, Director
Laura Chisholm, Office Manager
3702 S. 90th E. Ave.
In a Christ-centered environment, CMA educates the whole child using the Montessori Method. CMA’s community oriented, multi-age classrooms invite learning in an enticing, stress-free setting. Our authentic Montessori materials and curriculum provide hands-on learning experiences and the joy of discovery. Our students are led by Montessori trained guides and are encouraged to make choices to help develop a sense of independence and self-worth. Children attending CMA are not viewed as a group, but rather as individuals working toward their full potential within our community. We believe that the impressions formed today have a lasting impact on a child’s attitude towards learning and life itself. Tours and visits can be scheduled by calling the office or visiting our website. We look forward to meeting your family!
Contact: Laurie Pearn
3515 S. Harvard
Our program is a Monday, Wednesday, Friday pre-school program. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 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.
Happy Campers—Cherry Street
1819 E. 15th St.
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Happy Campers at Temple Israel
2004 E. 22nd Pl.
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Happy Campers at John Knox
(This location has school-age after-school care and summer camp)
2929 E. 31st St.
Happy Campers Academy offers Tulsa and surrounding communities quality childcare. We accept children ages 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten, and provide parents an opportunity to view their children in the early learning center through a closed-circuit internet connection. At all three 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. 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, Head of School
5666 E. 81st St.
Grades: Pre-school – Grade 12
Holland Hall is Tulsa’s Pre-K3 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 10:1 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 is 8:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m. and before/after care is 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook!
Tandi Wells, Principal
1201 N. Elm Place
Broken Arrow, OK
At Legacy Christian Academy, we partner with you in the education of your child, as well as the development of his or her character, faith, and spiritual growth. By incorporating God in all areas, our students learn to empathize and show kindness to others. Our students are being taught what it means to have a relationship with Jesus and how to be life-long followers of Him.
Here’s what our parents have to say:
“We are new this year, and I’m kicking myself for not finding Legacy sooner. Between the remarkable education, the welcome environment, and the wonderful staff, I couldn’t think of a better place for my child.”
“The teachers and staff truly love and care about my child holistically. He’s not only nurtured academically, but emotionally, socially, and spiritually. It is such a blessing to drop him off in a safe environment.”
“We love the small class sizes, family-like atmosphere, excellent academics, and most of all, the discipleship and Biblical teaching that take place each day to help our children experience God’s goodness and understand the importance of being a light in the darkness.”
6363 S. Trenton Ave.
Located on a 60-acre campus in the heart of Tulsa at 63rd and Trenton, Metro Christian Academy is an independent Christian school serving students age three through 12th grade. They’re all under one roof but with distinct areas for preschool, elementary, middle and high school.
Metro’s Elementary program offers two tracks for students. One features traditional curriculum that students may join at any time. The other is a Spanish Immersion section that students may enter in Pre-K or Kindergarten and continue through 5th grade. Spanish Immersion students become bilingual by learning core subject content in Spanish including history, language arts, science, and math.
Metro’s secondary school offers a range of academic programs including 15 Advanced Placement courses and eight courses for concurrent college credit. Metro offers activities for students of all ages including 11 varsity sports, debate, leadership, missions and fine arts classes like studio art, drama, band and choir.
At the heart of Metro is a sense of community. Students, parents, faculty, and staff all work together to educate and nurture students to reach their full potential. “We work to develop this culture in which everyone knows who you are,” says Adam Taylor, Athletic Director. “You are somebody here. You are someone important.”
Mrs. Lisa Padgett, Admissions
8304 S. 107th E. Ave.
Mingo Valley Christian (PreK-12) has been partnering with Tulsa area families for over 40 years! We are a college preparatory, non-denominational, private school, encouraging personalized learning for each student. We partner with parents and incorporate a Christian worldview into all aspects of the learning process. Our students are tomorrow’s leaders, so 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 foster 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 pom. For more information or to schedule a tour or shadowing day, please call or visit our website. You are invited to view a virtual Open House at any time at mingovalley.org/tour. Accreditation: State of Oklahoma (OPSAC); AdvancED; Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Contact: Jayme Wingo-Baker
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 tutorial, swimming and music. Serving ages 3 years through 5th grade.
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 – eighth grade, develop socially and morally within a supportive community to develop skills they will use throughout their lifetime. Monte Cassino School offers a 14:1 student/teacher ratio, students who rank in the 94th percentile of school norms for standardized testing, teachers with advanced degrees and a wide-serving support system in our REACH department. Extra-curricular opportunities abound for all students including team sports, Robotics, Rocketry, Academic Bowl, fine arts and drama and more. Led by the legacy of the Benedictine Sisters, Monte Cassino School offers a faith-filled, Catholic education.
With the help of parents and Montessori teachers who wanted educational opportunities for their children focused on individuality, personal development, and advanced academics, Montessori Academy of Owasso opened its doors in 2014. Our school has grown since its founding, now educating students from toddlers through 8th grade on our 1.33-acre campus in the heart of Owasso.
A Montessori education is a child-centered approach to teaching. Each student has their own curriculum and works through lessons at their own pace. There is never pressure to perform or earn a certain score on a test. We believe students should love to learn without rewards or penalties tied to their progress.
Educating the whole child – socially, emotionally, and academically – is the hallmark of our school community.
1025 W. Kenosha St.
Broken Arrow, OK
Rhema Child Development Center is committed to providing the finest quality programs to help your child develop academically, socially, and spiritually. These goals are accomplished with dual emphasis on Christian values and Bible truths as well as academic programs in our classroom activities. Additionally, we believe that the first step in learning is developing a healthy self-concept in each child. We want to help each child feel that he/she is worthwhile and a valuable person in his/her world, and in the eyes of God. The enrollment process is easy! We encourage you to come by, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday–Friday, to take a tour, meet our teachers, and get to know RCDC a little better. We will also have a packet of information waiting for you, along with a few forms to be filled out.
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: Ms. Sarah Edwards, Admissions
1365 E. 49th Pl.
The School of Saint Mary carries out the educational mission of the Church – educating students in peace, justice, and human rights, according to Gospel principles and Catholic tradition. The school strives to promote academic excellence, to be responsible stewards, and to motivate students to give generously of self in an attitude of Christian charity.
*Four of the past six valedictorians at Bishop Kelley High School are graduates of the School of Saint Mary.
*In annual standardized testing, our middle school students test like high school graduates.
*99% of parents say the School instills a commitment to the Faith.
Contact: Dustin Knight
5817 S. 118th East Ave.
Ages: 18 mos. – 9 yrs.
Step onto the field during any Lil’ Kickers class, and you will find it transformed into a world created just for your child. Our well-trained coaches will thrill your child with 50 minutes of highly creative, high energy and age-appropriate activities that serve as a great introduction to soccer, and help children master developmental milestones appropriate for their age. Because Lil’ Kickers is first and foremost a child development program, our purpose is really to help children mature on all levels. Our program focuses on helping children build strong physical, intellectual and emotional skills that will help them be successful on and off the soccer field. We believe in teaching children in ways that suit their developmental level. So, you won’t see adult-like skill drills in our classes, but you will see teaching methods specifically designed to create an atmosphere that is effective and fun. You will also see happy, confident and sweaty kids who are eager to learn and want to keep coming back for more. Whether your child is new to soccer or has already developed a love for the game, the progressive nature of Lil’ Kickers offers a place for children at every level. Our convenient class times provide families options to accommodate multiple children and busy schedules.
*2nd Winter session runs through March 13th. Open enrollment, SIGN UP TODAY!*
*Spring break camp will be March 15th – 19th *
*Spring Lil’ Kickers will begin March 22rd. Spring registration will be open by mid February*
The mission of University School is to challenge gifted students with a dynamic curriculum in a nurturing academic environment. We serve students from age 3 through 8th grade. Our program is well rounded and includes art, music, physical education, foreign language, and computer classes for all students. 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.
6421 E. 36th St. North
Encourage and grow your child’s passion for wildlife at the Tulsa Zoo! Through our fun and engaging education programs, we inspire guests of all ages. Children can GO WILD at our virtual classes learning about animals and meeting them up-close. Virtual school and outreach programs offer unique ways to explore the zoo or to bring the zoo to you. The zoo offers year-round learning experiences kids of all ages. Visit tulsazoo.org to discover more about educational opportunities at the Tulsa Zoo. Tulsa Zoo: Connecting, Caring, Advocating for Wildlife, People and Wild Places.