Greater Oklahoma City is in the geographic center of North America equidistant from the east and west coasts and major trade partners of Canada and Mexico. The ten county region is at the crossroads of the U.S., sitting at the heart of three major national highways on the NAFTA corridor.
There's a reason Greater Oklahoma City is such a great place for business: Location. The ten county region is positioned within a day's drive of the rapidly-growing south-central region (OK, TX, AR, LA) projected to grow more than 44% during the next 25 years.
Quality, commitment and accountability - these are just a few of the words that reflect the sweeping changes and improvements in education for the Greater Oklahoma City area.
When civic, business and education leaders applied their talents to address the needs of the area's largest school district, Oklahoma City Public Schools, they developed a blueprint that has changed the urban district's learning landscape forever.
In 2001, Oklahoma City voters approved MAPS for Kids, a comprehensive education reform plan that raised $700 million for Oklahoma City Public Schools and surrounding school districts. In addition to building seven schools and renovating 65 others, the comprehensive plan calls for strategic academic reforms; improved student achievement; restored classroom discipline; and increased accountability for schools with students, parents and the community.
This innovative vision for our school system helped Oklahoma City earn a spot as one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" by the America Promise Alliance in 2005, 2007 and 2008.
Oklahoma schools have received national recognition for alternative education, early childhood accessibility and the increasing number of teachers earning National Board Certification - the profession's top credential. A national study by Education Week gave Oklahoma education high marks for standards and accountability, efforts to improve teacher quality and resources.
There are also several excellent suburban school districts adjacent to Oklahoma City, including Putnam City Schools, which was named by Money magazine as one of the nation's "100 Top Schools in Towns You Can Afford." In addition to Oklahoma City and Putnam City Schools, other school districts located in Oklahoma County include: Choctaw / Nicoma Park, Crooked Oak, Deer Creek, Edmond, Jones, Luther, McLoud, Mid-Del, Millwood, and Moore.
Oklahoma students score above the national average on the SAT and have seen the largest performance increase on the ACT test over the last 13 years in the Southwest Region. In fact, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM), a tuition-free residential high school in Oklahoma City for juniors and seniors with exceptional ability in math and science, has achieved the highest composite ACT scores of any high school in the country twice since 1998, and has produced 225 National Merit Scholars in the 14 years it has been in operation.