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Bartlesville Public School District was recognized, for the fifth consecutive year, as a Great Expectations Model District. As part of the qualification process, representatives from Great Expectations tour each school site, examine the culture of the school, and assess how GE practices and principles are being incorporated. To become a Model School, 90 percent or more of teachers must be implementing 100 percent of the GE practices in the classroom on a daily basis. Each school site met the demanding criteria outlined by GE, allowing the BPSD to be named a Model District for the fourth straight year. Learn more »
The State Department of Education recently released the results of the Spring 2017 assessments to districts, and Bartlesville students on each assessment consistently outperformed the state averages. However, as expected, the number of students who rated Proficient or Advanced has fallen dramatically statewide across all assessments. This is due to a deliberate choice to use higher standards, more complex assessments, and higher cut scores.The state reset its assessment system so that state results in elementary and middle school would yield similar proficiency levels as the National Assessment of Educational Progress and so that high school proficiency levels would match up to results from the ACT college readiness examination. The 2016-2017 state results represent a total reset from prior years' tests. Learn more »
US News & World Report magazine in April 2016 rated Bartlesville High School as among the top 10 high schools in Oklahoma. Based on 2014-15 data, when BHS was still a two-year institution, the magazine ranked the school as 6th in the state, ahead of 551other Oklahoma public high schools. BHS became a four-year high school in the fall of 2015.
In 2017 Bartlesville High School's students continued to outperform the state in all aspects of the ACT. All of the class of 2017 at Bartlesville High School took the ACT as part of a new statewide mandate which increased the number of students taking the exam and consequently lowered average scores from previous years. The 2017 graduating class of Bartlesville High School had an average ACT composite score of 20.8, which was 1.4 points higher than the state average. The ACT is a standardized test frequently used by college admissions offices, and focuses on the subject areas of English, mathematics, reading and science along with an optional writing portion. Learn more »
Twenty-eight Bartlesville students competed at the Oklahoma State Science & Engineering Fair in 2017. The group earned three first place, five second place, and two third place category awards and 14 special awards. In all, 216 students with 196 projects competed at the state science fair this year. Three students went on to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May held in Los Angeles.
Of the 2015 graduating class, many students received scholarship aid totaling $3.3 million to continue their education, with 64 percent of graduating seniors pursuing post-high school education. Some 42 percent went to four-year in-state universities, 10 percent to four-year out-of-state schools, two percent to junior college, five percent to technical schools and five percent to the military.
Three Bartlesville High School seniors were named National Merit Finalists and Semifinalists in 2017. National Merit semifinalists are selected based on their scores from the PSAT, a preparatory form of the SAT. Students must also meet certain academic standards and be presently enrolled in high school. Semifinalists are selected from each state. Approximately 1.5 million students take the PSAT every year, but only about 16,000 become National Merit semifinalists. Two 2015 BHS seniors were selected by the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program as National Hispanic Scholars, based on their PSAT/NMSQT scores.
The 19 percent of BPS students who qualify for the gifted and talented program places Bartlesville schools well above the state average of 14 percent. On average the district serves nearly 1,200 students annually in the program. Learn more »
The BHS volleyball team was named as a 6A Academic State ChampionIn for 2014-15 school year, continuing a long tradition of Bartlesville athletes being strong scholars. Four teams received the honor in the previous school year.
Bartlesville Public Schools have created Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) facilities and courses at Bartlesville High School, Madison Middle School and (in the fall of 2016) Central Middle School. Thanks to a grant from Phillips 66, the STEM initiative includes an Innovation Lab at BHS as well as new homes for the Gateway to Technology courses at Madison and Central.
All BHS freshmen will receive a Chromebook in August 2017 to use at school and at home. The distribution marks the second phase of a 1:1 rollout (one Chromebook for every student) that will eventually reach all students from 6th grade through high school senior. In addition, the 2016 bond issue made possible expanded WiFi in all elementary schools to support shared iPads, paving the way for extending STEM modules into every kindergarten through 5th grade class. Click here for an overview of the entire Student Computing Initiative timeline.
Bartlesville schools offer a variety of Advanced Placement courses for students pursuing higher education opportunities, including:
Class sizes at Bartlesville public schools vary depending on grade level, subject matter and student needs. The district's 18-1 student-to-teacher ratio includes all teachers, including special education teachers. The number of students and teachers at each Bartlesville school site in April 2016 is listed below. Also shown for each site is the number of certified personnel other than teachers who serve as principals, counselors, librarians and in other roles.
*Based on April 2016 data **Staff with Oklahoma certifications including administrators, counselors and librarians
On a districtwide basis, about 34 percent of Bartlesville public school teachers possess advanced degrees. At Bartlesville High School alone, more than 40 percent of the staff has earned advanced degrees.
The 113 members of the Bartlesville High School staff (both teachers and other certified staff) represent an average of 15 years of experience per individual with nearly 10 of those years within the Bartlesville Public School District.