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School & District Awards

Great Expectations Schools

Most of the district's elementary schools are recognized as Great Expectations Model Schools.  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. The district as a whole was a Model District for five consecutive years. Learn more »

Stronger Than State Test Scores

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 »

BHS ranks among best in Oklahoma

US News & World Report magazine in May 2018 rated Bartlesville High School as among the top high schools in Oklahoma, ranking number 13 among all high schools including charter and magnet schools.  Among regular public high schools in Oklahoma, BHS ranked 6th. The U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology is based on these key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators. 

Student Achievement

Higher than State ACT Results

Bartlesville High School's ACT Composite Score average for the graduating Class of 2018 was 21.1, compared to 19.3 for students statewide. Over the past five years, students graduating from BHS have outperformed the state average by from 1.4 to 2.3 points on the 36-point scale.  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 »

Champions at 2017 State Science Fair

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.

2018 graduates earned $3.3 million in scholarships

Of the 2018 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.

More than 200 National Merit Finalists/Semifinalists in last 25 years

From 2016-2018, nine Bartlesville High School seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists and Finalists.  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. 

19 percent of students qualify for Gifted & Talented programs

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 »

Volleyball team captures Academic State Championship

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.

BHS Student Journalists Win Top State Honors

The Bartlesville High School newspaper, The Fourth Estate, and the school's 4E Plus magazine both won Sweepstakes in their respective categories in the statewide spring 2016 competition sponsored by the Oklahoma Scholastic Media. Four BHS students also won State Championships in individual categories. At last fall's competition, the BHS Yearbook took top honors as the best in the state.


STEM Initiatives

Both of the district's middle schools were recognized as Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Gateway Distinguished Schools based on their STEM offerings, enrollment, and retention. They were the only public schools in Oklahoma so recognized, and the entire state of Texas can only boast of three such schools. 
Students in every kindergarten through fifth grade class will complete two hands-on STEM modules in 2018-19. This will make Computer Science and Biomedical STEM pathways available from kindergarten through graduation. Two additional elementary STEM modules will be implemented in subsequent years to complement the Pre-Engineering pathway in its secondary schools. These programs were funded by over $200,000 in community donations in the past two years.

Chromebook & IPad Distribution 

Thanks to a 2016 bond issue and community donations, all high school students have a Chromebook in the 2018-19 school year to use at school and at home. That program will extend to cover grades 6-12 in 2019-20. In 2018-19 every elementary school will be equipped with two carts of iPads to support the STEM modules taught in every classroom from kindergarten through fifth grade. Each elementary school will also receive two carts of Chromebooks. Click here for an overview of the entire Student Computing Initiative timeline.

Numerous Advanced Placement Courses

Bartlesville schools offer a variety of Advanced Placement courses for students pursuing higher education opportunities, including:

  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Statistics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics 1
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Studio Art Drawing
  • Studio Art 2D Design
  • Studio Art 3D Design
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Computer Science A
  • Music Theory


18-1 District Student-to-Teacher Ratio

Class sizes at Bartlesville public schools vary depending on grade level, subject matter and student needs. The district's 17-1 student-to-teacher ratio includes all teachers, including special education teachers. List below are the numbers of students and teachers at each Bartlesville school site as of December 2017. Also shown for each site is the number of certified personnel other than teachers who serve as principals, counselors, librarians and in other roles.

Certified Staff**
Hoover Elementary
Jane Phillips Elementary
Richard Kane Elementary
Ranch Heights Elementary
Wayside Elementary
Wilson Elementary
Central Middle School
Madison Middle School
Bartlesville High School

*Based on Dec. 2017 data  **Staff with Oklahoma certifications including administrators, counselors and librarians

A third of faculty with advanced degrees

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.

Experienced teachers and administrators

The members of the Bartlesville High School staff (a total of 110 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.

Long recognized as one of the top school districts in Oklahoma, BPSD named a Great Expectations Model District five years running. 

Bartlesville Schools named National Blue Ribbon School


With more than 200 National Merit Finalists & Semifinalists in the last 25 years.  The BHS 2018 graduating class earned $3.25 million in scholarships, with nearly 65 percent planning to pursue a post-graduate education.

High school girl graduating


New STEM Innovation Labs have been provided in all secondary schools, thanks to a generous grant by Phillips 66.

Student studying chemistry


Our Bartlesville Public Schools teachers are highly qualified and care deeply about our students. More than a third of the entire district staff hold advanced degrees, including more than 40 percent of the high school faculty.

Teacher working with elementary students