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School & District Awards

Great Expectations Model District Four years running

In the 2015-16 school year, the BPSD was once again recognized as a Great Expectations (GE) Model District -- meaning all nine sites in the district were named Model Schools. The district garnered the same honors during the three previous school years. 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 »

Strong State Report Card

Three Bartlesville schools – one third of schools in the district – received a letter grade of A in the most recent Oklahoma State Department of Education’s A-F Report Card grading system. The sites include Wayside Elementary School, Ranch Heights Elementary School and Wilson Elementary School

The A-F School Grading System, which has gone through major modifications recently, was adopted into law by the Oklahoma Legislature to incentivize schools to strive for and reach high levels of college- and career-readiness. Report card grade calculations for all Bartlesville schools over the past several years can be seen at all BPSD ratings »

BHS ranks among best in Oklahoma

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.

Student Achievement

Strong ACT Results

The 2016 graduating class of Bartlesville High School had an average ACT composite score of 22.4, which surpasses the national average of 20.8 and the state average of 20.4. Approximately 82 percent of class members took the ACT test, with their scores contributing to the overall composite score for BHS. The 2016 score is a small decrease from the 2015 average score, attributed in part to a greater number of students tested. 

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.

Division One Champions at 2016 State Science Fair

Bartlesville students claimed the Division I Championship at this year's Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair held in April. In all some 30 Bartlesville students plus alternates, grades 7-12, qualified for state Division I & II competitions, with 12 students receiving state-level awards -- four being first-place winners. The finalists and a district-level prize winner will participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

2015 graduates earned $3.3 million in scholarships

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Chromebook Distribution 

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.

Numerous Advanced Placement Courses

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

  • English Literature and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Statistics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Physics 1
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Studio Art Drawing
  • Studio Art 2D Design
  • Studio Art 3D Design
  • United States History
  • U.S. Government and Politics
  • European History
  • Psychology
  • 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 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.

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 April 2016 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 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.

Long recognized as one of the top school districts in Oklahoma, BPSD has been named a Great Expectations Model District four years running. Five schools were honored as Reward Schools by the state. 

Bartlesville Schools named National Blue Ribbon School


With more than 200 National Merit Finalists & Semifinalists in the last 25 years.  The BHS 2015 graduating class earned $3.3 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