The foundation of any community is its focus on education. Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) is the largest district in the state, educating more than 42,000 students from pre-kindergarten through high school. In fact, Oklahoma leads the nation in early childhood education, setting a precedent for achievement and success and creating a progressive model for school systems across the country to emulate. 

Education in Tulsa

Tulsa is a community committed to connecting a quality education with a well-paying job. In 2017, Lumina Foundation named Tulsa a Talent Hub, elevating the city’s efforts to attract, retain, and cultivate talent, particularly among today’s students of color, the first in their families to go to college, and those from low-income households. In addition to Tulsa’s public school system, other school districts in surrounding communities attract national attention for their students’ accomplishments. Jenks, Union, Owasso, Broken Arrow, and Bixby are known for their nationally ranked academics, athletics and fine arts programs. Tulsa is also known for having a rich tradition of parochial and non-parochial private schools, including several well-known college preparatory schools.

Higher Education

As a city poised for excellent millennial growth, it’s important to provide advanced educational opportunities to not only attract new families to Tulsa but to retain the talent we’ve been preparing since pre-k. Tulsa is fortunate in the fact that graduating high school students not only have the opportunity to take advantage of two state schools, Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma, but they can stay right here and enjoy exceptional institutions of higher learning. From a nationally acclaimed private university, the University of Tulsa, to a progressive community college, to several vocational and industry-specific colleges, there’s opportunity for everyone.

Tulsa Achieves

All qualifying high school graduates living in Tulsa County have access to this dynamic program that pays up to 100% tuition and fees for Tulsa Community College.


2018 Tulsa Education Guide

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