Secondary Art

Recognizing the necessity of addressing the needs of gifted secondary students, the majority of our secondary art teachers have been trained by the National Board in AP procedure.  One of our secondary art teachers is a National Board Certified Master Teacher.


In addition, two of our middle schools, Carver & Wilson Middle Schools, and one of our high schools, Booker T. Washington High School are members of the International Baccalaureate Program.  This program offers a rigorous curriculum in the visual arts.  Both of these schools have participated in art exchange programs from sister cities in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Tiberius, Israel and Kyoto, Japan.  Booker T. Washington has additional student exchanges with China.


Tulsa Public Schools has a magnet fine arts school, Central High School.  The school is new, with state-of-the-art equipment.  It has a faculty of five art teachers who offer a diverse curriculum.


Several of our high schools and middle schools have active art clubs and a National Art Honor Society.  These after school programs allow serious students the time and opportunity to explore the arts in greater depth.

In 1998 the Tulsa Community and Tulsa Public Schools met as the “Fine Arts Task Force” to investigate ways to promote fine arts instruction in the schools.  Since that time the district has hired at the minimum, one art teacher for every secondary school.  In 2007 the Tulsa School Board was honored by the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. and the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education for their comment to arts education.


In 2007 the Tulsa Public Schools received a $12,000,000 grant for Magnet Schools development.  One of the four schools that will be receiving $3,000,000 will be the Central High School Fine Arts Magnet.  This funding will come in $1,000,000 increments over the next three years to assist with creating state-of-the-art fine arts programming.


In 2007, 2006 and 2005, the district has been awarded matching grants from the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma Arts Council to develop professional development for fine arts teachers.  In 2007 the theme will be “Telling My Story:  the Arts Enhance Literacy.  Enrollment information may be found on the web site


All local museums provide special programming to schools with Educator’s Evenings, arts camps, free bussing and a variety of tours for students.


The Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation provides scholarship funding each year for the Kravis Summer Arts Camp.  Applications are available on the web site.


The Levit family provides funding for the Levit Prize for Excellence in Art Education.  Elementary art students receive prize money and art supplies.  A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior each year. The Assistance League of Tulsa provides support for the annual District Art Show, now in its 27th year.  They also provide grants to individual arts classrooms for innovative projects.  Numerous other family and corporate foundations provide funding for contests and grants for students and teachers.  Tulsa has been highly successful in competition and the results of some of their prizes appear on this web site.


Each year the University of Tulsa presents a career day in the arts for high school students.  The Art Director’s Club of Tulsa presents lectures and provides art materials to attending students. 


The State Superintendent Arts Awards for Excellence is an end of career award for outstanding high school arts students.  Each year Tulsa Public Schools has several students recognized. 


All of these varied services assist students in developing their creativity and artistic skills.

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