The Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences (TSAS) is a tuition-free public charter school in Tulsa, OK serving grades 7-12. Our mission is to provide a liberal arts, college preparatory curriculum for middle and high school students through innovative teaching methods focused on developing individuals, holistically.
How Are Students Selected?
TSAS does not charge tuition, and as a public charter school, accepts all students who reside within TPS school district boundaries. However, total enrollment is limited, so when there are more applicants than can be accepted, a lottery open to the public determines new students. About 75 new students have been accepted each year in both 7th and 9th grades. In January of 2018, TSAS will begin taking applications for the 2018-2019 school year. TSAS will accept 75 new 7th graders and a much lower number in the other grades.
How Are TSAS Classes Different from Traditional Classes?
The curriculum at TSAS is rigorous and college preparatory. Advanced Placement classes are emphasized, and graduation requirements exceed the state’s requirements. In addition to its rigorous college prep environment, TSAS offers painting, drawing, 3D art, printmaking, jazz band, choir, drama, musical theater, speech, debate, cycling, cross country, journalism, digital photography, and darkroom photography.
The school year is divided into trimesters, and students take only five 70-minute classes per session. The extended class periods allow for a more in-depth look at ideas and concepts, and time to work together with teachers. TSAS students graduate with the skills and knowledge to pursue their dreams and make meaningful contributions to their community.
In addition to academic rigor and scholarship, TSAS emphasizes relationship and student well-being in every class. Each year, our end-of-year surveys place us in the top 5% of schools in Tulsa in these areas. On these surveys, our students certify that their teachers care about them, know when they are having a bad day, and have a strong desire to help them in any way possible. This level of relationship and care is a hallmark of TSAS culture, and is one of the reasons we are able to provide such a unique and meaningful education for our students.
TSAS Quick Facts
- TSAS was founded by teachers in 2001.
- In 2015, TSAS was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education.
- TSAS’s yearly ACT average composite score is always among the highest in Tulsa, and far exceeds the state and national averages.