Norman is known as an education community because of its three nationally recognized educational facilities—Norman Public Schools, Moore Norman Technology Center, and the University of Oklahoma.
Norman Public Schools
Norman has the eighth largest student population in the state with 15,500 students. The school district’s boundaries cover 161 square miles in Cleveland and McClain counties.
Much of the school district’s success is attributed to the community’s support and interest in the schools. Norman citizens vote to support school bond issues on a regular basis, which ensures that students are provided with safe and educationally sound learning environments. Parents play an active role in setting site goals by serving on planning committees in each of the schools. The Citizens Advisory Council, made up of parent representatives from each of the schools and community representatives, advises the Board of Education on specific items of concern. Businesses in the community participate actively in the Partners in Education Program.
Norman public schools are recognized both on the state and national level for exceptional teachers and instructional programs.
Norman Public School District is fully accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, and Norman High School and Norman North High School are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
All children entering the Pre-K (four-year-old) program are required by law to have the following immunizations:
- Five (5) doses of DTP or DTaP unless the fourth dose was given after the child’s fourth birthday.
- Four (4) doses of polio vaccine (OPV/IPV) unless the fourth dose was given after the child’s fourth birthday.
- One (1) dose of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
- Two (2) doses of hepatitis A. If the child has received any part of the two-dose series, he/she will need to have follow-up after school starts to be certain the series is completed.
- Three (3) doses of hepatitis B. If the child has received any part of the two-dose series, he/she will need to have follow-up after school starts to be certain the series is completed.
- One (1) dose of varicella or documentation of chicken pox.
- Advanced Placement courses
- AEGIS courses in high school for talented math and English students
- Alternative education programs
- Career Connections/Service Learning
- Community after-school programs for students
- Community education
- Community tutoring programs for secondary students
- Comprehensive drug prevention education program
- Counseling services available to all students
- Early Entry university courses
- Full-day kindergarten
- Fine Arts opportunities, including music and art, for students in grades Pre-K through 12
- Foreign language in grades 8–12
- Full athletic and physical education programs
- Gifted education for all schools
- Library media program in grades Pre-K through 12
- Pre-K (four-year-old program)
- Secondary school honors program
- Special education program (age 3 through grade 12)
- Technology/computer education for all students
- Tuition summer school
Norman Public Schools Website: www.normanpublicschools.org
Moore Norman Technology Center
The FRANKLIN ROAD Campus
Moore Norman’s Franklin Road Campus is located on 75 acres at the corner of 12th Avenue N.W. and Franklin Road, between the communities of Moore and Norman. Five buildings, totaling 315,000 square feet, feature classrooms, labs, industry quality equipment, and meeting and conference rooms. In addition to the main building, MNTC’s campus includes a health education center, and a construction trades center. Some campus features include a scenic pond used for water retention and as a resource for grounds upkeep, and a low element ropes course used by community and business groups for team building activities.
Oklahoma’s network of technology centers offers an option for career and technical education that is community-focused. It is the responsibility of technology centers to use taxpayer funds to educate, retrain, and develop a strong workforce that will enhance economic development, and improve the quality of life, throughout the state. MNTC offers its clients and students classroom and lab space, and the same high-end equipment and tools that are used in industry.
The SOUTH PENN Campus
Opened in the Summer of 2005, the addition of the South Penn Campus is an effort to reach out to the entire district and effectively meet the business and community needs within one of Oklahoma’s fastest growing areas. The 65-acre tract of land located at S.W. 134th and Pennsylvania Avenue is home to a main campus building with 79,000 square feet of meeting, class and conference space, and the Business Development Center, a 14,500 square foot business incubator.
The South Penn Campus serves as a resource to promote learning throughout the community. Short Term classes in health, business and industry training, personal interest, computer technology, management development, and small business management are provided. The Business Development Center provides start-up companies a place to base their business, as well as business planning, management resources, and support.
For additional information about Moore Norman Technology Center, or call (405) 364-5763 or visit their website at www.mntc.edu.
University of Oklahoma
Created by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1890, the University of Oklahoma (OU) is a doctoral degree-granting research university serving the educational, cultural, economic and health care needs of the state, region and nation. The university’s annual operating budget is $1.2 billion.
The Norman campus serves as home to all of the university’s academic programs except health-related fields. Both the Norman and Health Sciences Center colleges offer programs at the Schusterman Center, the site of OU-Tulsa. The OU Health Sciences Center, which is located in Oklahoma City, is one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges. OU enrolls more than 30,000 students, has more than 2,000 full-time faculty members, and has 20 colleges offering 153 majors at the baccalaureate level, 133 majors at the master’s level, 75 majors at the doctoral level, 20 majors at the first professional level, and 18 graduate certificates.
OU is number one in the nation per capita among public universities in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled. Seven hundred National Merit Scholars currently are enrolled at OU. The Princeton Review ranks OU among the Top 10 public universities in the nation in terms of academic excellence and cost for students. The list included universities like University of California-Berkeley and University of Virginia-Charlottesville. OU is one of only 10 universities in the nation with four Goldwater Scholars, including colleges such as Dartmouth, Williams and Duke.
The university recently finished its $62 million National Weather Center on the university’s Research Campus-South. The new building, which opened in Fall of 2006, will house OU’s world-famous and highly regarded School of Meteorology as well as top weather research specialists of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In addition to housing the National Weather Center, the new South Campus will be used for research, graduate studies, and economic development.
University of Oklahoma Website: www.ou.edu
Oklahoma College of Continuing Education
The College of Continuing Education strives to reach adult learners through a variety of programs. Nationally recognized for its pioneering efforts in continuing education, the college extends the educational resources of the University of Oklahoma through many different program formats. On the Norman campus, adults and other learners attend programs at the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education (OCCE), one of eleven W.K. Kellogg Foundation continuing education centers in the world. Annually, the College of Continuing Education offers more than 2,000 courses and activities to more than 175,000 non-traditional learners in Oklahoma and around the world.
Other Higher Education Institutions in the Area
- The University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond)
- Oklahoma State University at OKC (Oklahoma City)
- University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Chickasha)
- St. Gregory’s University (Shawnee)
- Langston University (Langston and Oklahoma City)
- Oklahoma Christian University (Edmond)
- Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee)
- Oklahoma City University (Oklahoma City)
- Southern Nazarene University (Bethany)
- East Central University (Ada)
- Oklahoma City Community College (Oklahoma City)
- Rose State College (Midwest City)
- Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College (Moore)
Child Development & Daycare Centers
Community After School Program
1023 N. Flood Ave.
Gingerbread Nursery School & Kindergarten
602 Villa Dr.
Middle Earth Child Development Center
151 12th St. S.E., Ste. 100
4600 36th Ave. NW
Pumpkin Shell School
1312 Lincoln Ave.
3024 Paseo Dr.
St. Joseph’s Early Childhood Development Program
425 E. Tonhawa St.
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