By Kelcey King of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise
The Bartlesville Public School District has the highest grade point average among its peer districts, according to a district report card recently released by the BPSD.
With a GPA of 3.66, the BPSD ranks first among peers and second among the 32 largest schools in the state — second only to Edmond, which holds a GPA of 3.83. Peer districts include Stillwater, Jenks, Yukon, Owasso, Mustang, Union, Sand Springs, Broken Arrow, Enid and Ponca City.
BPSD Superintendent Dr. Gary Quinn says he is proud of the district’s accomplishments over the course of the school year.
“Despite the new grading system that was put into place for the 2013-2013 academic year, we were still able to rank among the highest achieving schools in the state,” said Quinn. “That ranking is attributed to our teachers, staff and students who work hard each day.”
Athletics and fine arts also continue to dominate in academics. Recently, the Bartlesville High School football and softball teams won the 6A Academics State Championships for the 2012-13 school year. The football team has been recognized as a 6A Academic State Champion four years in a row. The band, orchestra, drama and choir programs have also received several Academic Achievement Awards and Distinguished Academic Awards from the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
In state testing, BPSD ranks second among peers in the percentage of students scoring in advanced levels. A total of 36.23 percent of students in the BPSD perform at an advanced level. Stillwater ranked first among peers, with 36.35 percent of students performing at advanced levels.
“Not only do our students perform proficient on state testing, but we have over thirty-six percent of students scoring at an advanced level, and that is something we are very proud of,” Quinn said.
Eight National Merit semifinalists were named from BHS during the year — the most of any other school in the state. All eight semifinalists were also named finalists. Quinn said that the district’s accomplishment of eight finalists is “truly outstanding.”
The district also boasts eight Great Expectations Model Schools. Schools include Wilson Elementary — the first school in the district to be named a GE Model School — Hoover Elementary School, Jane Phillips Elementary School, Richard Kane Elementary School, Wayside Elementary School, Central Middle School, Madison Middle School and Bartlesville Mid-High School — the first high school in the state to be awarded GE Model School status.
“We are extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish academically over the past year,” Quinn stated. “Our community is very supportive of our schools, and without the support, we would not be able to achieve such great success.”