BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Broken Arrow Public Schools has finalized its recommendations for a high school reconfiguration plan.
District leaders have worked for more than three years to come up with a plan to address the future of the high school. A reconfiguration committee composed of community members, parents and industry leaders came together to make recommendations for the high school’s future.
Plans do not include building a new high school. The district issued a voter-approved bond in 2015 that does not include a new facility. A new bond issue with the possibility of a new school cannot be considered until 2027.
The new plan does include “redefining what it means to go to high school.” District leaders said this new model will make students more college, career and life-ready.
Each student would choose one of three “paths” to follow, including career, early college and innovation (STEM).
- The career path includes certifications, licenses and degree paths.
- The early college program could lead to a low-cost associates degree and allow students to have a flexible schedule.
- The innovation path would cover a wide range of STEM opportunities.
All paths can incorporate internships and apprenticeships to give students hands-on experience in the field.
The idea is to personalize each student’s learning experience and not expecting a “one size fits all” education. Students will still be required to do core, state-mandated classes. There will be flexibility in the pathways and students can change along the way.
The district will partner with local businesses and industry leaders to help students experience off-campus jobs. The idea is to “bring the community to the classroom, and the classroom to the community.”
The 2015 bond does include plans for a new STEM facility. The district is still considering three properties where the new facility, and a new agricultural center, could go. District leaders also hope to re-purpose existing spaces.
Broken Arrow’s plan would be implemented in phases and adjusted over time.
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