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We are making it easier for families to choose - and stay with - Tulsa Public Schools Neighborhood Schools, our Magnet Schools, and Tulsa Public Schools Authorized Charters!

Our improved enrollment system ensures that families have an easy and simple process to access the schools that are the best fit for their children.

Please note that the improved enrollment system is not first come, first served. We encourage families to research our schools to find the one that will be the best fit for their child.

Apply for Pre-K, Kindergarten, Neighborhood, Charter, or Magnet schools. Dec. 9, 2019 - Jan. 31, 2020
Submit required documents for all schools. Dec. 9, 2019 - Jan. 31, 2020
Application deadline appeals must be submitted. February 7, 2020
Document deadline appeals must be submitted. February 14, 2020
Document deadline appeals must be submitted. February 21, 2020
Notification of matches and waitlist. Mid-March, 2020

Our enrollment system is designed to ensure that students have access to exceptional learning experiences.

With our improved enrollment process, families will:

  • Complete just one application for neighborhood, magnet, and our charter schools;
  • Select up to 6 schools that meet their child's need and interests; and
  • Submit their applications and documents during one enrollment period.

The rules and processes for who is accepted in our school will not change. Neighborhood schools will continue to have boundaries, and families who live within those boundaries will still have first right to their neighborhood school.


FAQ

What is different about this enrollment system?

In our new system, families only have to complete one application for neighborhood, magnet, and our charter schools. Families can select up to six schools that meet their child's needs and interests. And, all applications and documents can be submitted during one enrollment period.

When and where can I enroll?

Our 2020-2021 enrollment period opens on Dec. 9, 2019 and closes on Jan. 31, 2020. Once the new system launches, you will need to create a new account. Then you can use the following options to enroll:

Enrollment sites: 
  • Online
  • Enrollment Center
    • 2819 S New Haven Ave
  • Martin Regional Library
    Tulsa City-County Library
    • 2601 S Garnett Rd
    • Spanish available
  • Zarrow Regional Library
    • 2224 W 51st
  • Rudisill Regional Library
    • 1520 N Hartford Ave
  • Tulsa County Library
    • 400 Civic Center

Parents will be notified March 15, 2020 of their child's best match and waitlisted for any schools the family ranked higher than the matched school.

How many school selections can a parent make for their child?

Families may choose up to 6 schools in order of preference with no restrictions.

Families will only have to fill out one application no matter the type of school they are requesting for their child. 

Families will only have to submit documents one time during the application process.

If I live in my neighborhood school's boundary, do I still have a guaranteed seat to my neighborhood school?

Yes. You always have a guaranteed seat at your neighborhood school, with the exception of our current pre-K students. Please see the pre-K Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What schools are participating in the new enrollment process?

Tulsa Public Schools neighborhood, magnet, and charter schools will participate in the new enrollment system.

How can I learn more about programs/school models in Tulsa Public Schools?

Families will have the opportunity to interact, ask questions, and gather information from schools and school leaders at an all district expo on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at the Cox Business Center from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

How are magnet applications affected? Are the rules, criteria, or priorities that govern who is accepted in magnet schools changing?

With the new enrollment system there will be one application where parents can select their top 6 choices, including magnet schools.

The regulations for criteria and lottery magnet schools will not change.

Will my child have access to transportation if I choose a school outside of my neighborhood?

Yes. Transportation will be provided. We are redesigning our transportation system to provide services for families who choose a school outside of their neighborhood school.

Transportation services will also continue for magnets, our charter partners, and elementary students who live more than 1.5 miles from their schools and for secondary students who live more than 2 miles away from their schools, as well as for any other students required by law.

Is the district changing any of the rules, criteria or priorities that govern who is accepted in schools?

No. The rules and processes for who is accepted in our school will not change.

How does this improved system impact students on a transfer in the 19-20 school year?

If a student is on a transfer they will be able to remain at that school, with the exception of our current pre-K students. Please see the pre-K Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

If you don't get your 1st choice on a school and you list 2nd, 3rd, 4th choices, do you still get on the waitlist for your 1st choice?

Families who do not get their first choice will be waitlisted for any choice higher than the ones they were placed at. For example, if a student's choices were:

  1. Booker T. Washington
  2. Memorial High School
  3. East Central High School

If the student is placed at the 3rd choice after the enrollment period, they would be waitlisted at Memorial and Booker T. Washington, and that would be communicated to the parents.

If the student is first on the waitlist for Memorial and a seat opens up, they would be placed at Memorial and given an opportunity to accept or decline that change. Otherwise, we will honor families' declared priorities.

Any and all waitlist movement would end on August 1st to ensure that both schools and families can know where they will be attending school.

 


 

ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS

How Does Tulsa Public Schools single application process work?

If I list more school choices, will that decrease my chance of getting into my top choice?

No. The number of choices you list on your application does not affect the likelihood of you getting one of your top choices. We seek to place all families at their highest-ranked school with seats available, based on family preference and each school’s priorities. This way we are able to honor family choice, while families are not penalized for listing more options.

Who decides which school my child is assigned to?

You do! For a student to receive an assignment to a school, the school must be listed on their application. That means that you, the parent / guardian, choose the schools that you want for you child. The application process assigns applicants to their single best offer. This means that a student’s school assignment is the highest ranked school that had a seat available for them. If you want to better understand how the process works, watch our video here.

Will my child be assigned to the school ranked #1 on their application?

We cannot guarantee that your child will be assigned to their #1 choice, but we can guarantee that your child was considered fairly for each school listed on his / her application. Some schools are in very high demand and receive more applicants than they can accommodate. When that happens, the system assigns the applicants according to the priority they have for the school and their random lottery number. Every student has a guaranteed seat at their neighborhood school. Every school gives priority to certain applicants like geographic areas, school boundaries, siblings, current school of enrollment or children of Tulsa Public Schools employees. Applicants with priority are considered for placement before applicants without priority. If your child does not receive an assignment to their first choice, it is because there were other applicants who had higher priority or a better lottery number than your child, and the school did not have the ability to accommodate everyone. If you want to better understand how the process works, watch our video here.

If I get placed at one of my preferred schools, can I still choose to return to my previous school?

Yes, each student can return to their neighborhood school at the beginning of the next school. It is very important that you only apply to schools you prefer more than your child’s current school for the upcoming school year if your family circumstances might change. There are options for families who have extenuating circumstances during the current school year. You will need to contact us at enroll@tulsaschools.org for more information or review the application process documents here.

If I submit my application earlier, will I have a greater chance of getting one of my top choices?

No, there is no advantage to applying early because all applications are processed after the deadline. By processing all applications at once, families who are unable to submit their applications earlier, or families who are using the full application window to go on school visits and do research on their options, are not at a disadvantage. To avoid long lines it is advisable to submit your application and supporting documents prior to the last day of the window.

If I submit multiple applications, will that increase my likelihood of getting into one of my choices?

No. The application process is a single-best offer process, which means that all applicants will receive only one offer, regardless of how many applications they submit. Only the most recent application is considered during the matching process. Submitting multiple applications may actually damage your chances of getting what you really want, because the most recent application will overwrite any previously submitted school choices.

Is my child guaranteed a spot at the school where his / her sibling attends?

No. Our team is committed to keeping families together whenever possible. However, sometimes there are not enough seats available at a school to accommodate all applicants. Schools that grant sibling priority will consider applicants with siblings before applicants without but cannot guarantee that any student will receive a placement.

My child has special needs. How do I know if a school can accommodate him or her?

Tulsa Public Schools is required to meet your child’s needs as identified on his / her Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan. We encourage you to reach out to schools and programs directly to ask more about their special education services and staff.

How is seat availability determined?

The number of students that can enroll in each grade is based on a variety of factors, including the number of neighborhood students, the size of their facility and their instructional program. Sometimes, a school cannot accommodate all of the applicants that want to attend. When that happens, applicants are placed in order of their priority group and lottery number, however neighborhood students have a guaranteed seat.

How and when do I submit an application?

How do I know if I should submit an application?

You should submit an application if you are applying to Tulsa Public Schools for the first time, or if you would like to apply to transfer to a new school next year, provided you are eligible. Do NOT submit an application if you are satisfied with your child’s current school and would like for them to return to that school next year. For the 20-21 school year all Pre-K students attending a non-neighborhood school and who want to remain at their current school must submit an application and be accepted. Students currently enrolled in a TPS authorized charter will not need to apply if they want to remain at their current school.

Can I apply directly to the school I’m interested in?

No. If your preferred schools participate in the centralized enrollment process, the only way to enroll in that school is by submitting an online application. You can check each school’s profile to learn more. We encourage you to explore your options by visiting schools, doing research, and asking questions before submitting your application.

What documents do I need to apply?

  • Parent/guardian photo id
  • proof of residency
  • Birth certificate for proof of age for PreK applicants or students new to TPS
  • Criteria based magnet school required documents

How do I submit my documents?

Documents can be submitted at the time of applying by attaching the documents to the application or by hand-delivery to any of the satellite locations or to the Enrollment Center.

What happens if I miss the application window or fail to provide required documents?

Late applications will only be considered if you verify that you moved into the district after the application window, are a placement based on special needs or discretionary priority, or if you are hired as a district employee after the application window closes provided there is not a waitlist for that grade level and/or school.

Applications with missing or incomplete documentation will need to attend their neighborhood school.

What do I do if my email address changes?

If you have changed your email address you can send an email to enroll@tulsaschools.org so that your account can be updated or call 918-746-7500 for assistance.

I received an email telling me my application is ineligible. What does that mean?

In most cases it means that your application is incomplete, missing required documents or we can't open attached documents. Please check your application for more information.

How do I access the online application?

You can find the online application here. The application can be completed using a variety of devices including a computer, tablet, smartphone, or any other device that connects to the internet. You can also visit the Tulsa Public Schools' Enrollment Center or another one of our numerous satellite enrollment locations.

I currently have an enrollment/transfer account with Tulsa Public Schools; will this account still be active?

No, each parent/guardian will need to create a new account.

How long does it take to complete the online application process?

Once you have set up your account using a valid email address, the process usually takes 10-15 minutes.

Can I submit one application for two or more students at a time?

No, you must submit a separate application for each student.

Is there another way to submit an application other than online?

No, but if you need assistance visit the Tulsa Public Schools' Enrollment Center or another one of our numerous satellite enrollment locations for individualized support.

I do not know my student’s ID number.

If your student has ever been enrolled in Tulsa Public Schools there are three ways to get your student's number: ask your student for their lunch number, ask your school, or call the Enrollment Center at 918-746-7500.

After I complete the online application, is there another step to complete the process?

Yes, you must submit your application and upload the guardian ID and a current proof of residency.

What happens after I submit my application?

When will I be notified of my child’s placement?

Application results will be available in mid-March. Families will be able to view the results in the online application portal, which you can access here. If your contact information changes between now and when placement results are available, please contact the Enrollment Center to provide up-to-date information.

How are parents/guardians notified of which school they have been matched to?

You choose how you prefer to be notified when you create your account.

What happens after I receive my placement?

If you receive your first choice, we will automatically accept that seat for you. If you do not receive your first choice your student will remain on the waitlist for all other choices until August 1, 2020. You can remove your student from any waitlist at any time you choose; if you decide you want a seat other than your first choice, you can decline your first offer. Remember, you have a guaranteed seat at your neighborhood school.

Can I change the rank order of my school selections even though my application has already been submitted?

Yes, you can log into your account at any time prior to the close of the application window to review or update your application.

What if my student is not matched to my first ranked school?

Students will remain on a waitlist for any school ranked higher than their matched school.

What if I want to decline my matched school but remain on a higher rank matched school’s waitlist?

Yes, you can decline your matched school at any time and return to your neighborhood school while remaining on higher ranked waitlists.

How do I decline my matched school or any waitlist?

You can accept or decline any matched school or waitlist through your dashboard.

When do the waitlist seats reset?

All waitlists reset after September 15 of each year with the exception of the charter schools.

Helpful Resources

For more information about magnet schools, charter schools, and pre-k, frequently asked questions, and to see required documents to enroll, check out our helpful resources page.

More Information Here

Enrollment Center

2819 S. New Haven Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74114 
Entrance: North doors

Days: Mon. - Fri.
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
(Arrive by 3 p.m. for NEW enrollment.)

918-746-7500

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