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Changes in the McLain Feeder Pattern

In the 2019-2020 school year, we have an exciting opportunity to begin to create stronger academic and extra-curricular programming for our schools in the McLain feeder pattern.

Please bookmark this page as your resource for updates and information about changes happening in the 2019-2020 school year and beyond.

Important Dates

Saturday, February 16 at 10 a.m.

Community meeting at St. Francis Church
2434 E. Admiral Blvd.
*Breakfast will be provided.

Tuesday, February 26 at 6 P.M.

Parent meeting for Gilcrease and ECDC Bunche
Gilcrease cafeteria, 5550 MLK Jr. Blvd.
*Dinner will be provided.

Update on potential changes to McLain feeder pattern.

Parent and Family Resources

Students currently enrolled at Penn Elementary

Based on the recommendation made by the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force and pending approval by the Tulsa Board of Education, launching in 2019-2020:

  • Students who live in the Penn Elementary School area and are currently in grades pre-K-4th will have a new neighborhood school. Depending on their home address, their new neighborhood school will be either Anderson Elementary School or Hawthorne Elementary School;
  • Students who live in the Penn Elementary School area and are currently enrolling in pre-K for 2019-2020 will also have a new neighborhood school, and we will ensure that those families have updated information before March break;
  • Students currently in 5th and 6th grade in the McLain Feeder Pattern will attend the Monroe Demonstration Academy middle school campus; and
  • Students who do not live in the Penn Elementary School area and are currently in grades pre-K-4th at Penn will have the option to attend either Anderson Elementary School or Hawthorne Elementary School. They may also attend their neighborhood school.

We will provide support for any families who wish to send their child to another neighborhood school in the district.

Students currently at Monroe Demonstration Academy

Students currently attending Monroe for 6th and 7th grades will return to Monroe to continue their middle school journey.

Students currently enrolled at McLain 7th Grade Academy

Rising 8th graders from McLain 7th Grade Academy will attend the Monroe Demonstration Academy middle school campus.

Current 5th and 6th graders in McLain Feeder Pattern

Students currently in 5th and 6th grade in the McLain Feeder Pattern will attend the Monroe Demonstration Academy middle school campus.

Students currently enrolled at ECDC Bunche

We are making an additional change that was not included with the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force recommendation. To ensure consistency across our McLain feeder elementary schools, Gilcrease Elementary and ECDC Bunche will become a pre-K-5th grade school housed at the Bunche building.

Students currently enrolled at Gilcrease Elementary School

We are making an additional change that was not included with the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force recommendation. To ensure consistency across our McLain feeder elementary schools, Gilcrease Elementary and ECDC Bunche will become a pre-K-5th grade school housed at the Bunche building.

Frequently Asked Questions

What changes may happen in the McLain Feeder Pattern?

Based on the recommendation made by the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force and pending approval by the Tulsa Board of Education, launching in 2019-2020:

  • Students currently in 5th and 6th grade in the McLain Feeder Pattern will attend the Monroe Demonstration Academy middle school campus;
  • Students who live in the Penn Elementary School area and are currently in grades pre-K-4th will have a new neighborhood school. Depending on their home address, their new neighborhood school will be either Anderson Elementary School or Hawthorne Elementary School;
  • Students who live in the Penn Elementary School area and are currently enrolling in pre-K for 2019-2020 will also have a new neighborhood school, and we will ensure that those families have updated information;
  • Students who do not live in the Penn Elementary School area and are currently in grades pre-K-4th at Penn will have the option to attend either Anderson Elementary School or Hawthorne Elementary School. They may also attend their neighborhood school;
  • Rising 8th graders from McLain 7th Grade Academy will attend the Monroe Demonstration Academy middle school campus; and

We will provide support for any family who wishes to transfer their child to another neighborhood school.

We are making an additional change that was not included with the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force recommendation. To ensure consistency across our McLain feeder elementary schools, Gilcrease Elementary and ECDC Bunche will become a pre-K-5th grade school housed at the Bunche building.

What is the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force?

One of our core beliefs as a school district is that our community is essential - our schools are vital to the health of the communities we serve, and we must work together as a team to ensure that our children are successful. We know that Tulsa Public Schools must do more to improve the experiences that students have in our schools. We are fortunate that the Reverend M.C. Potter agreed to take on an important leadership role with our community to drive this effort.

Reverend Potter needed a representative group of community members to help provide insight an division for how Tulsa Public Schools can contribute to improve student experiences. Therefore, the Tulsa Board of Education, including board member Jennettie Marshall, created the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force. While the initial charge that Reverend Potter and the task force took on was focused on where to educate 7th grade students, this group has done an even more thorough review of the design of the McLain feeder pattern.

For several months, the task force has worked together with community members to develop a recommendation for how to best serve our students in the coming year and beyond. The North Tulsa Community Education Task Force used a set of guiding principles to create their recommendation:

  • All students must have access to exceptional learning experiences;
  • All students must have equitable opportunities to access specialized programs;
  • All teachers and school leaders must experience exceptional conditions and supports; and
  • Tulsa Public Schools must ensure fiscally responsible investments in educational programs and facilities.

Who are the members of the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force?

The following community members volunteered their time, energy, and talents as members of the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force:

M.C. Potter, Chair
Andrea Chambers, Vice Chair
Karen Pitman, Facilitator
Richie Anderson
Toneille Bent
Marcia Bruno-Todd
Clarence Boyd
Cindy Driver
Lindsay Goldfarb
Larry Harris
Sean Jarrett
Diahanne McClellan
Nancy McDonald
Jane Malone
Tim Newton
Jolly Meadows
Dale Mingo
Marcos Rivero
Dale Rolland
Robert Turner
OC Walker
Curtis West

What recommendations did the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force make?

The North Tulsa Community Education Task Force presented their recommendations in full during the Tulsa Board of Education's regular meeting on January 22, 2019.

PowerPoint presentation of the NTCETF recommendations for McLain feeder pattern.

North Tulsa Community Education Task Force recommendation

The most powerful thing that can happen in a school is when people rally behind it and believe that its students and teachers can achieve the extraordinary. With a unified middle school experience in the McLain feeder pattern, all students will have access to specialized programs that create exceptional experiences.

Why are these changes being made?

Every student deserves access to exceptional learning experiences, so we must:

  • Create stronger academics and extra-curricular programming for our McLain feeder schools;
  • Reduce the number of transitions that students have throughout their time in school; and
  • Provide a unified middle school experience in the McLain feeder pattern where all students have access to specialized programs.

We believe that our community is essential:

  • Our community members are deeply invested in the success of our schools, and our schools are vital to the health of our communities.
  • We convened the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force to recommend a solution for the students at McLain 7 and explore the challenges facing the McLain feeder pattern.