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Our counseling programs focus on helping students with academic achievement, social and emotional learning, and personal/career development. Each student has an opportunity to work with their school counselor to understand their growth and development, monitor and take action on any personal or academic issues, and plan for next steps. 

School site counselors monitor academic progress using real-time data to identify supports, resources, and interventions to keep students on track to graduate and be successful. Counselors also provide support for parents and guardians by keeping them informed of student progress, initiating partnerships for student learning and career planning, and promoting relationships to ensure post-secondary planning. Please see your child's school page to contact their counselor.

We also partner with local community mental and behavioral health agencies that  provide mental health services to students to address social, emotional, or behavioral needs. Contact your child's school for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduation Requirements

TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS Regulation 3315-R: 

College Preparatory/Work-Ready Curriculum

To be classified as a sophomore, a student must have earned six (6) units. To be classified as a junior, a student must have earned twelve (12) units. To be classified as a senior, a student must have earned eighteen (18) units.

Graduation Requirements
All Tulsa Public School students must meet the district’s graduation requirements which may be higher than the state’s ACE (College Preparatory/Work-Ready Curriculum) and the state’s Core Curriculum graduation plans. TPS requirements have been added to the following plans. Students graduating on the core curriculum plan must have a signed opt-out letter on file at the school.

Graduates Beginning with the Class of 2019

English: 4 units
English I: Grammar & Comp.
English II: World Literature
English III: American Literature
English IV: British Literature
English I: Grammar & Comp.
English II: World Literature
English III: American Literature
English IV: British Literature

Social Studies: 3 units
9th Grade: U.S. Government ½ unit, Oklahoma History, ½ unit
10th Grade: World History, 1 unit
11th Grade: U.S. History, 1 unit
U.S. Government ½ unit, Oklahoma History, ½ unit

U.S. History: 1 unit
1 additional social studies unit

Science: 3 units
*A physical science (such as Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics)
Biology I
One additional unit above Biology
*Three units of laboratory science including:

  • A physical science (such as Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics)
  • Biology I
  • One additional unit above Biology

Mathematics: 3 units earned in High School (If Algebra I is taken in Middle School, the student must take 3 additional math units above Algebra I in High School to meet the 3-unit requirement.)

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • One additional approved Mathematics unit above Algebra I
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • One additional approved Mathematics unit above Algebra I

Computer Technology: 2 units
World Language: 2 units of the same language

Fine Arts: 2 units

Physical Education: 1 unit

Physical education, athletics, JROTC, marching band, or health

Electives: 6 units
ACE legislation requires one additional unit in one of the following areas: English, Social Studies, Science, Math, Computer Technology, or World Language. This course must be approved to meet college admission requirements.

In order to graduate from an Oklahoma high school, all students:

  • Must earn 23 units, and take state or federal assessments as specified by district policy.
  • And demonstrate proficiency on all fourteen (14) modules included in the state mandated Personal Financial Literacy curriculum 
  • And receive training CPR.

Any student entering 9th grade in the fall of 2013 through the fall of 2016 (students of the graduation classes of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020) must take all state assessments required by the State Board of Education in order to graduate. Alternatively, these students must take any nationally recognized high school test the District elects to use instead of the state assessments as authorized by federal law. The requirement to take the assessments in order to graduate is subject to all exemptions, conditions, and accommodations authorized by state or federal law.

Some high schools may have additional requirements to graduate.

* Physical Science, Physics, Physics Pre AP, Physics B AP, Physics C AP, Chemistry, Chemistry I Pre AP, Chemistry II, Chemistry AP, Environmental Chemistry, Earth Science/Geology, Astronomy, Forensics



The Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education recognizes that the personal, social, physical, and  educational growth of children will vary and that they should be placed in the educational setting most appropriate to their developmental needs at the various stages of their growth.

Tulsa Public Schools District is committed to educational practices that are effective in enhancing the educational attainment of all students. Numerous studies have demonstrated that retention does not improve students’ chances for educational success. Therefore, the practice of retention will be used only when there is compelling evidence that the student is likely to benefit academically and/or socially.

It shall be the policy of the Board that each student be moved forward in a continuous pattern of achievement and growth that is in harmony with his/her own development. The best interest of the student will be the guiding philosophy for determining acceleration, promotion or retention while upholding requirements of state and federal laws.

A student will be promoted to the succeeding grade level when s/he has:

A. completed the course requirements or adapted personal curriculum at the presently assigned grade (at proficient levels)

B. in the judgment of the professional staff, achieved the instructional objective set for the present grade after reviewing numerous assessment instruments

C. demonstrated sufficient proficiency to permit him/her to move ahead in the educational program of the next grade (60% or above)

D. demonstrated the degree of social, emotional, and physical maturation necessary for a successful learning experience in the next grade or course level

The superintendent or designee shall develop administrative guidelines for promotion, placement, and retention of students which:

A.  ensure students who are falling seriously behind their peers or who may not be promoted, receive the special assistance they may need to achieve the academic outcomes of the District’s core curriculum;

B. in the judgment of the professional staff, achieved the instructional objectives set for the present grade after reviewing numerous assessment instruments;

C. require that parents are informed in advance, of the possibility of retention of a student at a grade level;

D. assure that efforts are made to remediate the student’s difficulties before s/he is retained with documentation;

E. assign to the principal, in consultation with instructional leadership director, the final responsibility for determining the promotion, placement, or retention of each student;

F. implement the Reading Sufficiency Act booklet requirements: Focused on Students Reading by Grade 3

G. parents may appeal a principal’s final decision to the superintendent or designee.

Please see your school counselor for more information, questions and/or concerns.



All of our students are unique and special in their own way. Some students manifest abilities significantly above the norm for their age. Your school counselor can work with the gifted teacher at your site to determine if your child would qualify for or benefit from the gifted and talented programs offered at Tulsa Public Schools.

Resources for parents of gifted and talented students:

Oklahoma Association for the Gifted, Creative, and Talented (OAGCT)

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)


Initial assessments and screening are often provided at no cost.  Criteria for free assessments vary by agency.  Please contact the agency for details.  This is a partial list of agencies, please contact the office of Student and Family Support Services for an updated list.

DaySprings Community Services: 918-712-0859

Family and Children's Services: 918-587-94714

CREOKS: 918-382-7300

CRS: 918-492-2554

YouthCare of Oklahoma: 918-289-0550

Parkside: 918-588-8888

Youth Services of Tulsa: 918-582-0061

Hillcrest Behavioral Health: 918-579-1000


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Contact Us

Christy Spears
Coordinator of School Support and Crisis Management
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Eschelle Gilkey
Graduation Coordinator for Advanced Learning
Email Eschelle

Omare Jimmerson, MPH
Coordinator of Social Services
Email Omare

Stephanie Andrews
Director of Student Engagement
Email Stephanie


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