Broken Arrow Express
CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE: Creekwood Early Childhood Center, 1351 E. Albany St., is one of three childhood centers that have opened in Broken Arrow. The fourth will open next year.
Broken Arrow Public Schools has begun the 2013-14 school year with six new schools: three early childhood centers, two elementary schools and one middle school.
In 2010, the Broken Arrow residents voted to reallocate $73.5 million dollars of the original $295 million bond passed in 2009 to build the three early childhood centers.
Our Early Childhood Learning Philosophy is designed to address the needs of the whole child by guiding his/her cognitive, social, emotional, physical and creative development, says Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall. This is accomplished through purposeful play, differentiated instruction and a stimulating curriculum that will actively engage all students.
Each of the early childhood centers will house only pre-K students, typically of the four to five year age range. Teachers will assist students in developing their early reasoning and problem solving skills, and they will also begin instruction in maintaining focus and seeking assistance from others when working on a task.
Breakfast and lunch is available to students as well as before-and-after-school care.
A fourth early childhood center is still under construction and will be located on the site of the former Arrow Springs Elementary. It will open in August 2014.
Aspen Creek Elementary, Creekwood Elementary and Oneta Ridge Middle School also opened for the new school year.
Four construction projects will continue during the school year at Oak Crest Elementary, Childers Middle School, Sequoyah Middle School and the High School.