Committee recommends new high school for Broken Arrow Public Schools


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    BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (KTUL) -- A committee looking at the future of Broken Arrow Public Schools says the district needs four 9th through 12th-grade high schools. Currently, BAPS only has one comprehensive high school in the district.

    The BAPS High School Configuration Study Steering Committee spent the last two years analyzing the district's current building space and capacity, planned capital projects and financial forecasts. The committee also looked at data from community forums and a survey conducted last fall.

    Based on the research, the committee made the following preliminary recommendation Tuesday:

    • Include two high schools for 9th through 12th grades with STEM classroom additions made possible by the 2015 bond;
    • one high school 9th through 12th grade "Options" Academy; and
    • a proposal to build a third comprehensive school for students in 9th through 12th grades using a 2027 bond.


    The two schools with STEM additions are currently Broken Arrow High School and Broken Arrow Freshman Academy. The Options Academy is currently Broken Arrow Academy/Broken Arrow Virtual High School.

    The committee says the schools would vary in size:

    • Current BAHS would house 3,250 students;
    • current BAFA would house 2,250 students;
    • current BAA/BAVHS would house 650 students; and
    • proposed high school on 2027 bond would house 3,250 students.

    Broken Arrow Public Schools would begin transitioning students into the second high school in fall 2019 and the two comprehensive high schools in fall 2021. The third high school would open in fall 2031, pending the outcome of the 2027 bond election.

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    According to the committee, their recommendation would change the framework of BAPS to provide pathways for specialized learning at each campus and allow for projected enrollment growth at every grade level.

    The committee stresses this is just a preliminary recommendation and it won't make a final recommendation to the Board of Education until May.

    There are two upcoming community forums scheduled for April 4 at the Freshman Academy and April 5 at Centennial Middle School. Both are at 6:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on arrowvision.tv.

    A feedback forum will be made available at 5 p.m. April 11.

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