Education

Education in Stillwater

Oklahoma State University

Northern Oklahoma College

Meridian Technology Center

Oklahoma Career Tech

Stillwater Public School


 

Education in Stillwater

As "Oklahoma’s Education Community," the development of work-ready high school and college graduates is considered key to Stillwater’s future prosperity. The Chamber supports workforce development initiatives and encourages business-education partnerships to help prepare students for the workplace. Stillwater students consistently outscore other districts in the state on standardized tests. The Stillwater Public School district has been rated among the "Top 100" districts in the U.S., and Expansion Management Magazine gives Stillwater High School its highest "Gold Medal" rating for workforce preparation. 

The community has one of the nation's highest levels of educational attainment, with 84 percent having completed sixteen years or more of formal education, and nearly one in four residents with post-graduate degrees.

Stillwater is home to Oklahoma State University, a comprehensive research university attracting more than $495 million annually in research and other sponsored programs. The Stillwater campus of Northern Oklahoma College partners with Oklahoma State University to offer the Gateway program, providing remedial courses for students seeking to attend OSU. 

In addition, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education is headquartered here and is the only state agency headquartered outside of Oklahoma City. The local area Technology Center, Meridian Technology Center, serves ten area high schools, as well as serving the custom training needs of area business and industry.

 

Oklahoma State University

Founded on Christmas Day 1890, Oklahoma State University is a nationally recognized public, comprehensive university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in more than 200 fields including the Doctor of Veterinary medicine and Doctor of Osteopathy.

Enrollment system-wide for OSU is more than 27,000. Nearly 21,500 students from throughout Oklahoma, several states, and 116 different nations attend classes in Stillwater, on the beautiful 840-acre Georgian-style campus. The system includes branches in Oklahoma City, Okmulgee and in Tulsa at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and OSU-Tulsa, established January 1, 1999.

The OSU Center for Laser and Photonics Research is one of the premier research centers of its kind in the world. It houses several laboratories with more than 30 different laser systems. Laser applications in medical technology and high technology industries are the focus of the labs.

A new $30 million, 165,000 square foot, Advanced Technology Research Center (ATRC) opened on campus where OSU and Oklahoma industry form partnerships and work together in futuristic research labs. The ATRC focus is research on energy storage and conservation, manufacturing, materials processing, hazardous and industrial waste management and laser applications in industry and medicine.

The OSU Library has the only full service Patent and Trademark Depository Library in Oklahoma and it has been in operation since 1956. The Patent Library contains copies of all patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and also has patent publications and relevant documents to help inventors and entrepreneurs with patent and trademark searches.

OSU rates among the nation’s best business schools. Studies published in the Journal of Business rated OSU’s Master of Business Administration program eighth nationally for value-added-to-earning potential. Stanford and Harvard headed the list of the Top 10 value-added MBA’s. The survey looks at potential after graduation compared to the investment of the program.

For more information on Oklahoma State University, visit okstate.edu

 

Northern Oklahoma College

The Northern Oklahoma College (NOC) Stillwater Campus is adjacent to the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Campus and opened in August 2003. NOC Stillwater features its NOC/OSU Gateway program. The program allows current OSU students who have academic deficiencies in math, English and other areas to take developmental courses simultaneously at NOC Stillwater and strengthen their academic credentials.

Gateway students have the same privileges given to regular OSU students, including meal plans, library access, housing and access to OSU facilities such as the student health center. More than 500 students are currently enrolled in the Gateway Program. In addition, NOC Stillwater currently offers freshman level courses in math, English, the humanities and social sciences.

For more information on Northern Oklahoma College, visit north-ok.edu

 

Oklahoma Career Tech

Located in Stillwater, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education promotes and supports success for Oklahoma’s CareerTech system. The goal of Oklahoma’s internationally recognized CareerTech system is to provide quality education for Oklahoma’s workforce. The system is firmly committed to helping Oklahomans succeed in the workforce.

The CareerTech system includes a network of 29 technology centers, operating at 54 campuses statewide. It also includes more than 1,300 vocational programs in 560 public schools and 25 state- operated CareerTech Skills Centers, which operate behind prison walls. Last year, Oklahoma’s Career-Tech system charted more than 450,000 enrollments. About one in every ten Oklahomans took advantage of one of these careertech training programs.

Oklahoma CareerTech’s Training for Industry Program (TIP) is credited for bringing scores of new industries and thousands of new jobs to Oklahoma. The intent of the TIP program is to provide plant start-up workforce training for new or expanding industries. Each TIP training program is customized to meet the needs of a specific industry. It may include pre-employment training, upgrade training, supervisory training, or management training.

The TIP program is a cornerstone of Oklahoma's industry recruiting package, according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Annually, plant site location experts from across the country rank Oklahoma’s workforce development training programs among the best in the country. In fiscal year 2001, Oklahoma’s TIP served a total of 17,866 workers at 115 companies.

Training opportunities are also directed toward Oklahoma's small business owners through small business management programs, self-employment training programs and business development programs. These programs are designed to help entrepreneurs and small to medium sized businesses start and sustain their growth and profitability.

For more information on the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology, visit okcareertech.org

 

Meridian Technology Center

Meridian Technology Center provides customized education and training services for individuals, industries and communities. Since 1975, Meridian has trained individuals for success in the workplace. A wide variety of course offerings make career education possible for students from all walks of life: Career Training, Professional and Personal Interest, Online Classes and Business Solutions.

Whether career and college bound, Meridian Technology Center trains high school and adult students for success. Students at Meridian take part in small classes, hands-on learning, self-paced programs and real-world learning projects. Programs take between one and two years to complete. High school students split their day between their home high school and Meridian. Adult students may attend either a half or whole day.

Career training is just one component to Meridian’s contribution to the Stillwater area. As an institution committed to economic development, Meridian has two business divisions dedicated to assisting industries and entrepreneurs.

The Business and Industry Services division provides comprehensive services to assist existing businesses and organizations. With customized training options and open enrollment courses in computers, industrial, staff and management development and safety, Meridian is able to work with businesses large and small to provide training to staff at their worksite or in one of Meridian’s training classrooms.

The Meridian Technology Center for Business Development provides customized support, education and training for entrepreneurs and small businesses. The center connects with district communities through three primary activities: business consulting and coaching, business incubation, and networking and education events.

The Meridian Technology Center district includes residents in communities served by the following school districts: Agra, Carney, Glencoe, Guthrie, Morrison, Mulhall-Orlando, Pawnee, Perkins-Tryon, Perry and Stillwater.

Oklahoma Technology  & Research Park

Meridian Technology Center is one of three partners in the Oklahoma Technology & Research Park. The OTRP is located next to Meridian’s campus and is an emerging knowledge center and high-value business destination for knowledge-based companies. The other partners are Oklahoma State University and the city of Stillwater.

The OTRP is a location for customized facilities targeting technology-based or knowledge-driven firms in all stages of development, whether seeking a single office, a laboratory, an entire floor of a building or an entire building.

For more information on Meridian Technology Center, visit meridiantech.edu

 

Stillwater Public Schools

Stillwater Public Schools
Administration Office
314 South Lewis St
Stillwater, OK 74074
(405) 533-6300
stillwaterschools.com
 

Stillwater High School
Stillwater High School is filled with students quietly but passionately pursuing myriad goals. In our classes, we exercise our strengths and explore ourselves and our futures, supported by teachers and counselors who are excited to explore with us. We can try nearly anything academically, with many elective classes and concurrent enrollment at Oklahoma State University, Northern Oklahoma College, and Meridian Technology Center. Our artistic outpouring is impressive: our orchestra wins awards in regional competitions, our art classes produce remarkable talent, and our band gets students and competition judges cheering. Our athletic accomplishments are many, and a large number of students participate. Our clubs range from National Honor Society and Classic Cinema Club to Future Farmers of America. When we declare “We are Pioneers!” we do not just shout a school battle cry. We proclaim that we will go far in pursuit of our highest goals.

Stillwater High School
1224 N Husband
Stillwater, OK 74075
(405) 533-6450

 

Stillwater Junior High School
An eighth- and ninth-grade school, Stillwater Junior High School is dedicated to meeting the individual needs of all students. SJHS strives to provide a supportive academic, physical, and social environment that helps each student reach his or her potential. This environment gives students opportunities to develop important life skills and helps them learn self-respect and respect for others. An active PTA helps in providing services and activities for students and teachers, and SJHS enjoys a very supportive and cordial relationship with the Stillwater community. “Whether it’s working hand in hand with OSU, cooperating with Meridian Technology in learning experiences, or planning volunteer community service projects through our clubs and organizations, SJHS is very proud of its participation and efforts within the community,” says Principal Trent Swanson.

Stillwater Junior High School
1900 N Skyline St
Stillwater, OK  74075
(405) 533-6420

 

Stillwater Middle School
Stillwater Middle School is a community dedicated to sixth and seventh graders. “In order to help students grow and learn in a challenging, integrative environment, we group them into grade-based teams,” Principal Cathy Walker says. “The teams focus on a core curriculum of math, science, language arts, and world studies.” Students expand their learning with elective classes such as band, orchestra, vocal music, PE, Spanish, computers, art, ceramics, photography, and enrichment. And they have additional opportunities in extracurricular clubs including student council, Sequoyah book club, running club, academic team, and engineering club. SMS administrators, faculty, and staff are all committed to guiding students through the middle school years by focusing on what is best for students every day.

Stillwater Middle School
2200 South Sangre Rd
Stillwater, OK 74074\
(405) 533-6430

 

Sangre Ridge Elementary
Sangre Ridge Elementary is located in southwest Stillwater and is home to approximately five hundred students grades Pre-K through 5. Sangre is fortunate to have nine National Board Certified Teachers among its talented team of educators. Sangre is unique in having a fifteen-acre outdoor classroom and a newly developed “Ranger Station” classroom. Parent participation is exceptional at all grade levels with over four hundred individuals registered with the Sangre PTA. Our staff is committed to providing each student with a superior academic experience while developing great character, integrity, and leadership.  

Sangre Ridge Elementary
2500 S Sangre Rd
Stillwater, OK 74074
(405) 533-6360

 

Skyline Elementary
Renovated in 2005, Skyline includes nearly ninety thousand square feet of state-of-the-art learning space, as well as a twenty-acre outdoor classroom. Skyline is one of three Title I schools in Stillwater and is proud to serve a diverse population of students. Skyline personnel include forty-four certified teachers, twenty-five support staff, and numerous OSU/community volunteers. Skyline’s educational support system involves an active PTA, college students, and business professionals. “Skyline is dedicated to outstanding teaching and productive learning. We welcome all families and look forward to enriching the lives of our students,” says Principal Andrea Rains.

Skyline Elementary
1402 E Sunrise
Stillwater, OK 74075
(405) 533-6390

 

Westwood Elementary
“Westwood provides a nurturing, child-centered environment encouraging personal growth, exploration, and lifelong learning,” says Principal Jill Metzger. “Our challenging curriculum meets every child’s needs, and our teachers stay current in research-based teaching methodologies, especially differentiated instruction.” Currently, Westwood has twelve National Board Certified Teachers. Westwood nurtures a strong sense of community. Every Friday morning, students gather for an assembly to embrace school traditions and celebrate accomplishments. Westwood also benefits from OSU’s ExCEL program. In fall, ExCEL students observe and assist veteran teachers; in spring, they stay to student teach.

Westwood Elementary
502 Kings Highway
Stillwater, OK 74074
(405) 533-6370

 

Will Rogers Elementary
Home of the Mustangs, Will Rogers is located in the heart of Stillwater near OSU. Proximity to the university contributes to one of Will Rogers’ greatest strengths – diversity. More than twenty-six languages are spoken by students in the Will Rogers family. “We are committed to making a difference in the lives of our students,” Principal Megan Matthews says. “Our highly educated personnel foster achievement and success by providing students with stability, innovation, and individual attention.” The dedicated and outstanding faculty and staff at Will Rogers include eleven National Board Certified Teachers.

Will Rogers Elementary
1211 North Washington
Stillwater, OK 74075
(405) 533-6380

 

Highland Park Elementary
Highland Park has many dedicated, enthusiastic teachers and programs that offer a variety of educational and social opportunities for students and their families. School events include curriculum nights, red ribbon week, fire prevention week, and outdoor education. Also, Principal Kurt Baze says, “Our students participate in community service projects like Meals on Wheels, Jump Rope for Heart, United Way, and Indian Education Dinners.” Highland Park also has an excellent Special Needs Inclusion Program with teachers who work hard every day to identify and meet the needs of every student.

Highland Park Elementary
316 S Stallard
Stillwater, OK 74074
(405) 533-6350

 

Richmond Elementary
Students grow academically and personally at Richmond Elementary, a Great Expectations Model School. The Great Expectations Model is rooted in six basic tenets: the ability of all children to learn, building self-esteem, climate of mutual respect, high expectations, teacher attitude and responsibility, and teacher knowledge and skill. Instruction is both rigorous and challenging, which allows each student to perform at his or her highest level. “Our students also learn valuable life skills that equip them for success beyond their time at Richmond,” Principal Darren Nelson says.

Richmond Elementary
201 West Richmond Rd
Stillwater, OK 74075
(405) 533-6400