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Putnam Heights Elementary School

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Posted April 23, 2014

Amazing things happening in this school. Mrs. Carlson and Ms. Tate are two of the best educators around. Oklahoma City should try to follow their lead. I feel privileged to have my children attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

This is the second year my daughters have attended Putnam Heights Elementary, and we have been so pleased. Ms. Carlson and the entire faculty are fantastic, and the atmosphere in the school is upbeat and positive. There are certainly obstacles to overcome for the leadership on this campus when it comes to helping children excel to the standards set for by the state of Oklahoma, but I have no doubt that the intervention approaches being utilized will bring test scores up very soon. Overall, we are proud to be part of the PHE community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

NOT ENOUGH INTEREST IN SAFETY OF STUDENTS! I called the principal & superintendent's office at the beginning of the 11-12 school year after I observed two pre-k students (whom I'd seen dropped off 15 minutes before) attempting to leave school grounds. One was standing on the curb to the lot looking lost & the other was running across a field toward the street. I took both kids back inside to the secretary, told her I knew the teacher was late & the door to her class was locked. Called the principal to let him know what happened & asked him why there are no adults monitoring the arrival of students. He said it was a great idea & that he'd ask some parents to volunteer. This answer was not good enough! The school did not tell the parents of either girl what happended either. I contacted the super's office & was told they were working on a solution to this issue & they would keep me informed. Guess what? Now we have 5 weeks left & there is STILL no safety plan! One parent stood at the door to the office for a few months, but now he's gone too. I want to know that when I leave my kid at school, they're safe. Sadly, this school falls well below the mark on safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2011

Sadly, I can give Putnam Heights only 1 star. Though many of the teachers are good and do their best, the principal is absurdly inept. My kids attended for three years, and I had to make calls to the administration multiple times each of those years. He talks the talk, but unfortunately doesn't come close to walking the walk, and the last thing he wants is engaged parents. With the departure of the reading specialist, who basically functioned as the principal, I'm guessing the school with go farther downhill. For the sake of the students, teachers and parents, I hope the administration makes leadership changes as soon as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2011

I've heard talk about the administration not being all it's cracked up to be. Recently I've heard there is an investigation into the principal and his practices at Puntnam Heights. There just seems to be too much buzz about how terrible he is to not be some truth to the matter. My face to face encounters with him and also been a little unnerving. He seems to tell people what they want to hear without any clear understanding of what he's actually talking about. I have a feeling his office chair is a little too cushy for him and he expects excellence from his teachers and kids, but does not actualy embody excellence himself. It seems kinda like a double standard. Is that what we want our kinds to learn?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

I didn't like at Putnam Heights because the music teacher always gave me a bad grade even though I would sing with the other students and all we had to do was sing ,I think she just never saw me singing but I still find it messed up that she gave me a bad grade, I had lots of math work because I could never understand what my teacher was saying and the PE teacher made the students dance and the songs were super annoying and then the students had to do ballroom dancing and and didn't like it, I would not complete work so I could be sent somewhere else and work on my work instead of dancing and I hated the uniform it looked weird


Posted December 27, 2010

Having taught at Putnam Heights for several years I can say whole heartedly that it needs a leadership overhaul. Yes, the teachers care and go above and beyond for each and every student. However, the principal is an embarassment to education and is dragging the heart of the school down. Should OKCPS review the current leadership roles and their ineffectiveness on teacher moral, best practices, and implementation of age appropriate academic programs, PH has the potential to be a wonderful school. I hope for the sake of the community and the students that progress can be made.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 16, 2010

Both of my daughters went to this school last year and are very excited about their return this year. The teachers and staff are friendly and are more than willing to take the time to talk to us about any issues that may come up. My girls did great last year with grades and behavior. They really loved their teachers and always had plenty to tell me about what they learned each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2008

this school is a 'hidden' treasure. the teachers are wonderful and really care. it has a lot to offer children of all races and socio-economic levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2005

It's a very culturally diverse school, something that reflects the compsition of Oklahoma City accurately. The quality of teaching is high enough that my oldest was invited to apply for several of the magnet and charter schools in OKC due to the child's test scores. This is a very good public school in my view. It's very easy to approach the teachers with questions. Several of the teachers have their children going there, which should tell you about the qulaity the teachers feel is there, too. My only complaint would be I wish the district could afford teaching assistants again, and that OKC schools in general have crappy school food, and there's not much money for field trips these days.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
48%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
47%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
23%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
50%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 77% in 2012.

26 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
23%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 66% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 30% 10%
Hispanic 30% 13%
White 18% 54%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 7% 17%
Two or more races 4% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 96%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1601 NW 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 587-2700

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