Students enrolled 507
School leader Ashley Davis
Transportation options Yes
District Oklahoma City School District

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1901 North Ellison Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

(405) 587-5400
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4 stars
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October 31, 2014
Classen SAS is a school that I am currently attending, and it is average. I think people have the misconception that if a school's students are good, the school is good, but that is simply not the case. If the school takes in only the best , of course its test averages will be great, because the students are smart. Even many former students of the school seem to think their success is due to their school, which I honestly find a little sad. Classen is more high stress than other schools, because you are getting work that other schools would hand out much later, but the quality of the education itself is the same. It's not bad, just worse that most people think. Classen takes good students and leaves them as good students, it's really not that hard.

- submitted by a student
February 26, 2014
Several years ago I graduated from Classen. At the time I knew I had a quality education but only recently as a college graduate, 2 years into my profession do I realize how important Classen has been to my success. The teachers, administration and students who make up Classen is what makes it so special. You will not find another public school as well run as Classen. The only thing I regret about it is the lack of sports programs - no track, no football, no baseball, no wrestling, one year of golf. They will co-op with others schools but they do not make it very accessible.

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2011
I was an IB senior and now a Freshman in college. Classen prepared me for college and life, now school is a breeze. I'm being paid to go to college. The school had wonderful teachers, a great atmosphere and I wouldn't have gone anywhere else. There isn't another place like Classen. The only thing that I wish was that they properly tell the students about IB and that it was worthless in the state of Oklahoma. It's a hard, grueling program that will beat down your body. The program is why I have many anxiety issues today. It's not the school, but IB that is the problem. Also it cost 300$ if you have money, luckily my family is in the lower income so I wasn't required to pay for my tests.

- submitted by a student
January 23, 2011
I have two children at Classen SAS ( a VPA 9th grader & IB senior ) The school is GREAT! My son was accepted to OCU with a HUGE scholarship, my daughter is dancing her heart out. Both are A students. I am very involved with the administration and PTA. Such a great bargain (free). Both of my children went to a very expensive private school in OKC during elementary school-I glad they mad the move. The students are tolerant, expressive and awesome. There is not the prevelant "sports" culture at Classen-the "cool" kids are just as likely to be singers, science fair winners, dancers, or whizzes at math.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
Classen School of Advanced Studies has helped my granddaughter develope her singing talents and taught her to plan piano. This school is a public school that you have to be excepted to for talents other than scholastic! It is wonderful!

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2010
a wonderfully diverse of mix of students are given the opportunity to pursue equally diverse fields of study.

- submitted by a community member
June 15, 2010
I don't have a review - but would like if anyone could give me some information on getting my daughter enrolled - we've just moved from Arizona and I have yet to find info about enrollment. Thanks!

- submitted by a community member
March 04, 2010
I'm a former student of this school, I left when I moved to another state, but apart from some teachers who don't pay attention to student's needs and the workload the school's funding goes to gardening to beautify the outside of the school while the inside falls apart...this school was okay, but it had more negatives to me than positive.

- submitted by a student
October 04, 2009
Great place for students and parents who think outside the box - academically and artistically intensive, motivating, challenging, and inspiring!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Classen is the best high school in the State of Oklahoma!

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2009
Exellent and very talanted students, diversity and respect to culture, diversity, and students, outdtsnding principle, faculty that care and respect students and parents, and overal outstanding school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Amazing mix of arts and academics. Produces wonderful young adults!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2009
Class is ranked 14th in the nation (2009) by US Weekly. I am a current student there, and I love it. Although the stress of the overwhelming work can get to you, you are learning and preparing for a greater future. The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is mind-draining, life-consuming, wasteful program. The work overload sometimes is not 'worth' working for if you are not going to college outside of the U.S.. Most colleges in Oklahoma do not even recognize this program. IB requires a lot of work, essays, and time. It is a great school overall. Everyone gets along great and the school isn't that 'clique-y' as the other schools. When you first walk into Classen...you get the sense that you're at Juliard almost. You hear the ring of the choir, the plucking of guitars, the blowing of the band, and the bowing of the strings department. CSAS is the best.

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May 10, 2009
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March 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2009
I am a current dance major at Classen SAS and I would like to defend my school from a claim made by a former student. While I do agree that VPA classes are easier than the IB course, you must realize that the students taking the IB courses have a completly different set of priorities than the academic mojors. VPA majors devote the majority of their time to their art form and should not be criticized for taking a class that is taught at a slower pace. I currently take all IB classes and fully understand why some people can not memorize 9 different sets of choregraphy as well as take rigorous academics. I believe that if your child is talented in any art form or academics then they will definitly flourish at Classen SAS as long as they have the drive to excell.(We need an upgraded building though!)

- submitted by a student
no rating February 05, 2009
I am a parent of two children who attended Classen from the reopening. I also taught at Classen and currently have two grandchildren who attend. As a parent, teacher and grandparent I have seen this school begin with far less than was promised, struggle and succeed. The power of Classen is the quality and energy of the student body. I've never been so happy to go to work as I was when I taught there. The combination of the two programs (IB and Arts) gives this school and its kids an unequalled and self-perpetuating balance of vision and opportunity. It does all this in an urban public school with a diverse and exceptional population. It is as good as it gets for teaching students to deal with their potential in real and meaningful ways.

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October 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2008
Classen School is a wonderful school. It has a wonderfully diverse atmosphere with the arts program intermingled with the IB program. My daughter attended from 6-12 grade as an arts major. She was not considered a 'super achiever' when she started there. But by the time she graduated, she had earned scholarships for college. Once in college she excelled there with a relative amount of ease due to the preparation she received at Classen. The school has consistently performed well on tests and in interscholastic competitions state wide, regionally and nationally. Students learn how to interact with a diverse group of students and teachers.They are taught to be responsible for themselves and to take ownership in and be proactive about their learning. Outstanding preparation for life in the real world. They should be in a bigger and better building.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2008
I'm a 2006 graduate and I'm slightly perplexed at many of the reviews that say the teachers are 'mediocre' and 'substandard.' While I agree that teachers are the ones that must guide and motivate students, the choice and path is ultimately for the student to make and take. While at CSAS, there were remarkably many students who, while very bright, did not perform as well in school as they could have - in the same classes and with the same teachers as I had. Therefore, what conclusion can be made but that the students themselves did not take themselves seriously enough or give themselves enough of a chance to succeed? That being said, I am very proud of the school, coming from both an artistic background (visual art and piano) and completing the IB program. I went on to attend an Ivy-league school, and love both high school and college.

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March 28, 2008
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October 31, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 17, 2007
A wonderful school for anyone. 11 out of 10./

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May 29, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 27, 2006
I was an IB major at Classen, Class of 2000. Being IB, I was STRONGLY prepared for college. I went through with absolutely no problems. On the other had, I found (and still do from recent visits) that the 'arts' department is lacking in more than one way. Not only do the teachers have sub par standards for their students, but the majority of the art students portray their own department as an exscuse to slack off. Not to mention it is the fall back for those who start IB and can't makeit, or are merely too lazy. I believe if Classen would like to be seen as being 'the best of the best' then the administration either need to decide to terminate the arts area, or hold these students more accountable.

- submitted by a former student
January 17, 2006
My child is enrolled in the visual arts 'major', aside from her art classes she is enrolled in 'IB' classes. I am not as impressed with the school after ~1/2 a year as I was in Aug. The best thing is that my child has formed some very strong friendships and feels a deep sense of pride in this school. As a research scientist I have not been impressed with the science program, despite claims to many teaching awards - learning how to make a flashy PowerPoint presentation is not science, and neither is 'Creationism'. The IB program has served many students well despite some mediocre teachers who owe their position to seniority over merit. The Principle owes the success of his students to their merit over the teachers - quality students will get better test scores, period.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2005
I am a parent of a current art student at Classen, and I couldn't be more happy. She transferred to Classen from Deer Creek, and her whole person improved. She became more confident, and actually had friends with the adademic and artistic drive as she did. Her SAT scores improved my almost 40%, and her grades in her advanced classes are excellent. Although some of the teachers are not the best, several members of the staff are pleasant and are determined to help their students succeed. The art program is rivaled only by Victory Christian School, and the teachers establish a life-long bond with each individual student.

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December 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2005
I am an alumnus of Classen SAS and I would just like to add that Classen is unlike any school in the state of Oklahoma. As a child from elementary thrown straight into a 'high school', I have to say it was very hard. It took me some time getting use to and I feel the decision my mother made for me was the right decision. The arts programs seem to suffer on the behalf of the IB department but if you have a good teacher, they know how to work with what they have. I think the teachers for the performing arts do well with the little funding they have. I was fortunate enough to focus on music and still get an IB education, that's the beauty of Classen. I was able to develop a wonderful talent of music and an education I m proud of. I LOVE CLASSEN! l.kirkendol ('04)

- submitted by a former student
February 16, 2005
I am VERY disappointed in what people have said about Classen. I am a graduate and I LOVED, repeat LOVED, Classen. I was very prepared for college and I wasn't and IB major. I have recomended the school to everyone I have met with children, whether they are of age to attend or a few years away. My only complaint is the hypocracy in the fact that we preform at above average levels and still treated as if we were average students and kids. However, we can get over that. I dont think we were every lacking in academic readiness and I hope more parents are influnced by what I have to say (since I have first hand experiance) than that of someone who just 'heard about what is going on. ~Elena Trujillo, Class of 2003

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January 04, 2005
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- submitted by a student
October 04, 2004
I am a senior here at classen sas. I was horrified at what the other reviews said about classen. Granted, there are some things that need to be worked out, like the shortage of teachers. Don't all schools have something to work out? However, we have to be reminded that all school suffer this shortage of teachers due to lack of money from the government, it is not the actual schools fault. Also, I am in the visual arts program and I believe that it is equal to the ib program which is very complete in its program. Feel free to email me with questions about classen. Please use the subject on the email form as- classen questions. Thanks.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2004
Awful school, just awful... as another review said, if this is the best, what's the worst? The specialty teachers are mediocre, regular teachers are awful. Administration is unsympathetic, and don't believe the 'we can choose the best teachers' stuff; the school is given what they're given, and they can't move a teacher out. They're constantly short teachers (oney whole school year my daughter ~never~ had a science teacher; English and History teachers are also in short supply... you can go all year without getting a position filled. I had an exchange student last year, and I was so ashamed of US schools... she'd go to school, watch TV for one or two classes a day, come home bored and apathetic. Never again; private schools are the only way to go.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2004
The misson of the school is not clear. While it is a school of advanced studies in the arts as well as IB the performing arts students do not get the depth of instruction and oppotunity needed. The school does not provide the space for the arts programs to grow. Dance shares a major class/ performance space with the theatre program. The conflict for the use of this space is often very intense. Students suffer because of the conflicts. While many wonderful things have taken place at Classen there is still a long way to go as a performing Arts School. The lab productions by the theatre department are very good as well as the annual Nutcracker. Students from Classen number well at Quartz Mt. Summer Arts Insitute. Many have gone on to do well at both in state and out of state schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2003
Several of the teachers are markedly substandard. The school overall suffers from being oversized. If this is the best, I hate to think what the worst is.

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Classen High School Of Advanced Studies
1901 North Ellison Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK  73106
(405) 587-5400
Last modified Classen High School Of Advanced Studies is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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