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Putnam City High School

Public | 9-12 | 1782 students


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Posted December 20, 2004

My daughter went to PC schools from 3rd through 12th grade and the elem. schools were great, but once she got to Central jr. high (middle sch. now), it was like she was invisible and at PCHS it only got worse! The couple of teachers at Central I'd talked to didn't even know her by name much less did anyone notice when her grades started slipping. By high school my strait A girl had lost all interest & hope. By the time I got a phone call, she was failing ALL classes and had ditched school so often they wanted to kick her out! No one had noticed. Also there was very little assistance with info on how & when to get a class ring, sr. photos, cap & gown, sat/act testing or college prep. 10% of the kids didn't graduate with their class that year. That's Pretty Scary.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 13, 2004

I had two children graduate from PCO; one in '93 and the other in '97. Because of the classes offered, they both earned scholarships to ivy league schools. Both are now successful college graduates with advanced degrees.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 24, 2004

My son dropped out from PCO and my daughter is currently a freshman. They both absolutely loved it but the drop out rate is scary. She's going down a good path but then again so was he. They need to be encouraged more to get involved.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 7, 2004

I have had two boys graduate from PC, 2003, and 2004. We transferred and it was the best decision we made. I currently have a freshmen and so far so good. Great learning environment, Good Administrators, they seem personable, and caring, which is most important to me.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 9, 2004

Administration and teacher communication with parents could stand to improve greatly. Some teachers do better than others. The academics are above standard in most cases. I'd like to see the teaching of science improved in all areas.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 17, 2004

My daughter is a graduating senior this year, and PCO has been a great school! She's always had good teachers--some have been excellent. They have an exceptional gifted program and will also work with those students who need help with their studies. There's a lot of extracurricular activities so the kids can get involved. PCO has an award-winning drama team and choir. They've made state playoffs in football the last 2 years and are going strong. They took state in basketball in 2002 and placed 2nd in both 2003 and 2004. A.D. Burtschi, the coach and AD, is phenomenal. The principal has proved to be very supportive of students, parents, and teachers. The faculty wants the kids to have fun, but they believe in discipline and expect the students to behave themselves. My daughter and all of her friends are college-bound, so that should tell you something!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 22, 2004

My son recently moved in with us in Yukon. I had him transferred to PCWHS because of the block scheduling. I have found that his teachers care about his as a person and a student. I have had wonderful interaction with his teachers and found them to be cooperative and interested. My son was making straight F's at his old school. Now he has made his first A. His last 9-week grades were an A, B, C, & a D. His attendance was deplorable at his old school, to date he hasn't missed a day. Thank you PCW.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 21, 2004

As a parent of a transfer student in the district I am very pleased with the administration and teachers. Each child is afforded the opportunity to expand their horizon. Education opportunities abound. A motivated student can complete their freshman year in college while in high school by taking AP courses in their Junior & Senior years. Technology studies are also offered so a diverse education is available. Adminstration has a Parent Advisory and PTA that meets monthly. I would encourage each parent to become involved and attend these meetings. These meetings provide an opportunity to express your ideas and opinions while information on upcoming events are discussed. Your childs school experience needs your involvement whether at this school or another. Putnam City Orignal is an excellent High School and I would encourage parents to check it out.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 12, 2004

If Putnam City High School's administration, quality of teaching, etc. was so bad, how come so many students who live outside the district are moving inside the district just so their child can attend PCHS? I believe the parents who are complaining, maybe their child has been 'in trouble' and they choose not to stand behind and support the school. Come on parents, quit whinning! Remember, our children are learning from us too!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 27, 2003

Large school with not enough staff. Kids with problems are encouraged to drop out so they don't have to deal with troublemakers. I had five children attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 27, 2003

Putnam City takes great pride in helping to prepare our young people to be productive and creative citizens. They work very hard with all the students to best meet their needs.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 26, 2003

I have found that the administration does not care to communicate with or even interact with parents. Parents are viewed as a distasteful task that should be dealt with as quickly as possible and gotten out of the way. The attendance system in Putman City Schools is degrading to parents and students alike. When the administration stops trusting parents and will only excuse a child if an 'authority' such as a doctor or judge excuse the student the parent is left to feel like they are the ones back in high school! I am just grateful that I only have to put up with this broken system for 2 more years.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 10, 2003

PC High is a great school. The freshman office staff is excellent and very helpful to new students and parents. There's a high level of communication from teachers to parents regarding grades. The orchestra program is awesome!
—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.

Grade level

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 87% in 2013.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 81% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

379 students were tested at this school in 2013.








English II

The state average for English II was 91% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.








English III

The state average for English III was 96% in 2013.

339 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Geometry was 89% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.








U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 81% in 2013.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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About the tests

In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests End-of-Instruction (OCCT EOI) exams to test students in high school in several subjects. The OCCT EOI is a high school graduation requirement. The OCCT EOI exams are standards-based tests, which means they measure specific skills defined for each subject 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
White 45% 59%
Black 26% 9%
Hispanic 21% 14%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 2%
Native American 3% 16%
Source: State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 170%N/A61%
Special education 213%N/A15%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

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5300 Northwest 50th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73122
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Phone: (405) 789-4350


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