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Harding Fine Arts Academy

Charter | 9-12 | 330 students

Our school is best known for arts plus academics = achievement

 
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4 stars

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Posted August 20, 2014

An excellent school that prepares students for college while giving them a fully-immersed arts experience on a daily basis.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 27, 2014

This school is the BEST! I went there from my sophmore to my my senior year. I am so glad that I got to graduate from such a great school. The teachers are awesome, and they not only care about how they are teaching but also about the students and how they understand the material they are teaching. I loved going to this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 8, 2012

What a turn around in my child!!! Not only are they excited to go to school every day, they talk to me about their day almost every evening. Their faculty is second to none and my child's AP scores show they are ready for college. Truly a Great School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2010

Harding Fine Arts, the teachers and the principal are excellent. They did a great job educating our daughter by effectively combing the arts with a traditonal academic curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2010

Harding is an amazing school! Its the best high school ive been to. Art is everywhere and the teachers are able to give students the knowledge they need.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2010

We have been wonderfully impressed with Harding Fine Arts Academy. We feel very fortunate that our child is getting an outstanding education, while truly enjoying his high school years. From the administration to the faculty to the student body, HFAA is a very special place. The principal, Dr. Rowan, genuinely cares about the students. The teachers are committed and ready to go the extra mile for the kids. And the students support and accept each other! Again, we feel lucky to get the opportunity to be a part of HFAA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

I love Harding Fine Arts Academy. The leadership is excellent. The faculty is second to none. They still need to add to the faculty -- develop the drama and dance departments more. However, the people there are very responsive, responsible, knowledgeable, caring, and professional. The small class sizes are wonderful for my son who has some special needs. I am thrilled to have stumbled upon this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

Absolutely horrible! Administration cares more about money and passing students than educating them. Teachers are great! But cannot fulfill their duties with the useless administration that has been put in place. I am part of the first graduating and have been there through it all. This school is headed down hill if something isn't done soon. Don't get me wrong, the idea that this school had in the beginning is a great one, now they just need to stick to their mission statement and DO IT!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2008

Amazing art school, performing and visual. we go from 9th grade to 12th grade, and 2009 will be our first graduating class. ( I am part of this class, I have been there from the beginning.) We are fairly new, but we grow each year. Just check it out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 30, 2008

this school is a great school to go to! Very enriched in the arts progam. Its an excellent choice for dancers, artists, musicians, and more! As a student, there isn't a better school to go to!
—Submitted by a student


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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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
n/a
Algebra II

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
n/a
English II

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
n/a
English III

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

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 89% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

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

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % satisfactory or better

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 56% 59%
Black 21% 9%
Hispanic 9% 14%
Native American 9% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 2%
Source: State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 138%N/A51%
Special education 29%N/A15%
Female 162%N/A49%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 155%N/A61%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School
Independence Charter Middle School
KIPP
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 55% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 33% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 1% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 3% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 8% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Oklahoma City Community Colleg
University of Oklahoma
University of Central Oklahoma
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Special education coordinator
Tutor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • OK A+ Demonstration School (2013)
  • Respect Diversity Foundation Art Award (2012)
  • Speech & Debate Tournament Champions (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Step team
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Step team
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:40 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Sherry Rowan
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (405) 601-0904

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Humanities
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Oklahoma A+Schools
  • OKC Ballet
  • Paseo Arts Association
  • Kirkpatrick Foundation
  • Oklahoma Charter School Association
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Forensics club
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Improv Comedy Club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • National Honor Society
  • Rock climbing club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Step team
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Video Club
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
120
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
140
Students typically come from these schools
Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School
Independence Charter Middle School
KIPP

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Oklahoma City Community Colleg
University of Oklahoma
University of Central Oklahoma
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 55%
4 year college - 33%
Military - 1%
Vocational - 3%
Workforce - 8%
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P.O. 18895
Oklahoma City, OK 73154
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Phone: (405) 702-4322

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