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Mayo Demonstration Elementary School

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Posted March 23, 2014

I have one child at Mayo and one that has moved on to Thoreau. I think Mayo is a wonderful school. The teachers work really hard and put in so much of their own time to make sure they are presenting quality material. The only thing I would change is the grading system. My child was not prepared for middle school. She was not used to grades and the importance of them. Thoreau was a complete shock with the amount of homework especially in math. Please prepare our children for fractions and grades. I know that fractions are hard for their minds at this age but it will hurt them when they move on to middle school. Maybe introduce grades at the Armstrong level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

This school appears wonderful on the surface. I think for some students this is something fantastic. But it's not for all students. There is little accountability regarding homework, little communication between parents and teachers. The STEM program was something to be looked forward to this year. However, we now have 15 weeks left in the school year and we've yet to implement anything from the program at all. Unless you are a carefree family that can let things just kind of flow, this is not the school for you or your child. It is not for everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2013

Mayo is a diverse community of active learners. The teachers are intellifent and professional, and beyond dedicated. With the implementation of STEM, the math and science focus will be fully realized. A hidden gem in TPS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Mayo. The atmosphere is the most conducive to learning I have ever seen. The principal knows all the children by name and his involvement is unparalleled. The tribe model is a wonderful way for children to learn to work in teams and as mentors. The extended day program allows my child to participate in all the extracurricular programs we were involved in at our other school only now I don't spend our valuable evening time driving all over town. We came to Mayo after a less than desirable experience at another Tulsa School. We have seen a complete 180 turn in our child's attitude about school. He wants to go and loves to learn. We are so excited to be part of the STEM program at Mayo and look forward to more wonderful experiences here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

I have three children at Mayo and I am very happy with the quality of education they are receiving. I feel that Mayo treasures the uniqueness of each child. My children love going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

This school makes sure that kids are given as much attention as they need to make sure they get the information required to move successfully on to the next phase of every subject. The variety of learning styles are accommodated by teaching in the manner each child understands. The faculty is warm and generous, and excellent at communicating with the parents. I wish I could have attended a school like this when I was a kid, and I am so grateful that my daughter has the opportunity to experience it. It has given her a confidence level that every child should feel about learning and exploring. I highly recommend it as a safe and fun place to grow and learn. It's not your normal school. It is a community resource and hive of excellent people. Also, the PTA is wonderful, and definitely not the kind that makes you wonder what they do. It's all very awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2012

We moved our child while there was still time to help him. He couldn't read and had a hard time with math. The teachers blew hiim off. He is in a traditional classroom now, which has helped enormously. With tutoring, which should have been provided at Mayo, he has almost made up the year and a half he was behind. I would never send another child to Mayo.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2011

Your ratings are based on too many old reviews. Since 2009, Mayo has fallen into a decline. Too many students can't read, others can't do math, and it's touted as a school for math and science. There are too many distractions away from learning. The school puts emphasis on field trips and special projects, but many parents are having to send their children out for math and reading tutoring. On close examination, qualifications of many of the teachers don't hold up. Some simply aren't qualified to teach in the areas for which they are claiming expertise. Move to Union or Jenks and send your kids there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

This shining star of a school has fallen hard . Standardized tests scores continue to decline. Many bright students are forced to get tutors to insure they have the basic reading, spelling and math skills to survive in middle school. This gradual decline can be seen over the past 5-6 years and is most likely attributable to poor hiring choices. The current staff is simply not as competent, in the class room, as those who started the school and developed the Mayo concept. This can be seen primarily in the older grades (4th and 5th), but staffing problems exist throughout the school. It takes the best to build the best and the today's Mayo is just not making the grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2009

Mayo demonstration school has an environment that encourages involvement, individuality and provides the opportunity for any child to succeed. The excellence in this school trickles from the top down. Mr. McKenzie has developed a model learning environment that attracts passionate teachers and support staff. The year-long theme and hands on learning involves the children in a very effective way. The children that are lucky enough to attend Mayo will be involved, successful, confident adults and active members of their society.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

All grades get along with each other like family. You feel like one big family. Teachers are very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

Mayo is one of the best schools in Tulsa. It has all the quailities one looks for from a private school such as small class sizes( and overall school size), Inovative teaching techniques, great parent involvement, and traditionally higher than average test scores, and has the qualities one is looking for in the public school system such as diversity and afordability. This school has free after school programs and the most dedicated staff in Tulsa. The principal is a model for any school anywhere. You feel privilaged to attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2008

The best school. all the teachers are dedicate to our kids more then 100%. our principal is an amazing individual he teach us every day no only to students but teachers and parents the amazing thing he teach us with out words, with his actions. I am al always proud to say that I belong to MAYO
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2007

This is my child's 1st year (Einstein) and he loves going to school. The principal, teachers, and staff are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2007

I would recommend Mayo to anyone with children in elementary school. The principle is outstanding, the children love him. Every teacher is personally involved in the success of your child. Mayo is the BEST!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2007

My daughter enjoyed her years at Mayo very much. She is in middle school now, but is organizing a summer reunion for her class. That is how close the students are. The 'family' concept where homeroom is mixed ages really fosters caring amoung all ages and teasing is really a non-issue. The teachers truly care and the principal is the best in Tulsa. My only concern the entire time was the inventive spelling they used and the new math concepts they tried. I am more of a traditionalist favoring memorization for these subjects. I did get my daughter tutoring because I felt she was behind in those areas, but she is a straight 'A' student now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2004

When we first toured and learned about Mayo, I came in with reservations. Mayo is not the typical teacher at the front of the room with rows and rows of desks, rather an open format with alternative learning formats. I grew up with the the first example and was resistant to this 'new' way of teaching/learning. After 2 years at Mayo, we are believers in this new method of teaching. They do teach children how to think rather than memorize. What we are particularly fond of it's incorporation of life skills to produce productive and accountable citizens. Our children are taught character building skills as well as academics. So not only does Mayo produce well educated students but also responsible and *likeable* citizens. Go Mayo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2003

This is my daughter's second year attending Mayo, and we love it. We recently moved out of the Tulsa District into Sperry, which also has a very good school system. I considered letting her attend Sperry and leaving Mayo, until she whined all summer long about how she missed school, and when was it going to start. To me that is a wonderful thing because I hated school throughout my life. I have transferred her in and am attempting to get my youngest daughter into the same program. The learning environment is amazing. My daughter who is 5 can count to over 100 individually, by two, fives, and tens. She also is counting by threes. Not only is the math program strong but she knows the sounds of all the letters and can write all the letters and is already beginning to sound and spell words. The teacher's are wonderful as well, they seem to genuinely care about your kids and how they are doing, even the principal displays affection to the children. I am so pleased. I have recommended the school to everyone that I know with elementary aged children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2003

Elementary education at it's best. Never seen such a school. Great parent/teacher involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2003

We have had two children at Mayo, with the oldest moving on to middle school this year and the youngest in 2nd grade. Mayo, which has been widely recognized for its employment of integrated thematic instruction (ITI) as well as tribes, has provided the very best education for our children. The whole idea of 'no child left behind' could not be any more evident. At Mayo, no child is labeled and multiple intelligences are recognized. Our oldest daughter, who had a yet to be diagnosed eye disorder, was reading under grade level in 2nd grade, but thanks to a very observant Mayo staff, is now reading well beyond grade level in middle school and is making the Principal's Honor Roll. Mayo children are not elitest, but represent the most diverse student population in the district. Yet Mayo children are prepared for success in every facet of life. While not having an emphasis on homework and rote learning, Mayo children have performed outstandingly on standardized tests. This is because they are taught to think, not memorize. The community and parent involvement at Mayo would appear to most to be like a private school. Although the school has received its share of national attention, we are most proud of our school for the results we have seen first hand.
—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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Social Studies

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

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 66% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
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
White 48% 54%
Black 17% 10%
Two or more races 16% 5%
Hispanic 12% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 7% 17%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
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 50%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2525 South 101st East Ave
Tulsa, OK 74129
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