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Henry Zarrow International School

Public | K-5

Zarrow International is best known for our Spanish Immersion Program.

 
 
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Posted March 28, 2014

ZIS is AMAZING!! We have 2 children enrolled, and couldn't be happier! I believe the reason this school is so successful, is because the principal, and the PTA. Sra. Wester is very hands on, commands attention when needed, and is very empathetic to the students. The PTA is successful as well, they continuously come up with ways to earn money for the school, and invest it in your child's class rooms and education. We have only positive comments about the program as well. It was a little stressful thinking our Kinder student would go into a room where she didn't know anyone, but also, didn't know the language. I believe it is harder on the parents than the students! We adjusted well after a few visits with the teacher, and the explanation that our student's brains are well equiped to handle the challenge, and we should just watch and see how magnificent our child's brain is! WE LOVE ZARROW!! Highly reccomend it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2011

After reading the other reviews I wanted to make sure that it was known that since then the principal in question has left and new one came and went and we are now under the direction of an awesome principal. Sra. Wester has been highly praised by parents at her former school and they were sad to see her leave. Their loss is our gain. Zarrow is an excellent school and a great opportunity for our children. Parent participation is like none other I have ever seen. They truly take to heart the old saying "it takes a village to raise a child" I'm so thankful to be a part of that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2010

Zarrow offers students the chance to become bilingual which is a great asset. With only 2 classes per grade, it has an intimate feel that cannot be achieved at some of the larger schools. The parents tend to be very involved which is both a blessing and a curse. No school is able to meet every one's needs but being at Zarrow has been a mostly positive experience for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

The bad news is this school has performed far below its potential because of the poor leadership. The good news is the principal has now been removed (effective at the end of this school year). Now there is at least a chance for this school to become what it was intended. This bold move by the Tulsa Public Schools administration was the right thing to do and will benefit the kids tremendously. Just think, no more bickering about the principal. And, teacher turnover should now reduce down to the average of other schools. The work of all the parents who spent so much of their time and energy trying to improve this school by forcing a change in leadership has now paid off. Congratulations to everyone who participated. And, to the skeptics, I am sure you will see a brighter future for your children now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

I have been a Zarrow parent now for 4 years. I know every school has it's areas for improvement. With that being said Zarrow is a wonderful school with wonderful teachers and a wonderful prinicpal. I am sure some parents who read this comment will not agree and will try to disclaim me but I have been a very involved parent for all the years that I have been at Zarrow and I can honestly say the principal is one of the hardest working prinicpals that I've ever seen. She truly has our children's best intesterests at heart as well as her staff. I have seen her prove this time and time again. I am thrilled that all of my children have had the opportunity to attend Zarrow. It has been a wonderful experience for us and them overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

The individual teacher and parent commitment holds this school together, The childredn receive a decent education. There is a hugh and dissapointing gap in what this program is and what it could be. Parent commitment, teacher commitment and the immersion concept should provide innovative, world class results. It presently produces good results. Incompetent leadership is seen in the micromanagement of small details, while larger issues such as ciriculum are neglected. There is to be a trend to remove ones child once the Spanish emphasis is removed in the upper grades. There is little excitement for education from the children or the staff. Fair management-very poor leadership. Very sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

The situation at Zarrow is complicated. The parents are interested and try to be involved. By positioning herself as the protector of the teachers, the principal has put a glass wall between the parents and teachers. Parent input that is embraced in other schools is stifled at Zarrow. The teachers, when they stay, are excellent. However, because the turnover is high, there is little consistency from year to year. The yearbooks tell the story all too clearly. Teachers leave and students leave. This year's fifth grade class is less than half the size of the class that began together at Zarrow. The principal is hardworking, polished, and up-to-date on all the district policies. This does not make her the best fit for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

Wow, I've been surprised by some of the criticism. I can't say enough good things about the school. I've been overwhelmed by the quality of teachers. The children have a strong bond with them. I feel extremely fortunate that my daughter has had an opportunity to attend Zarrow. I have two children who have attended Union Schools and have been pleased but Zarrow is far superior, especially when you consider the students are learning a second language. The outstanding work by the teachers and administrators should be encouraged. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2009

Zarrow Interational is a great school. The children learn a second language, have the opportunity to participate in an exchange program, and are continually challenged on a daily basis. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2009

Zarrow is a wonderful school. I have one child attendig Zarrow. The children are safe, challenged, and enjoy learning. The teachers are highly qualified, as is the support staff, and principal. The humanities teachers are outstanding in their field.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

The constant teacher turnover (30%+) is a huge issue at this school. They continually lose grade teachers not only at the end of the school year but also during the school year which is a great impact to the students in the classroom. There are 2 native speaking teachers left in the program and the remaining teacher's spanish speaking and teaching abilities vary greatly. It is sad the program has so much potential but is plagued by poor leadership. Several families have chosen to move their children to a more stable program and it has nothing to do with those children's abilities. Hoping for a greater future and new leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

Zarrow is a fantastic school, my child is getting a superior education. The staff and faculty has been phenomenal during our time here. I give this school a 10!! It is a school of choice and everyone has the option to chose another school for their child(ren) if they are not happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

This school is failing the children. The only thing that keeps the children afloat is the fact that they are exceptional. They must test to get into the program and parent involvement is the only thing keeping them on track. Teachers always leave in the middle of the year. The principal needs to leave and go find work elsewhere. She is obviously unhappy and a very poor leader. There is no structure to the program. Because all the teachers keep leaving, no one knows what was taught the year before or what will be taught the year after. The students have no continuity in their education. The GT program is a joke. There are no school promoted extracurricular activities and the principal makes it difficult to conduct any activities after school. If your child does not get into Eisenhower, just forget about an 'immersion' school in Tulsa. This is not it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

My kids are getting a great education in a great environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

Zarrow has been an exceptional experience for my child with an administrative and teaching staff that is sincerely dedicated to the success of each child. My child has been at Zarrow 1 year, and we have not experienced lacking communications from the school leadership. The school has received many awards and continues to be a strong community for the children and their families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

Academics is not the only criteria for rating a school. My experience as a substitute teacher at many Tulsa elementary and middle schools have helped me look at my child's educational experience at Zarrow with some balance. Not all students have parents that are so keenly interested in their child's education. The Zarrow learning community provides our children with a safe environment for which I am so very thankful. Yes, our school has experienced growing pains. Yes, I would prefer that the curriculum be taught by instructors who have ALL the tools necessary to give my child the best Spanish instruction. But we are limited by our infancy. Our first principal let the parents make many decisions and we loved that! Don't forget change is hard but not bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

My child's first two years at Henry Zarrow were excellent. The third year was great but the last two years have been very disappointing. This principal is surly, uncommunicative, and she does not return parents phone calls. She's arrogant and self centered. She does not communicate with parents at all - None! The student teacher ratio is excellent and the curriculum is good but there is not as much Spanish taught as was originally promised (NCLB). I believe the school could be as good as it once was if the principal and her staff receive proper training on parent-administrative relations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Zarrow, or probably any immersion program, is not for everyone. My daughter (now in 3rd) struggled at first and the 'No Child Left Behind' Teacher Certification requirements made finding certified teachers for whom Spanish was their primary language difficult. Several teachers has to leave after failing the Certification test. My daughter was the student of two, and I was sad to see both go. The written portion of the test (in English) proved too difficult. All these problems seem to be behind us now and the school simply rocks. We now have both kids there and I cannot imagine being happier with any public school. The specials (health, art and music) instructors are so outstanding I could use my 150 words on that alone. As with any school that requires an application, parents are very involved and Zarrow PTA has won state membership awards for the last two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2006

We left Zarrow this summer after many years. We loved the school when the former principal was there. Since the new principal joined two years ago the school has really gone down hill. So many good families and teachers have left. I hope it gets better for all of our friends still there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2005

Henry Zarrow International is a perfect fit for my child. Each teacher he's had there have been great. They work with him one on one if he has a problem or they help bring out the leader in him if there is an opportunity. I highly reccomend this school to anyone considering it. There are not many times that you'll be able to provide such an educational difference in your child's life. This school will immerse your child in the Spanish language and by the time they enter 6th grade they will be in Spanish 6. Just think of the wonderful opportunities this will open up for them in the future. Plato said, 'The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.' The PTA has several opportunities for parental involvement. The students have several options for extra-curricular activities. From violin lessons to team sports. We have Music, Physical Education, & Art.
—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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
Social Studies

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

33 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 66% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
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 70% 59%
Hispanic 16% 14%
Black 7% 9%
Native American 5% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
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 127%N/A61%
Special education 26%N/A15%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Speech and language therapist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
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
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
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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.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
  • Watch DOGS
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
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Carver Middle School
Edison Middle School
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3613 S. Hudson Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74135
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