Preparing community minded,
globally responsible students

OUR MISSION

Embracing the Reggio philosophy to reach, engage, and improve lives, Harlow will prepare community-minded, globally responsible students through an emergent curriculum using project-based learning focused on real-life experiences that expand the traditional classroom and utilize the natural world.

FAQs

Is this school available for my kids?
Is the school located in a gated community?
What is Reggio Emelia? (PBL, Project Based Learning)
Will Harlow Creek Elementary School cost anything?
What is an Academic Enterprise Zone?
How else will this school/development benefit the community?
What grades will Harlow Creek Elementary School serve?
What will be the average class size?
What educational program will Harlow Creek Elementary School feature?
Will Harlow Creek Elementary School provide special education?
Will Harlow Creek Elementary School provide support for English Language Learners?
Will Uniforms be required at Harlow Creek Elementary School?
What if there are more applications for enrollment than there are seats?
What is the tuition?
Will there be before-school or after-school latchkey services?
What does a normal school day look like?
When does school start?
Will transportation be provided?
Is there a lunch program?
Does Harlow Creek take money away from Tulsa Public Schools?
Where is Harlow Creek Elementary Located?
What is the OKC Road Trip on March 25th?
Is this school available for my kids?

Yes. This neighborhood school is designed for everyone! This school is the first of its kind in Tulsa.

Is the school located in a gated community?

No! This is a community for all. If you can only afford to pay rent you are able to live in the community.

What is Reggio Emelia? (PBL, Project Based Learning)

It is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education. It is a method described as student-centered and led by a student’s curiosity through experiential learning in relationship-driven environments. The program is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery through a self-guided curriculum. The Reggio approach is to teach though the tasks of everyday life.

The first Reggio Emilia school was literally built by the parents of the community in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The basis for the Reggio Emilia philosophy is founded on the principles of community, responsibility, and respect through a supportive and enriching environment.

Will Harlow Creek Elementary School cost anything?

It is a free public charter school.

What is an Academic Enterprise Zone?

This is a zone that would give preference to all families living within walking distance to Harlow Creek (roughly 1 mile). A detailed map has been created for identifying this proximity. As a Charter School, all applicants within this proximity would have first preference to attend the school should a lottery be required to take place. We do not expect a lottery to be required to take place at any point within the next several years. Additionally, all families with in TPS boundaries get preference over families outside of the school district.

How else will this school/development benefit the community?

The development is a private business, but has several working business partners all working to support the community in their own way. Other organizations such as the NW Tulsa Hub and Neighbors Along the Line have helps those in need in a significant way. These same individuals are looking to work alongside and with the NW Tulsa Community Development Corporation (CDC). The NW Tulsa CDC was created specifically to help the Charles Page Blvd area with concerns that currently exist. The CDC Board is composed of residents and business leaders within the 74127.
The development is designed to encourage those that have a choice of where to live, to choose a federally recognized distressed neighborhood. The inclusion of these individuals will aid in the addition for demand of grocery stores, retail, needs based amenities within the 74127 community, and can lead to increased property values over longer periods of time. We want to encourage the development of the school and neighborhood to provide further benefits to the community even if you are not interested in living in the neighborhood or attending the school as everyone can benefit from bringing in the first new development since the 1970s.

What grades will Harlow Creek Elementary School serve?

Harlow Creek Elementary School plans to open with Kindergarten through Grade Three. Harlow Creek Elementary School will then expand one grade per year until the school includes Kindergarten through Grade Five. In year 3, Harlow Creek Elementary School plans to offer pre-kindergarten classes.

What will be the average class size?

Class size will be limited to 25 students. Harlow Creek Elementary School is designed to provide smaller classes and expects that classes will average 20 students.

What educational program will Harlow Creek Elementary School feature?

Harlow’s mission is to equip students to be community minded, globally responsible, active members of society through an emergent curriculum taught through a Reggio approach using project-based learning experiences that expand the traditional classroom into the community by utilizing the natural world and community partnerships. The curriculum will be framed by the Oklahoma standards but will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) to prepare students with 21st Century learning.

Will Harlow Creek Elementary School provide special education?

Yes. Students who are identified with disabilities requiring special services are welcome at Harlow Creek Elementary School. Services will be provided in accordance with an updated IEP in accordance with IDEA Regulations.

Will Harlow Creek Elementary School provide support for English Language Learners?

Yes. Research shows that English Language Learners perform better when provided with hands-on learning opportunities. Harlow Creek Elementary School’s teaching methodology will include Project Based Learning.

What if there are more applications for enrollment than there are seats?

Harlow Creek Elementary School will follow a fair admissions policy. If there are more applications than available seats, a lottery will be conducted to determine admissions.

What is the tuition?

Harlow Creek Elementary School will be a public charter school and does not charge tuition.

Will there be before-school or after-school latchkey services?

Before and after care may not be available in the first year. A needs analysis will be conducted to determine the community need for these services after year one.

What does a normal school day look like?

Students will learn through hands-on, project based activities. Student and teachers will be involved in planning projects that determine how the school day looks. Students will pick individual/group projects and each certified teacher will use the projects to teach standards applicable to grade levels.

When does school start?

School will open in August of 2021. We will follow the Tulsa Public Schools elementary schedule to accommodate parents with students at multiple sites.

Will transportation be provided?

Transportation will be provided for those special education students whose IEPs include transportation services. Other students will be transported by their parents, or may walk/bike to and from school.

Is there a lunch program?

Of course! Those that qualify for free or reduced lunch will be afforded the same opportunities!

Does Harlow Creek take money away from Tulsa Public Schools?

State funding for schools is based on a per pupil count on a daily basis. So if a student is going to Harlow Creek, our school would receive the State Aid for this child. However, the annual home and apartment (Ad Valorum) taxes for this neighborhood has 80% of the taxes collected annually to go directly to Tulsa Public Schools. These funds will always go to TPS. So the development and charter school will greatly benefit the existing neighborhood schools. Our feasibility analysis, led by an international expert for master planned communities projected the number of residents within our community ten years from now. This concluded. In 10 years, our neighborhood with directly contribute approximately $1.9 Million dollars each year annually to the Tulsa Public Schools district.

Where is Harlow Creek Elementary Located?

The School Campus will be located at 4305 W. Edison Tulsa, OK 74127. It is located immediately to the north of Cavalry Temple Assembly of God. The zoning, design, and financing are already approved or in place for 80 students. We are just awaiting permission prior to beginning construction for an August 2021 start.

What is the OKC Road Trip on March 25th?

The OKC Road trip involves filling a charter bus the the State Department of Education at their monthly meeting on March 25th. The bus departs at 7:00 AM. Anyone is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to info@harlowcreek.org. We will have activities, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and water. Show your support for school choice by joining us. The State Board of Education will be voting to approve Harlow Creek’s application for sponsorship on this day.

CONTACT US

Phone: 918-992-3313
4305 W Edison St.
Tulsa, OK 74127

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