Ashli Sims, News On 6
TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa Public Schools is gearing up to release its plans to shrink the district. The district plans to release three proposals for consolidation next Tuesday, March 29, 2011.
One of the factors that could decide their fates is which schools are losing students and which schools are gaining them.
Nearly one in three Tulsa Public School students are walking away from their home schools and transferring into other schools.
The shuffle of students is just one of the trends the consolidation committee considered when coming up with their three proposals for restructuring the district.
The elementary schools with the highest number of students transferring out are some of the smallest, with less than three hundred students.
Academy Central is one of them.
A couple of years ago it was a success story, making it off the federal needs improvement list. But now, Academy Central is once again considered low performing.
Three-fourths of Academy Central students are below grade level. And nearly two out of three students who live in the neighborhood opt for a different elementary school.
Barnard Elementary has the most transfers out, with more than 80 percent of students living nearby going to a different school. But for every neighborhood student Barnard loses, it gains two from other schools.
And just one in three Barnard students score below grade level.
Academic performance and student demographics are just two of ten factors the consolidation committee considered.
Their proposals will be revealed next week.