Collegiate Hall

Collegiate Hall is privileged to serve the 61st and Peoria community at the request of Tulsa Public Schools. The 61st and Peoria community has historically been Tulsa’s most challenging community; the four-square mile community is home to one-third of Tulsa’s Section 8 housing and struggles with the myriad of challenges that come with poverty – the city’s highest rates of violent crime, infant mortality, and domestic violence. It is no surprise, then, that students in our community struggle to overcome these challenges and find success in school. 

Collegiate Hall operates in partnership with Tulsa Public Schools in the Marshall School Building at 56th and Peoria. As a public school, we accept all students, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or previous academic history. Our priority, however, is to serve students who need it most; 89% of our students qualify for free or reduced price lunch and almost one-third (33%) have already repeated a grade by the time they enroll at Collegiate Hall.

As a charter school, we receive increased autonomy to meet the needs of our student body in exchange for higher levels of accountability. Unfortunately, by virtue of being a charter school, we operate on approximately two-thirds (66%) of the budget of a traditional Tulsa Public School. Despite the financial challenges, Collegiate Hall has already started to see some dramatic results:

  • Every year, schools in Tulsa give the TriPod survey to students, requesting student feedback on how much their teachers care about them, value what they say, help them learn, and keep them safe. Collegiate Hall teachers finished first on that survey in the fall and in the spring. Put another way, our teachers were ranked as the best teachers in Tulsa for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • All 6th grade students at Collegiate Hall learn how to code in JavaScript, making Collegiate Hall the first fully-integrated coding middle school in Tulsa. As a final project last year, our 50 sixth grade students came together, wrote almost 9000 lines of code, and created their very own video game, complete with one hundred characters, different worlds, battles, and teleportation.
  • Overall parent satisfaction on parent surveys was 5.63/6.00, or 94%. The school earned better than 90% satisfaction on thirteen out of fourteen questions, including 97% satisfaction with the school’s character education program and 97% satisfaction with the school’s academic program.
  • Collegiate Hall students, like many others across the nation, take the MAP test to measure their yearly growth. This year at Collegiate Hall:

Students grew 1.86 grade levels in math, putting our school in the top 15% nationally for the second year in a row

Students grew 1.72 grade levels in reading, putting our school in the top 25% nationally for the second year in a row

Students grew 1.89 grade levels in science, putting our school in the top 25% nationally for the second year in a row

Overall, 79% of students made more than typical growth at Collegiate Hall, compared to only 30% of students at schools in Collegiate Hall’s community

Collegiate Hall has been able to achieve these results by hiring dedicated teachers and investing in their development. Our teachers show up at school before 7 AM and stay past 5 PM every day – more than three hours longer than a typical teacher – and do so happily for less pay. Our teachers give up half their summer and spend their entire month of July in professional development. They meet for three hours each week to identify students needing extra support, analyze student achievement data, tailor curriculum to meet student needs and hone their ability to plan and deliver highly engaging lessons.

Collegiate Hall gives parents in our city another choice – a truly college-preparatory option. Collegiate Hall delivers a school that focuses on providing rigorous academics, an achievement-oriented school culture, and a commitment to working with parents to ensure every child’s success. 

Nikhil Kawlra
Head of School
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