ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION: Pictured at the Street School ribbon cutting from left are Director of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs Steve Buck, CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way Alison Anthony, President and CEO of Street School, Lori McGinnis-Madland, Superintendent Oklahoma State Department of Education, Joy Hofmeister and President of the Street School Board of Directors, Amy Stutzman-Fortna.
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On Aug. 22, Street Schools opened its second campus. Street Schools is a high school program that models an alternative education for students in Oklahoma since 1973. The second campus is located in front of the school’s main entrance, at 1136 S. Allegheny Ave. in Tulsa. The program began in 1973 as a “drop-in” center and now has a graduation rate of 90 percent for at-risk students.
Many public officials and leaders in education attended the second campus opening, including Oklahoma State Senator Dave Radar, Oklahoma House Representative Melodye Blancett and Tulsa District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler. The event began with the students’ release to join the celebration and Dr. Lori McGinnis, Street School president and superintendent, welcoming the crowd. Other speakers included Oklahoma State Department of Education Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist and Street School Board President Amy Fortna.
The event was celebrated with donuts provided by QuikTrip and water bottles handed out by the Street School Board of Directors. Joy in the Cause volunteers also passed out backpacks filled with supplies to every student. To promote its “Focus on Excellence” program, Bob Hurley Ford featured a 2019 Ford Focus. The program encourages junior and senior students to try their best while giving them the opportunity to win a new car at the end of the school year.
Tulsa Public Schools accredited Street Schools and it is now considered a leader in dropout prevention. This alternative education program is dedicated to providing support, substance abuse resolution, life skills, and helping students remain committed to graduating.