Tulsa Honor Academy school officials recently announced the launch of a phase II construction and capital campaign for its new school facility located at 1421 S. Sheridan Rd., formerly occupied by PennWell Corp. In October 2020, Tulsa Honor Academy completed its phase I buildout of 43,300 sqare feet. In phase II, the proposed buildout will complete the renovation of the building’s total 120,000 sqare feet.
The second phase will house Tulsa Honor Academy High School and includes a gymnasium, science labs, STEM lab with outdoor access, art classroom, music room, fitness studio for ballet folklorico and physical education electives, College Readiness Center, and additional common areas. Tulsa Honor Academy announced a $3 million capital campaign goal and disclosed $1.5 million is already committed.
“THA provides our scholars with a high-quality, college preparatory education. As such, our school’s facility must equally provide scholars access to rigorous academic instruction and robust elective courses. Each of the spaces are deliberate in design and purpose, which ensures scholars are well prepared for the rigors of college,” Founder and Executive Director Elsie Urueta Pollock said.
Founded in 2015 with 92 fifth-grade scholars, the Academy has grown to serve more than 880 scholars in grades 5-11. THA plans anticipate more than 1,100 scholars in grades 5-12 in 2022-23 and will grow to serve more than 1,620 scholars by 2028. The second phase of the facility renovation will accommodate the growing enrollment by completing Tulsa Honor Academy’s High School.
“Tulsa Honor Academy’s success further solidifies what is possible for the scholars when a community has access to a college-preparatory education and believes students are capable of achieving at high levels. Our community’s investment in this building is an investment in the future of our scholars and our city,” Urueta Pollock said.
The facility resides in East Tulsa where the opportunity gap is more pronounced with higher poverty rates and lower levels of bachelor degree attainment. Tulsa Honor Academy believes all scholars, regardless of race, background, income, or ability, can achieve at high levels. The school and its leaders are on mission to ensure scholars go to and graduate from college to ultimately close the opportunity gap.
“The announcement of the second phase of construction and the launch of the capital campaign are important milestones for Tulsa Honor Academy. The opportunity to invest in the future of students in East Tulsa is an opportunity unlike any other for our community,” John Gawey, Board Chair said.
About Tulsa Honor Academy
Tulsa Honor Academy is a free, college preparatory charter school serving students in grades 5th-11th and grades 5 – 12 in the 2022-23 school year. Tulsa Honor Academy is an approved public charter authorized by Tulsa Public Schools and accredited through the State of Oklahoma. For more information, visit tulsahonor.org.