Union Student Safety HelpLine
Union Public Schools, Independent District #9, Tulsa County, is a premiere Oklahoma school district where "Together, We Make a Difference," from early childhood education to college and career readiness, from community schools to expanded avenues for individual student success.
Its approximately 15,000 students, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, reside within a 28-square-mile boundary encompassing both southeast Tulsa and a portion of Broken Arrow. The school system is the heart of the community and serves as a unifying force. It includes an early childhood center for three-year-olds; 13 elementary schools pre-kindergarten through fifth grade; and five secondary schools—a 6th/7th Grade Center, 8th Grade Center, 9th Grade Center, High School (Grades 10-12,) and an Alternative School for grades 9-12. In addition, Union's Adult Education Learning Center serves northeastern Oklahoma, offering GED classes and more.
Parents choose the Union district for its all-around excellence. They take great pride in its wide-ranging dynamic academic programs; award-winning activities; caring, talented teachers; highly respected elected and administrative leaders; and remarkable facilities. Union is one of the leading districts in Oklahoma in the number of teachers earning National Board Certification, and in number of Presidential Math and Science Award recipients.
Union’s Community Schools—elementary schools complete with health clinics and services from community agencies—serve as a model to other districts nationwide. They increase academic success by forming community partnerships to provide extra supports such as early care; health and social services; out-of-school activities; family/community engagement; neighborhood development; and lifelong learning.
Community partners and private foundations have been so impressed with the district’s student-centered initiatives, many contact Union to offer grants and services for our middle and high schools as well.
Union offers a variety of Advanced Placement classes and Pre-AP classes which allow students to earn college credit while learning about a subject in depth and developing study and analytical skills that are important to success in college and careers. In partnership with Tulsa Community College, Union was one of the first to pilot a unique concurrent enrollment program enabling qualifying students to earn both high school and college credits at the same time—virtually tuition free! It is possible for some to graduate with both a high school diploma and enough credits for an associate’s degree. Those same college courses are now offered at the Union Collegiate Academy, a specially designed and well equipped new wing of the High School, another first of its kind in the state.
The Collegiate Academy provides students a challenging college-like experience with TCC instructors, tiered lecture halls, advanced science labs, student lounges, and specialty food shops, along with a safety net of high school staff members there to ensure they succeed. Counselors in the UCA’s College and Career Center help students and their parents complete college entrance, financial aid, and scholarship applications or bank college credit through Tulsa Technology Center. Students love the UCA’s online courses—Union Virtual Learning Academy—because of the flexibility they provide and because teachers are always there to assist.
Each year the district has an impressive number of National Merit Scholars, and its graduating classes receive millions of dollars in scholarship offers to colleges and universities throughout the country. Approximately 93.5 percent of the 2013 graduating class pursued education after high school.
The Union community provides whatever it takes to ensure students thrive. Successful bond issues have funded state-of-the-art tools to enhance reading, language, math, science, and writing skills at every grade level. Art, music, and physical education enrich the traditional curriculum. Professionals in remedial reading, speech therapy, and special education are assigned to the schools along with library media specialists, nurses, and counselors. Courses for gifted students are offered at all levels, as are programs for English Language Learners.
Union is accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the North Central Accreditation Association. Its accreditation process, involving parents, teachers and administrators at each site, is considered a model for other school districts.
It is our mission to provide our community of learners with educational opportunities to acquire and develop the best possible academic, vocational, recreational, social and participatory skills, enabling them to become valued, contributing members of a changing global society.
Union’s proud tradition began with its formation in 1919 when four rural communities – Alsuma, Boles, Mayo and McCollough – consolidated. There were only four students in its first graduating class. Union’s original borders were much broader, extending as far northwest as 21st Street and South Yale. Those portions, however, were annexed by the Tulsa Public School District in the 1950s, making Union’s current northwest border 31st and Mingo Road.
Enrollment gradually increased and new programs were added. Then, Tulsa’s development rapidly spread toward the southeast, leading to new office and home construction and a burst of growth for Union. In 1968, there were 800 students in the entire district. In 1995, that number grew to 11,500 and to about 15,000 in 2013. Recognizing the achievements of former students, Union established the Union Alumni Center at the High School in 2012.
Union has experienced significant growth in the past decade. During the 2002-2003 school year, the district recorded total enrollment of 13,517. In 2011-2012, enrollment reached 14,990. Administration projects enrollment in the 2012-2013 school year to reach approximately 15,298 students with the continuation of the four-year-old program at every elementary site and the three-year-old program together serving approximately 1,082 students. See Statistics and Annual Reports for a breakdown on specifics.
Parent and Community Involvement
Union is part of a community that consistently supports the school system. More than 2,000 volunteers from throughout the community work in its schools. You too can Be There for our students!
The PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is active in all the schools and works with Union to provide equipment and scholarships for students and supplies for teachers. The Union Schools Education Foundation, which was established in 1991, raises and distributes funds to teachers for classroom-based projects. In addition, a number of parents are active in booster clubs for athletics and spirit programs, as well as band, music and drama.
A community partnership with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa has allowed Union to open three health clinics - an employee clinic and school-based clinics at Rosa Parks and Roy Clark Elementary Schools. The clinics provide preventative health care, physical exams, immunizations and same-day treatment for a host of common ailments and typical childhood illnesses. Students and their families are eligible for care, whether they have insurance or not. For those who are uninsured, the services are free. The clinics have helped to curb absenteeism, promote good health, and encourage good grades.
The Community Action Project partners with Union to provide the program for three year-olds, while the Community Service Council, the City/County Health Department and a number of organizations such as the YMCA and Boy Scouts of America team with the district to offer a variety of services and programs.
The Child Nutrition Department served 679,054 breakfasts and 1,467,542 lunches in 2012. In addition, more than 48,000 breakfasts and lunches were prepared for early childhood, and 170,000 after-school snacks were provided. Meals were also served during summer school - 17,474 breakfasts and 18,386 lunches.
Six Union elementary schools participate in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, sampling such delicacies as dragon fruit, gold kiwi, pluots, and apriums. With a $185,000 USDA grant, the program addresses rising obesity rates, an overabundance of highly-processed foods, and the lack of availability/high costs of fresh produce. Child Nutrition also supports the Oklahoma economy and agriculture by purchasing as much local produce as possible.
High School students enjoy the new Union Street Market which offers nine different stations that offer a wide variety of foods, including Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Home Style Cooking, paninis, deli sandwiches, grab and go snacks, hot sandwiches, fresh made pizzas, and a coffee shop/bakery. Chef-inspired menus and recipes are featured in each eatery. Each concept offers healthy options and local, organic produce grown for Union students.
Nearly 10,400 students ride the bus on a regular basis. Union’s 94 buses cover more than 817,460 miles, which is approximately 4,647 miles—comparable to a round trip to Juneau, Alaska—each day. Activity buses transport students 102,124 miles during the year. Fuel costs totaled $602,208 in 2011-2012.
The district maintains more than 2.8 million square feet of facilities. A strong corporate tax base and patrons who consistently pass bond issues have helped Union to build spacious, well-equipped facilities including the Performing Arts Center in the High School. The Union Multipurpose Activity Center, 6836 S. Mingo Road, is a state-of-the art building which houses the 6,000-seat John Q. Hammons Arena, fine arts and athletic offices, classrooms, a Wellness and Sports Medicine Center, and the U-Wear Spirit Store. The UMAC also hosts a number of community events and even college-level games.
Other outstanding facilities include Union-Tuttle Stadium at the High School, a soccer complex at the 8th Grade, a 3-meter swimming pool with a seating capacity of 400 at the 6th/7th Grade Center. A modern baseball/softball complex and new tennis court at the 9th Grade Center.
The Operations buildings house transportation, maintenance, warehouse and grounds crew behind the Union Alternative School. Union also maintains Central Park at Union at 62nd and Mingo, a practice field at 61st and Mingo. Union also provides services for community-based health care, adult education, an employee health clinic and the Education Service Center.