Union Public Schools!
Union Public Schools, whose 19 sites are located in portions of SE Tulsa and NW Broken Arrow, has an enrollment of about 16,000 students. The number of businesses, higher education, foundation, and community partnerships investing in the district’s key areas of emphasis -- Early Childhood Education, Community Schools, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Curriculum, and College/Career Readiness remains constant.
The district slogan, “Together We Make a Difference,” continues to be underscored as student engagement continued to soar, and great strides were made toward accomplishing Union’s mission – To Graduate 100 Percent of Our Students College and/or Career Ready. Download brochure.
The following core values serve to guide our strategic focus and actions in accomplishing our mission:
"Our mission is to graduate 100 percent of our students, college and/or career ready."
Together We Make a Difference
These strategic goals in the following focus areas provide guidance for leadership, policy decisions, and development of initiatives, programs, and strategies to achieve our mission. See Strategic Plan
In order to fulfill our mission of graduating 100 percent of our students college and career ready, Union focuses on four main areas: Early Childhood Education, Community Schools, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and the Union Collegiate Academy Experience.
Union is accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and AdvancED. Its accreditation process, involving parents, teachers and administrators at each site, is considered a model for other school districts.
Union has experienced significant growth in the past decade. During the 2004-2005 school year, the district recorded total enrollment of 13,969. In 2019-2020, Union served 15,816 students – 7,488 at the elementary level and 8,328 in grades 6-12. See Statistics and Reports for a breakdown on specifics.
About the District
The eighth largest public school district in Oklahoma, Union has approximately 15,800 students, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, residing 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 including the brand new Ellen Ochoa Elementary School; 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, English as a Second Language 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.
In addition to challenging Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) classes, Union offers a variety of Advanced Placement classes which allow students to earn college credit while learning about a subject in depth. In partnership with Tulsa Community College (TCC), Union was the first to pilot a unique concurrent enrollment program - EDGE - Earn a Degree, Graduate Early – on its High School campus, enabling qualifying students to earn both high school and college credits at the same time – virtually tuition free!
Union’s Collegiate Academy at the High School 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 their success. Counselors in the 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.
The Union community provides whatever it takes to ensure all students graduate college/career ready. 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
Student Engagement: Co-Curricular Activities
Student engagement districtwide in Fine Arts remained high in 2019-2020, with
2019-2020 Athletics – -- (In 2021, Varsity Cheer Squad were named National Champions!)
Employees Statistics & Achievements
The Child Nutrition Department served 1,270,296 lunches and 737,090 breakfasts during the 2019-2020 school year. When schools shut down due to Covid 19, Child Nutrition continued to serve meals free to all children out of four sites, providing almost a million meals – breakfast, lunch and supper. Adult meals were provided free once a week at Ochoa, and free produce and dairy boxes were provided for families once a week through the USDA Food to Family Boxes program.
The district purchased fresh vegetables and fruits and local grass-fed beef from six local farms. Eight elementary schools participated in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant, which provided fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks each day in the classroom. A pilot program at McAuliffe and Ochoa Elementary schools taught students how to reduce waste foods, as well as how to compost and recycle. The district’s two nutrition educators conducted 400 nutrition education classes, two farm-to-student events, six nutrition and activity assemblies, and participated in community nights.
Union was recognized by the United Fresh Produce Association as the “Produce Excellence in Foodservice for Schools” national award winner for the district’s use of fresh produce on our menus, nutritional education, and promoting consumption of more produce by children.
More than 10,000 students rode the bus on a regular basis during the 2019-2020 school year. The district maintained a fleet of 118 school buses and 94 support vehicles. Our buses traveled 888,506 total miles – 802,282 miles on regular routes and 86,224 miles on field trips.
The district ran 15 after-school routes and 33 shuttles, and two vehicles for the McKinney-Vento/Foster Care programs.
The district purchased 127,532 gallons of diesel fuel and 30,017 gallons of unleaded fuel for a combined cost of $300,460.
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. In the spring of 2020, Unoin opened its Community Heath Connection Clinicn at Ellen Ochoa Elementary.
Other outstanding facilities include Union-Tuttle Stadium at the High School, a new soccer complex at the 8th Grade, a 3-meter swimming poolwith a seating capacity of 400 at the 6th/7th Grade Center, a modern baseball/softball complex and a new tennis court at the Union High School Fresman Academy.
Operations and Safety
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.
The Custodial Department employs 103 full-time custodians, a district custodial coordinator, and a district building engineer. Over 3.5 million square feet of floor space is cleaned nightly. On average, each full-time custodian cleans more than 30,000 square feet on a nightly basis, including over 1,000 individual classrooms. In addition:
Custodians staff nearly 1,500 district and community events across the district.
Larger custodial projects include the stripping and refinishing of tile surfaces across the district and the refinishing of the High School, 6th, and 7th grade gyms.
The Grounds Department employs 12 full-time grounds men, one small engine mechanic, and one district grounds coordinator. The grounds division maintains over 450 acres of land. During peak mowing season, each grounds man is responsible for maintaining over 40 acres of land. The grounds division is responsible for mowing, edging, blowing, fertilizing, and treating all district grass and naturally surfaced athletic fields. All landscaping design and maintenance is handled in-house, including all district flowerbeds and trees.
The Maintenance Department employs 11 skilled tradesmen, 23 building engineers, and one district maintenance coordinator. Our tradesmen include five HVAC technicians, two electricians, a plumber, kitchen technician, carpenter, and locksmith. Our 23 building engineers are responsible for maintaining the mechanical systems of their respective sites. They also are responsible for minor repairs.
Safety and Security: The district employed a director of security and a security coordinator, as well as 11 full-time security officers at the secondary schools, two at the elementary school sites and 24 part-time officers for athletic and special events. One Broken Arrow School Resource Officer was on call daily, in addition to seven off-duty Tulsa Police Department officers on a rotating schedule, allowing one to patrol the district each day.