Santa Fe South Schools is a fully accredited public charter school district serving students from Pre-K through 12th grades. Operational since 2001, SFS serves students from the Oklahoma City Public School District attendance area. Student enrollment totals just over 3,200 with approximately 1200 in High School, 650 in Middle School, and 1350 in Elementary School. Oklahoma City Public Schools is our single authorizer. We are the largest comprehensive charter school in the state and one of the largest in the region. We are a tuition-free public institution, and there are no testing or other requirements for admission other than to be a student in the OKCPS district. We hold a lottery each year for open positions and admission is awarded on a randomly-chosen basis.
Santa Fe South Schools strives to establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning and provides opportunities to prepare students from the Oklahoma City metro area to thrive in a complex, competitive, and culturally-pluralistic society.
At SFS, students are provided with a challenging academic program through an expanded and rigorous curriculum that emphasizes college prep habits, the development of social responsibilities, lifelong skills, and self-confidence. We diligently work to meet the needs of all of our learners, offering full services for English Language Learners as well as students who are on Individualized Education Plans. Comprehensive tutoring and after-school programs offer additional opportunities for our students to be able to meet their academic goals.
Our concurrent enrollment/early college admission model provides a tremendous opportunity for students to begin their college coursework as early as the summer following their sophomore year. Students in this program routinely complete a full year of college credit prior to their high school graduation and some may earn enough to complete their Associates Degree in this same timeframe. We also operate the very successful Alpha credit recovery program. For students who have fallen behind or are just returning in search of a high school diploma, Alpha has proven to be a powerful opportunity.
Students at Santa Fe South Middle School will soon have access to computer science courses that will give them an advantage in their education and future careers. The opportunity is made possible through a partnership between the Verizon Foundation and Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers through K-12 pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Santa Fe South joins more than 10,500 schools across the U.S. in offering PLTW programs to students.
Two charter school programs, including one waiting for approval to expand, are negotiating with a third charter to lease space in south Oklahoma City, officials said Monday.
The leaders of KIPP Oklahoma City and Epic Charter Schools are in discussions with Chris Brewster of Santa Fe South Schools, a K-12 charter that is leasing a recently purchased 157,000-square-foot building on the grounds of the old Crossroads Mall.
In the private sector, success is rewarded and failure is penalized. But in the realm of public education, schools demonstrating the greatest success educating challenging student populations are often given the least financial support. It’s time for that to change.
When Santa Fe South Charter School was launched in 2001 in south Oklahoma City, classes were held in a church basement. Today, the school continues to use facilities never intended as classrooms. Superintendent Chris Brewster notes one recent addition was previously a dance hall.