New GreatSchoolsOklahomaCity.org website helps
parents find better school information
Oklahoma City, OK, February 17, 2015: Today, the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC) and GreatSchools launches GreatSchoolsOklahomaCity.org, a new website that gives parents accessible information on schools in Oklahoma City. This allows new residents to more easily find matches to their children’s needs and preferences and current residents to access more in-depth information about their schools.
Parents will be able to discover schools suited to their family needs by searching for academic quality, transportation services, programs, or extracurricular activities of interest.
“Oklahoma City is one of the Top 20 fastest-growing cities in the country. This growth means there are an increasing number of families looking for information on schools that best fit their needs,” said Oklahoma City Mayor, Mick Cornett. “The GreatSchoolsOklahomaCity.org website provides an excellent resource for new residents — and also provides an opportunity for current residents to better connect with their local schools and contribute to the conversation about what makes a great school.”
“Families need to know more about schools than just test scores and numbers,” said OPSRC Executive Director Brent Bushey. “We’re excited to offer parents this additional tool to find the school that best meets their children’s needs and to better engage in their current school community.”
Mayor Cornett, Mr. Bushey, and Leo Olebe, Vice President at GreatSchools will join the OPSRC today to showcase the new resources that the site offers parents. Last year, nearly 100,000 unique visitors among 33,000 households in Oklahoma City used GreatSchools to inform their choice of schools. The new site will provide additional and specific information about schools — including reviews by other parents — and important district and community news.
“Parents need, and are looking for, information that will help them support their students and schools as best as possible,” said GreatSchools founder and CEO Bill Jackson. “GreatSchools.org helps them to set their own standards for what their child needs, and find the schools that meet them.”
In partnership with the OPSRC, the GreatSchools Oklahoma City initiative is example of GreatSchools’ work to help parents make informed decisions about their children’s education, offering not only information on schools and districts, but also parenting advice, educational activities, enrollment information, and other resources.
Every year, over 59 million people visit GreatSchools.org to find the best possible match for their children’s needs.
About Oklahoma Public School Resource Center
The Oklahoma Public School Resource Center supports quality public education in Oklahoma by providing resources, expanding network opportunities, and advocating on behalf of public schools. Membership in the OPSRC is open to all public schools in Oklahoma. While all public schools are welcomed, we are particularly focused on meeting the needs of rural public schools and charter schools. Both of these types of schools typically lack a large central/administrative office typically found in larger schools and the technical services offered by the Center are tailored to help address the administrative challenges facing such schools.
Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national nonpartisan nonprofit that helps millions of parents find great schools, support great learning, and guide their kids to great futures. The Webby award-winning website, GreatSchools.org, is the nation’s leading guide to preK-12 schools, with profiles of about 200,000 public, public charter, and private schools and more than one million ratings and reviews by parents, teachers, and students. In addition, GreatSchools offers thousands of articles, videos, and worksheets to help parents support their children’s learning. Last year, GreatSchools had 59 million unique visitors, including more than half of all U.S. families with school-age children. Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools has local programs and offices in Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Washington, DC.
Jenna Talbot, 202-479-7173