The World Is Our Classroom Education
The World Is Our Classroom education theme provides students the opportunities to learn through real life experiences including field trips, wilderness adventures, internships, and community service learning outreach programs. Student growth is enhanced through these experiences. They gain knowledge and develop skills in team building, communication, and leadership while learning about their world.
Students earn a high school diploma accredited through Tulsa Public Schools, and graduating seniors participate in Street School’s commencement ceremonies. Each school year, Street School enrolls and meets the needs of approximately 120 youth in grades 9 through12 with a senior graduating class of approximately 28 each May.
Academics can quickly become secondary to our students due to a variety of factors including their family life and/or peers. Often, the severity of a teenager’s problem is not known until sufficient time is spent in counseling. Frequently, the problems that surface at our school have been virtually unaddressed in public schools or a student’s home. Many of the parents and families of these youth are in need of being linked with essential community social service resources. Counselors attempt to impact the entire family system in order to help reduce problematic behavior.
Counseling has always been a critical part of the Street School program. Our program’s founders realized that if the students’ personal and emotional problems were not addressed, then the ability to focus on academics could continue to be affected. Students meet regularly with the six full-time counselors for crisis intervention, individual and group therapy.
Community volunteers who serve as mentors have a significant role in a young person’s life. A Street School Mentor is a trusted person who is not a surrogate parent, but rather a caring friend who is directing and modeling leadership and community involvement. They are a person with a positive attitude who strives to motivate and nurture the student.
The purpose of the Street School First Offender program is to enable individuals to resolve conflicts positively; assume responsibility and realize consequences for their actions; and to gain a clear understanding and insight into peer pressure and impulsive behavior. Students participating in this program have been identified by law enforcement or the courts as having committed acts that do not warrant adjudication, but require intervention with a focus on preventing future offenses. This program is only for first offenders under the age of 18.
HIV/AIDS and Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Community Outreach Program
In Street School’s HIV/AIDS and Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Community Outreach Program, students are trained and certified as peer educators through the American Red Cross. Students are taught how to speak to their peers, and make presentations about pregnancy prevention, while raising awareness of HIV, AIDS, STDs, abstinence and the need for young people to practice safe sex if they are having sex.