Last plants being tucked in. Staff sneaking in to clean up the dust so they can get ready. Downtown Oklahoma City will see the occupation of the new John Rex Charter School for grades K-4 on Wednesday. The last new OKC intown area schools were roughly circa 1910. This modern two level beauty with primary color window awnings and a cheery clean design is just about ready to serve.
20 teachers all hand selected for this project, will work under former Edmond Public Schools principal Dr. John Pierce, celebrated educator. http://johnrexschool.org/faculty/head_of_school/ Pierce specializes in educational curriculum, which means he is capable of generating unique curriculum to match the mission statement of the school, along with pulling forward books, methods and tasks that maximize learning. ( notice the school page has a countdown clock running in the top right hand corner, marking the opening day).
Students who will attend this 79K square foot property, had to make application, and Pierce along with other staff made decisions on possible enrollees based upon their stated desires to attend, and other students applying to the school's process. The school honors John Rex, a native Oklahoman who made a number of direct supportive gestures for better quality of life for children and youth. Rex died in 2006. A charter school allows for a partnership between public and private resources for education. Some Oklahoman's support this. Other's question the possible collapse general public education if too much investment splays to projects like this one, or like the new Edgemere community school. http://okcs.edgemere.schooldesk.net/Portals/Okcs/Edgemere/docs/Community%20School%20Proposal%20for%20Edgemere.pdf
Oklahoma City had a period of collapse of infrastructure regarding development for a number of years including intown schools. This was only worsened by the Oklahoma City Bombing over what will be 20 years ago in Spring 2015. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_City_bombing .
Downtown Oklahoma City offers a variety of educational resources through the Myriad Gardens http://www.myriadgardens.org/ . This immediate neighbor includes playgrounds, wildlife, children's garden and garden education resources, and the tropical botanical tube called the Crystal Bridge.
Various and sundry downtown activities like the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts http://www.artscouncilokc.com/festival-of-the-arts and the Oklahoma Philharmonic http://www.okcphilharmonic.org/ at the Civic Center http://www.okcciviccenter.com/ and the Norick Public Library close by offering youth resources galore.
The OKC Business District, City Hall and Oklahoma County Courthouse show access to top enriching resources within a 4-6 block area to be an exceptional asset to this experience for students, staff and parents involved in this venture.