Amid enrollment spike, EPIC announces it is resuming hiring for 2020-21

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Amid a marked enrollment spike during the pandemic, EPIC Charter Schools announced today it is again hiring faculty for the 2020-21 school year. As the school year draws nearer and Oklahoma parents are deciding what is in the best interest of their children for this school year, EPIC’s enrollment for 2020-21 is projected to grow by 40%. Prior to the pandemic, the school was the state’s third-largest public school system.

“Our learning model is uniquely positioned to be a meaningful option for families anxious about the pandemic and traditional classrooms this fall,” said EPIC Superintendent Bart Banfield. “We have technology and connectivity to offer families for free and we limit our student-to-teacher ratios to an average of 28:1. This provides a high level of daily attention and support that our experience in operating for 10 years tells us students need for a high-quality, distance learning model.”

EPIC is encouraging both certified teachers and professionals who have college degrees and aim to become alternatively certified through EPIC’s free UTeach program to apply for the 2020-21 school year. EPIC’s average teacher salary is the highest in Oklahoma and the school also pays full health and Teacher Retirement System of Oklahoma benefits. EPIC teachers are employed across the state of Oklahoma, office from their homes and are assigned a roster of students who live in close proximity to themselves.

EPIC families will be given the option in 2020-21 to meet with their teachers in person (as was the practice pre-COVID) or have daily interaction with their teachers with such common video conferencing tools as Zoom, FaceTime, Google Chat, Skype and the like.

“We anticipate many of our families are not going to elect to meet in person,” Banfield said. “So teachers we hire for this coming school year who may not be comfortable being in a classroom this school year could find a good professional fit for themselves this year with EPIC.”

To apply to EPIC, visit For more information about applying for EPIC’s free UTeach program to gain alternative certification, visit

EPIC was Oklahoma’s third-largest public school system as of the 2019-20 school year. It anticipates serving approximately 40,000 students in the 2020-21 school year in all 77 counties of Oklahoma.