EPIC Charter Schools has entered into a charter contract with Rose State College for EPIC to operate learning centers in Tulsa and Oklahoma counties in the upcoming school year.

EPIC Charter School will continue to serve its more than 9,000 students in 77 counties but can now offer on-site learning centers for its Tulsa and Oklahoma county students, thanks to the Rose State sponsorship.

Student enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year began June 12. The learning centers confirmed thus far for Oklahoma and Tulsa County will be located at 11911 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Oklahoma City and 3810 S. 103rd East Avenue, Suite 102 in the Woodward Building in Tulsa. More locations may be announced in the coming weeks. Students attending those sites must be residents of either Oklahoma or Tulsa County, respectively, and must be in grades Prek-5.

“We are very excited to partner with Rose State and believe the learning centers will be beneficial, especially for our early childhood and elementary students living in the two metros,” said EPIC Superintendent David Chaney. “The learning centers will be open and fully staffed with certified teachers from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and we will offer free before and after care. Families can utilize them every day for their students’ education, part-time, or not at all if our blended learning program with one-on-one instruction by one of our teachers is meeting their needs.”

If a charter school’s sponsor is a higher education entity in Oklahoma, state law allows it to open schools in counties with a population of 500,000 or more. Rose State College President Dr. Jeanie Webb said the school’s Board of Regents unanimously voted to enter into a contract with EPIC’s governing nonprofit.

“The goal of every educator is to ensure a student is capable of not only reading, writing and arithmetic but also capable of thinking,” stated Dr. Jeanie Webb of Rose State College. “This partnership will allow all involved to do our jobs at the next level, to intersect students in non-traditional ways and think outside the box when it comes to pipelines for education.”

In the 2016-2017 school year, EPIC served more than 9,000 students and was the 14th largest preK-12th grade public school system in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board (OSVCSB) will continue to sponsor its operations statewide with its teachers still continuing to serve students in a blended, one-on-one model.

Chaney said EPIC was taking a measured approach to its expansion into physical learning sites. Hiring and planning for the coming school year has been under way. Because full-time online learning requires parent or guardian supervision and many students live in households with either two working parents or are headed by a single parent, he was confident physical sites in Oklahoma City and Tulsa would be beneficial to a segment of EPIC’s current and future student populations.

“There is considerable education research affirming that a blended, customized learning approach like what we are currently implementing and now expanding upon with Rose State is the ideal model for the future,” Chaney said. “We are energized and enthusiastic about this partnership and eager to make the coming year the best one yet for our growing student body.”

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  1. Heather Woodruff

    What all does it involve with the Rose school centers? What all do they do? I have a 3rd grader in an IEP