Private Education in Midtown and Downtown Tulsa – A Directory

School blackboardLooking for schooling resources for midtown and downtown Tulsa? I’ve tried to compile everything I can find in one place. This post is about private education; I will be compiling public school information (and any public/private partnerships) in a later post.

credit where credit is due -some of my information came from the following sources: Tulsa People’s 2009 guide to Tulsa’s private schools, TulsaKids’s Education Directory  and Tulsa realtor Lori Cain’s 2012 guide to private schools in the area.

Preschools/Daycare Centers

A note about Early Education/Preschool:
It is difficult to separate preschool from child care centers, especially when some preschools take children as young as 8 weeks old.  For that reason, I have omitted some centers from the list, even if it has “early learning academy” in the name, if it appears to be more daycare-centric than preschool-centric. But I’ve also let in a few daycares that are well-regarded.

For a complete list of childcare options (including preschools) for your child, check out the Oklahoma DHS site.  Each daycare center/preschool has drop-in visits from case workers to check conditions, and any reports filed against the center are reported on this site.  This site also covers in-home daycare options.

The Child Care Resource Center also is an excellent resource for childcare centers in Tulsa. You may put in your criteria (age, distance from work or home, etc) and a customized report will be emailed to you.

Finally, if you are looking for excellent babysitting services, Seeking Sitters is a franchise founded in Tulsa with qualified and background-checked sitters. I personally use it (a sitter is with my children now as I write this) and I have nothing but positive experiences.

University of Tulsa Kindercare
Donna Terry, Center Director
2906 East 3rd St., Tulsa, OK 74104
Ph: (918) 583-5400 Fax: (918) 583-5426
Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds Open: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

Infant Programs (6 Weeks – 1 Year)
Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)
Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)
Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)
Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)
Before and After School Programs (5–12 Years)

Chapman Child Learning Center (a Bright Horizons program). On the St. John’s Hospital campus.

Happy Camper Academy – ages 6 weeks through 5 years. Allows for continuous parental monitoring via webcam. Daycare and preschool.  1819 E. 15th St. Tulsa, OK 74104
918-584-2779 (58-HAPPY)

Hillcrest Child Development Center  – (918) 579-7858, 1121 S Victor Ave, Tulsa, OK 74104 (918) 579-7858

Church- and Temple-based Early Learning Centers:

John Knox Child Development Center – 2929 E 31st Street Tulsa OK 74105 918-742-7655.  A ministry of John Knox Presbyterian Church. Preschool and daycare.

University United Methodist Church (On the TU campus). Preschool and Mother’s Day Out. Hours: 9:00a – 2:00p Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. For additional information on Preschool and Mother’s Day Out, please contact or call the Church Office at 918-592-3633.

First Christian Church Child Development Center – 913 S. Boulder Ave. Tulsa, OK 74119 (918) 582-8237

First Baptist Church Child Development Center – First Steps Developmental Preschool. Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday. 6 months-pre-K. 403 S. Cincinnati Ave Tulsa, OK 74103

First United Methodist Church Early Learning Academy – 8 weeks – 5 years.  Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursdays. 9:30-2:30. Enrolling now!  Registration forms may be picked up or requested by calling (918) 587-9481, ext. 212. Please ask for Judy Landers, Director.

First Lutheran Early Learning Center – Jennifer Olden, Director.  6 weeks – 5 years. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 1244 South Utica Avenue // Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104 // 918.592.5705 //

The Early Learning Center at  Congregation B’nai Emunah6 weeks – 5yrs.  If you’d like to schedule a tour, please call 585-KIDS. 1719 South Owasso Tulsa, Oklahoma  74120

Boston Avenue Weekday School – M-F 9am-2:30pm. 4months- Kindergarten. Children may attend 2, 3 or 5 days a week. Contact Patty Barnes. 918-699-0112. 1301 S. Boston Tulsa, OK

Temple Israel Moe Gimp Early Learning Center (a Day School program)- 6 weeks-5 years. Jewish-based education. Pikler Institute philosophy. 6:45am – 6:00pm, Monday – Friday.  Sasha Reedy may be contacted (918-747-3122) for enrollment information. 2004 East 22nd Place • Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114

Dioceses/Parish Schools:

St Catherine School – A parish Catholic school Serving the Tulsa Diocese. Pre-K through 8th grade. 2515 W 46th Street Tulsa, OK 74107.  (918)446-9756

School of Saint Mary1365 E. 49th Place, 749-9361,Opened in 1954, the School of Saint Mary is a parish school that aims to provide its students with a quality education while integrating their spiritual, academic, moral, social, physical and emotional development. 1st-8th grades.

Other Religious Private Schools (more than early childhood education):

Holy Family Cathedral School – 820 S Boulder Ave, Tulsa OK 74119 (918) 582-0422. Ages 3 through 8th grade.

Monte Cassino School
2206 S. Lewis Ave., 742-3364,Founded in 1926, Monte Cassino is a Catholic community school that serves students in preschool through eighth grade.

Augustine Christian Academy
6310 E. 30th St., 832-4600,Augustine Christian Academy, formerly St. Augustine Academy, is a Christian, classical school dedicated to providing a setting to students that is both challenging and supportive. Located in midtown Tulsa in the former University of Oklahoma Medical School library building. Pre-kindergarten through 12th grades.

Marquette School
1519 S. Quincy Ave., 584-4631,Established as the Sacred Heart School in 1918. Ages 2 years – middle school. Marquette’s Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) serves children from ages 2 years until developmentally ready for kindergarten.

Bishop Kelley High School
3905 S. Hudson Ave., 627-3390,serves Catholic and non-Catholic families who seek a college preparatory program within a Christian environment of concern, trust and growth. The school is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Tulsa and serves a student population of nearly 900 students, grades 9-12.

Cascia Hall Preparatory School
2520 S. Yorktown Ave., 746-2600,offers a stimulating academic curriculum to students in the sixth through 12th grades.

Peace Academy
4620 S. Irvington Ave., 627-1040, Peace Academy is an Islamic private school educating students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade that aims to provide a unique learning environment with high standards to students of all faith traditions.

The Little Light House – 5120 E. 36th St. | 918-664-6746 | Learning haven for children living with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other challenges. It provides a program designed to offer special education and therapeutic services to children from birth to 6 years old. Students attend Little Light House tuition free. Bible-based curriculum

Tulsa Adventist Academy – 900 S. New Haven Ave – 918-834-1107 – PreK-10th grade

Other Private Schools:

University School (on the University of Tulsa Campus) – serves academically talented children from ages 3 to 8th grade. It has flexible class divisions (instead of dividing the students into grades)

Miss Helen’s Private School 4849 S. Mingo Road, 622-2327,Family owned for more than 50 years, Miss Helen’s provides a safe, loving and challenging environment for students in prekindergarten through fifth grade.

Undercroft Montessori School
3745 S. Hudson Ave., 622-2890,
Undercroft is a nonprofit private school serving children ages 3-15. The school was founded in 1964 by parents who sought a whole-child approach to their children’s education.

this article was originally posted on the Midtown Tulsa Moms website


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