Living Here

Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center


Grades Pre-K - 1st 
Located at 2301 S. 16th St.

The Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center is dedicated to the award-winning Oklahoma author William “Bill” Wallace, who wrote “A Dog Called Kitty”. Wallace wrote 31 children’s books and co-authored seven books with his wife of 45 years, Carol Wallace. He also traveled throughout the United States, speaking to children at schools, libraries and elsewhere. He taught physical education, kindergarten and was an assistant principal before becoming principal at West Elementary School in Chickasha. That school is now named the Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center. He later left the school to dedicate his time to writing and public speaking.



Grand Elementary


Grades 2 - 4
Located at 1415 Grand Ave



Lincoln Elementary


Grades 5 and 6
Located at 103 Dakota



Chickasha Middle School


Grades 7 and 8
Located at 1000 S. 9th St.



Chickasha High School


Grades 9 - 12
101 John P. Cowan St.

Chickasha High School is breaking the mold when it comes to education. The district wants to try a personalized education campus where students are in charge of their own education. Starting in the fall of 2016, 150 students and five teachers will test the new style of learning with ninth through twelfth graders.

 

While at school it is up to the students, using digital textbooks and help from teachers and tutors, to learn class materials.   "We don't do grades," said Chickasha Superintendent Dave Cash. "No report cards at nine weeks. They get a transcript once a month." The transcript tells students and their families how many credits the student has completed.


Students meet weekly with advisors to check on progress and determine if additional help is needed. Teachers are not responsible for going up in front of the classroom and teaching, instead they guide students through curriculum at the students own pace. Teachers are there as a resource and they grade assignments and tests. If students move quickly through materials and tests, they could complete high school early and begin taking college courses. "There's kids graduating with 60 college hours. They're going to graduate high school and be a college junior when they leave high school," Cash said.

Cash says the education model comes from a high school in Salt Lake City. In the last four years that school has increased graduation rates to 97%, there are zero suspensions, and students have an average ACT score of 23.

 

PO Box 873 Chickasha, OK 73023
P: 405-574-3477
USAO Canning Hall Chickasha, OK 73023 (Physical)