District Facts
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For more than 100 years, Putnam City Schools has been one of the premier school districts in the state, bringing together families in northwest Oklahoma City to provide a high-quality education for students in preschool through high school.

What are some hallmarks of our success?


  • More Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winners than any other district in Oklahoma.
  • About one-quarter of district teachers have advanced degrees (masters or doctorates)
  • Five of our schools have been named Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education: James L. Dennis Elementary (1985-86); Putnam City North High School (1988-89); Will Rogers Elementary (1998-99); Wiley Post Elementary (1989-90); Coronado Heights Elementary (1996-97).
  • In 2010 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that Putnam City Schools received the 22nd annual Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Award. The district was singled out from nominees around the country for its outstanding support of high-quality arts education.

2017-2018 Highlights

  • Alyssa Noel and Bali Ong of Putnam City North were named an Academic All-Staters. In the 32 years in which the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has named Academic All-Staters, 122 Putnam City students have been so honored. That’s the fifth-highest total of any school system in the state. Selection of scholars for this honor has been described by former University of Oklahoma President and Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman and Founder David L. Boren as “Oklahoma’s most rigorous academic competition.”
  • 56 district students were named Oklahoma Academic Scholars by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Putnam City, the state’s fifth-largest school district, has the fifth-highest number of Oklahoma Academic Scholars all-time.
  • Veronica Herrerra of Putnam City High School was selected as a 2017-2018 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. The program recognizes approximately 5,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors each year from among the more than 400,000 juniors who take the PSAT.
  • Julon White, a junior at Putnam City West High School, was one of 34 young students in the nation to be chosen as Hamilton Scholars for academic, personal, service and entrepreneurial accomplishments.
  • Oloruntoun Ogunbase, a student at Putnam City West High School, was selected by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation as one of 13 Oklahoma high school and college students to be honored as a 2018 Fleming Scholar.
  • Josephine Nwankwo of Putnam City North High School and Jesus Ibañez of Putnam City West High School were two of 18 students who served as members of Oklahoma City’s Youth Council for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Putnam City West student Caleb Frazier was chosen to represent Putnam City West High Schools and all district schools by serving as a member of State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister’s Student Advisory Group.
  • Universities continue to seek our students. Graduating seniors from Putnam City Schools in spring 2018 accepted a record $9.3 million in scholarships.
  • Neeli Boyd, a 1st-grade teacher at Putnam City’s Wiley Post Elementary School who named the district’s teacher of the year in March 2017, was in July named one of 12 finalists for the 2018 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Award. Putnam City has had a finalist for state teacher of the year three out of the last four years.
  • Putnam City Schools was one of five organizations and 14 individuals honored for contributions to the arts during the 2018 Governor’s Arts Awards in February. The Arts in Education Award received by the district recognizes a school, organization, group, educator or other individual for outstanding leadership and service in the arts benefiting youth and/or arts in education.
  • A group of 24 students from Putnam City North was one of just three high school percussion ensembles to perform at the prestigious Percussive Arts Society International Convention on Nov. 10 in Indianapolis. This convention is the largest drum and percussion event in the world.
  • Twenty-seven students from the Putnam City North choir performed with the National Youth Choir in New York City on March 4 as part of the 2018 Festival at Carnegie Hall.
  • Eleven students from Putnam City North and one from Putnam City West earned places in the all-state choir chosen by the Oklahoma Music Educators Association.
  • Forty-six Putnam City vocal music students won superior ratings at the state solo and ensemble contest in April at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.
  • Nine district orchestra students won places is the Oklahoma Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra. Special congratulations go to Tanner Thomas for being chosen as one of the principal players in the bass section, which means he received the first overall ranking in the state of Oklahoma.
  • Forty-one orchestra students from Putnam City high schools and middle schools were selected as members of 2017 North Central Honors Orchestras following auditions in early October.
  • 5th-graders from James L. Dennis Elementary won first place in the Life Change Ballroom Competition in mid-December.
  • Two seniors from Putnam City West, Sean Baisden and D’Aaron Tampkins, received superior ratings and “best in show” title for their duet acting at the Oklahoma Thespian Festival in early February, qualifying them for the International Thespian Festival in June in Lincoln, Neb.
  • Eighty-eight Putnam City students had their work chosen for the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition at the State Fair. The work created by these students earned 12 awards of merit and 12 more exceptional awards of merit.
  • For an exemplary record of leadership, service and activities to improve the school and community, the student councils at Putnam City High, Putnam City North and Putnam City West received 2018 Gold Council of Excellence Awards from the National Association of Student Councils.
  • The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter at Putnam City North High School earned the Gold Star Chapter award for 2017-2018, one of only 24 chapters in the state to receive this distinction.
  • The Putnam City Schools Foundation donated more than $97,000 during the year to district schools for a variety of projects, including alternative seating options for several classes, Colonial Day at the Capitol, and building kits for coding and engineering.


  • A fiber-optic network that links every school and building
  • Wireless access districtwide
  • Technology-rich classrooms
  • A parent portal to encourage communication between parents and teachers
  • Extensive teacher training for effective use of technology in the classroom
  • A variety of web-based resources for teachers and students
  • An employee intranet that provides a single location for information including documents, links, communities, software, system status updates, tips, and more
  • More than 16,000 iPads in use across the district

Community Support

  • About 4,000 parent-teacher organization members across the district.
  • Our community has a history of supporting school bond elections, allowing us to have some of the finest school facilities in the area.
  • Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Putnam City Schools Foundation’s mission is to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities of children in Putnam City Schools. In that time the foundation has supported programs that honor teachers and students for their outstanding work, offered thousands of dollars each year for training and curriculum to building leaders, provided ways for parents to become true partners with teachers through Early Birds and English language classes, and challenged children to be more creative and career-ready in STEM labs all across the district. Last year alone, the Putnam City Schools Foundation donated more than $110,000 back into the district for a variety of projects, including a MakerSpace Lab at Putnam City West High School, a bus to the Lego competition regional tournament for Northridge Elementary, and substitutes for students and teachers to attend an all-female STEM panel.

Fast Facts

  • 19,476 students
    • 10,131 elementary
    • 3,932 middle school
    • 5,413 high school
  • 18 elementary schools
  • 5 middle schools
  • 3 high schools
  • 1 alternative high school
  • 1 alternative middle school
  • 2 offsite prekindergarten centers
  • 1,496 certified personnel
  • 765 support employees

See our district fact sheet here