Casady School, a premier PreK3-12 private school in the heart of Oklahoma City, offers a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum committed to deeper-level learning and a focus on the whole child: mind, body and spirit. The school believes in developing excellence, confidence and integrity in students while instilling them with strong spiritual and moral values. They commit to providing an unparalleled private school education by employing highly qualified and involved faculty, and by providing hands-on experiences for our students. Casady School challenges students academically and facilitates growth into successful, contributing members of society through service to the community and fellowship with one another. We give our students every opportunity to excel and to make a difference in their world. Casady School actively seeks a diverse, inclusive student body that reflects the diversity of the world around us and therefore admits students of any race, color, creed, religion, nationality, or ethnic origin. Casady School is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools, National Association of Independent Schools, Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, Southwest Preparatory Conference, and the Malone Schools Online Network (MSON). In 2006, Casady School was awarded a $2 million endowment by the Malone Family Foundation's Scholars Program, becoming one of only 50 schools across the country to receive this prestigious endowment.
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2019 Family Favorites Finalist - Private School, Secondary
What is your educational philosophy and how does that impact the students at your school?
For me, the hallmark of an excellent education is creating opportunities for students to develop durable skills. I firmly believe that hiring outstanding faculty who understand that student learning should be durable, engaging, authentic, relevant and customized provides the best opportunity for students to be ready for whatever path life takes them down with confidence.
What makes your school stand out among all the education choices parents have?
I think many private and public schools are doing their very best to allow their students to continue learning during the pandemic. For me, what stands out about our school is our faculty. Faculty makes the school and our faculty care deeply about their students and foster a genuine love of learning. During this pandemic, we have hosted a drive-in movie theater event that allowed our students to showcase their robust work in the performing arts for family and friends. Additionally, we have been able to compete in all our athletics, and we have maintained the quality of academics that for nearly 75 years our families have come to expect.
How has the pandemic changed things at your school?
This pandemic has had at least two significant impacts on our school. This first is that it has highlighted the incredible resource of having great teachers. Our teachers have stepped up in ways I could not have imagined, and I am grateful for the load they have graciously taken on teaching students, whether remote or in person. The second thing has been that technology will change some aspects of the learning process forever. Still, it is nowhere near ready to replace the irreplaceable asset of the face-to-face interactions between students and teachers.
How is Casady meeting the current needs of your students and families?
Over the summer, we created three priorities that would serve us during this pandemic: relationships, safety and flexibility. From the very beginning, we wanted to find a way to allow our students to start the year in-person to build strong relationships that are important in the learning process. We also wanted to make sure we were always mindful of our students' safety and our faculty. Finally, we knew that this would be a year like no other in our school's nearly 75-year history, so we must remain flexible and be willing to pivot when needed. To that end, we have mostly had in person learning this year with occasional flexibility in remote learning for classes or even a division of the school at a time. Additionally, we have about 8 percent of our students who opted to remain in remote learning, at least through the holiday break.
Tell us about your STEM programs.
Our STEM programs are impressive. Our small 2A school competes with the 6A schools in Oklahoma through Science Olympiad. We have successfully won state now for at least the last five years and our students have the opportunity to compete nationally. Additionally, we have relationships with schools from other countries that allow our students to better understand the richness of the world around them and prepare them for their college experiences to come.
What are you most proud of during your tenure at Casady?
I am proud of the culture we have created—a culture of collaboration and inclusion.