Ardmore Schools are fortunate to have a large number of partnerships that have a significant impact on our success. These partnerships show the support of the Ardmore community from business and industry and local civic organizations. It is obvious that our partners care about the children of Ardmore. They want our students to develop into responsible, contributing citizens who have the knowledge and skills to be successful in the workplace. Descriptions of some of our major partnerships and their associated projects are included below.
The City of Ardmore
Our local city government provides support for Ardmore schools in many ways. We work together on many issues which are common to both entities. The city is currently assisting the district in traffic control on the new Ardmore Elementary School project. The city will be opening Harris Street through to Veteran’s Boulevard. The Ardmore Police Department also assists the district with safety and security issues and provides consultation and advice in emergency preparedness.
Ardmore Michelin Tire Plant
A sponsor of our 6th grade environmental camp and a devout contributor to our schools.
The Noble Foundation
A longtime partner of Ardmore Schools, the Noble Foundation provided major funding for Noble Stadium. Funding for Ardmore teachers to participate in Great Expectations training also has been provided. In 2005 funds were given for renovation to the AHS library and little theater. Technology, equipment and instructional resources for the AHS science and English departments were also purchased. In 2006 the Foundation funded a three year partnership between Ardmore City Schools and the Ardmore Police Department for a School Resource Officer to focus on safety, security and prevention.
Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation
With a focus on health and education concerns, the Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation (SOMF) has been a key to our continued improvement in instruction and teacher expertise. In 2000 SOMF provided a three year grant for the district to work with the Center for Effective Schools at the University of Oklahoma. When the district determined there was a need to improve instruction in science, SOMF provided a grant for each elementary school and Ardmore Middle School to purchase science resources, equipment and technology and training for teachers in the use of these resources.
The Ardmore Chamber of Commerce
Whether it is the annual teacher appreciation event, support for the sales tax and bond issues or projects designed to improve student achievement and attract and retain staff, the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce is our proven partner in education. In 1999 the Chamber sponsored the Standards work with Ardmore and Plainview schools. This work provided the impetus for curriculum improvement in pre-k-12 grade.
In 2005 the Chamber in partnership with Ardmore and Plainview Schools began work on the ambitious Cornerstone Project. The 5 year project has received pledges of $3.4 million dollars and has received $1.5 thus far. The project has 3 major components: teacher recruitment through the provision of signing bonuses for teachers in hard-to-fill areas; improved student achievement through the use of assessment data and teacher training; and teacher and school rewards for improvement and/or successful performance.
Many local businesses, foundations, and individuals have contributed to the Cornerstone Project. It is a unique effort by many entities to insure a high quality of education for the children of Ardmore.
Ardmore Schools has greatly benefited from a partnership with Cable One which allowed the district to install a fiber ring connecting all our schools. Cable One provided consultation, financial assistance and technical expertise in this project. The fiber connections give us faster more reliable internet service.
Ardmore City Schools Enrichment Foundation
The Enrichment Foundation was established in 1986 and has given teacher grants for instructional resources twice a year to Ardmore teachers on a competitive basis.
The University of Oklahoma K-20 Center
The K-20 Center at OU has been a partner with the district since 2004 when Ardmore High School received a K-20/OETT grant for technology and teacher training. Since then we have worked with the center to improve science, math and technology instruction and use in our schools. Teacher training has been the major focus of this work.
Community in Schools
The Community in Schools partnership was originated by the City of Ardmore with Ardmore Schools. Community in Schools worked with the schools to establish the School Adopter Program.
The Kiwanis sponsor the Terrific Kids Program at Jefferson Elementary. A student from each grade level is recognized in the monthly program which encourages character development. Also, our Ardmore Kiwanis Club is the sponsor of Lincoln Elementary's BUGS Program,
The Lion’s Club works with our schools to assist students who need eye glasses.
Ardmore Sunrise Rotary
The Sunrise Rotary Club provides dictionaries to all 3rd graders.
Carter County Health Department
The Carter County Health Department assists the district in many ways. The Health Department also gives immunizations to Pre-K and K students during enrollment.
Carter County Department of Human Services
Our partnership with the Department of Human Services provides three social workers who maintain their offices in our schools. The social workers work closely with students and families to resolve issues which can have a negative effect on student learning.
Many contributions throughout the years, most recently, a generous donation was made to our Tiger Tracks Safari Freshman Orientation Camp.
Our school system has a very close bond with Staples and their managers. When our schools are in need, they are always willing to step in and help us out.
OG&E has provided support to both staff and students at Charles Evans Elementary.
The Goddard Center
The Charles B. Goddard Center for the Visual and Performing Arts is committed to providing cultural experiences and art education. In addition to offering students the opportunity to attend musical, theatrical, and dance productions with Outreach Performances in a theater setting, they have partnered with Ardmore Schools over the past 20 years in helping to promote creativity and interest in the visual arts with the All Schools Exhibit, which allows students to present artwork in a professional gallery setting and provides Art Studio scholarships to promising young artists. In 2009, the Goddard Center entered into a 6 year partnership with Jefferson and Lincoln Elementary schools to provide an Integrated Arts Program that combines the school’s curriculum with visual and performing arts to promote learning for every student’s learning style. This program helped Jefferson become designated one of only 127 “REWARD” schools by the Oklahoma State department of Education for improvement in test scores in 2012.