About Our Students
In 2020-2021, Union’s enrollment dropped by 857 students. With a 5.4 percent decrease over the previous year, Union served 14,959 students – 6,959 at the elementary level and 8,000 in grades 6-12.
Districtwide, 7,342 students (49.1 percent) were female and 7,617 (50.9 percent) male.
In terms of racial origin, 4.2 percent were American Indian/Alaska Native, 14.9 percent African American, 9.5 percent multi-racial, 0.2 percent Pacific Islander/Hawaiian, 7.3 percent Asian, 25.7 percent Caucasian, and 38.2 percent of Hispanic ethnicity.
There were 2,763 identified gifted students in grades 1-12, served by a variety of courses and programs.
Of the graduating seniors in 2021:
- 413 took the ACT, with an average composite score of 22.2.
- 254 took the SAT, with an average total score of 1,022. (Many students had waivers due to the pandemic).
More than 1,945 students (13 percent) were enrolled in special education.
English Learner services were provided to 2,521 elementary and 1,408 secondary students; of these students, 346 became English-proficient and exited the program. Union’s diverse population spoke more than 60 different languages. An estimated 25 percent of Union students were classified as English Learners.
Extended Day Program - EDP
Union’s Extended Day Program or EDP served 644 students at 15 sites over the course of the year in 2020-2021 – despite the large number of students attending school virtually due to COVID. Union’s resource room kept sites supplied with cooking activities, STEM projects, art activities and much more to enhance the curriculum. Students often ask their parents for just a little more time to play at pick-up time!
Union continued serving students receiving tribal assistance with childcare. At the end of the previous school year, Union added assistance through Cherokee Nation and Muscogee Nation at nine of its sites. The tribes require that a parent request childcare assistance through them before they will extend an agreement. As those requests come in, Union immediately submits the paperwork for approval for any additional sites. Union also accepts DHS childcare assistance at all sites for those families that qualify.
Staff development opportunities for EDP staff were limited to online training events offered by the Department of Human Services and the University of Oklahoma Center for Early Childhood Professional Development. Topics included Bullying in the Public Schools – Setting the Appropriate Tone for Prevention/Intervention; Trust-Based Relational Intervention for Out of School Time Professionals; district safety training and the Pyramid Model school-age training. Union offered School-Age Trauma and CPR/First Aid training in small groups in person. All training was approved for formal training credit through the University of Oklahoma Center for Early Childhood Development. Each staff member is required to be a member of the CECPD registry and take 20 to 30 hours of training annually.
For more than 25 years, Union Public Schools has served the community with an adult basic education program to assist adults through GED/HiSET Preparation classes and/or English language learning for non-native English speakers. During the 2020-2021 school year, Union’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) program enrolled about 1,000 students in these classes.
Through partnerships with local Workforce Development offices and other community agencies, the Union Adult Learning Center (UALC) embraces the opportunity to serve students not only in Tulsa, but also in the neighboring communities of Claremore, Muskogee, Owasso, and Pryor. These partners include, but are not limited to, Community Action Project of Tulsa, Workforce Tulsa, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa Community College, Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army, Women in Recovery, Family and Children’s Services, Rogers State University, Workforce Pryor, Workforce Muskogee, Muskogee Public Schools, Owasso Public Schools, Whirlpool Inc., and local churches.
The Pearson Vue Testing Center at UALC offers various certification testing for individuals including Teacher Certification testing and high school equivalency testing (HiSet). During the 2020-2021 school year, nearly 2,200 HiSet, GED and/or Pearson tests were given, with about 200 individuals earning their High School Equivalency diplomas.