Putnam City North High School

11800 North Rockwell Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73162
(405) 722-4220

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Public Grades 9-12 1936 students 17 students/teacher (OK avg is 15)

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Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests End-of-Instruction Exams (OCCT EOI)

In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests End-of-Instruction (OCCT EOI) exams to test students in high school in several subjects. The OCCT EOI is a high school graduation requirement. The OCCT EOI exams are standards-based tests, which means they measure specific skills defined for each subject by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.
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About this school

Putnam City North High School is a public high school in Oklahoma City. The principal of Putnam City North High School is Brian Chastain. 1,936 students attend Putnam City North High School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and Hispanic. 46% of the 1,936 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Putnam City North High School is 17:1. Harvest Hills Christian School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 5%
Asian 7% %
Hispanic 6% 15%
White, non-Hispanic 52% 50%
Black, non-Hispanic 31% 26%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% 4%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 71%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    My daughter graduated from PCN. She took advantage of advanced classes the orchestra program Key Club and HOSA. She participated in LDI the leadership retreat. This school offers so many classes clubs and opportunities for kids to grow that other schools can only wish to offer. The kids raise money to feed the hungry and provide Christmas gifts to those in need do cancer research and grant wishes of terminally ill kids.The support of the administration teachers and counselors has been great. They even have a college and career office. The administration does have to deal with students who make bad choices but I've seen them do it with great care. My daughter didn't make the bad choices that 1-3% do but if she had I wouldn't blame those choices on the school. I suppose it's easier to blame a school who tries to help all kids than to look into what is happening within the home of the kids making the choices. This is a great school that still meets the needs of students and families. Bravo North!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    You get out what you put in. Our family is new to PCN this year. We chose to apply for intra-district transfer into PCN. My philosophy has always been "be the change you want to see". I'm not a "helicopter parent" however I am involved in PTSA and I'm there to advocate for all PCN students. PCN offers a ton of opportunities for students (and parents for that matter). College prep (you can get up to 2 years of college work completed * tuition free * through concurrent enrollment) work force ready curriculum and leadership skills are a priority. Every club student council and even PTSA has opportunities for leadership development. Also communication and access to teachers and administrators (for students and for parents) is exceptional. EVERYONE makes an effort to be available for tutoring and advocacy. When you ask you get the help and guidance you need to be successful. If you don't ask you don't get.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is the worst one my kids have ever been in. My daughter lost her virginity in the school bathroom and when i took it to her principle he informed me that it was not the first time it has happened at his school. Needless to say my daughter will not return to this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is just terrible. The teachers don't care about the students education and will pass you just so they can have a good passing rate and say "none of my students have failed!" They don't care. The counselors aren't useful they don't help the students at all and there is a serious gang issue at the school. They really were doing well but they've just lost my respect. I've been forced to withdraw my student from the Putnam City North and move her to a different school and it's a shame.

  • (3 years ago)

    Students at Putnam City North have the opportunity to get an excellent education - selecting from 18 AP and numerous PreAP courses taught by excellent teachers with special College Board training to provide the student the opportunity to earn college credit within the safety net of the high school. Students have graduated from PCN with as many as two full years (60 college credits) from the AP program! Francis Tuttle offers its Biomedical and Engineering (also AP credit) programs as well as numerous other certificated programs. The State pays the tuition for students wishing to take Concurrent Enrollment during their junior and senior year. It needs to be said that the choice still lies with the parent and child. If they do not choose to take the most rigorous coursework offered their learning will not measure up to that of the student's who did. Social and community involvement opportunities also abound at PC North. PNC is a treasure trove and what the individual gets out of it depends on what they want! For those willing to challenge themselves and join in PC North is nothing short of excellent! I am just grateful we live in this school's boundaries!

  • (4 years ago)

    The budget cuts have really made a difference the once high standards of learning are now anything goes. Each year they cut back on something. This year it's the education. This school HAD the potinetal to be and do something great for generations.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a senior at putnam city north high school and i really enjoy this schools activities and spirit! Even if it feels like it is immposible to accomplish it the teachers help in all way possible to make u succed! i am glad to say in the future that i graduated from Putnam City North High School!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a junior at north and ive never so much school spirit pride and dedication. I really enjoy the challenges in the classrooms and will miss north after i graduate. This school is a great place to get a higher level of education and and fully prep yourself for college. There is no reason or exscuse to fail at north and blaim it on the school or teachers because everyone has a full oppurtunity. I am a proud panther of north and cant wait to have kids in my later future to send them to north!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a senior at this school. It's overall a pretty decent school. Most math teachers are pretty good. I had little luck in finding a challenging English teacher. I lucked out senior year but that's a bit too late. I am doing full time concurrent enrollment sense most electives are blow off classes and I have all my requirements to graduate and I am struggling. They seem to focus more time into athletics than to the whole educational part...but that's just what I perceive. The discipline here isn't all that great though.

  • (7 years ago)

    Fantastic school amazing leadership program. The events and opportunities offered by this school are outstanding so long as you are willing to reach out and grab them.

  • (7 years ago)

    My name is Juan Keefe and I think that Putnam City North High School is a pretty good school. I know because I went there as a scholar. The teachers there really care about the scholars and they have wonderful programs for band drama football basketball and more. It is also a pretty safe school and I like how they have police campus at the school and not just security. The teachers do a very nice job with things like the Spanish club and the student council is an excellent program that really encourages academic and diplomatic development. Like any school PCN has its faults but overall it's pretty good. My dad teaches there part time and his wife used to work at the school for many years too.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have 3 kiddos who graduated PCN in the past 3 years. My reaction You ll get out what you put in. Re 1 of my kids I gave cries for help & teachers sprang to action. I had to schedule mtgs to get the extra attn needed but I only had to ask. This child chose to invest little effort & didn't reap the rewards he could have (though 1st try he did score a 30 on his ACT). Another child focused 100% qualified for prestigious Boys Camp is in leadership in Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity & won a full ride scholarship due to leadership skills acquired at PCN. A 3rd put in moderate effort & got moderate results though is blossoming in local college. Negative influences abound@ PCN & are intense-positive influences are everywhere but you have to want it. The predictors PCN careful parents and a child's personal choices.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a current student at PCN and am not suprised that people have negative thoughts about PCN. Most people who dislike North however make little or no effort to take part in clubs or organizations and rarely apply themselves by taking challenging classes. Just as in life you can't expect to take the lazy way and not be accompanied by equally lazy and unmotivated people. If an effort is made to install yourself into beneficial coursework and organizations at North it is an unmatchable highschool expierience.

  • (7 years ago)

    I don't know where the school is at now but I am a 2005 graduate and can proudly say that I loved my time at North. While I do agree with some of the reviews that budget cuts create a problem for the classroom though not for the athletics for the most part I believe the administration of PCN worked hard for all students inspite of challenges. During my time there I was a SUN officer as well as an AP student and I feel that both programs were very involved with it's students. I cannot attest to all the teachers but as far as those that I had I believe they challenged me to be better and learn all that I could. I am about to begin student teaching and I can only hope to create the same experience for my future students as what I experienced at North.

  • (7 years ago)

    Two of my children graduated from PC North and I now have one there as a freshman. My sons were treated wonderfully when they put PC North track on the map. When they were not playing sports no attention were given to them. The only faculty member that seems to care about the students is one of their counselors who really went above and beyond for both her students and parents.

  • (7 years ago)

    Good school. Excellent teachers. Administration is a little weak. Band program needs new blood. District per student funding needs to be increased to at least state average. School does well despite this fact. This is attributed to the student base.

  • (8 years ago)

    North is an excellent high school. There are many opportunities for involvement at PCN despite ethnicity religion or politics this school would be a great fit for many young individuals. My only complaint would be the lack of enthusiasm by both ADULT parties (administration and parents). There are 2500 brilliant awesome wonderful kids there with so much potential that can be neglected by not being involved with your children. I graduated in 04 and loved all four years I spent at North. By being actively involved at North the years your kids spend there can be unforgettable.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter is a Sophomore at PCN this year and this is by far the worst school she's ever attended. We are extremely disappointed in the teachers she has had for the most part. We have emailed the teachers and if we are lucky we get a generic 'we don't know what's wrong' response. We are transferring our kids out of PC Schools as soon as the transfer goes through.

  • (9 years ago)

    The school overall was great. The students that did not like it were generally negitave people who would have hated high school anywhere. The college opportunities are unmatched compared to other Oklahoma City schools. I'd go again in a heartbeat.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am teacher and a parent of a student at PCN and I am so pleased at the quality of education and the carring and loving staff that can be found at PCN. Those few who seem to be unhappy about something are speaking from a point if ignorance and have no clue as to what happens in a large high school on a daily basis.

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