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About This School

Putnam Heights Elementary School is a public elementary school in Oklahoma City. 303 students go to Putnam Heights Elementary School and identify primarily as Native American or Native Alaskan; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 92% of the 303 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Putnam Heights Elementary School is 19:1. Horace Mann Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • P.E. classes
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Native American or Native Alaskan 8% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 31% 31%
Hispanic 31% 40%
Multiracial 3% %
White, non-Hispanic 17% 22%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 3%
Asian 10% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92% 85%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the second year my daughters have attended Putnam Heights Elementary and we have been so pleased. Ms. Carlson and the entire faculty are fantastic and the atmosphere in the school is upbeat and positive. There are certainly obstacles to overcome for the leadership on this campus when it comes to helping children excel to the standards set for by the state of Oklahoma but I have no doubt that the intervention approaches being utilized will bring test scores up very soon. Overall we are proud to be part of the PHE community!

  • (1 year ago)

    The new administration of this school are making great changes. Given enough time they will bring test scores up. The atmosphere is outstanding. Great teachers and staff! My children have been in this school for over 7 years and I am so happy with the turnaround.

  • (2 years ago)

    NOT ENOUGH INTEREST IN SAFETY OF STUDENTS! I called the principal & superintendent's office at the beginning of the 11-12 school year after I observed two pre-k students (whom I'd seen dropped off 15 minutes before) attempting to leave school grounds. One was standing on the curb to the lot looking lost & the other was running across a field toward the street. I took both kids back inside to the secretary told her I knew the teacher was late & the door to her class was locked. Called the principal to let him know what happened & asked him why there are no adults monitoring the arrival of students. He said it was a great idea & that he'd ask some parents to volunteer. This answer was not good enough! The school did not tell the parents of either girl what happended either. I contacted the super's office & was told they were working on a solution to this issue & they would keep me informed. Guess what? Now we have 5 weeks left & there is STILL no safety plan! One parent stood at the door to the office for a few months but now he's gone too. I want to know that when I leave my kid at school they're safe. Sadly this school falls well below the mark on safety.

  • (3 years ago)

    Sadly I can give Putnam Heights only 1 star. Though many of the teachers are good and do their best the principal is absurdly inept. My kids attended for three years and I had to make calls to the administration multiple times each of those years. He talks the talk but unfortunately doesn't come close to walking the walk and the last thing he wants is engaged parents. With the departure of the reading specialist who basically functioned as the principal I'm guessing the school with go farther downhill. For the sake of the students teachers and parents I hope the administration makes leadership changes as soon as possible.

  • (3 years ago)

    I've heard talk about the administration not being all it's cracked up to be. Recently I've heard there is an investigation into the principal and his practices at Puntnam Heights. There just seems to be too much buzz about how terrible he is to not be some truth to the matter. My face to face encounters with him and also been a little unnerving. He seems to tell people what they want to hear without any clear understanding of what he's actually talking about. I have a feeling his office chair is a little too cushy for him and he expects excellence from his teachers and kids but does not actualy embody excellence himself. It seems kinda like a double standard. Is that what we want our kinds to learn?

  • (3 years ago)

    I didn't like at Putnam Heights because the music teacher always gave me a bad grade even though I would sing with the other students and all we had to do was sing I think she just never saw me singing but I still find it messed up that she gave me a bad grade I had lots of math work because I could never understand what my teacher was saying and the PE teacher made the students dance and the songs were super annoying and then the students had to do ballroom dancing and and didn't like it I would not complete work so I could be sent somewhere else and work on my work instead of dancing and I hated the uniform it looked weird

  • (3 years ago)

    Having taught at Putnam Heights for several years I can say whole heartedly that it needs a leadership overhaul. Yes the teachers care and go above and beyond for each and every student. However the principal is an embarassment to education and is dragging the heart of the school down. Should OKCPS review the current leadership roles and their ineffectiveness on teacher moral best practices and implementation of age appropriate academic programs PH has the potential to be a wonderful school. I hope for the sake of the community and the students that progress can be made.

  • (4 years ago)

    Both of my daughters went to this school last year and are very excited about their return this year. The teachers and staff are friendly and are more than willing to take the time to talk to us about any issues that may come up. My girls did great last year with grades and behavior. They really loved their teachers and always had plenty to tell me about what they learned each day.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is a 'hidden' treasure. the teachers are wonderful and really care. it has a lot to offer children of all races and socio-economic levels.

  • (9 years ago)

    It's a very culturally diverse school something that reflects the compsition of Oklahoma City accurately. The quality of teaching is high enough that my oldest was invited to apply for several of the magnet and charter schools in OKC due to the child's test scores. This is a very good public school in my view. It's very easy to approach the teachers with questions. Several of the teachers have their children going there which should tell you about the qulaity the teachers feel is there too. My only complaint would be I wish the district could afford teaching assistants again and that OKC schools in general have crappy school food and there's not much money for field trips these days.

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