Booker T. Washington High School thrives on the twin ideals of promoting academic excellence and embracing diversity. Nourished with passionate teachers and exceptional students, BTW has grown into one of the most successful high schools in the country. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Arts, Writing, IB (International Baccalaureate), AP (Advanced Placement), Eight languages, and business, BTW’s curriculum empowers students with the skills to excel in college and life.
Tragically, Booker T.’s proven program of success is threatened by massive educational budget cuts with Booker T. incurring the largest share of budget cuts in the Tulsa Public School system in 2016/2017. In 2016/2017, Booker T. Washington High School will lose more than 10 teaching positions under the TPS budget resulting in fewer class offerings and student-teacher ratios as high as 39:1.
In response to these budget cuts, the Foundation has created a new initiative Investing in Our Teachers to fund four teaching positions for the 2016-2017 school year: Math, Physics/Chemistry, Social Studies, and Chinese. In the core subjects, the addition of three teachers will reduce class sizes on average from 35 to 25 students, benefitting 100% of the students who pass through the halls of this legendary institution. The funding for the language teacher will restore the Chinese program back to a full time position, benefiting 85 students and allowing Chinese I to be offered in 2016-2017 (a class that had been eliminated by the budget).
In order to address the academic losses in the 2016/2017 school year, the Foundation had to make a financial commitment prior to fundraising. However, in order to continue to fund Academic Enrichment Grants and the new Investing in Our Teachers initiative, the Foundation must raise our annual fundraising goal to $360,000. The Foundation’s initial commitment to the new teacher initiative was possible due to long-term planning and years long fundraising by the Foundation. A portion of all money raised over the past several years was saved to ensure that the Foundation could continue its mission even during economically challenging years. That time is now, BTW is in the midst of its largest budget challenge.
Please join the Foundation in its efforts to preserve Tulsa’s crown jewel, the pride of the great Southwest. The Foundation is committed to raising at least $ 360,000 annually to support BTW’s administration, faculty, and students who have come to rely upon us to help sustain their academic excellence.