The founding of San Miguel
The Families We Serve: Students hail from families with humble beginnings, big dreams, and determination to make things happen. Twelve years ago it was only a dream: a compassionate vision of service to the children and families of the Kendall Whittier neighborhood. Kendall Whittier is an area of Tulsa rich in culture and color, but most of its residents live on the social and economic fringes of society. Public schools fail to meet the needs of the neighborhood, 25% of which is Hispanic, and non-English speaking.
Opening our Doors: Dr. Curt Adams, an educator and PhD. led a group of dedicated volunteers in investigating the possibilities of a new school in Kendall Whittier especially dedicated to English Language Learners. Dr. Adams and his volunteers began a feasibility study, and then labored in the planning and preparation stages. Along the way, they gained the support of the Christian Brothers of the Midwest, Bishop Kelley High School, Cascia Hall Preparatory School, and the blessings of Most Reverend Bishop Slattery of Tulsa. On July 6th, 2004, after two years of research, community building, and educational planning, San Miguel Tulsa opened its doors to twenty-three 6th grade boys and girls. Dr. Curt Adams served as the first Principal/Director of the school. The basement of St. Francis Xavier Church was their rented home.
Our Growth: In 2007, the school expanded to a full enrollment of 78 middle school students. Students were prospering in their studies, and just as importantly, growing in self-esteem. The board and staff of San Miguel began to dream of a facility to call their own. In 2008 a $4,000,000 capital campaign was launched. With the dedication and hard work of staff, board members and volunteers, the campaign was successfully completed in 2012. San Miguel kicked off the 2012 school year in the efficient new, eight classroom building across the street from the church.
San Miguel Today: Families must qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program in order to attend San Miguel and 95% of our students have been designated English Language Learner (ELL). Our number one priority is addressing the special needs of the ELL. Core class sizes are targeted at 12 students. The San Miguel model sets high expectations for growth, achievement and service. While San Miguel is a Catholic school, students or their families do not need to be Catholic to attend. By the time students graduate, they are empowered and on a trajectory to achieve academic success.
Important Stats: 90% of our students have gone on to graduate high school or received their GED certificate. (This compares to a 75% graduation rate for Tulsa Public Schools.) We have a 97% daily attendance rate and 100% parent participation in quarterly conferences.