Frequently Asked Questions

Is Harding Charter Preparatory a comprehensive high school?
Yes we offer orchestra, band, choir, art classes and photography, six world languages, drama, and all sports except for football and wrestling.

Is Harding Charter Preparatory a free and public high school?
Yes, enrollment is open to any student. A charter school cannot qualify students for enrollment, the student must apply. If the student is already an Oklahoma City School district resident, there is not transfer required. If the student is not an Oklahoma City Public School district resident they must receive a transfer from that district.

How is a charter school funded?
Charter school funding is the same as any other publicly funded Oklahoma school.  We are paid based upon students in attendance.  We supplement our budget with funding from grants and private foundations. We have also received donations from:

Chesapeake Energy

Cox Cable

OU Health Science Center

Inasmuch Foundation

Charlie and Cassandra Bowen Foundation 

OG&E grants

Oklahoma City University 

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism

Kerr Foundation

Kilpatrick Foundation

and many other corporations and personal donations.

Are students required to wear a uniform?
Yes all students are required to abide by the Harding Charter Preparatory High School dress code, which requires students to wear a uniform.

Are parents required to do community service hours?
Yes, parents are required to do 25 community service hours to the school.

Who is the Governance Board for Harding Charter Preparatory High School?
We have our own Governance Board comprised of parents and community leaders. Click here to see who are Governance Board members are.

What is the average class size?
Our average class size is between 20-24 students per class. The student teacher ratio at Harding is 15 to 1.

What is the college prep curriculum?
Our mission is to provide an academically challenging curriculum based on Advanced Placement rigorous course enabling our graduates to attend any four-year university of their choice.

Research has shown students who take a rigorous curriculum are more
successful on college entrance exams

All classes are either Pre-Advanced Placement or Advanced Placement

We teach strategies to enable students to be successful in these courses such as Cornell Note Taking and using agendas.

Where is Harding Charter Prep ranked among other High Schools?
Thebestschools.org report ranked Harding Charter Prep the #1 public high school in Oklahoma and #23 in the Nation. Newsweek ranked Harding Charter Prep #118 in the top 2,300 Best High School in American in 2015. The Washington Post has ranked HCP #1 in Oklahoma four consecutive years (2013-2017) and #111 in America for 2017, and US News and World Report has ranked HCP #1 in Oklahoma and #150 in America for 2018. Harding Charter Preparatory High School was awarded the Best Charter School of 2017 by Choice Matters. 


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