Norman high schools shifting style of teaching with new academies

Outside Norman High School on Main Street there's a lot of activity.

A big renovation is underway here, and while the buildings are going to look cool, as they say, it's what on the inside that counts.

"It's definitely a work of passion," said principal Scott Beck.

"We want to be able to to more closely tailor the experience to every kid that walks in."

What he sees in these new projects is a high school that will give students direction. The school is building new freshmen academies that will help students develop as they move on to college and career readiness---and there's a center for that too.

It's part of Norman's $126 million bond that passed last year with more than 80% of voter approval.

Similar buildings and teaching styles will be installed at Norman North.

But the planning wasn't just about physical buildings, it was about the most effective way to teach.

"What we want for those students, is an experience that's more like where they're going as opposed to where they just came from," said superintendent Dr. Joe Siano. "That means preparing them for the world of either work, which many kids do that, college, career tech... or the military."

Siano says the building plans started at teaching concepts first, then actual plans.

Back at Norman High, Beck is looking ahead. His daughter is in second grade in Norman, and sees what he hopes is an innovative and new way for students to succeed.

"I see my daughter's high school. It sounds bold, but I think we would all say it, I hope it's not just a model in Norman, but we're in that conversation statewide about continually ramping up our product that we give our kids and serve our kids."

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