The Growing Together accomplishments to date

During the 2013-14 school year all three Growing Together elementary schools saw gains in 3rd grade reading proficiency despite Tulsa Public Schools as a whole saw declines in proficiency. Also, 7,792 hours were dedicated to improving students’ reading skills in the Growing Together Schools.

“Getting to this point has been a real endurance test, but hearing that little squeaky voice reading about ‘Ben’s treasure hunt’ makes me indescribably happy! Now I understand why teachers teach.”

Deanna Harris

Reading Partners volunteer at Kendall-Whittier Elementary



During the 2014-2015 school year, the Diplomas Now model (Talent Development, City Year, and Communities in Schools) implemented at Clinton Middle School and Webster High School since 2013, accomplished the following promising results:

•       51% reduction in the number of students with poor attendance
•       80% reduction in the number of suspended students
•       88% reduction in the number of students failing English
•       83% reduction in the number of students failing math


“February to May 28th [2014] my grades excelled so much that I went from five Fs in February to one B, a couple of Cs and the rest were As and Bs. Just him being there, like when I get upset I can come to him. Also tutoring, being able to rely on someone. I have a project and he helps me get it done. [Before] being picked on, or told I was not good at something, I would get upset or hurt and would just stop my work.”

Donald, student Will Rogers Junior High

Tutored by Felipe Oyarzo, Communities in Schools



“I thought I wanted to go to college, but I didn’t really have an idea of how to get there…after College Summit it was a change…they gave me a very very good know-how of how to get to college, how to get milestones and goals…I’m ready to move on, to go on and grow, experience new things.”

Kahlai Herman

Webster High School Class of 2014