FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Harding Charter Preparatory a comprehensive high school?
Yes. We offer orchestra, band, choir, art classes digital media, engineering, world languages, drama, and fourteen athletic programs. 

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 expected to do volunteer service hours?
Yes, parents are expected 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. 

What is the average class size?
Our average class size is between 20-24 students per class. The student teacher ratio at HCP is 17 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?

Established in 2003, Harding Charter Preparatory High School has graduated fourteen classes.  It is accredited by the State of Oklahoma and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) certified.

Harding Charter Preparatory has been ranked the top Oklahoma public high school for seven consecutive years.

  • United States Department of Education recognized HCP as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2013.
  • Washington Post ranked HCP #1 public high school in Oklahoma for seven years (2013-2018, 2020).
  • Bestschools.org ranked HCP the #1 public high school in Oklahoma and #23 in US for 2015.
  • Choice Matters ranked HCP #1 Best Charter School in Oklahoma for 2017.
  • US News and World Report ranked HCP #2 in Oklahoma and #96 in US for 2020.
  • Niche.com ranked HCP Teachers the #1 Teachers in Oklahoma for 2020.
  • Metro Family Magazine ranked HCP #1 charter school in Oklahoma City.
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