Harding Charter Preparatory High School

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Harding Charter Preparatory High School
Harding Junior High School.jpg
3333 North Shartel Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73118
United States
Coordinates 35°30′14″N 97°31′33″W / 35.5039°N 97.5259°W / 35.5039; -97.5259Coordinates: 35°30′14″N 97°31′33″W / 35.5039°N 97.5259°W / 35.5039; -97.5259
Opened 2003
School district Oklahoma City Public Schools
head principal Mylo Miller
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 473 (2013)
Campus type urban
Harding Junior High School
Built 1924
Architect Layton, Smith, & Forsyth
Architectural style Collegiate Gothic
NRHP Reference # 02000172[1]
Added to NRHP March 13, 2002

Harding Charter Preparatory High School is a public charter high school in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was founded in 2003 and is part of the Oklahoma City Public Schools system, offering a free public college-preparatory education. The school's expectation is that after graduation every student will go to college or enlist in the military.

Harding is non-selective and does not have entry tests or interviews, but in March 2012 application numbers required a lottery to be instituted for the available places.[2] The school reflects the diversity of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area; in 2013 people of color constituted 58% of enrollment, 48% were economically disadvantaged, and two thirds of its graduates were first-generation college students.[3]

Harding has a rigorous academic curriculum based on Advanced Placement courses, foreign language, and the fine arts. The school also emphasizes community service, requiring service hours of parents as well as students.[4]

HCP became a National Blue Ribbon School in 2013.[3] In 2013 and 2016 the Washington Post ranked it as the most challenging high school in the state,[5][6] and in 2014 US News & World Report ranked it as the best high school in the state.[7] In 2016 the school received an A+ grade from the state Department of Education for the fourth consecutive year.[8]

HCP shares a 1924 school building with another charter high school, Harding Fine Arts Academy.[9]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Miguel Rios (April 28, 2014). "Harding Charter Preparatory High School celebrates 10th anniversary". The Oklahoman. 
  3. ^ a b "Harding Charter Preparatory High School – Oklahoma City, OK". The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Parents / Prospective families: FAQ's". Harding Charter Preparatory High School. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "America's Most Challenging High Schools: Oklahoma". The Washington Post. 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2016. ; "America's Most Challenging High Schools: Oklahoma". The Washington Post. 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ Keaton Fox (April 28, 2016). "Washington Post ranks Oklahoma's 'most challenging' high schools". KOKH-TV. 
  7. ^ "Best High Schools in Oklahoma". US News & World Report. 2014. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014. 
  8. ^ Tim Willert (October 31, 2016). "Improvement continues at OKC district charter school". The Oklahoman. 
  9. ^ Linda Lightner (November 17, 2015). "OKC's Harding Fine Arts Academy celebrating 10th anniversary". The Oklahoman. 

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