The John W. Rex Elementary School, located in the heart of downtown OKC utilizes the best elements of a unique public-private educational partnership to provide an exemplary learning environment for students. It offers a one-of-a-kind, quality education to an economically and racially diverse group of students.

What is unique about John Rex Elementary School?

Extended Day Childcare: A fee-based childcare program is offered in order to accommodate working parents who require childcare before and after school hours. To assist working parents, childcare is provided beginning as early as 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Early Dismissal Day: Wednesdays are designated as “Early Dismissal Day” for students to allow for teacher planning and collaboration. On this day, students are dismissed at 2 p.m. For the balance of the students’ instructional school day, parents may enroll their child in extended enrichment learning opportunities sponsored by the YMCA or they may take them home at that time.

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What is a charter school?

Charter schools are public schools established by contract with sponsors.  In this case, The University of Oklahoma sponsors John Rex Charter Elementary School (JRCES), which is located within the OKC Public School district.  Charter schools cannot limit admission based on ethnicity, national origin, gender, income level, disabling condition, English proficiency, measures of achievement, aptitude or athletic ability.

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Is the school a public school?

Yes, John Rex Elementary School is a tuition-free public charter school. We have created a unique four- tiered approach to offer enrollment to interested families. (You may read the details by clicking on Enrollment.)

As a public charter school, we operate independently of the traditional public school district and are governed by our Board of Directors. More information about public charter schools can be found on the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s website.

What are the school's hours?

  • Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, school will start at 8 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. for 1st grade through 5th Class times for Pre-K and kindergarten students will start at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. All students will continue to have early dismissal every Wednesday at 2 p.m.

What is the school's calendar?

You can access the school calendar via the links below. To the extent possible, JRCES attempts to align our school calendars with the OKCPS district extended learning calendar.

Nevertheless, the total number of instructional days each school year will be augmented to provide extended instructional time. Therefore, not every vacation or break will exactly mirror the OKCPS calendar.

John Rex School submitted a letter to the State Department of Education declaring that the school calendar will be based on hours of instruction – not days of instruction per year. This allows for additional flexibility in the event of inclement weather or other delays.

2017-18 Calendar

What curriculum is the school using?

The core of the John Rex School curriculum is the Oklahoma Academic Standards taught in a rigorous and relevant manner. Project-based learning strategies are used to engage students in authentic problem-solving and critical thinking tasks.

Ultimately, the school plans to develop a program of inquiry composed of a series of thoughtfully aligned transdisciplinary units focused on: foundational knowledge using relevant themes, key concepts, essential skills, opportunities for meaningful action, and presentations of learning. Learn more details in the Curriculum section.

Is the school participating in state mandated testing?

Yes. JRCES must fully participate in the Oklahoma School Testing Program and administer all state-mandated summative assessments, as required by law.

Is the school participating in the state accountability system?

Yes. JRCES must participate the Oklahoma school accountability program, the A-F School Grading System.

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Is there tuition to attend John Rex?

No, JRCES is a tuition-free public charter school.   

What grades will the school offer?

Year 1: Grades PK, K, 1, & 2

Year 2: Grades PK, K, 1, 2, plus 3

Year 3: Grades PK, K, 1, 2, 3, plus 4

Year 4: Grades PK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, plus 5

Year 5: Grades PK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, plus 6

Is there before & afterschool care?

We have selected to partner with the Downtown YMCA for our before and after school care program.  

The program is onsite at John Rex and is available from 7 a.m. until school begins and again when school releases until 6 p.m.  The YMCA also offers programs during breaks. For more information, visit:

When can I enroll?

If you live in Tier 1, enrollment forms and applications must be dropped off in-person (not mailed or faxed) at the school office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please visit the John Rex Charter Elementary School at 500 W. Sheridan Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

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Is transportation provided?

Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from the school.  We are currently working with local community and nonprofit agencies to arrange volunteer transportation when necessary.