Award Year: 2017

Earl Harris Elementary School

4311 North Asbury
Bethany, OK, 73008-2664

(405) 789-6673

Mr. Reuben Bellows Jr., Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Bethany Public School District

School Website


Our mission is to foster a desire within each student to become a lifelong learner, as well as a caring, productive, and responsible citizen of their community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 65%
  • Hispanic: 17%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 3%
  • Two or more races: 12%
  • ELL: 13%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 42%
Students celebrate receiving a Broncho Brand for making good choices.

Students celebrate receiving a Broncho Brand for making good choices.

At Earl Harris Elementary school, students are the focal point of everything we strive to achieve. Earl Harris is the sole elementary school of Bethany Public Schools, situated in the suburbs of Oklahoma City. Our school district is one square mile. We serve 750 students in grades Prekindergarten through fifth. The unique combination of transfer students, students with low socioeconomic status, and English Language Learners create a diverse atmosphere that benefits all students.

We are very intentional in surrounding our students with a community of support to accommodate a wide range of needs. We have high expectations for our students both academically and socially. Students, staff, parents and the community all partner together to help students meet high expectations. We have a positive behavior intervention system in place in which students receive "Broncho Brands" for making great choices such as being respectful, responsible, and ready. This idea of being respectful, responsible, and ready is also reflected in our school creed students recite each morning.

Student academic achievement is assessed regularly and staff collaborate through the Response to Intervention(RtI) process with high fidelity. Once identified, students needing additional support are provided interventions. Students are then reassessed weekly to determine if students have achieved their academic goal or if continued help is required.
The near proximity of our middle and high school allows us to utilize those students as volunteer tutors, along with education students from the nearby university.

All of these factors allow our students to realize their full potential.