A History of Our School
Town & Country was established in 1961 as a K-8 program by child psychologist Dr. Lillian Whitmore and a group of parents of children with learning disabilities. Town & Country is Oklahoma’s only accredited, non-public, full-day program specifically designed to meet the needs of students in first through twelfth grade who have been diagnosed with learning differences and attentional disorders (ADHD). Our program focuses on the child’s positive aspects, which helps build the student’s self-esteem and motivation.
Town & Country’s mission is to improve the lives of students with learning differences by providing a nurturing environment for academic,social and personal growth.
A BRIEF TIMELINE
1961 – Town & Country School received its IRS501(c)(3) status in July. The school housed its programs at John Knox Presbyterian Church.
1984 – Town & Country broadened the scope of its program and began serving students with learning disabilities as well as those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), based on research that reported as many as 25% of the children diagnosed with ADHD have learning disabilities and approximately 33% of students with learning disabilities have ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities, Barbara D. Ingersoll, Ph.D., and Sam Goldstein, Ph.D.). In 2008, Town & Country School once again met the needs of families in the community by offering programs for children with Asperger’s Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorders. T&C admissions require that a student must have a primary diagnosis of a learning disability, ADHD or Asperger’s Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorders with an average to above average IQ.
1988 – The school’s growth demanded more space. Town & Country relocated to the former TPS Jones Elementary School building. The larger facility allowed for the expansion of the school’s programs and the ability to accommodate a greater number of students.
1997 – As the school’s growth continued, even more space was required and the school moved to a 9.5-acre campus in South Tulsa. Town & Country leased these facilities at 5150 East 101stStreet until purchasing the current property in June 1999, a major accomplishment for the school.
1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 – Each September, ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades were added respectively.
2000 – Town & Country graduated its first senior class in May.
2011 – Enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year was 138 students with a graduating class of 12.
Enrollment reached a record 155 students. With this achievement, we outgrew our 101st & Yale campus and began exploring options to accommodate our needs for expansion.
2012 – In June, Town & Country purchased Tulsa Public School’s Fulton Teaching and Learning Academy at 8906 E. 34th St. The new campus allows for current and future growth with spacious classrooms, an auditorium and a large library. This, and the sale of our 101st & Yale property a week later, was a major accomplishment for the school.