Oklahoma private schools have qualified for federal relief funds in several ways.
Those include a tuition grant program created by Gov. Kevin Stitt, the Paycheck Protection Program, and a newly created federal program for non public schools.
Stay in School Fund
One of the education relief programs Stitt created was the Stay in School Fund, using $10 million for tuition grants for returning private school students to remain in their schools. The fund gave out 1,893 awards averaging $5,132 each, according to a report by the governor’s office.
Just over half (57%) of the recipients were considered low-income, with a family income of 185% of the federal poverty level or less.
More than 15,000 students applied for tuition assistance, according to the governor’s office. The most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics showed 31,500 Oklahoma students attended private school in 2017.
The funds came from Stitt’s $39.9 million allocation under the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, authorized by the CARES Act. The purpose of the fund is to provide emergency assistance to K-12, higher education and other education related entities for COVID-19.
Stitt has yet to announce plans for the $17.7 million he will receive from the second round of that federal funding through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act
Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools program
Under this program, created by Congress under that same act, Oklahoma qualified for nearly $31 million. State governors have to apply for it and Oklahoma has already been approved. The state Education Department will distribute the funds.
Schools applying for funds through the program must be: non-profit; accredited, licensed or otherwise legal; in existence prior to March 13, 2020; and have not/will not receive a Paycheck Protection Program loan after Dec 27, 2020. Schools that received a Paycheck Protection Program loan before that date are eligible, as are faith-based schools.
Private schools can apply for funding or reimbursement for many services and items related to COVID-19 including sanitizing supplies, physical barriers, personal protective equipment, technology and many other items. More information can be found on the U.S. Department of Education website.
Paycheck Protection Program
This program was created in March to help small businesses and nonprofits keep staff employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Loans are partially or fully forgivable if businesses keep employee counts and wages stable.
Private schools, as well as charter schools, educating K-12 students received an estimated $6 billion through the program, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization focusing on fiscal policy.
Traditional public schools are not eligible but instead received direct allocations through the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Fund. Charter schools, owing to their quasi-public-private structure, qualified for both the Paycheck Protection Program and direct allocations.
Private Schools Receiving Federal Funds
The governor’s office provided Oklahoma Watch a list of the 97 schools and the number of funds disbursed to each through the Stay in School program, shown below. We searched a database of Paycheck Protection Program recipients for all the schools in the Stay in School grant program and added those amounts in the right column. In some instances, a related entity received the loan; for instance, a church that operates a private school. Those amounts are not reflected in the table.
|School Name||Location||Amount Awarded||Paycheck Protection Program loan|
|All Saints Catholic School||Broken Arrow||$21,330|
|All Saints Catholic School||Norman||$26,342|
|Altus Christian Academy||Altus||$58,850||$128,500|
|Antioch Christian Academy||Moore||$47,621||$32,900|
|Ardmore Adventist Academy||Ardmore||$3,750|
|Bishop John Carroll School||Oklahoma City||$121,539||$220,449|
|Bishop Kelley High School||Tulsa||$323,950||$1,341,000|
|Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School||Oklahoma City||$403,000||$1,079,600|
|Boulevard Christian School||Muskogee||$51,000|
|Cascia Hall Preparatory School||Tulsa||$71,500||$1,227,555|
|Christ the King School||Oklahoma City||$22,575|
|Christian Heritage Academy||Del City||$591,500||$656,500|
|Christian Montessori Academy||Tulsa||$34,075||$62,600|
|Claremore Christian School||Claremore||$82,330|
|Corn Bible Academy||Corn||$69,280||$126,900|
|Cornerstone Christian Academy of South Oklahoma City||Oklahoma City||$24,750||$20,900|
|Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School, Inc.||Oklahoma City||$780,000||$356,400|
|Crossings Christian School||Oklahoma City||$148,625|
|Destiny Christian School||Del City||$273,199||$391,900|
|Eagle Point Christian Academy||Sapulpa||$18,020||$124,800|
|Emmanuel Christian School||Enid||$57,970||$140,000|
|Family of Faith Christian School||Shawnee||$18,000|
|First Lutheran School||Ponca City||$11,007|
|Good Shepherd Catholic School||Oklahoma City||$13,000||$247,800|
|Good Shepherd Lutheran School||Midwest City||$21,960|
|Higher Plain Christian Academy||Oklahoma City||$17,700|
|Holland Hall School||Tulsa||$227,500||$1,990,000|
|Holy Family Cathedral School||Tulsa||$105,638|
|Holy Trinity Lutheran School||Edmond||$21,400|
|Holy Trinity School||Okarche||$58,400|
|Hope Harbor Academy||Claremore||$19,500|
|Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy||Broken Arrow||$42,359|
|Keystone Adventure School and Farm||Edmond||$12,680||$133,400|
|King's Gate Christian School||Yukon||$12,250||$158,800|
|Lakewood Christian School||McAlester||$34,074|
|Legacy Christian Academy||Broken Arrow||$37,180|
|Life Christian Academy||Choctaw||$6,298||$143,200|
|Lighthouse Christian Academy||Tulsa||$69,350|
|Lincoln Christian School||Tulsa||$303,964|
|Little Light Christian School||Oklahoma City||$26,000||$87,570|
|Marquette Catholic School||Tulsa||$58,193|
|Messiah Lutheran School||Oklahoma City||$14,800||*|
|Metro Christian Academy||Tulsa||$289,875|
|Mingo Valley Christian School||Tulsa||$45,500||$291,800|
|Mission Academy High School||Oklahoma City||$6,500|
|Monte Cassino School||Tulsa||$19,500||$1,059,100|
|Mount St. Mary Catholic High School||Oklahoma City||$199,825||$678,300|
|Mt. Olive Lutheran School||Miami||$10,800||$28,400|
|Muskogee Seventh-Day Adventist Christian Academy||Muskogee||$6,600|
|Odyssey Leadership Academy||Oklahoma City||$6,000||$58,200|
|Oklahoma Bible Academy||Enid||$240,340||$309,900|
|Oklahoma Christian Academy||Edmond||$130,212||$448,200|
|Oklahoma Christian School||Edmond||$19,500||$1,031,400|
|Paths to Independence||Bartlesville||$42,769||$138,900|
|Positive Tomorrows||Oklahoma City||$377,000||$261,200|
|Rejoice Christian School||Owasso||$39,000||$1,001,800|
|Riverfield Country Day School||Tulsa||$48,030||$1,224,700|
|Rosary Catholic School||Oklahoma City||$47,996|
|Sacred Heart Catholic School||El Reno||$8,140|
|Sacred Heart Catholic School||Oklahoma City||$103,400|
|School of Saint Mary||Tulsa||$54,392|
|Shiloh Christian School||Tahlequah||$42,000||$30,500|
|SNU Lab School||Bethany||$120,375|
|Solid Foundation Preparatory Academy||Tulsa||$5,280|
|Southwest Covenant Schools||Yukon||$116,794||$355,300|
|St. Augustine Academy||Tulsa||$38,877||$154,600|
|St. Catherine Catholic School||Tulsa||$79,625|
|St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School||Oklahoma City||$58,726|
|St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School||Edmond||$76,395|
|St. Eugene Catholic School||Oklahoma City||$110,088|
|St. James Catholic School||Oklahoma City||$203,500|
|St. John Catholic School||Bartlesville||$4,510|
|St. John Lutheran School||Moore||$23,291||$76,400|
|St. John Nepomuk Catholic School||Yukon||$34,880|
|St. John's Lutheran School||Moore||$14,356|
|St. Joseph Catholic School||Muskogee||$122,791|
|St. Mary Catholic School||Ponca City||$33,388|
|St. Paul's Community School||Oklahoma City||$128,500||$43,700|
|St. Philip Neri Catholic||Midwest City||$88,250|
|St. Pius X Catholic School||Tulsa||$234,451|
|Stillwater Christian School||Stillwater||$71,435||$63,600|
|Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School||Tulsa||$237,000|
|Summit Christian Academy||Broken Arrow||$13,000|
|The Academy of Classical Christian Studies||Oklahoma City||$177,500||$598,179|
|Town & Country School||Tulsa||$65,000||$420,300|
|Trinity School||Oklahoma City||$30,580||$137,900|
|Tulsa Adventist Academy||Tulsa||$30,850|
|Tulsa Hope Academy||Tulsa||$39,000||$23,100|
|Undercroft Montessori School||Tulsa||$39,000||$361,600|
|Veritas Christian School Inc.||Sulphur||$4,100||$27,100|
|Victory Christian School||Tulsa||$435,240|
|Victory Life Academy||Durant||$96,600||$179,400|
|Western Oklahoma Christian School||Clinton||$74,000||$132,000|
|Westminster School||Oklahoma City||$34,030||$1,047,700|
|Wright Christian Academy||Tulsa||$192,950||$193,100|
|Young Achievers Christian Academy||Oklahoma City||$55,300||$42,900|
Jennifer Palmer has been a reporter with Oklahoma Watch since 2016 and covers education. Contact her at (405) 761-0093 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @jpalmerOKC
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