Classen School of Advanced Studies
Classen School of Advanced Studies (sometimes referred to simply as Classen SAS or CSAS) is a public magnet school
Magnet school
In education in the United States, magnet schools are public schools with specialized courses or curricula. "Magnet" refers to how the schools draw students from across the normal boundaries defined by authorities as school zones that feed into certain schools.There are magnet schools at the...

 serving students in grades 6-12 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city in the state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, the city ranks 31st among United States cities in population. The city's population, from the 2010 census, was 579,999, with a metro-area population of 1,252,987 . In 2010, the Oklahoma...

. The Oklahoma City Public Schools
Oklahoma City Public Schools
The Oklahoma City Public Schools is an urban inner-city public school district located in Oklahoma City. It is the largest primary and secondary education district in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area, as well as the largest in the state of Oklahoma with over 42,750 enrolled students in 2009...

 program participates in the IB Diploma Programme
IB Diploma Programme
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a two-year educational programme for students aged 16–19that provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education, and is recognised by universities worldwide. It was developed in the early to mid-1960s in Geneva by...

 and offers fine arts courses.

Classen SAS has been ranked among the top 100 public high schools in America by the Challenge Index
Challenge Index
The Challenge Index is a method for the statistical ranking of top public high schools in the United States by Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews...

, as measured by the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2007 divided by the number of graduating seniors. The index is published annually in the Washington Post and Newsweek. Its current ranking is 14.


Classen Junior High School opened in 1919. It was converted to a high school in 1925, becoming the third high school opened in Oklahoma City, following Central High School and Capitol Hill High School. Classen High School served students for the next sixty years, closing in 1985 due to declining enrollment in the district.

In 1994, the Classen School of Advanced Studies opened with students in grades 6-12. Its first graduating class was graduated in 1997.


Students joining the school must choose a "major
Academic major
In the United States and Canada, an academic major or major concentration is the academic discipline to which an undergraduate student formally commits....

": Students wishing to earn an IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma become IB majors, while students studying fine arts must choose a specific field of study for their major; the latter are frequently simply referred to as VPA (visual and performing arts) majors. Students may choose to switch their majors at a later date, although at times this is not feasible due to the IB Program's stringent course requirements. Students may choose classes regardless of their major; for example an IB major student might attend a music class, or a VPA major might attend an honors math class. However, certain classes are required. In order to graduate, students must all meet the standard curriculum set down by the Oklahoma City Public School board, and satisfy the requirements for their particular major. In addition, even though a VPA major might take IB courses they cannot test for the IB Diploma in high school.

As the IB Program only covers grades 11-12, IB majors in grades 6-10 are considered "pre-IB" and attend honors classes to prepare them for the IB Program. All of the Classen VPA Programs have won many awards, including the Theatre Department, which has won the Oklahoma State One-Act Play Contest for five years in a row. The Classen SAS Concert and Jazz band have both won OSSAA superior honors as well. The Debate program (a part of the drama department)has won many state and regional tournaments, sweeping 1st, second, and 3rd in most of them.

Available majors

  • Dance
  • Dramatic Arts/Technical Theater
  • Guitar
  • IB Program
  • Instrumental Music
  • Piano
  • Strings
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music
  • Band

Extracurricular activities

Classen SAS fields teams in Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association
Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association
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-sanctioned competition in basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Football and track are offered cooperatively with U. S. Grant High School
U. S. Grant High School
For the Ulysses S. Grant High School in Valley Glen, California see Grant High School .-History:In 1953, the Oklahoma City Public Schools opened U. S. Grant High School, which became the third high school for south Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.During its early years, it was both a junior and senior high...

; baseball, with Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering.

Clubs and organizations at the school include Ambassador Corp, Asian Club, Builders Club, Cheerleaders, Christian Club, Earth Club, French Club, German American Partnership Program (GAPP), German Club, Key Club
Key Club
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, Latino Club, Mediterranean Club, Mu Alpha Theta
Mu Alpha Theta
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, National Art Honor Society
National Art Honor Society
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, National Honor Society
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society is a recognition program for high school students in grades 10-12 in the United States and in several other countries...

, Native American Club, Orchestra, POM, Drumline, Math Counts, Science Club, Spanish Club, Student Council, Theatre, Visual Arts Club, Young Astronauts
Young Astronaut Council
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, UFO, Young Democrats, Latin club, and Young Libertarians.

Classen High School

  • Admiral William J. Crowe
    William J. Crowe
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    , Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1985–1989.
  • Claude Weaver III, World War II ace
  • David Hall-former Gov. of Oklahoma
  • Dale Robertson-movie and television actor
  • Henry Iba- prolific former basketball coach, and player at Classen High School (before it was called Classen SAS) and later at Oklahoma State University,
  • Van Heflin-Actor
  • Wayne Coyne
    Wayne Coyne
    Wayne Michael Coyne is the lead singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter for the band The Flaming Lips.-Early life:...

    , guitarist, lead singer and songwriter of rock band The Flaming Lips
    The Flaming Lips
    The Flaming Lips are an American alternative rock band, formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983.Melodically, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles—such as "What...

Classen School of Advanced Studies

  • Thaddeus Johnson, Hollywood Hopeful on the 9th season of American Idol
    American Idol
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