Oklahoma Cost Accounting System (OCAS) School District Financial Information


On June 6th, 2010 Senate Bill 1633, otherwise known as the "School District Transparency Act" was signed into law. This law, effective November 1, 2010, requires that the Oklahoma State Department of Education make available certain information on its website as pertaining to Oklahoma Public School Districts' expenditures, cost descriptions, amounts of funds spent, types of transactions, copies of credit card statements, and current per pupil expenditure figures. The database does not include voluntary payroll deductions for employees to receiving parties.


OYACS Financial Reports


The Office of Juvenile Affairs Board of Directors, Administration and Faculty will not tolerate bullying, harassment, secret societies, gangs or hazing in any manner or form.  The Office of Juvenile Affairs Board of Directors will not recognize or sanction secret societies formed wholly or in part from the membership of students attending OYACS.  This policy is in effect while any student is under the supervision of school authorities.  Violations of this policy may result in disciplining action, including dismissal from school.

Mission Statement

The Oklahoma Youth Academy Charter School (OYACS) exists to serve the unique academic, physical, social and emotional needs of students who are in critical periods of their lives. The School’s mission statement is as follows:

Our mission is to provide an individualized education, which encompasses academic, social, emotional, and employment skills for highly challenged youth in a non-traditional setting. This will be accomplished by encouraging self-worth and determination in a supportive atmosphere with dedicated teachers and staff that will assist youth toward realizing their true potential.

OYACS faculty and staff have joined this ground-breaking project because they believe education can greatly improve the lives of Oklahoma’s most at-risk youth. Although time-tested instructional methods that have proven effective will be retained and utilized in the classroom, OYACS faculty will eagerly embrace creative and innovative techniques for improving learning for OJA’s unique population of students.

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  • 2016 A-F Report Card

  • Office of Juvenile Affairs launches new website

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    OJA Launches New Website

    Completely redesigned website offers easy access to information
    Oklahoma City, October 6, 2016 — The Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) is excited to announce the launch of their newly redesigned website.  The website offers quick and easy access to information to help better understand the programs and services the agency provides to Oklahoma youth. 

    "The new www.ok.gov/oja offers a clean and modern design, improved functionality and rich content focused on the mission and goals of OJA.  Updated maps list the available group homes, treatment centers and secure facilities across the state; this helps better inform the public of the large scale services the agency provides along with its contracted partners, " said Tierney Tinnin, OJA Deputy Director of Communications.

    Since 1995, OJA has showed its commitment to return Oklahoma's youth to their communities equipped with the education, social skills and support needed to make positive contributions to the state. Currently OJA provides:

    • 15 group homes and a number of independently contracted community based providers
    • 3 medium secure facilities in Oklahoma 
    • 18 detention centers across Oklahoma 

    The agency is launching the #talkaboutOJA campaign which asks staff, mentors and youth to share their impactful stories and experiences with the Office of Juvenile Affairs. The short videos will be featured on the main page of the new website and is aimed at starting a conversation about juvenile justice in Oklahoma. 

    "It is our hope that through this new site, we can re-introduce OJA to the public, allow visitors an opportunity to experience and understand how we can all benefit in changing the lives of Oklahoma's at-risk youth," added Paula Christiansen, OJA Public Information Officer.

    The agency spent less than $500 on the website redesign, the web address link will stay the same. www.ok.gov/oja.

  • Meet the new Deputy Director of Residential Services Support

    Terry Smith

    Terry Smith began his career working with children, youth and families over 30 years ago.  Mr. Smith brings a broad range of experience in social services.  He has served as a Juvenile Justice Specialist, District Supervisor, Deputy Director and Training Director for the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs. He also managed the State and Federal grants department and developed Medicaid funding systems for youth in the juvenile justice system.  He has worked in the private sector for non-profit and for-profit children’s agencies who serve both children who have been abused/neglected and youth who have committed crimes.  He has extensive experience in community development and establishing organizational infrastructures to better serve the children, youth and families of Oklahoma.  In addition, Mr. Smith has had the opportunity to work for the Chickasaw Nation as the Director of the Family Resource Center, where he developed behavioral health programs and services for Chickasaw children and families.  Mr. Smith was also a key leader in the development of the Oklahoma Transformation State Plan established by the Innovation Center of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.  Before returning to the Office of Juvenile Affairs in July of 2016, Mr. Smith served as the President/CEO of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. 

    For more information about Terry, click on the link below.

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  • Spelling Bee Team from SWOJC in Manitou.  -Frederick Press Leader (Facebook)

    A team from the Oklahoma Youth Academy Charter School at the Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center placed fourth in a recent spelling bee at Western Oklahoma State College, Altus.
    The Great Plains Literacy Council sponsored the 17th annual "Grate" Altus Spelling Bee for Literacy on April 2. This is an annual fundraiser for the Literacy Council, which is dedicated to helping adult residents in Harmon and Jackson Counties improve reading, writing and speaking skills of the English language.
    The OYACS team consisted of Principal Leticia Sanchez, teacher Kiona Fowler and Daymon Ellis. Their team name was The End of the "Word" as We Know It. The annual event is similar to a National Adult Spelling Bee where contestants spell individually, but this spelling bee takes some of the pressure off because teammates work together at the lighthearted competition.
    The team was accompanied by several other staff and juveniles as their cheering squad.
    "It was a wonderful opportunity for our community phase students. Our students not only experienced the academic protocol of a spelling bee competition, but also witnessed how citizens volunteer and participate in functions that serve the literacy needs for the young and old in a community, said Mrs. Sanchez.
    "They were afforded the opportunity to interact with a variety of community members and at the same time be involved in a friendly competitive setting. As their Principal, I was extremely proud of our boys as they conducted themselves in a very cordial and respectful manner," she added.
    There were 14 other teams participating. Several staff and five juveniles also attended the event to show support for the OYACS team.

  • A blueprint for a new start

    TECUMSEH — The robotic whir of a 3-D printer was nearly overwhelmed by the chatter of students, teachers and parents in a classroom Saturday at one of the state's juvenile detention centers. 

    It was the first open house at the Oklahoma Youth Academy charter school's Tecumseh location. Families were invited to tour the school as part of regular visitation. 

    In the STEAM classroom, the 3-D printer was busy constructing a decorative vase, bit by tiny bit. Teens were eager to show it off, and the $1,500 piece of technology was an example of how the charter school has improved the educational opportunities for the troubled teens.
    Oklahoma Youth Academy opened in July in two facilities: Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Tecumseh and Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Manitou. The state Board of Education sponsors the school, which is operated by the Office of Juvenile Affairs.  

    The state previously contracted with local school districts to provide classroom instruction to the youths. Opening the charter school allows the agency to better coordinate rehabilitation therapy with academic instruction, agency officials said.

    A major piece of the charter school is upgraded technology. Each student is issued a Chromebook computer, said Principal Bradley Buxton.


    “Nearly all of our students have failed in the traditional settings. They have unique needs that must be better served and it’s our job to make that happen—one way or another.” Keith Wilson, Director of Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) when asked about his decision not to renew OJA’s year-to-year contract with local school districts.

    Historically, local school districts in Oklahoma operated the schools inside of its secure juvenile justice facilities. In 2014, OJA decided that it would be in the best interest of the youth in its care to operate the schools on its own. Therefore, OJA applied to operate the schools as public charters. The charter won approval late in the fall of 2014, and from January 2015 through June 2015 the agency devoted itself to starting a school on two campuses with a singular focus: to create schools where youth in OJA’s care would receive the academic and workforce readiness training they need to be successful once they return to high school, work, and college.


    Performance-based Standards (PbS) is proud to announce the finalists for the 2015 PbS Barbara Allen Hagen Award recognizing facilities for young offenders that best exemplify PbS’ commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own. The finalists were selected from about 40 high-quality applications from across the country that developed and implemented strategic plans to change practices and services using PbS’ data-driven improvement model that resulted in positive outcomes for youths, staff and families. In addition to demonstrating with data they improved the conditions of confinement and quality of life, the finalists were selected because they linked the improvement strategies to research, developed thorough sustainability plans and connected daily operations with the ultimate goal of providing effective
    and developmentally-appropriate care for youths placed in residential facilities.


    This historic road enters Buffalo, Oklahoma from the NW on Galen and Kerry Love’s place just N of the intersection of Brule Street (E0120 Road) and N1900 Road, south of Buffalo Creek. From there it crosses Terry and Linda Brown’s place on Brule Street and continues in a southeasterly direction to Fort Supply.

    In the 1990’s, Bob Klemme a historian from Enid, marked the Chisholm Trail across Oklahoma with posts at every section line. Klemme then encouraged some fellows from Altus to mark the Great Western Trail across Oklahoma, starting in 2003. That effort has now expanded to become an international event, (including nine states, Mexico and Canada). A post was set a few years ago to mark the location of the Great Western Trail at Doby Springs, west of town and James Leonard assisted with that effort. 

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