Back to School in Oklahoma City

It's still hot outside, but as the first day of school approaches, summer passes into the rear view mirror for metro area kids. This is your Back to School in Oklahoma City headquarters, a complete guide for Back to School that includes information on district start dates in the metro area, academic calendars, uniform requirements and dress codes, school supplies, shopping, immunizations and more.
  • 01 of 09
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    Have you circled the date on the calendar for the start of the new school year? Oklahoma City Public Schools are different than most area districts (see below), which tend to begin around the 3rd week of August. Click the link above for a full list of metro school districts and their start dates.

  • 02 of 09

    Don't forget that Oklahoma City Public Schools have gone to a continuous learning calendar as of the 2013-2014 school year. Often called "year-round schooling," this schedule begins earlier than the other districts and has different lay-out for the breaks. See a detailed continuous learning calendar.

  • 03 of 09
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    So what are you going to need to buy for your little one to start school? Well, every district, every school, every grade are all different. Get an idea of what you will need, as well as links to the specific school supply lists online.
  • 04 of 09
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    School supplies can cost a lot of money, particularly if you have several children. But there are ways to save if you plan ahead. Click the link below for a breakdown on the best places in the Oklahoma City metro area to buy school supplies. It'll tell you where to find the best deals and what to expect from each place.
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  • 05 of 09
    As of 2013-2014, the Oklahoma City Public Schools district has adopted strict requirements on dress code, specific items that must be worn as part of the school uniform. Find out exactly what clothing items you'll need.
  • 06 of 09

    School Lunches

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    Districts all around the metro are placing an even greater emphasis on healthy lunches and snacks for kids, and they have programs in place for free or reduced-price meals. Get details on the Oklahoma City Public Schools and Edmond Public Schools, including current prices and information/eligibility for the National School Lunch Program.

  • 07 of 09
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    Around the end of July in Oklahoma City, the metro-area malls will fill up with back to school shoppers. Get a breakdown of the shopping establishments around town.

  • 08 of 09
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    Don't go back to school shopping too early. Since 2007, the state of Oklahoma has had an annual Sales Tax Holiday that provides tax-free shopping for an entire weekend, typically in early August. Find out which weekend has been designated the Sales Tax Holiday this year, as well as the program details.
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  • 09 of 09

    Immunizations

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    Unless you get an exemption, something doctors and health officials do not recommend, having your child's immunizations current is a requirement for school attendance in Oklahoma. See how to meet the requirements, and note that there are no-cost immunizations available to children across the metro.