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“In McAlester, students from all backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses come together to create a rich and diverse learning environment within a district that is dynamic and dedicated to a top notch education for our students.”


McAlester Public Schools

Where the Buffaloes Roam

McAlester Public Schools, home of the Buffaloes, include nine facilities to educate local students from early childhood through high school. There are three elementary schools, along with three early childhood centers, Parker Intermediate Center for fifth- and sixth- grade students, Puterbaugh Middle School and McAlester High School, which also houses the alternative school, Key Academy, for at-risk students.

  • Every Student Receives a Chromebook for Classwork
  • Free, City-Wide Wi-Fi Available for Students
  • Building New Middle School and Event Center

Merit and Honors

  • Edmond Doyle Elementary is a Two Time National Blue Ribbon School Recipient
  • Recognized 1 of 5 High Schools of Aviation Excellence in State of Oklahoma
  • 33 Academic All-State Students Since 1990

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Kiamichi Tech

Kiamichi Technology Centers (KTC) is a ten-campus network that covers all of southeast Oklahoma. KTC providers technical training to help students learn skills that are tailored existing jobs, based on the needs of local businesses. Through a partnership with McAlester Public Schools, students can take classes during the school day and can even receive a certification prior to high school graduation.

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Photo Courtesy of Eastern Oklahoma State College


Higher Education

For higher education, Eastern Oklahoma State College offers Associates degrees and distance-learning Bachelor and Master degree programs in City limits. Within 75 miles, there are four universities: East Central University, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and Oklahoma Baptist University. The state’s two largest universities, Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma University, are conveniently located in central Oklahoma and are a short drive away.

When we moved to McAlester over 20 years ago, I had visions of keeping my front door open so friends and family could just walk right in. I imagined running into friends and acquaintances in the grocery store, and taking a few moments to catch up on life. I dreamed of having a community of support to look after and encourage my children as they went through their school years, and an extra hundred or so watchful eyes helping me keep them on the right paths! Happily, I can report that each and every one of those things became a reality living here in Big Mac and my family has thrived in this community.

It has been said you get out of something what you put into it. The opportunities to get involved in our community are plentiful. From volunteering with nonprofits to provide needy families with food, clothing, and school supplies, to spending an afternoon or evening downtown enjoying music festivals, steak cookoffs, or browsing our incredible locally owned stores, there is no shortage of ways to become a part of our growing community. While we have certainly invested in McAlester, the people here have returned that investment a hundred fold.

As a public school educator who is heavily invested in McAlester Public Schools I can also speak to the quality of education we have to offer. Multiple districts-both large and small-lean often on MPS for direction, and our educators and administrators are valued by state organizations for their expertise. Students from all backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses come together to create a rich and diverse learning environment within a district that is dynamic and dedicated to a top notch education for our students.

With McAlester as our hub, we are easily able to visit nearby attractions, such as Robber’s Cave State Park, Talimena Scenic Drive, Kiamichi Mountains and Lake Eufaula. When our longing for “big city” life takes hold we can be in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Fayetteville, or the Dallas Metroplex within just a couple of hours. Once we’ve had our fill, we gratefully return to the simplicity of life here in McAlester. There is no place I would rather call home.

Jennifer Lewis

Educator, McAlester Public Schools