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About Us


John Hope Franklin Elementary is a proud community that believes in educating the whole child by providing an equitable, joyful, top-notch learning experience. Academic excellence is what we do!




School Pride

John Hope Franklin Elementary formed in 2018 through a combination of ECDC Bunche and Gilcrease Elementary. Named for famed historian Dr. John Hope Franklin, our students feel a sense of pride, culture, and history as we work to create a school that is equitable and connected to the community. Our 3rd and 4th grade students conduct thematic lessons each year about the race massacre, and our school is represented a the annual John Hope Franklin for Reconciliation Symposium. 

After School Clubs

John Hope Franklin Elementary offers the L.I.F.E. (Literacy for Everyone) After School Program through the Tulsa Dream Center. This free program consists of reading and mathematics tutoring, homeworking assistance, STEM enrichment activities, field trips, and other exciting experiences for students. In addition, our teachers and community partners sponsor a wide range of clubs, including ballet, tumbling, and debate.

Social Emotional Learning Focus

John Hope Franklin Elementary is one of five recipients of the Wallace Foundation's Social/Emotional Learning Grant, aimed at supporting the development of children's cognitive, interpersonal, and character-building skills through an improved curriculum. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions. In addition, we have an embedded therapy team, social worker, and care coordinator on-site to provide students with the support they need to thrive.

With strong social and emotional skills, our students will be able to set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. 

A Community of Support

Students at John Hope Franklin Elementary have a multitude of partners in education who support our school. The Ed Darby Foundation and All Souls Unitarian Church host a family dinner each month feeding more than 200 people in our community. In addition, we have numerous organizations who provide transportation for field trips, one-on-one tutoring and clothing for students in need. As a neighborhood school, we are anchored by the support of a community that deeply cares for our scholars. 

Contact Us

John Hope Franklin Elementary
5402 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74126