TULSA — Holland Hall is not just a school. It is a place to foster young minds and help them grow to young adults.
That all begins at an early age.
"We're not just teaching them ABC and 123," said kindergarten teacher Stephany Ward. "We're teaching them how to be a kind compassionate young person and to understand what it means to serve others,"
Holland Hall is Tulsa's only pre-K through grade 12 independent Episcopal school. It allows teachers more freedom to do what they think is best for the age groups they teach.
"I've been at Holland Hall since I was three," says senior Elle Elmburg, who has grown up in the school.
Elmburg remembers kindergarten was not all about worksheets and workbooks, but about having fun, too.
"I remember having so much fun," said Elmburg. "I remember loving to learn, loving to read, loving to just be around my teachers. I remember it being a fun atmosphere."
Holland Hall's mission is to show kids they have value, ask questions and help others in need whether it be their peers, teachers or community while offering a curriculum that is not always available in public schools.
"Our kids go to PE every day," said Ward. "We get art and music every week,"
For students like Elmburg, it is a place that helped them prepare for college and beyond.
"I know that once I leave Holland Hall, I'm still gonna have this community to lean back on and I still have the people that support me," explained Elmburg. "I know what they have taught me. I will be forever grateful for that."
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