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History and Mission

Skelly Upper Elementary School is named after William Grove Skelly (June 10, 1978- April 11, 1957) who worked in the oil business. He founded Skelly Oil Company and helped organize the first International Petroleum Exposition in Tulsa. He also worked in aviation and created the Spartan Aircraft Company (Which is today the Spartan School of Aeronautics). He also donated funds to the University of Tulsa and to KVOO, a Tulsa radio station.


Mission: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe

Skelly students will build academic and personal values and habits that lead to success in middle school, high school, college and beyond. Adults at Skelly support student learning by creating a joyful and passionate culture, by modeling high expectations and mutual respect for all.  

Instructional Focus 

A community wide effort to have all Skelly students show growth in reading and content comprehension with the ability to demonstrate knowledge through written and oral expression, through the implementation of a common set of engaging BEST PRACTICES in reading and writing in all classes as measured by MPG/MAP, OSTP, and WIDA.

Portrait of William Grove Skelly.