Long commute to Oklahoma City academies doesn’t curb students’ drive

Students from throughout Oklahoma City commute to attend specialty high school academies in Oklahoma City Public Schools. Some spend hours every day commuting.

BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: October 3, 2012

The streetlights are still on a few minutes after 6 a.m. The parking lot outside of Southeast High School is nearly empty.

Jabreanne Gilbert, 14, waits for a bus out front, sitting in the lamplight with a few other students. Southeast is a good school, she said, but Star Spencer High School is where she really wants to be.

She’ll spend two...

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