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6-9
Public district
Decatur, AL
Students enrolled: 616
 

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1218 16th Ave SE
Decatur, AL 35601

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(256) 552-3035
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May 16, 2013
My school is the most Awesome middle school in the district! I am proud to be a part of OPMS!

- submitted by a teacher

March 20, 2013
As a parent of a student in 7th grade at Oak Park, and as a former coach/educator with 15 years of experience in multiple states on multiple secondary education levels, I have to say that I am quite impressed with Oak Park Middle School. It's been my experience that middle schools are often awkward institutions that reflect the awkward stage the children are experiencing. Oak Park is nothing like that at all. The staff is pro-active, friendly and professional. The Principal, Ashley McIntyre, is fantastic. To be frank, I'm not quite sure how long they can keep a superior administrator such as that on that level. The school's staff makes every effort to maximize the resources on hand. Perhaps more than anything, what impresses me about this school is not how good it is right now, but rather than they continue to strive to be better each day. In my opinion, that really separates them from the rest. The district has some issues to contend with, but this school is not one of them. I'd recommend this school to any parent moving into the community. I'm normally a supporter of private schools, but not in this case. 5-stars for Oak Park all the way.

- submitted by a parent

March 18, 2013
I am on my second child at OPMS. I hope the administration stays strong and keeps their focus on what is best for the children. DCS is in a time of flux that has many considering moving out of town. OPMS is doing a great job!!! Their faculty is wonderful and the administration is second to none!!!

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2013
As a parent that went to OPMS many years ago, I'm proud that my kids are going there. I like that the teachers send weekly e-mails to let me know what they are doing in the classroom. If I have any questions, they are always there to answer them.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2013
Oak Park is a great place to work because of the true "family" atmosphere among the staff and principals. We all work together to help our students be successful, and we are all truly focused on making our school the best it can be! I truly believe it is one of the BEST schools around!

- submitted by a teacher

March 14, 2013
My oldest has completed his time at Oak Park and my youngest is in his second year there. I love how we receive email updates from every teacher and from the office staff. We ALWAYS know what is going on at Oak Park. Whenever there has been an issue with one of my kids, the teachers have contacted me directly. The entire staff at Oak Park is wonderful and hard working.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2013
My oldest child currently attends OP as a 7th grader. Before entering last year, we strongly considered a private school rather than public middle school. After comparing the curriculums, we felt our child would experience better academics at OP, due to their offering of honors classes, TAG programs and other enrichment opportunities, i.e. foriegn language. We have not been disappointed!

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2013
As a parent and a teacher in Decatur City Schools, I can't say enough wonderful things about Oak Park and its amazing staff! From the administration, who are truly advocates for our children, to the teachers and staff, Oak Park stacks up against any middle school, private or public. Communication is a key ingredient as to why I think Oak Park has been so successful with ALL students. From newsletters, to emails, to text messages...I know my child is taken care of every day and earning a top notch education on top of that.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2013
I was really scared about my son going to middle school. He has Asperger's, and I was very worried that he would not fit in, would be bullied, and would just not perform well in middle school. My experience with Oak Park, it's staff and teachers have proven that my concerns was highly misplaced. My son has really excelled at Oak Park. He has found a good group of friends with similar interests and is participating in band, drama, and other activities at school. The principal and assistant principal are excellent and run a very tight ship. They don't allow any foolishness to go on at the school and are always willing to talk to the parents. I have often emailed the principal after working hours or on the weekend and have received a response from him before the next day. I cannot say enough great things about Oak Park.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2013
As a parent and and an educator, I have been very pleased with OPMS. The instruction my child has received has been of high quality. There is an excellent line of communication with teachers and administration. Emails are sent frequently and online calendars and websites are always up to date.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2013
Oak Park Middle School is an exceptional school that meets and exceeds my expecations by providing the best educational experience for my children.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2013
OPMS is an awesome school that has prepared my daughter for High School! The faculty and staff and excellent and very dedicated. We LOVE OPMS! Go Raiders!

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2013
As a former teacher at OPMS, and now the proud parent of a 6th grade student, I feel I can speak on the many wonderful aspects of this school. Experiencing the "family" atmosphere among the faculty and administration as a teacher, allowed me the greatest peace of mind and confidence as a parent of a child entering the 6th grade. Our experience has been one of quality academic instruction, as well as, a loving, supportive, learning environment where my daughter feels comfortable and safe. I love OPMS and will forever sing its praises.!

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2013
My oldest child has just left Oak Park and my youngest is in the 7th grade. Oak Park has a great curriculum to offer their students. Both of my children have excelled in thier studies at Oak Park. I atmosphere is more like a family than a school.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2013
The last of my 3 boys is a student at this school, they have been great at conctacting me on my problems or question about my sons. The only problem my sons have incountered is bullying, the school has done the best job it can with the problems, it is up the the parents of the problem childern to do their part.

- submitted by a parent

December 17, 2012
I am just trying to view my child's report card.because some how it never got sent home. I can't remember saying I didn't want a paper copy. These are things I like to save.

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2008
Coming from a student, I will say right now that this school is truly over the top. The teachers, staff, and DCS itself make this school the best middle school in Decatur and possibly the county to go to. Despite the fact that the school is very mixed as far as students, the school exels in safety and discipline. The school continues to get the best test scores, proving how good the staff simply are. The school offers many activities, with highly dedicared and caring teachers. The principal himself is very nice and kind, but contols the school well and puts up with absolutely no non-sense. He gives the students motivational activities witch no other middle school in Decatur has, as rewards for behavior or scores. I always feel very safe at my school, with cameras lining the hallways, teachers on every corner, and an SRO often patrolling the halls. A+++

- submitted by a student

October 04, 2008
Oak Park is an excellent school. They are truly focused on the child and what they need to succeed. The teacher are wonderful. They really care about their students.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2008
I was told by another parent about this website. I have carefully read the information contained within. This site seems to have a goal of promoting charter / private schools. If not for the great respect that I have for the teachers and administration at Oak Park, I would not trouble myself to post. I have found Oak Park to be a great school. Indeed, the school is culturally / socially diverse but it provides excellent academics in a safe and orderly environment. I could not ask for better communication concerning my child s education from the school. Yes, I can afford to send my child to a private school. I have the education and the ability to home school, if needed. I will never regret sending my child to Oak Park. Thank You, to all of the hard working teachers and Mr. Satterfield for the tremendous job that you do.

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2008
My years spent at Oak Park were horrendous. I don't remember EVER doing homework and I was in advanced classes. By eighth grade the teachers had given up on the students; I spent four out of seven of my eighth grade classes playing cards instead of preparing for high school. By the way, the school safety award is a joke. It does sound impressive but the standards are low.

- submitted by a student

October 01, 2007
This is our second year at Oak Park. My son is doing great. I am very pleased with the education he is receiving. I am especially pleased with the emphasis that is put on the children really thinking for themselves and digging deeper. We recently had Open House and the opportunity to meet the teachers and hear about the classes. The teachers were all dedicated and excited about the new year. I was amazed at the volume of material that they are going to cover and feel that they do an excellent job.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2007
This is my second year as a parent at Oak Park. I love Oak Park, the teachers and the administration. Mr. Satterfield is top notch as he makes sure our children are well educated, motivated and safe. What else could you ask for? The communication between home and school is second to none. Teachers check in with parents all the time about assignments, weekly plans and tests. My son loves school and NEVER complains. I am proud to send my children to Oak Park!

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2007
This is a highly educated school and that is why i give five stars to resemble the students and teachers that give so much to

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2007
Through my two children, I have been involved with OP for the past 5 years. The faculty is extremely hard working and openly available for parents and for students. The robotics program is outstanding, as is the music department, both band and chorus. Their test scores are gaining every year, and the two state safety awards are spectacular. The principal is widely respected and the students appreciate the extras he provides in the way of student motivation. I appreciate OP!!

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2007
We moved to Decatur, from Metairie, Louisiana, after hurricane Katrina. I have a senior and sophomore at Decatur High School, an eighth grader at Oak Park Middle School and a disabled 3 year old at Somerville Road Elementary School. My senior at DHS was failing miserably in the Jefferson Parish school system, and my sophomore and 8th grader were not challenged at all. In our opinion, my youngest child would have never received the support and services in Louisiana that he has and will receive here in Alabama. My senior, along with my 10th and 8th grader, is on the honor roll.

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2007
My daughter is in the 6th grade and I was concerned with the transition from elementary to middle school. Most of my concerns were answered at orientation(teachers were available and very helpful)Oak Park won the state safety award for the 2nd year in a row. The teachers have been very helpful and make themselves available(most send out E-mail's weekly detailing what my daughter will be doing that week)There are cameras all around the school that help me feel confident about the safety of my daughter. The IB emphasis is wonderful and I feel my daughter is learning more than is in the books. The last PTA meeting we were treated to a grill out and then go to go to all my daughters classes and meet all her teachers. The use of technology is very apparent throughout the school. I am very happy with the school so far.

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2007
I have two children currently at Oak Park, and one that has already gone on to high school. I could not ask for a better school or a better learning environment. My children have attended several schools in different systems in their lifetime, so I have some experience in a variety of schools. None of them compares to Oak Park. The teachers are excellent. The administration is also the best that I have ever encountered. The communication and parent involvement is second to none. The negative comments that have been made are completely unfounded. The school is welcoming. The programs that are in place are excellent and well-implemented. It is a warm, safe environment. We have received the Safety Award back to back years Oak Park was the only middle school to receive this honor. I will put our test scores against any school in the nation with the same demographics.

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2007
I attended Oak Park the first year Satterfield became principle. This allows me to give a true, firsthand report on Oak Park for parents looking for a middle school. The school has excellent teachers, some of the best I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. The classes are easy as well. Not due to a lack of information, but due to the teacher's creative and fun ways to impart it. Discipline is a problem, however.

- submitted by a student

June 21, 2007
The students at Oak Park are only required to reach the minimum and so they usually do. My child is receiving a sub-par education and nothing I do seems to motivate anyone to try and change that. I would like to move my child to a better school.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2006
The new principal has proven himself in a short period of time. He listens to parents but does not allow them to run over him. I m delighted that he sends weekly emails to parents telling them about school activities. The teachers have praised his leadership style and the students respect him. My children have really enjoyed the activities and new climate that exists. He seems to do more positive promotion with the school and student accomplishments. I would expect that he will excuse a few of the less than stellar teachers. I m sure those parents that have trouble teens still blame the school for all their problems, like the parent listed below. This has been a welcomed change for all and I hope we are able to keep him around.

- submitted by a parent

December 14, 2005
My son is in the 7th grade, the assistant principal became the schools principal so therefore nothing much has changed with the administration. I must give credit to the new assistant principal because she does try to help. My son managed to receive a concusion the third day of school, only for me to find out not from the school but, from him 4hours after he was knocked out by a bully that he shares 4 classes with a day, 'thats right' the young man is back in school and continues to bully my child each day so, I have spent the majority of the semester on the phone and at the school trying to keep my child safe. After speaking with the principal he passed the buck off to the assistant so that is who I have the pleasure of dealing with. No problems for me with the old principal.

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2005
Old administration has been replaced for the 2005-2006 school year! i just read the reviews on this site a couple days ago, and didn't like what i read. Went to the parent's orientation for 6th grade this morning and was glad to hear the old administration, which seemed to be where the problem was, has been replaced. We'll see how this one works out!

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2005
Trying to get anything done at Oak Park is like beating your head against the wall. The principal is very difficult to work with. She is extremely closed minded and inflexible. The teachers and parents are parlyzed by her and no amount of complaints seem to motivate the school board to do anything about her position at Oak Park. Thankfully, we only have one more child there and only one more year.

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2005
The teachers are great, but the administration has got to change for that school to reach its true potential. The overall education is less that average, but when teachers and parents hands are tied because of the administration there is not much we can do.

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2005
I have sent two childern through this school and both have received a below average education. The students and teachers try hard but under the current administor there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

- submitted by a parent

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Oak Pk Middle School
1218 16th Ave SE, Decatur, AL  35601
(256) 552-3035
Last modified Oak Pk Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-9. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Oak Pk Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top