This school is absolutely top notch. I had to pull my kids from a fantastic private school and was surprised to find that Olive Grove had an energized teaching force, great administrative staff, and a vibrant and engaged parent base. All of this equates to an excellent learning environment. The curriculum is standard fare, but the teachers engage parents and the community to assist in the learning. Their activities are inclusive of the "English as a second language" children as well so the learning gaps can be quickly bridged. The principal encourages creativity in the classroom of his teachers. This fosters a results oriented and "energetic" teachers core and they are the best thing about this school. I am so grateful that we moved here.
<Edit> after several years, our experience has only gotten better. Our boys have thrived here and I have 2 more to put through this school. It was well worth the money to move into this district.
The Olive Grove students learn the "Eagle 3" from their first days on campus.
1) Show respect
2) Make good decisions
3) Solve Problems
When the students get together, they are rewarded for their adherence to these 3 core principles by drawing prizes! The teachers submit students who exemplify these ideals by placing cards with the student names on them and they are drawn from for prizes!
My daughter started kindergarten and the school gave a lot of support in the speech therapy. The teachers and personal of this school are really nice and care the childrens. The principal is a hard worked. He is always attending the classrooms and check the security of the school. He knows most of the name parents and children. Every time that parents asked for help, the principal is there to bring them support.
I am a parent of 2 type A boys. We had them in private school until 1,2 grades (they are 9 and 8 now). We had to stop due to financial constraints and were pleasantly surprised by the excellent experience we had at Olive Grove. At this school the principal, Mr. Giannini, EMPOWERS the teachers to teach and manage their classroom environments. They expect that parents will be engaged and participate (and we do). Their teaching methods are adaptable to reach all kids but they have programs to help bring the kids skills into alignment with their grade-level if needed. This is a fantastic school, with a fantastic staff and I could not be happier. This school should be a model for other schools in this area (Oak Hill, Dudley, etc.)
What a great school Olive Grove Elementary is. They have great teachers and parents can volunteer at the school and work in the classrooms. They even have dads, grandpa's, uncles ect that volunteer their time to patrol the campus to make sure it's safe. The principle is great. I see him talking/mentoring children and making sure the campus is safe during the day.Also the PTSA is very active here. They raise money for the kids to go on field trips. They sometimes they have the field trips come to the school. I also like the fact that each classroom adapts a college every year. They have spirit days and the kids can wear their collage colors.