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K-6
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Irvine, CA
Students enrolled: 908
 

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1 Dove Creek
Irvine, CA 92618

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Develops empathy: Disagree
June 10, 2015
They allow students to be socially ostracized and they do little to stem behavior that socially isolate students who are a little different.

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Develops honesty: Disagree
June 10, 2015
There is bullying behavior, and they do little to encourage kindness and integrity in play.

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June 09, 2015
Oak Creek elementary may be academically a fine school, but from a social perspective, the school is hostile to any child that is in the least bit different or socially awkward. If your child is not entirely docile in the classroom, they will seek to mitigate and constrain the behavior, mostly in a thoughtless manner that demonstrates no consideration of where the issues are actually coming from. The result is an environment that is overtly hostile to children who do not 'fit in'. Also (and related), there is almost zero effort put into addressing the needs of advanced students, and this is especially true in the lower grade levels. Oak Creek seem instead to focus their efforts on the average kid, and to the special needs of children who lag behind. But if your child is advanced, you can forget about the school doing anything at all to provide an enriched environment for your child. Worse, if your gifted child is prone to boredom, they will brutalize him / her with constant correction, but they won't address the underlying reason for the behavior. If your gifted child is socially awkward and has trouble fitting in, they will pathologize it and conduct interventions that while ostensibly meant to help your child, are in actuality targeted at simply expunging a behavior they find troubling. The end result is, for a bright student, the obvious communication that the child is broken, wrong, and sub-standard. In other words, the un-insightful focus the school puts on behavior actually causes more psychosocial pain. And when that pain arises, they won't do anything to actually address your child's feelings of isolation and pain. Other schools have tools like recess buddies, friendship benches, and the like to deal with kids who are feeling lonely and isolated. Oak Creek does NONE of this - they simply correct and admonish. If you are looking for a school that will care for your child's heart as much as their intellect... Oak Creek is NOT it.

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May 20, 2015
I love this school because, unlike many other Irvine schools that are heavy on the academics, this is a well balanced, fun place to learn. The kids are all happy, well adjusted, and the parents well involved. There is the odd bullying issue, the odd bit of trouble, but nothing more than normal. When you get 900+ kids together there is bound to be the odd thing that crops up. All the teachers we have experienced have been wonderful, but if we had to name names - Mrs. Rosebrough is truly amazing, and Mrs. King has an almost unearthly ability to get the best out of each and every student without stressing them out! I greatly appreciate the music teacher this year (strings) who has given my daughter so much confidence in herself. The principal is pleasant and caring, and the kids seem to adore him! What`s not to love, with Toons at Noon and Pizza Parties?! The rewards system that encourages good behavior is wonderful! The only downside - as someone else has mentioned - is the loss of the fantastic science lab teacher from last year, who seems to have been replaced by someone the kids are terrified of! Big shame. You don`t get the best out of kids by intimidating them. But other than that - great school. Even the front office staff - Stacey and Cathy - are lovely.

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February 15, 2015
Excellent staff , amazing teachers my kids have learned a lot at this school ,I just love it..

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October 21, 2014
We had wonderful year with the 4th grade teachers. They were fun, creative & attentive. The science teacher (who has now moved to another school) was such a great teacher. She made science so interesting that the kids couldnt wait for their next classes & they loved spending their recess/lunch time with the teacher in the lab. The 5th grade teacher and the new science teacher are the opposite of our 4th grade teachers. I am so disappointed. They yell, they swear in class!, they give punishment without explaining what the kids have done wrong (at the end the kids learn nothing). When the students ask why, the teacher would say "Go away!". When the student lets the teacher know about something, the answer is "Don't care". A good teacher is supposed to encourage his/her student & display positive examples to his/her students, and unfortunately this is not happening in my child's class. If these teachers are not happy with their jobs, they should do themselves a favor and quit! One bad apple spoils the bunch! We can't wait for this school year to end quickly..

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August 22, 2014
I totally agree with other reviews about the principal. When you want to meet Mr.Grasso with all your concern, he's gonna close his ears. There are kids who bully other kids but their parents hardly get notice about their kids's behavior. Teachers just expect them to be OK and do not see their behavior. I left the school 2years ago and I think I made a great decision. So happy that my kids are now in far much better educational and social school enviroment!!!

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June 18, 2014
This School Is Excellent in every manner. All teachers are very good and they always encourage kids to excel in academics, music, sports, arts and technology. There are wonderful events throughout the year. Teachers and principal put their 100% efforts to make this school the best and as a parent we should encourage our kids to learn the best from this school. Oak Creek Wise Owl Rocks!

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June 16, 2014
I am very happy sending my kids in Oak Creek Elementary because this school excels in everything like academic, sports, music, arts, science and health. All teachers are very good and parents can easily reach out to teachers and principal about any question regarding their child or school, even any email sent is responded the same day. There are wonderful yearly events which let parents to participate with their kids. This year with introduction to Common Core standards my kids found the assignments tough but later it was interesting with the support of their highly skilled and very friendly teachers:) I always tell my kids to grab whatever teacher teaches in class with their hands and mind open and they love going to Oak Creek Elementary!

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June 06, 2014
I will give 10 rating for this school, as in last 2 years I have seen drastic change in this school. My kids are in GATE programme and are doing excellent in their studies, sports, music and the credit goes to all very hard working, dedicated teachers as well as school principal whom kids love and respect alot. I will say if this school gets support of more parent volunteers then Oak Creek Elementary will be one of the best schools in Orange County.

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June 04, 2014
My son is finishing second grade at Oak Creek, and I am so happy I transferred him here! He has had dramatic growth in his learning this year and I couldn't be more pleased.

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November 04, 2013
This school is horrible. Do not send your child to this school if you want results. There are teachers at this school that do not care about the students. Alot of the staff are biased when it comes to treating all of the students in a fair manner. This school is horrible. You will not get the results that you want from a school if you send your child here.

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August 29, 2013
Oak Creek is a superb school. From what I have observed, the principal is a wonderful example of what a leader should be. The office staff is intelligent and helpful. We had an amazing, amazing first grade teacher. She was more than you could ever hope for in a teacher. She showed wonderful caring and respect for each parent and child. There are so many excellent things at this school -and you won't even know about all of them until you attend. It's amazing. Parents, just remember to appreciate your school. Every school has places where it can improve. The important thing is to always remember is to be a helpful support, no matter what the situation. All of the parents that I have met there have been intelligent and care deeply for their children. We love you Oak Creek!!

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July 28, 2013
I can't tell you how disappointed I am with Oak Creek. Ever since the new principal began the school has gone down hill at such an alarming and rapid pace. He has eliminated vital school reading programs and ignored the concerns many parents. Concerns and conversations with the principal are disappointing at best. He tells you what you want to hear but his actions are few to non existent. Classes are packed to capacity and have so many children behavioral problems. The teachers are forced to spend so much of their time redirecting misbehaving children. They have great teachers but the teachers can only do so much with such poor leadership. It is incredibly frustrating to be across the street from your school and not want to attend it.

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July 21, 2013
This school has fallen short of our expectations. The principal has carved out the GATE program and does not address the needs of children bored in the classroom or having to deal with so many children with behavioral problems. Four, five and sometimes 6 kids with behavioral issues in a classroom is NOT acceptable and not fair to the kids who come to school to learn. The new principal does not address this rather, ignores it. There is more emphasis on special ed programs than kids who are over achieving as there is NO program for them. They get to sit bored in the rooms, frustrated with ill behaved kids with issues.

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July 19, 2013
This school fails many of its students. It is fine for average or just above average kids. However, if your child is on either end of the spectrum, the child's needs are not met. The principal refuses to address parent concerns; he does everything his way whether anyone else in the world agrees or not. Other administration members are just as bad or worse. One thing positive I can say is that the teachers care and do try their best with what they are given.

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November 08, 2011
Completed our final year with Oak Creek (6th grade) and overall was a very positive year for our son. Mrs. Holey was his teacher. She was actively involved in the kids learning experience and in the parent meetings at the beginning of the school year she said her job was to "get the kids ready for middle school". In my opinion she exceeded that goal. Mrs. Holey has since left this school and they have lost a quality teacher. In addition, the principal who was not very pro-active also has left. The negative about the school is the teachers should be required to update the grades and homework assignments online and on a daily basis so parents can have an opportunity to be actively involved with the students performance good or bad. (4th-6th grade only). Teachers here are very bad at entering and updating homework assignments and test scores to the school website. Our son has since gone into middle school and they do a fabulous job with keeping parents updated and informed on the (parent portal) website of the school.

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January 21, 2011
I am disappointed in learning today that Oak Creek is NOT allowing the children to exchange candy treats with school friends; noted because of allergies & state/district wellness policies. A friendly reminder to all parents- warning not to bring certain foods would be accepted. But to not bring any candy treats at all- is not a sweet decision! I personally feel is a bit extreme. Perhaps the "state/district" should consider prohibiting the schools from selling fundraiser candy or having Nacho day to raise money. That's not healthy!

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November 02, 2010
My kids have been at Oak Creek since it opened. The education is excellent, so far the staff has been good. Both the principal and the staff volunteer to help with traffic control, which is a big issue at this small school. There have been a few car accidents and I caution care when crossing the street when it' s busy. I actively volunteer in classroom and there are many parents who volunteer in the class and the school which is a big help. If your child is falling behind you will need to help them because the teachers don't assist any further than teaching the lesson. On a negative note, there does some to be preferences given to parents who hold PTA positions, and the front office clerks aren't very friendly.

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July 20, 2010
This school offers one of the best learning programs for kids in US. I love it.

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June 09, 2010
I'm really happy to have my son at the school. Mrs. Geddes does a wonderful job in the classroom. Although, the class size is larger than I would like it to be. I realize the financial environment we live in. Parent involvement is wonderful and the organized activities build a stronger community.

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no rating
April 29, 2010
Oak Creek is a great school with a fantastic academic program. The teachers, principal and staff are fantastic and always have all of the children who attend as their first priority in every way!

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January 05, 2010
I am extremely pleased with the level of education my child is receiving at Oak Creek. Both by husband and I are products of a private education. We thought we would do the same for our children. However, upon moving to Oak Creek, we heard many people saying that they pulled their children from a private school and enrolled them at Oak Creek where they have received a better education. We thought we should give it a try. I have been extremely inpressed with the education and personal enrichment my child has recieved. Yes, there is a lot of homework but homework is good for kids and parents! There are also many activities for the parents and children to bring the school community together on a social level. The princal has a open door policy and will address any concerns you have. This is a top notch public school!!

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August 13, 2009
Oak Creek is a good school. Parents should be aware that it is very progressive and moves very fast. They expect a lot from the children and the homework and grading is sometimes extreme.

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March 24, 2009
I would rat ethis school with complete satisfactory. Parents does contribute and help a lot on both studies and extracurricular activities. Teachers are at satisfactory level. School has safe enviornment. Principal may need to improve the sudies level from classes 2nd and above.

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March 23, 2009
I'm not surprised. There's a sense of entitlement in the air right when you walk to the front office. Brought food once for the staff luncheon and the staff at the front desk never said thank you. A smile would suffice but I guess it's too much to ask. The flow of traffic to the school was very well regulated because of the staggered bell schedule in the morning. When Mrs' Berumen took over as principal, she changed the time to 8:00 for all grades and that made it so difficult to get there. It's like a zoo in the morning. I worries me when my child walks to school and see all these cars driving faster and ignoring the stop signs. I'm sure she knows about it but doubt that she'll change it. Indeed, a lot of excellent teachers in this school but believe they are mismanaged.

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no rating
March 01, 2009
My child is in Kindergarten and we are very happy with our teacher, Mrs. Renden. However, I am not happy with the Principal as she doesn't seem to be involved with the school. The last time she posted her own newsletter was back in October! I think she does more with the older grades, but not Kindergarten. Again, we are very happy with Mrs. Renden and feel fortunate to have her as a teacher.

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February 11, 2009
Great School all the Teacher are wounderful.....

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November 26, 2008
Your child will be fine if they are a good student that does not need any guidance. Children who need to work hard to keep up at the average level are not actively given extra help or support. The Principal does not manage the teachers and wants the parents to do so. The Principal also does not provide the best teachers to children who need it most. There is a clear preference given to the children of parents on PTA and who work at the school the most.

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December 16, 2007
Parent involvement is impressive but this school is not recommended for kids with special needs. They don't have experienced special education teachers.

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May 11, 2006
This is a great school, with lots of parent involvement and high academic and social standards. It broke our hearts to have to move from Oak Creek when we had to move for my husbands' job, as it is hands down the best school we have had the opportunity to attend. From the principal to the teachers to the staff to the PTA, there is a lot of involvement and feedback, and it is obvious that there is a commitment to excel.

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May 07, 2006
The Kindergarten teachers are great! My daughter has learned so much at this school. The teachers sincerely care about the students. They have accelerated programs for the students that are ahead of the average, which I thought was terrific. The students are engaged in a broad range of academic programs. Most parents are involved, which makes a big difference.

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June 22, 2005
Excellent school with wonderful teachers.

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Oak Creek Elementary School
1 Dove Creek, Irvine, CA  92618
(949) 936-8550
Last modified Oak Creek Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Oak Creek Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top