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.
- submitted by a parent