The teachers, staff and kids at Oak Grove are wonderful. We moved from Los Angeles, where my son's experiences were terrible. Everyone at Oak Grove worked with my son so that he would feel safe at school again. As he now feels safe in school, he is learning again and is excited to go to school. I cannot recommend this school highly enough.
Wonderful school, my kids have improved so well from their previous district. They have always recieved decent grades, but once they started here they have improved greatly. My daughter achieved a 4.0. The Principal is wonderful the teachers really seem to enjoy their jobs. Most of the students appear clean and bright.
Oak Grove Middle School has provided guidance and a positive environment for both of my grandchildren. Mrs. Bystedt, the principal, has been available and proactive regarding any concerns that our family has had regarding our students. This is an excellent environment for the middle school years. It is a small school with a tremendous sense of community. Having recently attended the annual Awards Ceremony it is apparent that every child is valued.
I have had 2 children attend Oak Grove in the last 4 years, both under former and current principals. As of right now, I feel that OGMS is on a major upward swing after many years of failing leadership. Mrs. Bystedt, cares about her students, enough to get to the bottom of most issues. The staff is open to more after school activities, which enhance the overall student experiences. This a superior school with all that it physically takes to succeed! I feel that too much attention is paid to Show Choir, which only appeals to a small percentage of students, and that spreading out the funding to more programs would be more beneficial to more of the general student population. Continuing on the current path of expanding after school activities, offering a homework club, and more music an art would be wonderful, and it is being promised for the 2011-12 school year! Go Oak Grove! We are a great community, and hearing about the forward progress is wonderful! keep it up - Continuing to have JAM supporting the arts, after school stick ball and Cross country, thanks to the teachers who go the extra mile!! You can once again be a distinguished school, and this is how you get there! Good Job!
I was a parent of an Oak Grove student until the middle of last year when I felt the need to find another place for education. My child was being bullied and was tense and fearful much of the time. Nothing much was being done to alleviate the situation. However, Once away from the difficult environment, grades went from C's and D's to A's and B's. This year we have found an awesome charter school and grades are now all A's. My child is happy and thriving away from Oak Grove. It's sad because I'd really like to support the local community school and it certainly would be more convenient but I just can't. I hope they can regain what they had ten or fifteen years ago when they were a distinguished school, until then my kids won't be there.
Oak Grove is great small community orientated school. It has a very warm, caring and safe environment filled with many dedicated teachers and supportive parents. It has an excellent history program which wins top awards in the county, state and nation.
WOW - what amazing scores - Kudos the the leadership of the school (Principal/Asst. Principal) - the positive environment that they have created has had an incredible impact on the teachers and students. This is reflected, without room for debate, in the nearly 10 point gain in test scores! Awesome Job!
My son and daughter have started their first day of the 2009 school year, and already one of them has felt ashamed and talked down to by the assistant principal. I am sad that we will have to look to the charter school in the area, The Learning Choice, to support our children with both their academics and self-esteem. On the other hand, the teachers are of first rate quality, especially Mr. East.
This school has been a big disappointment. Our sixth grader needs accelerated learning opportunities which have not been available. Its outstanding music program dramatically deteriorated while my child was here, so that it is at best mediocre currently. The special advanced math class for 6th grade was cancelled, and the caliber of most of his English teachers has been shockingly poor. It has therefore has presented disavantages to our family. It is a shame that so many quality staff left along with the former superintendent. We really miss the former principal, Mrs. Lopez, as well.'
i am not happy with the principal . She has made unnecessary rules as if we were in kindergarden. How are we supposed to learn to make good decisions if we aren't allowed to make any? There is not school spirit anymore. Also show choir has suffered. Why weren't we allowed to have our Fall Spooktacular? Rules should be looked at first and not just followed because they are there already. Why Why Why?
Oak Grove middle school is awesome... and Mr. East is the best teacher ever.
I want to say that my child has not thived at Oak Grove. I cannot blame the school, nor the teachers, but the system. I am so dissolutioned with our schools here is CA. But, the most important thing about Oak Grove is the location. It is safe, clean, and beatiful. I would strongly suggest visting the school on an average school day. Check it out for yourself.
This is a California Distinguished School. The only middle school in the county to receive this honor. High quality music,art and athletic programs, great teachersn and kids.
After a very good experience here with an older child in the late 90's, I am very disapointed overall now. The 8th grade teachers have been a huge improvement over the 7th grade ones. Yes, the parent volunteer help is very cliquey, don't even try to help with show choir. I think the school need some better leadership to return to where they were a few years back. On plus side, I think the kids are more clean cut and less trying to be high schoolers than other middle schools as a whole. Most of the kids are good kids with involved parents.
This is the first year my student has gone to this school. I was at first very encourged that my child was going to get a good education and to get the help they needed. I am very disappointed in the school and the system. My child came to the school with an IEP and nothing on the IEP has been followed. I have had meetings with the teachers and the principals and still no progress has been made. I hope that if your child needs extra help that you have better luck than I have had. The overall experience of the school has been good though but If I had my choice my child would not be going to this school.
This school is a hidden gem! The parent involvement is wonderful, the teachers are wonderful and I was very happy learning here. Living in Jamul is a blessing, and one of the many reasons, are the quality of schools. Oak Grove has won numerous awards and will continue to do so.
This is definitely a small town type of school. It has it's pro's and con's. Pro's for personal attention between some teachers and some parents and administration. Con's that unless you are a stay at home mom with time to volunteer you aren't accepted by the school community. Also, some of the volunteers are under the impression that they are 'better' and it discourages anyone from even trying to get involved. It's a real heart breaker. However, in all fairness...the principal seems level-headed and Mr. East seems to rule the day with the kids. They love him!
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