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Oso Grande Elementary School5
Posted April 27, 2014
- a parent
I have had two children of mine attend Oso Grande and one more to go. Here, you will see teachers who truly care about students, a strong school spirit, a beautiful campus, a focus on helping others and opportunities to excel. The students love their school and contrary to the outdated reviews posted here a few years ago, this school is way above average. I have met several parents from other Ladera elementary schools who said they wish their kids had been assigned to Oso Grande, which has a reputation as the best elementary school in Ladera Ranch. There is strong parental involvement, which makes a huge difference in academic achievement. The teachers work hard and the principal is always open to new ideas on improving the school. The PTA does a great job too. We are so lucky to be a part of this school!
Basically after 2 years with 2 children, we got 1 great teacher & the rest were less than mediocre! Expect to have to pay for a private tutor for Math, esp after 3rd grade, staff teacher said they didn't like they way the were teaching it! Not consistent with implementing reward programs, Big Buddy, Plays, field trips, ETC. Not impressed with how Principal handles conflict between students and looking into other school options.
Oso Grande is an exceptional school! In reading the negative reviews, I don't think those people would be happy anywhere... Yes, Ladera and Chapparal may have higher test scores, but that is not a true measure of what makes a school great. Oso has an amazing leadership team, a strong staff, and a supportive community. My child loves school, and that is what matters...the joy of learning.
This school underachieves. Compare it to other schools in Ladera, and you scratch your head as to why the test scores are so-so given our equal if not superior resources. Yes, scores are not the end all be all, but they are a factor in measuring progress. While LR and Chapparrel excel and improve, Oso's improvements are less than the district average. It surprises me that many Oso parents have been bragging about Oso's test progress. Our similar schools comparison have been abysmal for years whereas the other Ladera schools (including LR Middle) all compare favorably. Test scores are not my only criteria. While the teachers and administration are very nice and promote school spirit, Oso simply is not academically rigorous. My son was often bored in class and with his assignments and I have to work hard to challenge him beyond school. Like any other school, it's hit and miss with teachers -1 good, 1 ok, 1 bad. I'm sure other parents will attack my review as off-base/misinformed but having talked extensively to parents at the other schools and at Oso, I'm not drinking the Kood-Aid. Given the student, parent and financial resources, we really should be doing better.
Oso Grande is merely average. Though the teachers seem to truly care, they don't provide necessary leveled learning so that all children should expect. For the more gifted children who need to be challenged beyond grade-level curriculum the teachers will not or cannot do so. They are stuck in a box and refuse to think outside of it. They should be ashamed to expect the district to give them greater comensation from this economically-broke state and high-tax community considering they don't 'teach' all the children.
This is a great school if you are most interested in the amazing leadership of the principal and most of her staff. Some of the parent volunteers tend to live through their kids and are so incredibly over the top about being at the school daily to show everyone how hard they try. Just be sure not to cross anyone who is an over achieving parent who might just see that they can make life for you and your children as miserable as possible. I have witnessed it with my own two eyes. Parents like this should remain off campus and let the truly interested volunteers help the students succeed. It's an amazing school if you can see through the clicks.