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Crocker Highlands Elementary School5
Posted February 28, 2014
- a parent
I have two children at Crocker and this is our family's fifth year at the school. Our new principal, Joci has been outstanding. She is such a calm and peaceful presence and has brought a wonderful energy to the school. I look forward to the four years we have left here. The future is bright!
I have been teaching at Crocker for 18 years...and I still LOVE my job! The kids come in ready and eager to learn, and the parents are always willing to help in the classroom and with fund raising. Most parents are very kind and supportive of the teachers, so it is a great place to work. I particularly like my grade level team. We collaborate a lot, and I think our students really benefit from this.
I graduated from Crocker Highlands last year. I loved Crocker and got a more then fantastic education there. I recommend Crocker Highlands to every child and want to give a special shout out to both my 5th grade teachers who were absolutely outstanding and taught me so much school related topics and much more. Thank you Crocker Highlands I will never go to another school like you, I will never forget Crocker! :D
I have had children at Crocker for 6 years now and will be there until my 2nd child graduates. The last few years I walk away thinking...."why do we all think this school is so great?" The principal is fabulous! The parents and community are unbelievable. But I want more from a school. While we've had a few GREAT teachers, I would say we've had more teacher that are not inspiring, yell FAR to much, and do not seem to have a love for teaching. Perhaps if I didn't continue to hear what an amazing school this is, my expectations wouldn't be so high. I hope in time the principal can make the changes necessary to make this a truly great neighborhood school!
Crocker Highlands is a wonderful school. Our daughter is in Kindergarten and she loves her teacher and loves going to school! The community at the school is nurturing and supportive. The principal is also wonderful and has instilled a great sense of cohesiveness, positivity, and excitement for learning! And we can walk to school (when we are not running late...)! The buddy program helps connect older kids with younger kids, and teaches children to be thoughtful and to care for each other. What a great place!
I am a student at Crocker Highlands and really like it . I came in third grade and was welcomed in to the community. That year I had a great teacher. I am now in fifth grade and encourage your child to go to Crocker Highlands
Very active parent community which strives to promote an excellent learning environment and to become inclusive of all learners and families. The staff are all dedicated to not only help students meet state learning standards but to enrich the students with a variety of novel and first-rate activities from hands-on science and math to in-depth exploration of the arts to innovative and thoughtful physical education and now a new edible, teaching garden. Crocker has also adopted the Caring Communities social standard and is one of a few public schools in Oakland with a full inclusion program for students with special needs. Go Cougars!
This school is fantastic. The parents are everything you've heard/read about and more and really are the defining difference in this school. The principal is new and still getting her bearings, but she shows promise and seems deeply committed to maintaining Crocker's integrity and she loves the kids. We almost decided to go private and then wondered why we'd spend $20k+ a year when we had a gem like Crocker in our backyard. We believe Crocker is every bit as good as a private education, but it comes with the diversity of thought and opinion that we all love about Oakland. We could not be happier with this school and our choice to send our kids here.
The teachers are wonderful. They have been there, on average, 10-15 years, and the principal is fantastic. She was a former teacher here and has come back as the principal so she knows and respects the teachers and they respect her. The children have learn and thrive and enjoy the activities that are provided through a strong PTA. I love this school.
I am a parent of a first grader and feel that Crocker is a tough place. The academics are taught in a dry/ out-of-date manner and the children are not taught a love of learning. The administration is really lacking... the parents are really the driving force... the pta is great and many of the teachers are wonderful and caring... but an inspiring place for young minds? unfortunately no.
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