This school has changed in a huge way over the years. Golden Oak is forgetting about the needs of the whole child. They are more worried about high test scores then letting these kids be kids in a happy, positive, loving and nurturing environment. We have been at this school for 6 years now and the negative change in the overall atmosphere is very noticeable. From the parents, to the teachers, to the children and how they are disciplined (ineffectively) - I am beyond unimpressed with the direction this school is headed in. Golden Oak loves their technology and will spend spend spend, however, provides the entire school with a handful of balls to play with during the few minutes they get during the day to actually play. It is very sad. The kids need more than iPads, Smartboards and Chrome Books to thrive and learn. A healthy balance is definitely needed here. I hope to see some positive changes soon
This school is a great place for children to achieve academic success while experiencing a small nurturing community environment. My children were completely prepared for junior high and have continued to exceed expectations on the new State Tests.
I'm a parent of a 3rd grader at Golden Oak. I don't like how 3rd grade teachers separate students everyday into different classrooms based on his/her reading and math test scores (low, middle or high) and then teach them different curriculum. 8 and 9 year olds need more time with their primary teacher in order to build a strong bond and communication. I don't think my son's primary teacher heard my child read until halfway through the school year! Crazy!
I have been a parent at Golden Oak for the past 5 years and am very unimpressed this year. The Principal and teachers showed a complete disrespect for parent concerns and instead became dictators. I think teachers are just burned out with all of the Technology and Common Core training and testing that they have lost focus on teaching children the love of learning.
Our oldest will be graduating after 7 years at this school and we couldn't be any happier with the education and attention received. We have a second child enrolled as well and we plan on enrolling our third child in a few years as well. There is never any pressure from administration to volunteer or donate; just a wonderful family community school.
If you are parent who can volunteer many hours or can donate money then you will receive a great education. If you are the average working family that is unable to volunteer on a regular basis or donate money then your child will be placed with the less popular/quality teachers.
We could not be happier with Golden Oak! It has a private school feel to it and the attention to reading and math is intense and the results show in the test scores! The teachers are balanced in their attention to academic but also enrichment and arts. The parents are involved and supportive. We will hate to move to Jr. High next year!