The majority of the teachers I have met are great....but I feel that a high % of the administration and several others have thier own agenda and have no problem with bending the rules to get their desired outcome. That being said how can you instill those values in children when you don't utilize them?
I have 2 children at OCS. My daughters experience at OCS is everything a parent could hope for and more...which is night and day with my sons experience. The problem I see with OCS is when your child does not fit into thier cookie cutter student image...this is when things get worrisome. Students needing accommodations need to prepare to go up against the school... This school plays fast and loose with IEP's and often disregards them when they are inconvenient. I believe OCS would much rather push these kids and parents out of the school then take the time to actually help that child....I think their numbers are too important to them and they forget sometimes that not everyone learns the same.
I have been pleased with the academic quality of the school, overall. The PTO is fantastic and attempts to keep parents informed as well as provide enriching experiences for the students. As several recent reviewers mentioned, the teaching staff is unexperienced as a whole and have difficulty with basic classroom and behavior management. This is particularly true of the Greek teachers. The administration is often reactive instead of proactive in dealing with issues and concerns which makes resolving concerns, frustrating at best.
Discipline isn't consistent and they want kid to be robots. The school sends check list and demerits all the time, once your labeled it's over in that school. They give demerits to children for lying? Seriously!
The educational portion is awesome. The parents are great and teachers are pretty good as well. PTO is also great and they raise a lot of money for the school. There isn't a lot of diversity in the staff out of the 50 or so teachers maybe 3 are of minority background. The discipline system is too harsh, they give demits for every little thing. Can you image a child being given a demerit for going up a slide the wrong way in the playground? Well it happens at OCS. Please don't be fooled by the glowing reviews, staff are encouraged to post on this site which is why their really are no bad reviews. Hands down the education is great, but dealing with administration is a nightmare never a straight answer. In general they are pleasant but will not resolve any of your issues. For that you will have to threaten to go to the school board or get a parent advocate. If you are considering sending your child to this school please check with a few parents before enrolling and ask of various experiences. Hopefully, this provides you with a realistic preview before making your decision.
The education is excellent. The teachers are responsive, as well as the administration. I am excited about the upcoming changes including a sports complex with a swimming pool. I would like to see a sports bus because getting to the after school activities is very difficult now, and causes my children to be excluded a lot. I also don't like that they must stay after school to participate in chorus and some other activities. Because the school is growing, however, parents and students both, have a lot of input. I believe the school will only get better going forward. My daughter has been in this school since third grade and I've been very happy with her education, so I intend to keep her there.
The elementary school seems ok. I am not so sure about the middle school. What I noticed from my 6th grader is that one of his best friends who is mostly a straight A student has left for another school this year, and aother one is also trying to enroll at another school.
the school used to be great 5-6 years ago but NOT anymore. The teachers of middle school are inexperienced young people who just finished their degree. The elementary-lower school has a principle who tries to cover and hide all the problems without giving a solution, the counselor at the lower-elementary school should get a different job. The seventh grade is completely out of control . This school was great and we all loved it when it started. Now my kids ask me to change schools.