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PK-5
Public district
Lutz, FL
Students enrolled: 730
 

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1422 Oak Grove Boulevard
Lutz, FL 33559

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(813) 794-1600
(813) 794-1691
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Amount of homework: Just right
July 27, 2015
I'm not a big fan of homework, especially in the lower grades. I think children need time to play, socialize and be with their families after school is over. During my daughter's year in Kindergarten at Denham Oaks, she had very little homework, which was great.

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Teacher effectiveness: Effective
July 27, 2015
Teachers have a really hard job to do these days, especially with the amount of work and unfair assessments placed on them by ill-informed politicians. The teachers at Denham Oaks are doing an outstanding job despite all of that, which is truly commendable.

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Develops grit: Agree
July 27, 2015
From what I can tell, yes, although I haven't been there long enough to make a strong statement about this topic.

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Develops respect: Agree
July 27, 2015
Yes, they teach this in all that they do at the classroom level and in other areas.

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Develops empathy: Agree
July 27, 2015
My daughter demonstrates compassion, as do the other kids in her class. I can see the teachers demonstrating it as well.

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Develops honesty: Agree
July 27, 2015
They teach this in guidance and in the individual classrooms. It seems to be apparent across their programming.

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July 27, 2015
The teachers are great. They really seem to care about the students, and put their personal time and money into making the school a great place to learn. They are very accessible and friendly. The principal is accessible as well, and seems to know the name of every 700+ child at the school. The front office staff is also very pleasant. Please don't pay attention to ratings on this and other sites that are primarily based on standardized test scores. Studies have shown that standardized tests show little more than a student's ability to take a test, but have little to do with any kind of real learning assessments. It would be a huge mistake to make a decision about a school for your child primarily based on school grades or any other measure that relies on test scores.

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September 03, 2013
We have had a great experience with this school. One of the biggest surprise for me was how involve the principal is. She is always participating like one of us the the events, also is very approchable to parents. Parents and teachers also work together, its a friendly environment. I feel at home. My son started Kindergarten last year and I was so scared leaving him all day in a new place and community I wasn't familiar with. Everything came to place pretty fast. Everyone was helpful and guided us. I love this school and look forward to more years to come.

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August 01, 2013
I will have two of my three children at Denham Oaks this year. We are very pleased with this school. The administration is fantastic- great communication with parents. The teachers are wonderful- nurturing & challenging at the same time. There are plenty of social events to get involved in throughout the year. The principal, Mrs. Powers, seems to really have her heart in this school. She's in the car line most days, at every social event, and even answered the phone when I called the school this morning! I have recommended this school to several friends & acquaintances and will continue to do so. I am excited to say that I WILL have all three of my children attending Denham Oaks next year! Keep it up Denham Oaks!!

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July 17, 2013
I am truly pleased with Denham Oaks. My daughter just completed her first year there. Her teacher, the principal and every staff member I've encountered takes interest in your child's success and well being. I was hoping my daughter would be challenged enough, but still praised for her achievements and that's exactly what we got.

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June 04, 2013
wonderful school and administration. Teachers have been very good and easily accessible. we have two children at Denham Oaks

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May 17, 2013
Teachers and staff are wonderful, understanding to kids. Keep up the great work. Thank you

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January 01, 2013
Great school! Very happy with the teachers and staff. Teachers are doing a great job.

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November 26, 2012
I have two children enrolled at Denham Oaks, a 5th grader and a kindergartner. I am also a teacher in a secondary level public school. Our whole family loves DOES! The school zones were a major consideration when we bought our home. My husband and I were determined that our children would be able to attend here. I don't know of any other school that tries so hard to involve parents. My children's assignments can be rigorous, but the joy of learning is never stifled. Also, the students have more opportunities for enrichment than I see at other schools. The fine arts are alive and well, not a victim of budget cuts like you see elsewhere. Denham Oaks is a great place for children to learn and grow!

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August 13, 2012
I was shocked to see that someone has insulted Mrs. Powers - how inappropraite...My son began in kindergarten and now is entering his final year at Denham Oaks. Mrs. Powers is one of the reasons this school is so great. What principal do you see on the front lines every day - her office door is always open and she takes the time for any concern with students, staff, or parents. I proudly sing the praises of this school and know it well.

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June 19, 2011
The ethnicity breakdown is quite accurate and quite telling as I was very disappointed and disturbed by the lack of African-American activities - in particular MLK Day. I quietly inquired and during the entire month of February (Black History Month) I did not see any interactive or participatory activities - not one poster, not any notice of anything. Can anyone explain why? I find it hard to believe that is is simply an oversight.....

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October 21, 2010
My daughter just started kindergarten, and Denham Oaks had a Kindergarten Camp for a half day a couple of weeks before the first day of school. My daughter felt very confident in going to this school and has really enjoyed going to school each day as she knew what to expect and had a chance to meet the other kindergarten students and teachers. I think this program is awesome!!

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September 06, 2010
My daughter loved her 3rd grade teachers and and the rest the staff. The principal was no exception. The teachers are genuinely loving and nurturing; the children learn accountability and respect. My daughter learned more than was expected for the FCAT and she blossomed spiritually. She is just as excited about the 4th grade!

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August 18, 2009
My children both go to this school and i love it. I talk to lots of parents about how wonderful denham oaks is. My daughter is in her last year and is scared to leave, she has been so loved and well taken care of. The staff is warm, loving, caring, professional and excellent. Pta is wonderful in organizing events. I give 5 stars.

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May 28, 2009
My son just started this year as a Kindergartener and I must say I am very impressed with the school and his teacher. He loves everything about going to school and looks forward to it everyday. I also love that there is not an overwhelming amount of homework and yet my son can read at a 1st grade level and loves to write. I just can't say enough good things about this school.

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April 11, 2009
This is the best school every. My children both love the teachers and staff. My only concern was that there was only one male teacher until this year. Now they have added a wonderful new P.E. instructor who has really brightened the campus. My daughters loved the Disco unit he did a few months ago. Before your critize DOE. I encourage you to stop by and visit the teachers and staff.

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August 26, 2008
My experience with my six year old was horrible. Her teacher had no experience teaching kids in her age group. There were more activities for the parents than the kids and teachers come across as unprofessional and unorganized. Computers were introduced to my child in the second half of the school year. I did not like this school in the least.

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May 26, 2008
My children go to this school, and I have to say that the previous comment is way off basis. My 2 children always tell me about the different things they get to do music class including playing instruments. My daughter is in chorus. Next year my son is looking forward to Orff!

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February 27, 2008
school lacks stimulation for younger children. k5 should allow children to play instruments in music-allow them to sing in chorus they can do so much more then the school allows them to do. School does not see outside of the box and children do so my child tends to be bored and shows no interest in school.

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February 26, 2008
The principal and assistant principal are dynamic and motivating! The teachers are dedicated to best practice. It's a wonderful school!

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May 27, 2007
Wonderful school.very involved PTA;very well stocked classrooms; lots of parent information about my child's progress & school events. Teachers are very caring & seem to have a strong bond between all the teachers who serve my child on her 'team'. I am impressed constantly by their caring towards not only my child but each other. All the specialists are very professional. My daughter especially loves the two art teachers who work very closely together on projects that are not just fun but multi-cultural, she loves to teach me the new cultures she learns about. Music is also very involved & well done. We love this school!

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January 15, 2006
We have been very happy with this school. Our child's kindergarten teacher is wonderful with her students and is focused on early reading, having the children doing reading homework every evening. Our child is reading and writing after just a few months! She enjoys the music and art programs but hates P.E. because she says they just make her run laps every day and don't 'play any games any more'. Any time we have a problem, we are able to contact the teacher directly and talk to her about what happened without having to rely on a 5-year-old's story every time. The teachers seem to really care about the students and their learning, and that's all I can ask for right now.

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December 17, 2005
My son has been attending this school for 4 years, thus far we are very pleased. My only complaint is they don't offer after school tutoring for math.

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April 01, 2005
Wonderful school, fantastic, supportive teaching staff. Lots of extracurricular activities, including a Dad's club. A definate 5 out of 5 for overall quality!

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March 13, 2005
Absolutely wonderful school. Very caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable teachers and staff. Lots of parent involvement. Has PTA and a Dad's Club. Music dept very well done. Fabulous school for exceptional students and any child with any learning or other disability.

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Denham Oaks Elementary School
1422 Oak Grove Boulevard, Lutz, FL  33559
(813) 794-1600
Last modified Denham Oaks Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Denham Oaks Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top