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K-5
Public charter
Oakland, FL
Students enrolled: 519
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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456 East Oakland Avenue
Oakland, FL 34760

(407) 877-2039
(407) 877-6222
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December 02, 2014
My daughter loves this school and her kindergaten teacher. I am asked often by others that interact with my child about where she goes to school as she is very social and articulate and very smart. So much of that is thanks to her teachers and the emense support system of parents and teachers at oakland. I also love how involved they require the parents to be (we must volunteer 20 hours per year between both parents), but hours can be gained just by going to monthly meetings in the evening or helping the teachers from home, or just by donating coffee or snacks for the monthly teachers meetings. My 5-year-old is already reading, spelling like a pro, and starting math - I could not be happier with her progress or with Oakland!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2014
My kids have loved their teachers, which is natural because they go above and beyond for their students.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
Great school with great leadership and fantastice teachers! It really is a family where everybody knows your name!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
My son just completed Kindergarten in Mrs. Uhlman's class and she was a joy to work with. She was loving and patient with her kids and the kids were given a great enviornment to learn. My son excelled academically and with his behavior, learning responsability and how to work with others. He loves his school and loved his teacher and therefore loves to LEARN!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
Our son just completed Kindergarten and we are absolutely pleased with the school. The school has a high academic reputation as an "A" school for 7 straight years. Our positive experience is largely due in part to our son's FANTASTIC teacher-- Ms. Dobbs. It's easy to see that Ms.Dobbs genuinely cares for her children with a nurturing, enthusiastic and fun approach to teaching. Our son told me many times he was going to miss his teacher.OACS requires volunteer hours (20 hrs per child; 30 hrs if multiple). I love this, as it encourages involvement. There are many opportunities to achieve these hours from PTO meetings, class activities, field trips, or baking a dish for the monthly teacher meetings. The school could benefit from a gym, more outdoor play equipment, and improved technology or computer room. The children have an enrichment class each day- P.E. (twice/wk), Spanish, character development, and art. Ideally, I would like to see Music or these enrichment course incorporated in the daily curriculum. Overall, I think the school is great! The improvements needed are mainly financial, which is at no fault of the school, and hopefully fundraisers will help over time.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2012
OACS is a great school. My child has attended this school for the past 5 years. We have seen the school grow in all positive ways. We have watched our child evolve from knowing only shapes and colors to reading chapter books and adding fractions. Parent-teacher conferences are mandatory, as they should be. Each family is required to volunteer for 20 hours per school year; it is 30 hours per school year if more than one child attends OACS. There are lots of opportunities to meet this requirement. I am always AMAZED how sooo many families wait until April to start thinking about putting in some time. I highly recommend this school. Many of the teachers know every student by name. Bullying is not tolerated. Uniforms make it easier. Inappropriate student conduct is remedied immediately. The only hassle is car line. While safety is, of course, the #1 priority, drop off and pick up should be extended to more stations along the length of the sidewalk by the playground. Logistically, this would make the line more quicker and alleviate the angst for the residents who live nearby.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2011
My children have attended OACS since its opening day and tomorrow is our last day at the school. These years have been great and not so great. My older daughter flew through the school with no problems. My youngest is an ESE student and we found out too late that OACS was not the school for her. The ESE program is lacking but, because the school is small the teachers and staff all work closely with one another and the parents. If the city of Oakland would work with the teachers and staff and stop the power struggle the school would be better. Just because you can successfully run a town does not mean you can run a school. On opening day the town assured parents that OACS would not be a typical school teaching only what is on the FCAT. Every student would have a well rounded education. Well, it has has become what it promised it would not be a school that teaches strictly FCAT.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
My son has been attending this school for the past three years and he's been blessed to have three very caring, engaging, and inspiring teachers. While there is not a strong ESE program in place at OACS... my son benefits directly from his teachers despite some of the challenges he has with learning. We look forward to three more happy and successful years at OACS.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2011
This is a WONDERFUL SCHOOL!! It reminds me of the kind of school I attended as a child. All of the teachers, principals, etc., know the kids by name and they encourage parent participation. The hours they call volunteering are nothing I wouldn't be doing regardless of whether I got volunteer hours for attending (ex: parent/teacher conferences, helping with a class party or field trip). This is my children's second year at OACS and I couldn't ask for a better environment to have them in. I have comfort in knowing my kids go to a loving environment where the teachers aren't afraid to hug the kids, where they learn about all cultures and they have fun! My son struggles with math and his second grade teacher has worked with him individually for many hours and has never been judgemental and is always encouraging him. There is an exceptional balance of academics and consideration of kids needing to be kids at OACS and that is something that is hard to find these days!! I can't say enough good things about this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2010
I am currently a teacher at OACS and have been for the past five years. In response to the parent that complained about parents having to do most of the work in order to hold us up, this is just absurd and very far from factual. I myself work 5o hour work weeks and also spend some of my weekends preparing material for my class. I am not the only teacher that does this. This is the norm not the exception. We are a dedicated, exceptional group of teachers that are overworked and underpaid due to budget cuts. However, we still teach because we love what we do. The parent involvement is simply to assist already overworked teachers and allows parents to be inolved with their children's education.

- submitted by a teacher
June 03, 2010
The school is very clean. The PTO is wonderful. You go in knowing you will have to do at least 20 hours of service to the school. However, the staff is not supportive and very unorganized. Don't try to see your child's records or rely on anyone to answer a question. If they owe you something , FORGET ABOUT IT. Don't let them think you trust them, they WILL take advantage of you. They will make you think they actually care but remember it is just a business to them. All about their bottom line and protecting their people. OCPS has no say in the matter. Just the town of Oakland, FL. So I hope you have no problems here and are able to get through the year. Maybe you wont get a BULLY of a teacher that will intimidate your child to the point of no return.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
We have been very pleased with OACS for the past 3 years. The teachers and staff hold the children accountable for their schoolwork and behavior. They do not tolerate disrespect. We have observed the children from our local elementary school getting off the bus and most being belligerent, mouthy bullies. If our child says the teacher is being "strict", then I know the teacher is doing his/her job! We just wish drop off and pick up was less cumbersome and time-consuming. Perhaps we should consult the logistics folks at Disney? :-)

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
Oakland Avenue Charter is a wonderful school. My son is in Kindergarten and has ADHD. His teacher has been such a wonderful help and encouragement when it comes to my son. She goes beyond the call of duty. I do agree with the person that mentioned they do not offer many special education classes. However, most parents should expect to help teach their child at home a little if they need 'extra' help. Or they need to pay for private school or tutoring.....

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
This school has been a disappointment. I enrolled my child in a charter to get better education, but that hasn't been the case. If you are looking for a school that is unorganized and relies on parents to do most of the work (because they fill it is our duty to hold them up) then this is a school for you. This School also doesn t have enough Special Education programs for those kids that are in need with learning disabilities. Sadly enough, my husband and I are looking to move my kid from this school because of the poor educations giving to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 16, 2009
My children started at the school when it opened its doors. This school has a dedicated staff and it worked hard to get where it's at.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Love the small private school feel. They have an excellent music program - violin, piano, electric guitar and acoustic guitar. Also, a cool science club!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2009
My daughter is finishing up her first year at Oakland Ave Charter. We have had a great first year and are looking forward to first grade. Her teacher Mrs. Ramdehal was an incredible leader. She has a soft gentle spirit but keeps a organized and orderly class, without yelling. She is firm with the children when needed but also a soft place to land when needed. All the children in her class were reading by January of the school year. Great place to put your child if you plan to be involved in their education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 12, 2009
I am very blessed to have my daughtert in this school. She loves her teacher and is learning so much. I love the way parents are involved with their children. This is a wonderfull school!!! Thank you Mrs.Tortorici you are wonderful!!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
Loving, caring and well educated staff lead by a professional admin staff. We are very pleased with the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
I went to this school the first year that it was opened and it was really a great experience for me.I was not a good student at all before i came here like my mom had to force me to do my homework and to get me to study,but to tell you the truth the reason why i did not want to do it was because i really did not even know how to study.That is what i learned during my years at Oakland Charter.Now i am a high school student and i am making stright A's and i thank all of my wonderful teachers there at oakland avenue charter school.

- submitted by a community member
December 22, 2008
I currently teach at OACS and we work hard to make sure that the students are well provided for academically. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts we have had to rely on other staff members to cover lunch duties and the like. Thats not for a lack of commitment on our part. We are out there on a daily basis with morning and afternoon duty. The only time we have to work on lesson plans are planning period (30 min.) and lunch (30 min). And yes, we do use our lunches to prepare lessons for students and we come in earlier and stay later just to make sure that everything is planned appropriately. As for the parent involvement, parents are only required to volunteer 20 hours per school year in order to maintain that the parents are involved in their child's academic life and can have better communication with teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating December 04, 2008
I am so pleased and feel very fortunate that my 5th grader got into O.A.C.S the teachers are far better than any I have seen thus far. The schools method of teaching makes it a fun learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
Our first year at this school and so far we are very pleased with how our kindergartner is doing. His teacher Ms. Damerel is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2008
This school needs better communication. And focus on teaching regular studies and not FCAT Being in a area where the schools are not so hot, short of moving there is no where else to go

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2008
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September 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2008
My daughter gone here since kindergarten in '04. The teachers have always been sooo wonderful and all staff truly care about your child rom the teachers to the bus drivers. This is a school where all the staff knows your child and welcomes them every day with hellos and hugs calling them by name. When my husband died they staff and student family alike took up a collection and gave us gift cards for groceries or anyrhing else we needed. We will never forget how wonderful they were and how many hugs from staff and student alike helped us through such a terrible time in our lives. If your looking for a school where your child is truly treasured and appreicated for who they are, this is the school for you. You will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2008
This school is AWESOME. My daughter graduated from here in 2006 and my son currently goes there. They make the parents participate in there childrens activities and education, and if the parnets don't, there gone! Out of the school the next year. This is GREAT. It keeps the school with kind and caring parents thus students.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2008
I think this school has the best parent involvement and the parents have to be involved and don't just let the school deal with there kids. I spend alot of time talking to my son and this is great becuse you know what your kids are learning and doing on social standards.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 16, 2008
If you love caring and loving teachers who educate the students on everything they need to know , this is the school to go to. It is wonderful in all the good aspects. I love school with all my heart but, unfortchantly Im going to middle school. I hope and pleade next years students will feel the same!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating April 04, 2008
As a teacher at this school, I can honestly say that the parent involvement is exceptional, even outside of the mandatory volunteer hours. As a school of choice, we have to work together to provide the best education for our students. I feel the staff is willing to go the extra mile and so are most of the parents.The fact of the matter is, OACS is a school of choice. If parents do not like the volunteer hours that are required, then they can choose to go else where. It is my hope that those that do choose to attend will value the teamwork and involvement in their child's education. As a teacher, I can honestly say that I love being a part of such a wonderful learning environment. The possibilities are endless and the students are challened in many different ways. I am proud to be a teacher at OACS.

- submitted by a teacher
March 14, 2008
If you are looking for a school that is unorganized and relies on parents to do most of the work (because they fill it is our duty to hold them up) then this is a school for you. We are zoned for a school that has a poor grade in our area and was at first excited about this school. I am a mom that does homework with my child and thinks that it is important, but staffing the lunchroom and yard work because their staff is not willing is wrong expectations of parents whom are busy juggling their Kids, husband, job, laundry and housework. Sadly enough, my husband and I are looking to move because of the poor options of schools in the neighborhood that we love.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2008
All schools have problems. Thats just the way it goes. This school is above average. Its a good school. Yes it is kinda small. with no gym, but a large outdoor area and a seperate fenced in basketball area. Small cafeteria with a below average kitchen but a good staff that cares. Great aftercare program who do more than babysit. The aftercare before stunk. I give this school a B.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
This is the first year at Oakland Ave. for my two five year olds and third year for my niece and nephew, so far im very pleased! The communication with the teachers is excellent. Curriculum is a bit fast but my children are catching up with at home studying. I have no complaints at this time and hope it stays this way. Good job Oakland Ave.!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2006
This school is a huge dissapointment. The curriculum is behind other public schools. There's too much staff turnover. The teracher to student ratio is also higher than our regular public school.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2006
I have been at this school since the beginning. I am so proud of all the hard work and dedication of all the parents and staff. We got our 'A'. now lets get our middle school! Go Eagles

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
An awsome school with an outstanding staff

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2006
My oldest son has been going to Oakland Ave since the doors opened 3 years ago and I [have] nothing but great things to say! The teachers are awesome, the staff is great. My youngest just started and it has been a blessing to have such caring people help me through such a tough transition with him. I would not have my children go anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
I think Oakland Ave. Charter is a wonderful caring school. I think after only 2 years in operation and 1 sick principal, given time OACS will be an 'A' rated School. The bacedemic programs are available and as time goes by, will be used widely within the school. The level of parental involement is incredible. All the parents stick together to better help the children.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
This school has been a disappointment. I enrolled my child in a charter to get better education, but that hasn't been the case. Instead, the scoring of the school has decreased 2003-2004 school year (the schools first year) from a C school to 2004-2005 year a D. This has been disheartening to say the least.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2005
OACS is a decent school, however the arts program is lacking. The curriculum focuses on the core subjects. While volunteer hours are mandatory is often hard to find some. The fifth grade teachers are ok but the discipline policy is unfair. The school is considering adding a middle school to the existing K-5 school for the 2006-2007 school year. Uniforms are mandatory and there isn't a gym for PE. They provide buses to most areas. The school is located in a tiny town and the front office staff are very welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
My child is in her second year at Oakland Avenue Charter School. Last year I was more than pleased with the success my daughter had with her education in second grade. This year we have faced the challenge of having to abruptly change principals mid-year due to some circumstances that were out of the school's control. I think we will see this school improve by leaps and bounds now that there can be some consistancy in leadership. With our choices in the West Orange area being a few well managed public schools, charter schools, and paying for a private education I think Oakland Ave. is a wonderful choice.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2005
This school was a huge disappointment. Curriculum behind regular public schools. Overcrowded, small classrooms. Small lunchroom with terrible food. Limited facility which limits student activities.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2004
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May 18, 2004
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Oakland Avenue Charter School
456 East Oakland Avenue, Oakland, FL  34760
(407) 877-2039
Last modified Oakland Avenue Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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