Our 2 years at Oak Grove was an amazing experience. We never regretted choosing Oak Grove over private school. The teachers were fabulous and the 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Bolsen was the best teacher I have ever met. We highly recommend this school.
This is our 6th year at OGE, and I've seen a progressive decline in leadership and methodology. We've gone through 4 principals, with the current one being a non-existent presence. Previous principals were pro-active and visible in hallways, at functions and events, and engaged and communicated with parents. Due to the principal turnover, there has been some teacher attrition, and new teachers have not yet found their rhythm within OGE.
Most discouraging is the establishment of rules to control students at times when they should be allowed to let off energy. In addition to the mind numbing classical music silent lunchtime, my child's class is regularly made to walk laps at recess instead of playing, because though only a few students were "talking in the hallway" or "acting up at lunch", the entire class is punished as a group. The "acting out" behavior in itself doesn't seem enough to warrant punishment for the "few involved", let alone everyone.
For the past three years, OGE instituted a rotation system in 4th grade where students have 4 teachers. It's taught our child to be flexible and to deal with multiple learning styles (positive), yet the coordination and communication among teachers seems to falter, causing homework overload, multiple assignments and testing on same days and general lack of awareness as to the individual needs of students. Parent teacher conferences are only staffed by the homeroom teacher, who has limited information for other classes.
Our last child at OGE has increasingly struggled due to these and numerous other reasons, leading us to explore alternatives for the next year.
I chose this school over private school for my two daughters. Great school, amazing parental involvement. Would like to see more "specials" like library and foreign language and more after school offerings (golf/tennis). Love the school overall though.
Principal turnover is terrible for a school and we are on our third Principal in the past four years. Our new Principal seems to bring little direction, personality or presence to her position and rarely interacts with the children or the parents. An inordinate amount of focus on being quiet at all times (even during lunch) and a minimal amount of outdoor time (20 minutes) doesn't allow for socialization or time for kids to develop relationships with each other. I appreciate the passion our teachers bring to their positions, but also feel that at a 1 teacher per 25 kids ratio, that the class sizes are too large to focus on each child's individual needs or to give extra attention to kids who need it- and they all need it at one point or another. If you were thinking of moving to this area solely for the school I would urge you to reconsider.