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Oakhurst Elementary School

Public | K-3 | 346 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted July 29, 2013

We have two children at this school and have been very happy with the teachers, the level of parent involvement and the special programs (art, Spanish 4x week etc.) Our youngest is in the gifted program, and he is appropriately challenged and loves going to school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

We moved to this school district as we had heard such phenomenal things about Oakhurst. The community is awesome, but we have found the communication within the school to be very poor. And the principal can be a bit difficult to work with. They love it if your child is right down the middle as far as intellect, but if your child has some special needs or is above average intelligence, it seems like they have a hard time dealing with that. Parents really need to ask for what they need. For instance, we were not aware that our child needed to be bringing a library book home nightly to take AR tests weekly. We were only having him read nightly at home and this went on for months. Personally, politics within the school have really caused a lot of stress for us as parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2013

My child was doing 30-minute presentations in first grade. I was skeptical until I saw it in action (twice)! He learned to research, to read his audience, to tell facts, to give an opinion and back it up, to use visual aids, to field questions--all with a supportive teacher. And this experience IS typical. Utterly amazes me what kids can learn in a good school these days.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2012

Oakhurst is creative and energetic. The teachers are dedicated, enthusiastic, and involved, and there is a wonderfully supportive parent community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2011

This school should be a model for all others! The teachers are incredible, the teaching styles incorporated are outstanding, the parental involvement is beyond measure, the principal is enthusiastic and wonderful, even the maintenance and lunch staff are great. My kindergartener daughter came home after school one day and asked me to make her MATH PROBLEMS to solve. *That* is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2011

We came from Brookwood Elementary in Gwinnett County Georgia and we are so very impressed by the quality of education that our 2nd grader is receiving. We were initially skeptical about Oakhurst Elementary, but it is such an awesome school. It has a great principal and office staff and it has great teachers...and last but not least...the community involvement is unbelievable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

The teachers are fantastic, the curriculum is amazing. This school has managed to keep Spanish, Art, Music and PE as a part of the school day - despite amazing budget cuts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2010

My daughter went to school here and we loved it! The teachers are the best and the principle is extremely supportive. remember they used to take walking field trips to the Oakhurst Community Garden and the nearby creek. Can't find a better school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2009

My son is a rising 2nd grader and we have been thrilled with his experience at Oakhurst!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

I love the school and their curriclum system. The tearchers are fabulous. I love the atmospere, the only thing I have had a problem with was the principle. She has not been the easiest person for me to get along with and my kids have been going to this school for well over 4 years and my opinion of this principle haven't changed. Overall the school system is great!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2008

Wonderful school! We have been so happy with the teachers, staff & fellow parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

We have two gifted children and were very impressed with Decatur schools in general but we were particularly pleased with this school's gifted program. Not only is the pullout teacher outstanding but most of the regular classroom teachers are gifted certified and are very good at making sure that ALL children in the classroom are challenged. The Expeditionary Learning Model also really provides challenge to gifted children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

We absolutely love Oakhurst School. The staff is first rate, the teaching is engaging and authentic, and the expeditionary learning model is fabulous. There's a strong school culture, and it feels clean and secure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2007

Wonderful community K-3 school in a RAPIDLY gentrifying district. Expeditionary learning is great and is a rare thing to find in a school that tests so well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2006

Great school! Highest scores in the district as of 2006 and they still manage to have extensive arts and foreign language programs, and the kids still get recess daily most of the time. Plus they have a wonderful outdoor student garden that the kids care for and are building a $20,000 outdoor classroom. Also, thank goodness they don't send home those hideous standardized test practice worksheets every night like so many schools do these days- ugh! Great teachers, loving principal! Bravo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2005

Small class sizes, great small community feel, high energy teachers who are truly devoted to their students, very slick curriculum. They have a TV station that all of the children utilize, and their shows have won national awards. All in all a cream of the crop school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2005

This is an outstanding school with terrific teachers and one of the most dedicated principals that I have ever seen. This school has an interesting, fun and challenging gifted program and also has a very extensive and successful Spanish language program. The school was renovated about 2 years ago and is beautiful. The classrooms are huge with lots of big windows and natural light. They are implementing an ELOB program next year that parents and teachers are thrilled about. Can't say enough good things about this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 86% in 2010.

94 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

94 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

94 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

58 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

58 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

58 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 44%
Black 23% 37%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Asian 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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