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436 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

(847) 859-8800
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July 13, 2014
Oakton is the first public school my daughter (a professor at Northwestern) has used for her five year old daughter here in Evanston, and we have been thrilled with it. Her teacher, Mr New, was not only a talented educator, but funny as well - the kind of teacher who draws kids in and relaxes them, but then takes the time to note individual approaches to learning. Really wonderful. The classroom itself was large, bright and merry, and the kids had interested, open attitudes whenever we visited. We wanted a diverse population for our adopted Ethiopian daughter and not only got that, but were very impressed by how educated and verbal the parents themselves were in discussing general elementary school issues. They have Spanish emersion classes but we didn't apply for them - I think it's sort of a lottery at the kindergarten level. Our one concern was that there was lots of waving in the halls and cheery greetings on the fly on the part of the principal, but not much other exposure.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
This school has amazing staff and support staff who help to create a loving and nurturing environment for all students, faculty and families. I am proud to be a roaring cougar.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
"Unconditionally".. Oakton's Elementary (Staff') Will...For their students...Is an.."Early/Continous Life Educational Experience",,.consisting of an.."One On One"..."Child/Parent"..guidance/support... to their "Students" Well Being/Educational Needs...As I"ve noticed/witnessed..."Oakton Elementary"...Is an "No Nonsence/Zero Tolerance"...from it's Staff...inregards to "Any Child Left Behnd"...regarding their "Abilities" to "Succeeding"! Again...wish to include..."ALL" of Oakton's Goals for the "Success" of their "Students"...surely Falls under their "Goal" in "Making an Difference" in the "Life" of their "Students"...But Again...It takes an "Village" to "Raise/Teach an Child".. This is where...Oakton Elementary School..Falls Under..Teaching their Students...Reaching Out to it's "Parents"...for "The Greater Educational Being/Achievements of their Childrens/Students!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2011
At first we were a bit nervous about sending our son here, because of the school's low test scores. We were so wrong! Our son has flourished here, and we are very happy with having him attend our local school.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2010
Fabulous school. My three children have excelled there. Great teachers who get to know and show concern for each student. The creativity and inspiration of the teachers has been remarkable. The principal is approachable and willing to work with parents. I have found the curriculum to be very challenging. Children learn how to work independently and also how to work in groups. We enjoy the wonderfully diverse student population and the different ethnicities are shared and appreciated in a very relaxed environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
One of a kind in the nation combining general education, two-way immersion, and an African-centered curriculum! We are a Spotlight School and have great kids, teachers, and administrative staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
I also feel the need to chime in on what a great experience we've had since our oldest began kindergarten. He has homework and loves it because he loves his teacher! Wow! We would've never expected this level of learning in K but the way it''s presented we're totally on board. We love the Principal and how he has managed to bring everyone together. The music program at our recent 'brotherhood night' had us all in tears. So happy to be in a diversified environment that actually functions! a loving parent

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2010
We are thrilled to be part of the Oakton Elementary School and it's multi cultural community. Our children have excelled in all areas, math, reading and science. By the time they were entering 2nd grade - they were reading at a 3rd grade level. I would highly recommend Oakton!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
Our experience with Oakton has been totally positive! Not only is our child challenged academically (Oakton was recently named an Illinois Spotlight School), but the school has a total commitment to teaching the value of cultural diversity through both classroom and all school events - this is ensuring my child is receiving the most well rounded education possible. All of this in conjunction with involved parents, excellent teachers and a supportive and creative school principle, has made Oakton a gem for our entire community.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
This is a school community that s shown great academic improvement on the D65 curriculum platform and astounding resilience against the naysayers. My kids at Oakton are already reading above their level and doing math in their heads. I m under no illusion that they re geniuses; the whole class is doing well using the differentiated instruction method. Their teachers engage them every day and they have home work every night. I m completely happy with their progress and have confidence they will continue to perform well in this challenging environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 10, 2010
This is a very poor school. There is no level of competiveness amongst the student body and the teachers/ principal could care less. They only try to prep the kids for the ISAT so that it can appear the academic progress is increasing when the kids are learning nothing. I would not recommend this school to a dog!

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2009
Fantastic Principal...willing make positive change

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
We are new to the area! Everyone was so helpful and Welcoming!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Oakton has a great network of parents working together. Our teachers are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
It is a diverse mix of students and parents, many of whom struggle financially. But, despite their socioeconomic struggles, they are parents who do their best to provide a good education for their children. There is an amazingly dedicated principal with an equally dedicated staff... including everyone from the classroom teachers to the librarian, art and music teachers to the custodial staff. Oakton is a school that makes me happy every time I walk through the door with or without my kids. I always see a smiling face. Not to mention, my children (kindergarten and 2nd grade) love their teachers and look forward to being at school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
dedicated staff, involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The strong sense of community at Oakton is what helps contribute to it's uniqueness! Oakton school is filled with wonderful students, staff and parents!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Oakton is a wonderful community of dedicated teachers, an outstanding principal, parents who care about the school and the larger community, and hard-working students.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Oakton is a wonderful school with a warm, welcoming community. The teachers and staff are fantastic. The principal is a skilled leader who works hard to facilitate a cohesive environment between the three curricula offered. It took us a while to find our school & 'home', but we've found it at Oakton!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 18, 2008
I'm the parent of a student in the Kindergarten TWI (Two Way Immersion) program and we love this school. Any hesitation we had coming in has been completely erased. Mr Daniels, the principal, is making things happen: dramatic improvement in test scores and motivated teachers, students, and parents alike. There is a strong, active PTA. Wonderful diversity. Strong community outreach/involvement. It's the type of school that motivates you as a parent to get involved because all of the above.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2008
Oakton is great!!!! My daughter has now in 3rd and my son in 1st. The class sizes are small and all the teachers that we have had has been really helpful. When my daughter fell behined in reading she was put into several extra reading help groups both during and after school. The Sat. morning reading and math was was fun for both of my children. Besides that the parents at Oakton are really great and involved even for a working parent they make it easy to comunicate with everyone through email groups. Last year's production of Song of Roland was something I never thought I would see at an elementery school level. And the most important thing is that my kids are happy.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 02, 2007
Oakton is a wonderful school. The Principal and vice Principal are very involved and always outside in the morning and afternoon to make sure their students are @ school, and are where they need to be in the afternoon. My son has been @ Oakton since K, and he has had a wonderful learning experience. The Principal request that students read for a 1/2 hour every evening along w/completing their homework assignments. Oakton teachers and staff are great, and are always looking for the wellbeing of their students.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2005
Our daughter is in first grade this year in Oakton's TWI program. We are very happy with Oakton. They have small class sizes, gym and recess everyday and great art, music and library programs. Our daughter feels safe and special at Oakton. We really value the diversity of both the student body as well as teaching staff. Oakton also has a strong PTA.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2004
I don't feel this is a very good school. My daugther has been behind in reading and they still won't get her extra help. They even moved her on to fifth grade, reading on a fourth grade level. Angry parent.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2004
This is a great neighborhood school. The teachers work hard and they care about the students. The principal is very dedicated and works hard to make sure the children are learning in a safe environment. Some of the children have discipline problems, which makes the job harder for the teachers, the principal, and the staff, but I think they deal with these issues very well. The school hosts a variety of activities that are fun for the kids and the whole family. My daughter not only learned a lot, she really enjoyed going to school! Oakton is an excellent school. I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
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Oakton Elementary School
436 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL  60202
(847) 859-8800
Last modified Oakton Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Oakton Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top