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Highwood, IL
Students enrolled: 490

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240 Prairie Avenue
Highwood, IL 60040

(847) 433-0930
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May 03, 2015
I attended Oak Terrace from 1st through 4th grades and loved it, though it was a long time ago. From learning the difference between "you're" and "your", how to use a comma appropriately, and basic math, I also developed a love of reading, learned to play fair, and gained confidence in myself. When people comment on my use of "the Queen's English", I tell them it was my education at Oak Terrace that made me the published writer I am today. Loved this school.

- submitted by a community member

September 11, 2013
Oak Terrace is an excellent school with excellent teachers. It has been closely allied with the community ever since its beginnings. Best wishes to a new school year. As a former OTS teacher I know how hard everyone at Oak Terrace works to improve education for its students.

- submitted by a community member

July 25, 2011
We originally chose this school and moved to this area because of the dual language program. Unfortunately, my son ended up having a learning disability and could not participate in the dual language program. However, the resources available for him have been fantastic and his special education teacher has been very involved in his progress. We are very happy to have chosen this school and look forward to enrolling our other two little ones here.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2010
I have had 3 children at this school and would NOT recommend this school AT ALL. The leadership is so poor that there is high teacher turnover and no consistency. This school is too big and too chaotic and the principal is unable to deal with this in any way, shape, or form. We are pulling our kids from this school and I only wish that we had done so sooner like the many other parents who did so earlier!

- submitted by a parent
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April 24, 2010
Oak Terrace administration and teachers work collaboratively to ensure that each and every child feels safe at Oak Terrace and free to pursue the quality North Shore School District education that is proffered.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2008
Oak Terrace is a fabulous school. Our home school is Lincoln, but my kids travel to OT get a wonderful education. The teachers are dedicated, the facility is modern and well-equipped, the population is diverse and the principal is simply the best. You can't beat Oak Terrace for a quality education.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2008
We have been at Oak Terrace School for 5 years. We did not 'happen' upon it by chance, we choose it. Next August we will finally have all three of our children attending. The school does an amazing job bringing many different programs together( bi-lingual, dual language, monolingual, special ed., gifted etc.) to create one unified school. The principal and staff are enthusiastic and willing to go that extra mile to help each unique child. I could not imagine my children any place else but in this microcosm of the real world. Tolerance, patience, kindness, diversity-all the norm here. What a tremendous life education the children receive in addition to the traditional academics.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2008
Our son started second grade at Oak Terrace in August 2007. We moved from a Spanish immersion program in Indianapolis and sought out this school because of its strong language program and its cultural diversity. From our first day we have been impressed with friendliness and professionalism of all the staff from the head teacher down. Our son enjoys every day at school and is being challenged in all subjects. The school prides itself on teaching to the individual and I would say this is true. We cannot put into words how much we love the school. If you are considering moving to this area, then a tour of the school is a must.

- submitted by a parent

December 29, 2007
My son went to this son for a few years and I wish we didn't have to move from IL to TX. The people who work in this school know all of the children for the most part, even the children not in their classes. The teachers listen to you and are there to help you just as much as they are there to help your child learn. They really care about your child and helping them learn. Amazing school and they have the most amazing Counselor who knows every child in the school by name and she knows most of the parents of each child as well.

- submitted by a parent

July 30, 2007
One of my greatest complaints about the school is trying to pick up your child - at the same time as the parents of the other 500 children are picking up their child. The deplorable parking facilities are inexcusable for a building that is only 5 years old. Our child's teacher is amazing...but much of the rest of Oak Terrace's program is lacking. The school prides itself on being a magnet school for bilingual students - at the expense of those students who are native speakers of English and are not in the bilingual program. My son repeatedly has reported feeling excluded from the main focus of the school.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2007
We love the teachers and the staff. They are supportive and listen to your families needs. They offer a comprehensive curriculum and allow the children to excel. The only downfall is that some things the school offers are expensive.

- submitted by a parent

January 05, 2005
Oak Terrace is a great school. The teachers seem to 'really' care about the students individually, and they are more than capable to do an excellent job with the students on several different levels. I am impressed with the curriculum, but most importantly with the teachers and my child's sense of comfort with those in supervision here. It's been a good experience for us. I'd love to see a little more diversity amongst the teaching staff (more African-American teachers). Overall, it's a great school with a great dual language program for the students. What an opportunity!

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2003
Great school with top teachers who care.

- submitted by a parent

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Oak Terrace Elementary School
240 Prairie Avenue, Highwood, IL  60040
(847) 433-0930
Last modified Oak Terrace 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.
Oak Terrace Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top