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Lansing, IL
Students enrolled: 431

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2101 182nd Street
Lansing, IL 60438

(708) 474-1714
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June 15, 2014
My child attended K at this school and needless to say the low test scores are a direct refection of the leadership, if they ever want to excel they'll have to get new leadership. The principal said "we have new schools and now everyone wants to enroll their child", Really?!?!?!? Personally I'd rather have a old building with passing students, instead of a new one with failing ones but thats just me. There are ALWAYS fundraising materials coming home with the students and it appears the priority is fundraising and aesthetics rather than education. The teacher was ok, but there were several issues I had to address regarding common courtesy and the curriculum only became somewhat challenging for my child in the 3rd quarter. Overall, kids attending in this district will be FAR BEHIND their peers that are in true academic environments. I THANK GOD my child was accepted into a school that has a 9 out of 10 rating on here and is a TRUE academic powerhouse. For those that have to send their child here I feel sorry for you, my advice is to work with your child at home as much as you can because if you don't advocate for your child no one will. Good Luck!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
Good school. Good teachers. All around really good experience for my child. She is now attending college, and looks back on the time in Oak Glen fondly.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
I attended this school K-5 and my daughter is now a student there. Last year she had a teacher who was there when I was there and I just have to say, she really needs to just retire already. You can tell she's tired and had no patience whatsoever for the firwst graders she teaches. My daughter went to Lester Crawl the year prior and she had an amazing teacher who went above and beyond X 100 for every student so it was quite a letdown to get such a horrible, crabby, mean spirited woman the following year. I myself almost cried every time I had a conference with her because of how harsh she came across, I can only imagine how she must have made my daughter feel! On another note, there are many teachers who are very good and I overall feel good about sending my child there..Mrs. Heiberger is amazing and truly cares about the district...putting her as superintendent was the best decision they ever made!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
Last school year was my sons first year there and the teacher he has was awful (1st grade to be exact). He did not attend Oak Glen for Kindergarten and the teacher held that over his head! To my understanding the state of Illinois does not require children to go to Kindergarten. My son did have Kindergarten at a great Child Development Center where he learned a lot including addition and reading. This teacher really did not want to teach him so his 1st grade school year was awful and his self-esteem dropped rapidly. I then had to pay for him to go to tutoring which when I reviewed the classwork and homework he would get it right and understand the work. This school really need to get rid of the old teachers who are just lazy and who are there for the pay.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
All of my children went to this school. My last one is now entering Memorial. The teachers at this school are caring, wonderful teachers. I don't agree with the statement about being there to "collect a paycheck". Many of the negative reviews are from more than three years ago. Up until this year I have had a child in Oak Glen since 2001. I would not hesitate to enroll a child in this school. Now with the brand new school almost finished it will be even better. The AYP is a standard that has been set by the government that goes up every year. I don't think it could have been met when all of us parents were in school. It's unrealistic.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
I find it quite ironic that one parent decided to note the schools failing AYP after the letter was given out at registration. Do you even know what an AYP is? Clearly you aren't an involed parent or citizen of lansing. There have been meetings addressing this issue and what it means for the students and parents. My child will be in fourth grade this year and scores above the national average in every test area, and is also a straight A student. No school is absolutely perfect, as a parent you get what you put out. Teaching begins at home, so when there are parents who jump on the latest gossip bandwagon rather than working with their below par children it reflects poorly on the entire district. Make your own informed decisions. I've read every review and question the education levels of some of the parents and objectivity.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2011
This is the 3rd year this school has failed to make AYP. Unfortunately, there are some really great educators at this school. I"m please to say my child has had a few of them.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
While there are teachers who are at this school to simply collect a paycheck, I will say that in my experience there are many who care and do their job very well. The principal doesn't enforce the same rules for the entire student body. This district has the potential to be a great one, thanks to a caring Superintendent. But there needs to be more attention made to the administration in the school itself. As for test scores being low, this school is on the brink of a state takeover, and should have a right to choose, but all the schools but the JR. high are failing. Sad, but true. As for parent involvment, there is a great deal with a good PTA, but it is usually the same people all the time. Many are reluctant to join because of it.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
I love Oak Glen Elementary School I have three children this school. The teachers are fabulos! I see a lot of negative comments on the principle, she does her job very well. Her job is not to be the childrens friend but to be a figure of authority. The PTA at this school is amazing. Never have I saw such dedication in all of the schools I have enrolled my children in. We move alot because of my husbands job, and I can only hope that when my son goes to the Jr High next year the PTA will be just as great. Oak Glen Rocks! The comment about the bullying I don't buy that at all they are very strict on their behavior policies and if it was reported those individuals would have been in big trouble. As far as low test scores if you would attend one of the very infomative board meetings you will understand why the scores dropped this year. We will be back on top again soon. Especially with the new construction starting in March! Oak Glen is an amazing place for children to learn.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2010
We ended up going with the area's private schools. We're far better off not dealing with the bullying, harassing, and low test scores.

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2010
My daughter has been going to Oak Glen for 3 years and I must say that this is one of the better elementary schools in Lansing, IL. They teachers make sure that you are informed of your child's progress and have access to information via email or phone calls. I love how active the parents are with the classroom festivities throughout the year.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 28, 2008
Principal is defensive and not very approachable. The tone is more discipline focused than education focused and she tends to push for doing things because they are her rules and she's going to enforce them. No seeing kids as individuals, just a flock that needs to tow the line the way she wants them to. Very little sensitivity to parents or children.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2008
The punishment of 'all' because of the misbehavior of a 'few' is consistent; Lunchroom is chaotic, not relaxing; Monitors' behavior is frequently inappropriate; There are a few outstanding teachers--you clearly know when you're lucky enough to get one! Parental involvement dwindled drastically from when we came here 6 years ago; Diversity needs to be addressed.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2008
I am shocked at the test scores of the school. I didn't realize they are below state average in all areas. There are some great teachers, but administration lacks in areas of discipline, leadership, approachablility, problem solving, student behavior management.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
Threre are really a lot of changes that need to be made at Oak Glen. Aside from all the discipline and behavior issues other parents have commented on, it is a poor learning environment. There are several excellent, motivated teachers, but the principal is lacking in interpersonal skills. She treats parents poorly and is often very defensive. Some staff are very aggresive with kids and the principal is accepting of this. There has to be a better method of dealing with children than breeding this hositility they are learning from the adult role models they are around every day. I'm sure it's not easy running a school, but they could do much better and school administrators it's time to force some of the less crowded schools to take on some of the excess students. Oak Glen is way overcrowded.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 23, 2008
I think the Principal, should find another school, from what I have observed she is not really ready for the change, which takes someone who is strong and committed, not just openly displaying her distain, and unfair observation. Her job should mean more to her than just a paycheck no matter what children she has under to care. As for the teacher's I have heard more than one student say 'My teacher told me to solve my own problem with ? No matter how tired they get of having to consistinely deal with kids, that's there job. If you see a child getting picked on you resovle the problem as the adult.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
The two children I have attending this school are good students. As a parent I am thankful for the few good teachers because just about everything else is chaios. I am very disapointed in the disipline system at this school. Whats with all the screaming at the kids on a daily basis? The principale agrees with this? Is this a school or a boot camp? My kids hate lunch/recess time because they rarely have a normal one. They are always being punished for things they are not doing. This principale needs to make some serious changes.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2008
There has been no improvement this year in terms of discipline and maintaining a good learning environment. There are now a couple extracurricular activites, but they are often used merely for child care rather than for educational enhancement. It is showing in the staff who contantly yell at kids. I feel very uncomfortable sending my child to school.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
Oak Glen is a culutrally diverse school. The PTA provides the oppourtunity for lots of great PTA functions for the kids. In current years the parental involvement is dropping fast, causing these functions to become fewer and fewer. The overall leadership in this school is contributing to the parents using alternative methods of education such as private or homeschool. There are some amazing teachers at Oak Glen, with the right leadership, this could be a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
My daughter has been attending Oak Glenn now for 3 years. I am very well pleased with her progress. The reading program is awesome! My daughter is an AVID Reader! The techers are excellent and take time with students and are concerned about their progress. The principal is not to friendly and very intimidating. I wouldn't feel very comfortable having a conversation with her. Her secretary is wonderful! I would recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
This will be my son second year at this school and he love it. Oak Glen challenge my son and he is learning a lot more than what he did at his last school. He love Oak Glen he was glad to go back to school this year. And the principal she is always involved with the children at the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2007
Oak Glen is an ok school, yes it has some issues but what school doesn't? A major problem now is the lack of parental involvement. people move to a new community, but don't adhere to the formulas that make that area great. parents are to raise their children, schools are to teach the children. you get in what you put out!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2007
After 4 years at the school, we have seen many changes. Sadly not for the best. From switching around of teachers from grade to grade to the new principal.Oak Glen has the potential to become an A+ school, with the right leadership. They have some wonderful PTA activities, though they parental involvement has dwindled. I believe the Principal could be more involved in the encouragment in that department.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
the level of parent involvement is is greatly impeeded by the principal. she has her own click of parents who she interacts with, and treats the rest of us as if we don't exsist.last year when my daughter was in kindergarten mr miller was principal and he had a repour with all students and parents. he also encourged parents to participate in all aspects of our children education.i feel that this type of participation is vital in the younger years. it helps to promote awereness in a childs education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 16, 2006
I have a child at Oak Glen. Most of the teachers are very good. Parents need to start participating and the PTA needs to make everyone feel welcome to participate. This school will fail if the parents do not do their part.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2005
Oak Glen has many great teachers but lacks leadership from the principal and the district.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
We took our children out of Oak Glen. We felt that there was not proper discipline. The discipline was not one set of guidlines with consequences for all students it was whatever mood the Principle Mr. Miller was in. My children were behind academically compared to other schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2005
My daughter attended Oak Glen from 2nd-5th grade. She came from a very small private school on the north side of Chicago, she adjusted very well. Overall, it's a good school. Mr. Miller is the school principal, he's very in-touch with the students. He knows all the students names. He seems to care about the students. Overall I thought the teachers were good. My daughter did very well in this school. I would recommed this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
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Oak Glen Elementary School
2101 182nd Street, Lansing, IL  60438
(708) 474-1714
Last modified Oak Glen Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Oak Glen Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top