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Libertyville, IL
Students enrolled: 877

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1700 O'Plaine Road
Libertyville, IL 60048

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(847) 996-1401
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Map of Oak Grove Elementary School address.

August 08, 2014
We too have seen a degradation in the school over the last couple of years primarily due to the new superintendent and the institution of the Common Core curriculum. The Jr High math program is a disaster. A number of parents have pulled their kids from the math program and are either paying for tutors or teaching the children themselves. Over the last school year a number of school board meetings were held to attempt to address the problem. The parents passionately plead their case to the board and school leadership. The results were to pay for more consultants to explain to the parents that they just didn't understand how great the program is and we just need to give it more time ... and oh by the way we've hired a new employee who's a "black belt in Common Core" to fix things. Meanwhile Dick and Jane who used to love math now hate math! Kids teaching kids in groups, parents hiring tutors, kids being pulled from the school ... NOT a good situation. How sad for Dick and Jane, how upsetting for the tax payers and properly values.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2014
Like many parents, we moved to the area because of the great reputation of OGS. Unfortunately, over the last few years there has been a steady decline in quality. Moreover, both the school board and administration have consistently forced parents to launch grass roots efforts at the 11th hour to rescue popular and necessary programs. Examples include the foreign language and gifted programs. The school is slowly shifting its focus to only the Common Core curriculum and seems uninterested in continuing the programs that made Oak Grove desirable. The overwhelming focus on technology would be fine if it were combined with things that will really set the school apart such as foreign language immersion program(s) and a strong gifted or accelerated programs. Parent involvement day-to-day and for fund raising efforts is spectacular. However, parents ( and students) seem to be excluded from helping the school shape its programs. As a result parents are constantly battling with factions within the school and administration that seek to make sweeping changes unilaterally. This is sad and unnecessary. OGS was a great school and could be again if the community is allowed to be more involved.

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2013
I have four kids go through OGS, one is in premed at slu, one is in LHS, and the other two are currently going to OGS. The range from low to high in ability. I find the teachers to be demanding but fair. They care about your student and face it kids need that structure in their life when most kids life's are hectic. I find that students get out of school what they are willing to put into it. The lessons they learn here will help them when they go to LHS. It prepares them to become adults. I have had my share of problems with teachers and admin, but in every case they have worked with me and my children to resolve it in the best interest of my child. You cannot ask for anything better. OGS is a good school!

- submitted by a parent

July 12, 2013
Hello. My name is Dr. Lonny Lemon, and I am the Superintendent of Schools at Oak Grove. I am troubled to read the review below describing the discontent with our school social worker and junior high principal. Since parents are allowed to post to this site anonymously, I cannot be 100% sure of the situation, but I have a good sense of the situation. I believe I was also involved and was able to mediate this situation to a peaceful resolution. The student had privileges taken away, the parent was disgruntled, but the District worked hard to implement a system that allowed the student to regain the privileges. It is unfortunate that students and parents sometimes disagree with disciplinary actions that schools impose. However, most parents would say that they appreciate school personnel acting to protect the safety and well-being of all students. Thank you.

- submitted by a teacher

July 11, 2013
Outstanding school, teachers are very kind , caring and helpful. My son loves this school and we as parent quite impressed with the teaching standards and our son's performance..

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2013
I had recently some interaction with the principle and social worker who is now took over case load by previous social worker. i find this school not well equipped with special needs children principle of JHS seems like have no understanding how to address the issues with parent along with the recent social worker. im disappointed and worried for my child well being how they are handeling and not having any knowledge by principle and social worker who should educate themselves how to handel situation and specially treat parent with RESPECT. I had reported many incidents of bullying at bus repeatedly and now im regretting why i moved to this school area. some of the events had been handeld by elementary very well. JHS my daughter had been bullied and not been handeld the way it is suppose to be. I found the JHS principle unprofessional as well as current social worker is unprofessional based on their interaction with me and my daughter well being concerns. previous social worker was great as well as psychologist . Lit teacher JHS is unprofessional with my daughter. I hope they learn and educate themselves with better understanding to deal with kids with special needs NOW!!

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2012
We moved to Green Oaks just to be at this school. Now after 5 years I am less than impressed. I notice that the most recent review on OGS is 2years old. Since then there has been a great shift and exodus. They lost the superintendent and to fill in spaces they moved people around. I found there were very good and well intentioned, passionate teachers in the lower levels (K-5) The Jr High school is terrible. They have lost students to bullying issues and quite frankly I think some of the teachers are bullies(JRH). Yelling at the kids for minor infractations like being late. Unfortunately these are the very teachers who are tenured. I understand in the past some parents tried to petition to get one 7th grade math teacher fired but she was tenured. Actually the Math program in the Jr.High is lacking as all the teachers seem very unhappy and don't enjoy their jobs or like children. My first child survived OG Jr. High just barely and is now doing extremely well in HS. I am considering taking my second child out of the school mid-year. I find the jr high disappointing.

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2010
The teachers really care about the students.The administration seems committed to improving an already good school. I hope they continue to push themselves and their teachers to make it even better.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 08, 2009
I am happy with Oak Grove over-all. Elem. principal should be replaced, very week. Teachers so far have been wonderful. Parent involvement is great.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2009
Great school. Rated one of the best. Down-to-earth people in the community. Great teachers that do their best and try their best at all times.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 08, 2009
School excellent overall. Too many administrators with weak principals. New superintendent very involved. Elementary through 6 grade teachers outstanding. Homework and expectations really prepare them for high school.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2009
We love this school! My children have been attending OGS for a year now (2008 school year) and they love it. Their reading and math skills have really improved and the teachers have done a great job in keeping us informed and engaged in our children's learning.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2009
We moved to Green Oaks just to be at this school and we're so happy we did. The parent involvement is amazing, the teachers are great and best of all, it's K-8.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 22, 2008
very good teachers , but our son has dyslexia which the school offered no help with.We had to pay a private tutor to help us out.since then we decided home schooling was a much better alternative

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 02, 2007
Discipline weak at jr high, better in elementary. Jr. high principal uninvolved with little follow through. Wilcox is excellent. Special ed dept excellent, they work with parents, elem. sped teachers are phenomenal, psychologist, Meserve, was instrumental in figuring out what was wrong with our son, the eval was comparable to a private eval. My children feel safe in school and are happy there.

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2007
The parents are more involved than the staff. The lunches are catered fast food which are very expensive. Very sports driven school/community. Lack of disciplinary action when very much needed. A lot of homework beginning in first grade. Beginning in first grade the children are graded with A-F scores and %. Heavy focus on reading, beginning in kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2007
Terrific primary teachers, particularly kindergarten teachers and support staff.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2006
One of our kids has ADD and the staff has been instrumental in helping us to identify, monitor and treat the ADD and develop a learning plan that meets his needs. He went from reading virtually nothing to being a great reader in a short time with their encouragement and support. The 1st and 2nd grade teachers we had were absolutely among the very best in the nation I would guess. The speech staff and occupational therapy staff were outstanding as well. We are so thankful and appreciative of their caring and support and for making such a huge difference in our child's life.

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2006
Great School very supportive staff.

- submitted by a parent

December 21, 2004
Great school for kids K-3 - upper grade teachers weak, and principals week except for one, LeBlanc. PTO strong, great parent support and lots of activities. District budget is good, but looking for more money. Special education support is strong.

- submitted by a parent

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Oak Grove Elementary School
1700 O'Plaine Road, Libertyville, IL  60048
(847) 996-1401
Last modified Oak Grove Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Oak Grove Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top