Young, inexperienced teachers, and large class sizes. If your child has ADHD and/or other disabilities, don't go here. They do not accommodate anything outside the normal student or traditional special education students. After a while, teachers, principal, and staff no longer helpful for a child with special needs. The superintendant is very disconnected with the school and seems to have a different agenda-it's not about helping the district or kids. She doesn't even have a teaching degree nor has she ever been a teacher. VERY POOR personal skills, and is unapproachable. I would not recommend this school.
Principle Mr. Carter is great, very involved and caring. School is awesome, very new nice library and computers. Teachers are very young and inexperienced, most older teachers are gone. School replaced them with younger less expensive teachers and the lack of experience really shows. Class sizes are very large usually near 30 per (inexperienced) teacher with at least 2-3 special needs or discipline needs children in each class. My children do get straight A's, God has blessed them with what it takes to get good grades and we do spend lots of time with them at home. Other children are not so lucky but get pushed through due to "no child left behind". I am very disappointed with the politics of the new superintendent who seems to care only about the budget and her own paycheck. I would no longer reccomend this school, fortunately my children are in their last year.
From the lunch Ladies to the pricipal every one is invloved with the children. Severasal years ago we lost funding for music and the principal seen a ndeed and deveo;ped a musical for the 4th and 5th graders. we have gotten the music abck but the principal continues to do the musicals. He and the assitant principal have bee n evn teaching in in the class room when there has been a need. I see them work with excellance for this school to be the best., As well as the other employees and they have strong parent volunteers.
My 2 children went to Morris schools and they make me a proud mother.
White Oak has caring and giving teacher. They have a very envolved P.T.O. Mr. Carter is a great principle that goes above and beyond what is expected.
My daughter has had 3 out of 3 fantastic teachers. She has excelled and become a outstanding reader in such a short time. These teachers are awesome. Also, I have never been to a school where the principal greets the kids outside at the drop off and opens doors rain or shine. Mr. Carter is amazing!!
I love working with the teachers here. They are understanding if you child has any speacil needs
Our son was in Mrs. O's kindergarten class. He was one of the higher needs kids in the class, mainly with staying on task issues and she did a wonderful job of helping him. We liked the principles attitude on teaching as well. The pick up procedure is a little hectic with kids running everywhere. We came from MVK where they really are on top of safety and being sure kids are picked up by approaved guardians. White Oak seemed at the oppisite end of the spectrum compared to MVK.
My daughter went to Whiteoak for K and First grades. We hated it. The teachers are horrible and have very low standards. They would not get my child the help they needed until they scored low enough they were forced to. They let my child fall so far behind the class. Since then we have moved and my child is now going to a better school that cares about the students and it shows. I would not recomend this school to anyone.
This school is A+ in my book. The kids are involved and the student teacher ratio is execellent. Teachers are understanding and cooperative with special needs. I would definately recommend.
This is my son's second year at White Oak in Mrs. Walker's developmental kindergarten class and I couldn't have asked for a better teacher for my child. She's the best and my son loves her dearly. My stepdaughter is in fourth grade at White Oak also. I know the classrooms are crowded and it is upsetting there is no art or music classes yet, but the teachers are still terrific. Parent involvement is pretty good from what I've seen. I stay involved as much as I can with 3 kids and I always see other parents there. The PTO does a GREAT job with fundraising for the school also. Everyone pitches in and helps where they can. It's a great community to be a part of helping out.
In spite of the cuts that were made last year due to the loss of revenue from the nuclear power plant, this school continues to shine. I am a teacher in another district and we chose to keep our child at White Oak where he continues to thrive. The school has a wonderful PTO and an amazing principal. I firmly believe that parental involvement goes hand-in-hand with student success or lack thereof. Sadly, it has been my experience that many parents would rather blame the school for their lack of parenting as it is related to the success of their child in school. If your child attends a school where cuts have been made...volunteer! You can even have the teacher send home work for you! It's very sad that extras had to be cut. Spend that time with your child! Parents, we need to step up to the plate...all of us!
My son's teacher Ms. Yuhas is great. You could not ask for a better teacher. This school is absolutely perfect for my son, and I have to say for once he really enjoy's going to school!
So sad that music, art, and so many other services were cut this past year. Students will really be missing out. Some staff are genuinely concerned about the well being of their students, but there are several others who need to retire.
whiteoak, has lost its purpose, cut backs and class room which will be over crowded, so much for no child left behind, we are planning to move out of this district, Morris has really dropped the ball, high taxes, poor service, we have had enough, perhaps more families will see this and step up and ask why, do our kids need to suffer poor educational standards, Morris leaders are not for the students, I don't think the leadership has a mandate on anything , except higher taxes and lowered services. Tim
I really worry about where this district will be heading in the future. The test scores are good now, but how good will they be when there are 35 students to 1 teacher. I, for one, and not happy at all about all the cuts that are taking place. I moved here 5 years ago, because of the sense of community here in Morris and also the good schools. I am definitely rethinking my decision.
I realy wonder how a school so beautiful can care so little about the students. How is a child supposed to learn the basic food groups when they're not being served in the caffeteria? And why is the childrens safety compromised by children who are allowed to use abusive language to not only other students but also to teachers. And the only consiquense is the child being move from the green to the yellow class functions. Most of the time the parents aren't even informed. The same basic rule applies to the bus arrangemets also. My only wish is that this school with so much potiental can clean up it's act.
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