My daughter is in 2nd grade, so we were there for the last year of overcrowding and she was at the local Middle School for kindergarten. I was a bit nervous about the arrangement, but the principal handled it beautifully and did an amazing job to advocate for her students and get them what was needed. Now we are at or below capacity, have below average class sizes for the county, the teachers and principal are fabulous and the PTA is second to none. There are a large number of after school activities, so there is something for everyone. There is a very positive atmosphere with the focus being on positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than punishment. We lost two fifth grade classes due to reorganization and those two teachers opted to move to lower grades rather than leave this fabulous, supportive school. The principal also has an elementary school aged child in MCPS, so she looks at things with her "mom hat" on as well as her principal hat, so things are made clear and fair. She is no nonsense but garners the respect and the adoration of her teachers that work for her as well as her students. We really couldn't ask for a better neighborhood school!
What a reviewer said about the classes being taught to the middle range is simply not true. The students are pulled out for advanced math and reading. My son just graduated and will be in the Middle School Magnet program along with a record *10* other students from this school! Plus, he and 9 other kids got into the Highly Gifted program and only 2 went because they were sufficiently challenged at OTES! And the MSA are way, way, way above average for the country! Plus the school is very diverse. Really, what more could you want?
We moved to this area so we could have our children in a great school but still live in a moderately priced area. The principal is one of the most committed educators I've ever met and now that the school is a normal size and almost all the teachers are veterans, the school will be even better.
OTES is a top-notch school. My child will be in 2nd grade next year and is thriving. The class sizes are small and the school is run very well. I have spent a lot of time volunteering in the classroom and have seen first-hand how dedicated the teachers are. The school is diverse and offers numerous before and after school activities. My child loves his school!
This school has serious problems. It is badly overcrowded, with enrollment more than 300 students over its capacity. This has created a number of problems, among which are oversized classes (my child's kindergarten class last year had 19 students), lack of adequate recess and little time for children to forge meaningful social connections. The wide spectrum of aptitude levels in any given class, along with inflated class size, means that instruction is often pitched to students in the middle-to-lower aptitude range. If you have a child who is already reading before he or she enters kindergarten, approach Oakland Terrace with extreme caution. Teachers aren't of uniformly high quality. Talented teachers seem not to stay; they are replaced by young, callow teachers who need professional development and mentorship, but aren t getting it at Oakland Terrace. After-school program offerings are not on par with those of other elementary schools.