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Oakbrook Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 582 students

 

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Posted Sunday, July 6, 2014

The school has provided a wonderful educational environment for my child. The Mandarin Immersion program is fantastic and gives the children an opportunity to learn a 2nd language as part of their everyday curriculum. The teachers are kind, caring and involved with academic development of the children inside and outside of school. The only complaint I have is that the current principal isn't the friendliest. The children don't find her very warm...more like a drill sergeant. I understand being a principal is a tough job but a good leader in someone that everyone wants to work with...not avoid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2014

Great school, great teachers. The Family Tree program is top notch. In all honesty, the teachers in the mandarin program are 10 times better than those that are not. The ones that are not are a hit/miss. I hear they are changing the program though, so we'll see what next year brings. New principal is doing a great job though, although the kids are not too fond of her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2014

All of my children have gone through Oakbrook and I still have the youngest there. My biggest complain is class sizes, every year it has gotten worse. Half of the families in my neigborhood that are zoned for this school takes their kids to private school or other schools and the main reason is class sizes. We are seriously considering putting our youngest in private school since this has been an issue for him too. UCS need to do something about this or this school will continue to go down, it has a pretty bad reputation already. 25 kids on a 2nd grade class is absurd. I feel for the teachers they are doing what they can but the district needs to address this. I believe this schools is one of the worst in the district in term of class sizes because of the large amount of out of district kids they are taking. I have nothing againts school of choice but class sizes is driving in district kids out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

The teachers and principal in this school are very good. My son is Mandarin program, what is great. He is very happy attending to the Oakbrook.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

The principal and all the staff are great. I would reccomend this school to anyone. I just recently moved before the school year and enrolled in the school of choice to keep my student here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2009

The principle is amazing! He genuinely cares about the students. As a parent I feel he makes himself available to my cares and concerns. thankyou
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2009

this school is simply amazing. ive had such luck with the teachers and you dont need luck to be good with them. theyre all very nice and they help each and every student.


Posted February 8, 2009

My children are bilingual and this school does not offer any real solution to helping them learn. What can be solve by holding a child back a grade. They need a bilingual teacher to help the students with what it is that they don't understand. I do spend time with my children and teach them as much as I can but it is so overwhelming that i feel why do I need to send them to school if I have to teach them everything so when they go to school they can do the school work the teacher gives them. If your child is fluent in english and smart then yes this is a good school. And for the record my child isn't the only or the first bilingual student that is transfering out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

I am a school of choice parent and I feel very blessed that I am able to have my children go to such a wonderful school. The teachers and staff are wonderful. I feel that the parent participation is very important and hope that in the years to come we are lucky enough to have parents involved as much as they are now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

I am very happy with my children's experience at Oakbrook because bottom line is their education. Awesome teachers and support staff. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful principle, Mr Shepard. He always has a open door for parents,who want to talk. My boys are better people for attending Oakbrook.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2008

Oakbrook is a school of choice for us and we have been extremely satisfied. My son attends Mrs. Herppich's K class and having her for a teacher has far reached my expections. She is so wonderful and I couldn't have asked for a better role model. The K classes have high school student helpers that work so well with the kids. I have noticed the more you get involved, the more you know what's going on and the more people you meet. Thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2007

Oakbrook is a wonderful school. All of the teachers are excellent. The PTO is very involved with the school and raises a lot of money to make it possible to support many school activities and fieldtrips. They have free events like the Fall Festival and the Winter Wonderland. As for the people who have complaints, they should get involved with the PTO and help improve the school instead of sitting around doing nothing and complaining.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2007

I was surprised to read anything negative about this school. Having moved several times due to my husbands job I have experience with many elementary schools. Oakbrook is hands down the best. I too thought that the PTO was clicky until I started going to the meetings. With 200 families enrolled only an average of 15 parents attend the meetings and organize the events. These parents become close because they are together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

Fund raising in the school is way over the top. This was my first year at the school and it seems like they were constantly selling things. All of the events that the school holds cost the parents money including their end of the year celebration which was really just a carnival although it wasn't advertised that and the prices were ridiculous. I was shocked to see how much money everything cost at the celebration including the games. It seems to me that they should be providing some free events throughout the year instead of draining us all dry. Not everyone can afford that kind of money. PTO should be spending some of the money instead of sitting it in an account. I do like the school overall and the teachers have been good so far. Would like to see more benefit for all the hard work we do to raise$
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2007

Agree with an earlier review of Family Tree click and spilling into classroom. Big clicks when my child was in school. Special requests for the good teachers honored by principal and those not in click told no requesting teachers. Discussions with principal atrocious.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

Both of my children have attended Oakbrook since they were 3 yrs old. Our experience has been wonderful and rewarding. The school offers many clubs such as science olympiad, social studies olympiad, math club, scouts, service squad etc. They encourage parent involvment and offer their pto meetings in the evenings so all parents can attend. The staff have always been willing to work with me and my children in areas of concern and I found most teachers go out of their way to make sure help is given when needed even on their own time before and after school. A learning center and math tutor is available and the school has nursery school through 6th grade for 9 years of a quality education. The PTO offers many family events including a year end fair, Octoberfest, a winter wonderland and also special events for rewarding the children on social sucess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2007

Both of my children attend this school, and I have to say that for a working mother they dont support that life style at all. If you cant be at that school to help out at least 90% of the time your a bad parent. They dont offer any after school homework clubs or reading groups. They expect our children to just be smart and not to have problems. If they do there ADD or ADHD and need to be put on meds. The principle is very nice dont have anything good to say about the teachers okay maybe one 'lazy'. I apologize if this affends anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2006

Mrs. White Knight the principal is awesome. She knows almost all of the parents and toddeler siblings of the enrolled children. Most of the teachers I have really liked. The #1 worst thing about this school is that the parking lot is way too small for the amount of traffic before and after school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

The Principal is the best; very involved. The teachers are great. I am amazed about how much my children have learned in Kindergarten and first grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2005

The administration, teachers, and support staff are professional and caring. I have felt supported in my goals for my children. Art, music, and foreign language programs begin in Kindgergarten. The art program in particular is impressive. My kids are learning so much, and loving it!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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72%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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69%

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46%

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67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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52%

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54%

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45%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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16%

2013

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
16%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 27% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
34%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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55%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Below Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 69%
African-American 8% 18%
Asian 6% 3%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Hispanic 1% 6%
American Indian N/A 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Ms. Linda Schneider-Rediske
Fax number
  • (586) 797-5901

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12060 Greenway Dr
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
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