I feel like the teachers and staff care very much for the children here. I don't think that they are given enough resources and are doing very well for what is provided to them. The students are overall tested too much and this in turns leads to the teachers not having enough time to actually teach. It does not make sense to have 22 students or more in one class and share one teacher assistant per two classrooms. Imagine having to spend every day of your work life, constantly on the edge with having to be tested on things you have just been taught. I would think this would cause anxiety at the least. When is the learning actually done?
Please keep supporting this school and its instructors. There is always a chance to make things that don't appear fantastic to others better. This school is one of those chances and should be given ample opportunity as other appropriately funded schools.
A concerned Parent
My two children both attend Oak Grove. It has the outward appearance of a good public school: Good neighborhood, wealthy parents, well behaved children. What they teach at Oak Grove is confusing and often meaningless not at all designed to prepare your children for success in the future. If you are interested in children who regurgitate core curriculum, memorize facts and help the school improve test scores, then you are in the right place. If you child does not fit this mold, good luck getting help. They are parsimonious about doling out resources for special needs children. The Special Ed teacher seems to be illiterate with a computer, but what she lacks in technology she more than WAY makes up for in her ability to interact with the children, so that is good. The teachers make good efforts to be helpful,but when the going gets tough, they are pawns to administration. The school is limited w/technology. They don't seem at all inclined to update use of technology or even utilize valuable parent IT resources on a volunteer basis. To this parent, it is a reflection of poor Principal leadership. I wish the PTA would raise funds for iPads or something actually useful!
My son is finishing his first year in Kindergarten and it was great. His teacher was Ms. Whitney. I can say I had my doubts about my son entering into the DPS school system but I worked closely with his teacher and she always had a very organized plan for my sons class. It allowed me to see his progress and know what he accomplished through the year. I enjoyed the interaction from the school because they kept me aware of activities and my sons achievement.
I feel like the teachers are not taking time to help children that are behind. My child comes home with homework and can not even begin to explain what it is that she needs to do. This makes me very upset! You're teachers your job is to teach all of the children in the class and make sure they understand what's going on!!!