The Oakwood School appealed to us for three primary reasons: the faculty and staff are engaged and excited about their work; the parent community is involved and inclusive; and most importantly, the students are obviously happy and eager learners. We looked for a school that provided academic excellence in a nurturing environment and we found that in Oakwood. My daughter loves to go to school each day and that makes it worth every penny. We believe fostering a love for learning is a priceless investment.
The Oakwood School is very safe overall. Each student receives a laptop in the 4th grade. This is good and bad, it helps the students learn how to use technology and to access all of their notebooks on the laptop. This is a very elite school, I personally have been going to this school for 8 years. The middle school is very poor, the lower school is okay. The high school is very good. I am leaving The Oakwood School, because everyone is in small knit clicks and teachers favor children. The parents and teachers treat it like a country club.
My honest thoughts on The Oakwood School is that overall, it is a great environment and is a very involved community. I can leave my laptop or my expensive instrument anywhere on the campus without hesitation and not worry about it being stolen. However, there are some major downfalls. For example, the math curriculum has rarely been up to par with other schools (esp. in lower-middle school). A lot of the academics aren't quite what you'd expect from such an expensive independent school. Also, quite a few of the teachers aren't qualified teachers and have no experience in the subject. This in my opinion is very inappropriate of such an expensive and higher class school, albeit several of the teachers are extremely good and know what they're doing. However, even it being higher class, I find my peers not to be snobby in a serious manor nor the staff or administrators to be rude. Overall this is a very good school, yet it has some minor and major downfalls. If you want a very safe environment and a very comfortable environment, then look no further. Yet, if you want a top of the line academic-focused school, I would look elsewhere, but do not take TOS out of consideration.
We have a high school student at Oakwood and we're very pleased with the education he is receiving. The new headmaster has done an excellent job restoring school spirit and credibility. The faculty cares about the students and they are all very accessible to the students. At least 20% of the graduates ('09 & '10) have been accepted to UNC-Chapel Hill and the other students have done very well with the college admissions process as well. The school's athletic programs are improving and there are other extracurricular activites available as well. It's located on a nice, safe campus west of town. Admittedly, the student body is generally upscale but there is diversity and there are financial aid opportunities for academic excellence. While I don't have much first hand knowledge of the lower school, 99% of what I hear from those parents is positive.
I love this school. bad thing is that some of the parents are extremely involved. but besides that i love the school. the classes aren't small and the teacher are very good. the sports program is well too. i reccomend thiss school.
The class sizes are small, the teachers are well supported and the children seem challenged and happy. Children are involved in community service from Kindergarten on. The tuition is very reasonable, especially when compared to larger cities where you may pay twice as much. It has been a good investment.
I went to the oakwood school for 3 years. There middle school is very good. There high school is horrible! Teachers favor students they are very arrogant. The students are very fake along with the teachers. They have very little class choices for extra curricular.There are some things about the oakwood. The small classes and having the ability to use a computer and being able to leave your stuff out without being worried about your stuff being stolen.
i go to the school! i love it so much and i never want to go anywhere else!!!
We've been at Oakwood from 1st grade through 8th. Although there have been some leadership / management issues over the past couple of years, I think it's clear the school is back on track. Not only is the academic environment high quality, it offers much more opportunity for student involvement in open ended projects and interaction with teachers and the like. Class sizes are intentionally smaller than the public schools in town and just as important students are sheltered to a significant degree from many of the social issues that plauge the public middle and high schools. That a child can leave their cell phone, backpack or even laptop computer (all of the students carry a laptop starting in 4th grade) on the breezeway and not fear that it will be stolen says an awful lot about the environment. The administration also fosters a strong sense of community service and involvement.
Oakwood definitely experienced some growing pains over the last year, but the comment dated 8/9/07 seems almost from outer space. The educators at Oakwood have integrity and have exhibited an amazing sense of mission during a year of administrative upheaval. I have never noticed snobbish behavior from teachers. Many students are on financial aid, and they are there because of the quality of the education they receive. Choose Oakwood if you want an authentic experience for your child. They don't teach to a state test, and the education is challenging, appropriate, and child-centered.
The Oakwood School in Greenville, NC is a very new school. It does not have excellence of a private school like Ravenscroft in North Raleigh. With time it may become a school of that caliber, but as of yet it can not compare. It is disappointing in the fact that parents and administrators act like this is a country club for children. Rather than focusing on education, the educators are pandering to the parents with cutesy type things. All this artificial cuteness and an applied superiority over public school students gets a little old. I have noticed on several occasions teachers, administrators, parents and children exhibiting snobbish behavior. This is ridiculous. Our children should be enrolled in The Oakwood School to receive the best education not to feel superior to others who do not have earning potential which affords us the opportunity to have our children attend a private school.
overall quality is very god, but there is a definite lacking in leadership and organization. In addition, some of the more important social issues are falling through the cracks in the older grades and tuition costs are spiraling. music and art are great, but sports programs are very poor overall. Parent involvement is good overall, but many of the personalities are difficult. This is a school largely for the local social elite. Most of the kids are given pretty much whatever they want which can be difficult for the ones who's parents set limits on such things. The administration committed to uniforms several years ago which would have gone a long way toward curbing some of the associated difficulties for students, but has recently waffled on that commitment.
The Oakwood school is the most wonderful environment to have your child in. They flourish academically and socially. The children learn with excitement and eagerness. The staff becomes like extended family for the parent and the child.
My child has been through grades K-4. So far the Oakwood School has been fabulous. My son has flourished and I have been extremely pleased. Grades K through 2 were almost perfect. Lots of parent involvement and a tightly-nit community. Kids are respected. Teachers appear to be very happy for the most part. Class sizes have been very small, and my son has had at the most, 12 classmates, until this year (now 18). Very expensive school, however. Many complain about that, and parents feel 'nickle and dimed' quite a bit. But I believe my son is quite safe at Oakwood and the student body, as far as I have seen, seems to lack terrible behavior problems.
Best independent school in the area. Innovative technology program. Everyone should take a look.
I have never seen a school with so much Parent Involvement. The teachers are the absolute best. Just visit this school and you will see the difference for your self. Web page www.theoakwoodschool.org
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