Oak Grove strives for a nurturing environment while teaching skills and academics. The policies in place for safety and anti bullying are great. Special needs are addressed and when concerns arise they are handled professionally. I hope to find a supportive middle school like this. All teachers are taxed with large classes, testing and challenges but most of the teachers here seem to manage it well!
I'm a kid and I love this school. You kid should come. It is where I met my best friends. I also get a good education and I love the teachers. I also am in A.I.G. So I like almost everything about this school.
Oak Grove is an excellent school. The Parents are the best on the planet. The teachers are fabulous. The PTA is amazing and we are so lucky to have such a hardworking group of volunteers to make our school a great place to be.
We absolutely love the school! Teachers are great and the year round experience is wonderful. My only criticism is if you have a child 2nd grade or younger, that is testing well above grade level, they won't even speak to you about bumping your child up a grade. I believe this gets attributed to the EOG's. They would rather have strong test scores from child that is above grade level than lower scores from a child that is challenged by their current grade level. They do seem to make an effort to enrich your child with more challenging materials and put them into AG enrichment opportunities.
Oak Grove Elementary has a very strong PTA - parents have several avenues to be involved and participate in their child's educational experience. The teachers our children have had over the past few years have been very approachable and receptive to us being involved parents. The school is in the process of upgrading technology avenues used for teaching. The teachers are not afraid to let parents know that they don't know how the changes coming down from the school board will affect the communication or learning process.
Great school very safe,to say they have wonderful teachers is an understatement. They are the best in Wake County.
Great teachers, great students. Proud of what they do and what they stand for. Couldn't ask for anything else.
We have an awesome PTA and dedicated staff to make this a great place for kids to experience extras and grow!
Oak Grove Elementary is an academically competitive school where the teachers work hard and are the backbone that makes the environment such a great place for a child to learn. If your child needs support or extension, it is hit-and-miss on a good day. The CCR department is not-so-great and the AG teacher does a lot of feel good talking with very little follow through. Administration is a mixed bag, as one is personable and lovely and the other is much less than. The issues with the school would likely be gone if the principal were to be booted out. Overall, it's an environment where children will thrive because the teachers WANT them to and work hard to ensure they do. The PTA is full of dedicated moms, which helps.
My child is in kindergarten, so I have limited experience with the school. However, it's been wonderful so far! The teachers have been great, the parental involvement is huge, and my child is thriving. He's excited to go to school every day and has learned and grown so much this year. I'm in the school weekly to volunteer and it's an extremely happy, positive environment. We're totally satisfied with the school.
Our nephews came to live with us rather unexpectedly and had not been attending school. We enrolled them at Oak Grove for one year before being reassigned to Briarcliff where they attend now. I can unequivocally say that the teachers and principal at Oak Grove were amazing and very helpful with what was a difficult transition for these two boys. Everyone we encountered at this school went out of their way to help the boys and help us. I have nothing but great things to say about Oak Grove.
I agree with the writer that said the Principal is a waste of space and behaves like a limp dish towel. The school is fine if your child is especially talented at regurgitating core curriculum on pace with the schedule in which they teach it. If however, you need more from a school, you won't find the help and support you need here. The teachers do not seem checked at all. Our teacher made a clerical error that changed my childs entire grade? Funny that happened only after reaching out to administration for some intervention. Ah well, my experience isn't all bad. The teachers are okay depending on the grade and who you get. But why risk your child's education when the chances of getting a standout teacher is less than 50%? Only a small portion of the teachers want parents involved. And because they lack help and support, the kids come home stressed, overworked and lacking enthusiasm to say the least. My advice, find another school.
The teachers at this school are awesome. They put in 110% every day they come to school. My children have had a great education at OG especially my special needs kids. Their CCR teachers really care and make sure that they get everything they are entitled to. What bothers me is people who praise their child's teacher then in the same breathe bash the teacher, and I have heard these parents do this. And doing it on the computer is cowardly. If you have a problem with the teacher talk to them face to face. If you dislike the school so much get out! You had 4 choices this past spring! Please convert all the energy you use to on this BLOG to be productive not destructive. Otters you rock!!!
Principal - is lifeless, emits the feeling she is not all there. Staff has been there for some time so current principal should get credit for what was there. CCR teachers lack enthusiasm/interest. Students/parents feel CCR is a waste of time. Check your students paperwork. One CCR teacher doesn't check her students work - therefore consistent mistakes are make. CCR teacher doesn't review mistakes with student so no educational corrections are made. I have 9 weeks of papers to prove it. PE teachers - only one is good - other is not impressive. nothing comes home form Art - odd. The computer teacher is a floater - main teacher teaches computers as well. Principal needs to move on. CCR program needs to be looked at and re-hauled, the 2nd grade teachers need to chill out and encourage students. All but one throws stress their way which DOES NOT excite the child to go to school. With that much stress in the little bodies - there's no room left to learn. Amazing things you find talking to other parents. I hope that WCPSS reads this and gets involved. Parents can't do it all - they still have to go thru THAT SCHOOL so can't upset things too much or backlash! HELP!!
Oak Grove is a great school, in large part due to the excellent teachers and support staff who make everyday a challenging adventure for students. There have been complaints about the Principal and agree, she's not warm and fuzzy, but give her credit for hiring a great staff! She is balanced by a great Asst. Principal.
My family has been attending Oak Grove for nine years. During that time it has gone from 5 stars to 4 stars, mostly because the current principle is aloof and there have been put into place too many unnecessary rules. Lighten up!
Commitment above and beyond by faculty, staff and the PTA is shown on a daily basis.
Oak Grove is like a family to me. All three of my children have had the good fortune to attend and that has provided them with the basis for a happy childhood. The teachers and staff are there year after year with little turnover. It is a thriving, learning, kind, respectful environment which provides the foundation for good citizens.
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