September 24, 2015
Administration: The principal is approachable, and will listen to your concerns, but will typically give you lip service unless the situation is quite bad. She will claim that she does not "take requests" regarding teachers, but if you are adamant and persistent, and have a strong reason for your preference, she may accommodate you. There is no gifted program, so if your child is bright and tests gifted, they do nothing.
Teachers: Some are wonderful, esp'lly in the lower grades, but you must be diligent and talk to several other parents to determine who the best, or least bad are (some are bad to the point of incompetence). Once you find out who you want, request her.
Parents: The parents of the peers of our kids are very active in the school, volunteer a lot, dominate the PTA, etc. However, I think we were lucky, as the parents of the kids in other grades seem less active. They tend to be cliquish, but it's likely that way at any school.
Kids: This is a public school, but the area is more affluent than most in OKC so there is a solid core of middle class kids, but there's also a fair number of poor and working class kids from unstable homes. The latter groups bog down the pace of instruction--e.g., if a teacher who has 2-3 kids in class where english is poorly spoken in a home, there is only one parent, and education is not emphasized, then she has to slow down to accommodate them. This may all sound elitist, but it's reality--studies show there is a direct correlation between family income and the kids' performance in school. But this is likely the case at nearly all of the public schools in OKC. My kids have never mentioned any bullying to me over the several years they attended, so I don't think it's much of a problem, if at all.
Facilities: No gym, and no tornado shelter, both of which are inexcusable. The cafeteria is multi-use, but it's insufficient. On the plus side, the playground is good sized, especially compared to its "competitors," Wilson elementary and Nichols Hills elementary.
Bottom line: If you are a conscientious, motivated parent, you can navigate your kids through Quail Creek and have them leave with a fairly solid foundation for middle school, but there will likely be a pitfall along the way, (E.g., one teacher failed to show up for several weeks without notifying the principal). 3.5 out of 5 stars.
- submitted by a parent