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Willow Brook Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1 student

 

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Posted September 23, 2013

I wish I could say that this is a great school, but both of my daughters go to this school, and i find the staff to be unproffesional, in both appearance and methods, disengaged and flat out depressing. My child is afraid to ask questionsbecause she doesnt want her teacher to yell. The receptionist has the ugliest attitude. She doesnt seem to like kids. The VP is very impatient and the Principle looks lost. I have personally been a witness to this enviroment. Who cares for these kids. Who answes fir the actions posted in this forum. My kids will NOT be comming back after the fall break.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

Willow Brook is becoming one of the most outstanding schools in the district. The teachers are caring and committed, and student achievement is of utmost importance. Great gains have been made in the last few years!


Posted June 3, 2013

Willow Brook is NOT a school that I would recommend to any parent! This school has staff that bullies children. The principal has a sweet nature however she continues to back the bullying staff in question when confronted with concerns. BEWARE!!! My child reported being bullied by staff and other children... The staff bullied him the next day about reporting it to me. Now my child refuses to report anything for fear of retaliation. I've personally witnessed staff screaming in kids faces, waving their hands near the kids face while yelling at them (way too close), and a child being almost dragged by their arm off the playground because the kid wasn't moving fast enough to go stand in time out on the wall. I'm hoping things change! Office staff are rude and VERY unfriendly. Chaotic!! Unsafe school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

This school had terrible bulling and discipline problems. As a teacher, I witnessed many fights. When sent to the office, the students were just sent back to class with no consequences. I never saw teachers bully (like other reviews said). The office staff is difficult to get along with as well. They do not provide a warm inviting environment. It is evident that the school struggles with low test scores.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 11, 2012

PLEASE READ !!! My 2 children ,grades k & 2, came to this school at the beginning of school year 2012/2013 . I was talked to and comforted about my concerns etc. and though sounding well and uplifting it was not at all in reality anything hopeful. The lunch room children from class to class sit in each others filth as the next class comes in to have a seat . Very rude staffing and will try and avoid a concerned active parent .Important messages were hardly ever delivered. There are no expectation from students or teachers. The students run the show and you can guarantee that your child will either be bullied by teachers or see teachers bullying the kids. Classrooms are hardly ever quiet as well are hallways etc . There really isn't safety. There are a list of negative that could go on and on and on and on but don't take my word go spend a few weeks daily at the school . As for positive there is one male teacher fresh this year very mentally healthy and right out of school himself which may have some good promises for the children I've seen him discipline appraise and raise kids self esteems he's really truly trying to bad he's not a teacher of my child but is of a friends .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

I grow up in Oklahoma attending oklahoma city schools and mid- del. And my Children attend this school and yes their are some of the worst teachers I have EVER seen. And I'm speaking from a parent/pta point of view! Their are a few teachers that are truly there for the students and to help them succeed but at the sametime all it takes is ONE bad apple to spoil the bunch! I never would've thought that my babys would be treated so unfair by a TEACHER that he's suppose to trust and feel comfortable with. Children at this young age do everything they possible can to please their teacher.. My child is being picked on and BULLIED by his teacher..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2011

Avoid this school by all means. The below reviewer is right, alot of bullying takes place at this school. Teachers are very rude and short tempered with the students. Some of the students are problematic with no disciplinary actions to follow. My son attends this school for kindergarten and I can't begin to express how happy I'll be once school is out in a few weeks. He'll never go back to the school, needless to say, we're both happy he's not. The staff are not very helpful or friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2011

In this school there are alot of children bullying each other..Even teachers targeting certain students..This kind of behavior is inappropriate and principal needs to take action..Some of the teachers and the principal will not even chat long enough with parents to find a solution to rectify the situation..Students are afraid to tell the teacher when they are being picked on/mistreated by other students..There are 2 sides to a story, but apparently not in this school..If anyone wants to laugh at this review, feel free..But you all do not know "the rest of the story."


Posted April 27, 2010

I think this school would be a whole lot better, if they had more teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2009

there are so many great areas of this school that so many people overlook in some cases do not realize parents i know complain about this school because they either do not get there way or they have children who get in trouble and do not wish to admit their child is trouble. i am a parent at the school and well i have seen it all. the last person said people roam the halls. who do they know works there or are parent volunteers. I am a parent volunteer for many grade. this school is serious about getting the kids test scores up. helping students with learning issues this school cares about them staying healthy and active and working hard on their assignments. i feel the only complaint is they need more help from the state and from parents. don't complain unless your willing to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

I do not care for this school or any other OKC Public School. I do not think that the teachers/staff communicate with the parents. The safety of this school is at high-risk, anyone can walk in and take a stroll thru the school if they choose to. I can not wait until my child is old enough to be removed from this school or we move....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2006

I have been a Willow Brook parent for 3 years. Mrs. V and Ms. G were simply outstanding teachers to my kids. Ms. Despain was a wonderful tutor to my oldest boy. I was generally happy with the school atmosphere until Mr. Houston became principal. I saw severely injured kids from fights. Because he doesn't deal severely with discipline, I don't feel that my kids are safe there anymore. I am moving them to a new school. It is a sad change.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 74% in 2012.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
20%

2009

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
50%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, grades 5 and 8 in science and writing, grade 5 in social studies, grade 7 in geography, and grade 8 in U.S. history and government. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

29 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
75%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, grades 5 and 8 in science and writing, grade 5 in social studies, grade 7 in geography, and grade 8 in U.S. history and government. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2012.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
43%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 91% in 2012.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
60%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 77% in 2012.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, grades 5 and 8 in science and writing, grade 5 in social studies, grade 7 in geography, and grade 8 in U.S. history and government. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 68% 10%
White 16% 54%
Hispanic 9% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 17%
Two or more races 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 91%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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8105 North East 10th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73110
Phone: (405) 587-7500

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