This year Kirkland went from a K-5 school to a PK-2 school and got a new principal and staff. My child was enrolled at the same school where Kirkland's principal and staff used to work, but that school (a PK-K school) was closed. I chose to transfer my child along with Principal Ashley Hoggatt and her other staff because they are amazing people. My son is in special ed, and we moved my daughter to Kirkland (2nd grade) as well. The special ed teacher Christy Gammon is incredibly kind and involved in our son's life. The 2nd grade has just two classes with very experienced teachers and small numbers. It's a multi-cultural school in the best way. I love that my kids are going to be friends with kids of many other cultures. The new office staff has also been very helpful and kind. As a new Kirkland transfer parent, I've had a lot of questions. Everyone is wonderful and helpful. I see a very bright future for Kirkland. It's definitely on its way up in ratings in Putnam City Schools thanks to its great new Principal, staff, and restructuring.
It's my sons first year to attend Kirkland. They previously attended private school. I was apprehensive but right off the bat I have been extremely pleased with the whole aspect of the school. The students are very well behaved and communication between the school and parents is outstanding. There is a wonderful community that surrounds Kirkland and it's needs.
DDK has had a lot of change in the past three years. We have had three different principals and several teacher changes. BUT, the school is very small (just at 300 students), the technology is stellar (Mac lab, ipads and Mac computers in every classroom) and the playground was redone in 2012. The PTA membership continues to grow and board does great things for the students/staff. The music program and other specials are incredible. We considered private school due to the changes, but are glad we stayed as this year we went from a C to a B grade. Overall we have been very happy with the learning environment, despite all the changes, and are proud to be a DDK Pirate family!
Kirkland is a great little school! My grandson went to Pre-K there last year and had the BEST teacher--Mrs. Koehn. Because of her, he is now doing great in Kindergarten and he has a very good teacher this year too, Mrs. Summers. The new principal is good too; I think he really cares about the kids and their safety, and ensuring they have a good learning environment. While every school has it's good and bad stuff, overall, it is a good school for my grandson and I am so glad he is enjoying school.
I was impressed before, but now not anymore, teachers and staff are okay but new principal, with new rules so confusing, as a parent a want to understand with the school new things, but when the school can not understand the parents situation, that is mean something wrong
I have 3 children attending this school year. My oldest started in Kindergarten and now he's about to move on to middle school next year. I am glad to have my kids in Kirkland. It is a smaller school, but I feel that they do care and try to make the educational process interesting and fun. My kids love their teachers and have many friends. Every school has their ups and downs, but overall, I would highly recommend this school. Mr. Christy is a great principal and he really enjoys spending time with the kids and getting to know them. We have been very blessed to have him as our principal for the last few years.
Kirkland was a great elementary school approximately 4 to 5 years ago. Their performance has dropped significantly compared to other elementary schools in the PC District and they fall short compared to many Oklahoma City Public Elementary Schools. Many families are opting to transfer to other schools in order for their children to receive a better education. They need major changes in order to improve.
My son started going to Kirkland this last year and was in Kindergarden. I absolutely love this school! I am convinced his teacher is an angel sent from God. She is absolutely wonderful! All of the teachers and staff have been wonderful. My sone loves it there and can't wait for next year. He is already for school to start back up. I haven't met or talked to a teacher or parent yet that didn't love this school! As for parent support, I went with my baby on his first field trip this year to the zoo and there were so many parents volunteering that alot of them had to drive themselves!