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Oklahoma City, OK
Students enrolled: 563

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5420 Southeast 89th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73135

(405) 735-4470
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September 24, 2013
This is a horrible school. I have left two previous comments that somehow are not showing up on this website...hmm. When our son was born, we took him to a private school/daycare for a few years. We were SO excited when he graduated kindergarten because he could go to this school and I wouldn't have to drive so far to pick him up/ drop him off. We were excited until he started school. He kept getting red lights all of the time for talking in the hallway or during lunch. When he got a red light, he had to stay in a"time out" during recess which meant that he had to remain quiet. All day he was forbidden to speak and expected to sit in his seat. His teacher was never there. There was a substitute teacher usually 2 or 3 days out of a 5 day school week which means that there was no consistency at all. After two months we started looking for private schools and he started attending a wonderful school that was over an hour round trip from our house. After about two years of going to that school we were able to buy a new house with a wonderful school. I regret not moving sooner because he had to do a lot of work to make up for the three months he attended Sooner.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
My child's experience has been great at Sooner! I understand and agree that improvement can always be made - I really miss field trips, what happened to those?! - I also understand the pressures that the teachers and administrators face from the school district and state board of education to test well, sometimes at the expense of the overall learning experience. I also firmly believe that the level of parent involvement directly correlates to a successful student. My child is not an academically gifted student, she is average. She is neither punished nor singled out because she isn't stellar. She does work hard (most of the time) and she loves her school. She is treated well because she treats others with respect. We too had a bullying issue at one point, and it was handled fairly and satisfactorily. End of story. The staff can be curt, but they aren't there to be your friends. They are there to do a job and that is to keep 500 children healthy and safe on a daily basis. The teachers at Sooner are like teachers everywhere in the public education system, you have bad ones, you have good ones, and you have great ones. The new principal has breathed fresh life into the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
The secretaries are rude and condescending. My child's teacher does not return calls or emails. There is little communication and not worth the one star it was given. Short notice is given when kids need to have items brought to school for class projects. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2013
Terrible school :bullying is a regular practice . Last scholastic year, 2012, the principal was removed because she ignored a Hispanic girl that was beaten by her peers but the new Principal together withe the teachers still ignoring the bullying in the hall, classroom, cafeteria of that school. Sad very sad situation for some minorities and other kids. Parents are not welcome there!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2013
Parents are not allow to go to the classroom or cafeteria. if I want to eat with my son it is going to be in front to the principal office, not in the cafeteria, so I can observe nothing unusual. The secretaries in the front desk are good for nothing, very rude and so the counselor, who is zero to the left . Since last week my son don't want to talk to me about his school bullying because then the other kids call him momyboy and the teacher call him a gossipy...! We are planning for my son to attend a private school as soon as two days or so. My son has to move out from this unsafe and emotional insane place . It is not way to change mentalities like the staff from that school, if you love your kids be far away from Sooner Elementary School, if your kids already attending that school and you have not choice for moving out or pay a private school maybe you have a god case in the court

- submitted by a community member
August 27, 2012
Yes, the have been many leaks resulting in a lot of mold inside the classrooms.

- submitted by a community member
July 26, 2012
Utterly disappointed! My daughter was always that kid who wouldn't stay home from school even if sick until we moved into this district. She begged to stay home everyday and I couldn't understand why... Until I took a voluntary leadership position at the school. The principal is rude and demeaning to the kids but ALL smiles around the parents. She leads by intimidation. Teachers are often in the hallway on their cellphones or chit chatting once the day begins and parents leave. Probably one of the reasons she does not allow parent volunteers in the classrooms! The kids get absolutely zero time to let out energy, have to remain silent in the halls and at lunch, and inside recess due to inclement weather consists of MORE schoolwork done in silence - no fun at all! Additionally, there's mold in that school that gets covered up constantly with paint. After my term was over I home schooled my kid until we were able to find renters for our home and get out of dodge. LOVE the new school and absolutely no problems with phantom stomachaches and illnesses in order to stay home. She actually smiles and anticipates the next day... Whew! Glad we escaped.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2011
I have submitted a review already, but I just wanted to say that I would have to agree with the other parents....I don't think they get enough time to stretch or talk...I realize it is school, but that is a long day for them to not get to have some time to socialize and stretch. I think after lunch they get about 20 minutes for recess and I don't agree with the having to sit quiet with a book in the line for the bus and if they don't they get in trouble. They are kids! We had some friends leave Sooner and said their kids get more free time and get to talk at lunch and even eat outside if the weather is nice and that her boys are both doing much better in school. It does need to be a time for learning, but I do think it doesn't have to be that strict. As far as the office staff goes....I think you get what you give...I have always loved the ladies in the office, but I am nice to them. I have had friends who have had issues with them, but I know them well enought to know they they probably aren't being very friendly themselves.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2011
I love this school I picked my house based on it being in sooners district. My kids enjoy going and I'm glad it's very structured I think that only helps my child's education more. My kids have been there since kindergarten and they will continue to be there until jr high. It upsets me to read the other comments parents are writing because it makes me realize how little they are involved in their childs school and education because I can almost guarantee those parents have never spent more than a few min in the office or school. The office staff is great they all have very thankless jobs, they give more to the kids and school then most parents do. I suggest those who want to judge go walk a day in there shoes and see if you don't always walk around with a smile! I would like to say thank you to Robin, Cathy, mrs batton and mrs Chuculate ya'll are wonderful and I'm proud to say this school would not be this great without every one of you!!!:)

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2011
The best word I could use to describe this school is disappiontment. The office is staff is less than friendly. The children are not allowed to talk at lunch. As for the reason they use, "how will we hear who is choking," my question is well how many kids have choked? And I do believe choking is silent. So even if the lunch room is quiet how will you know? When are the kids allowed to relax, if not at lunch, the few minutes during recess?? My child seems to have been singled out this year by the teacher in a not so good way. I look forward to being able to put my child in a school that cherishes their job of molding little lives, and teaching the kids that learning can be fun. Both of these are lacking in this school. I am sorry that some parents are not pleasent however that is not a good reason to pass it on to the kids and or visitors.

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2011
I have been teaching at this school for several years now and I have found this school to be professional and very concerned about each and every student. After reading some of the comments I find some parents being critical about rules they may not understand. There are reasons behind every guideline in a public school to keep our students safe. One example is the reason for not talking during lunch is they are limited to how much time they have plus teachers need to be able to hear in case some one is choking on their food. I believe our prinicipal and faculty care very much about each of our students and do all they can to provide an excellent education. Our office staff is very dedicated and spend extra as needed to finish projects to keep our school running smoothly. What the comments do not show is the parents who are very rude and disrespectful to the office staff or who actually encourage their students to show disrespect to the teachers. We have a great school and I am proud to be a part and would hope all students will receive the education to they need to be all they can be in life!

- submitted by a teacher
June 02, 2011
My daughter just completed 2nd grade(3rd year at Sooner) with the most amazing teacher!!!!! We have had several amazing teachers....We COULD NOT of asked for a better teacher for Kindergarten....to this day she still admires her.....I thank her daily for such a great year! I think all the teachers and teachers aides at Sooner are a great group. They really seem to love teaching the kids and seem to really work hard with the kids education! I have gotten to know several of the teachers on a personal level and couldn't ask for a better group of role models for my daughter!!!! The office gals so an amazing job keeping the school safe...I truly feel safe having my daughter there...they make sure everyone checks in at the office and gets a sticker(even me who is there almost daily).....I also have to give a BIG thumbs up to those that do the car rider line everyday....they are amazing....they are friendly....they keep the line moving...make sure the kiddos get to the right car and do it safe and seem to really enjoy it(even on those rainy nasty days they are all bundled up walking from car to car!).....my family has been truly blessed the past 3 years!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2011
I have only good things to say about Sooner Elementary. The office staff has been very helpful in answering questions I have. I am also happy with what my daughter has learned this year. Her teacher was great at keeping me updated on the things that were going on during the day. The times I was around the principal, she was very nice. My daughter likes her principal and adores all the teachers. I try to be involved in my daughter's education as much as possible and it has always been beneficial. As a military family, this is my daughter's 3 school in our 3rd state. I have been happy with all of her schools, including Sooner!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2011
I feel sad for the students and families who have to attend Sooner Elementary. The students are not treated respectfully. They are yelled at, talked down to, and even humiliated infront of their own peers by teachers at this school. The principal, the front secretary, the counselor, and sadly many of the teachers have a horrible attitude. The negative tone of the school has been set by the principal and has continued to be carried out by the majority of the staff. They do not seem to enjoy their jobs or children. The principal and front secretary never smile and can be very rude to parents and students who enter the office. The counselor is gruff and not very nurturing. There is a group of teachers who are more concerned with how tan they are, what designer purse they carry, and what reality TV show they watched than with the education of their students. Students are not allowed to talk at lunch or dismissal. The poor bus students are made to sit completely silent until their bus arrives. If they are sitting quietly, but don't have a book out to read, they are yelled at for not having a book. With such a negative environment, i am surprised that the district has not intervened.

- submitted by a community member
November 04, 2010
This school is horrible!!! I wish I could move, and I will as soon as I can. My child went from being a straight A student who loved school to a student who is making many F's on her work. She tells me daily that she does not like this school and that she wants to go back to her old school. I have asked several other parents of children from the same grade and they told me that their child is doing poorly also. The staff is rude and the school is so strict, my daughter told me that you can not talk at all during lunch...what?? Lunch should be enjoyable. This school is the type to make kids hate school and homework. What a joke of a school...really. Wish I could rate it a 0 out of 5.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
It has been a month into Sooner and there have been issues already. My son went to a private preschool from the age of 3 until Kindergarten last year. He was reading books and doing addition by the end of the school year. I know not all of the children in 1st grade had the oportunity to go to a private school for three years but it has been a very slow start to the year. They are doing simple addition (count the ticks) and my son is so bored that he talks, alot. Two weeks into school his teacher elluded that my son has ADHD because he talks so much. We were called into a meeting this week with the principle where they said that he is ADHD. I had him tested yesterday and they said that he not ADHD, he's bored. He needs stimulation not double red lights. Jeez

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2009
This year is my childrens second year at Sooner Elementary. My children are in 4th and 5th grade this year. They are unorganized with their school work. All of my childrens' teachers work together to help them learn to be responsible and better organized. The teachers really care about helping them succeed. The office staff can be abrubt at time but then they can also be verry pleasant. They stay busy. I feel that this schools' strict policy will help my children throughout their life. Children must be molded for the future. The strict security at this school is a relief. I feel my children are safe at this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
Some of the office staff can be rude and I can not stand the fact that I feel like they treat me like an outcast I am a parent just like any other parent there so I should get the same treatment... I love the 2nd grade teachers they are great... If I could move I would...

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 24, 2009
I have 5 children, and I loved every school they ever went to except this one. We sold our home and move to another school in Moore district, because I was tired of dealing with the principle. If you ask for a transfer, they make it as hard as they can on you.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2008
I personally love this school. I have taken the time and interest to get to know each and every one of the teachers, who now mostly know me by first name [even the ones who do not teach one of my three children] and they are always warm and friendly. I think that may be because I have taken the time to reach out to them! I am sure it gets old dealing with an 'I need' attitude all the time! I rate the faculty, office staff, cafeteria staff, even janitors 5 solid stars! Thank you Sooner Faculty and staff for taking the time for each of my students... two of which are c-average students, that are not treated any less like an individual! If anything, I have a team of teachers for one of my children that has gone above and beyond their 'job' description! Thanks to you all!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 19, 2008
You should read all the comments, either you really like or really dislikes the school. If you happen to have a child that's not a top student who struggles just a bit, or who is different then you will not like this school! They make a big difference in the children. If you disagree with the principle she will make your life miserable. You have to ask her for a transfer each year and each year I waited hours to get it. With the help of her not so friendly office staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2007
I am truly impressed with this school and everyone who works there. I am always greated with much enthusiasm when I enter the office...the office staff just bubbles over with kindness and is so willing to help me with any problems that I mght have. The teachers are remarkable especially the third grade team. They are truly dedicated to the children and work hard to individualize there lessons to meet the childrens specific needs. I love the way they are teaching reading. I was worried at first but kudos to them...it is working!!! ~A Greatful Parent

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2007
I am shocked by the horrible responses I have read on this board. That is why I have to speak out in regards to the teaching practices that Sooner Elementary is enforcing. I have a child in kindergarten and I believe that my daughter is there to learn, not to play. I want her to have the best education she can get and I believe that is with Sooner Elemetary. I am very impressed with her teacher, Ms. Chancellor. She demonstrates a good rold model and she is very focused on the children's educations. Kudos!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2007
This is my children's second year at Sooner. It will also be their last. The one bright spot at sooner would be Mrs. Martin (5th grade teacher). My daughter had her for fifth grade, and I was extremely pleased with Mrs. Martin's caring and involvement with the children.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2006
We have been at this school for nearly six months and neither my wife nor I have had one good meeting with its staff. The one bright thing the school has going for it is its specials staff who, in my opinion, are working above and beyond the rest.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2005
This school has been a great disappointment for me and my childs eduacation. My opionion is the principle has no compassion for the children struggling.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
My children have been going to sooner since my oldest started in kindergarten and she is now in the high school. I still have two kids in the school and I have been very pleased with the school, during class parties there is always more parents then we need to work and that is the greatest if you ask me. The staff is always realy nice and ready to help you in anyway. I have recomended this school to other people I know. I just cant say enough good stuff about this school. Keep up the good work guys. Give yourself a pat on the back you all deserve it.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
My son attended Sooner last year and is going to attend again this year. My son is very enthusiastic attending Sooner again! His teacher was excellent last year and really challenged him. He made all A's for the year and had minimal issues adjusting to the 'strictness' of Sooner. My son is going into 3rd grade and is reading at almost a 6th grade level. This is attributed to his teacher AND his parents being involved in his school work. I think the strictness is well needed in the world today, with the exception of the cafeteria. I think that needs to be toned down some. On another note, I too have noticed how the office staff is not as pleasant as I think they should be and maybe some of them will see these reviews and work on their 'smiles' and 'greetings' a little this year.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I find Sooner Elementary's principal, faculty, staff, and PTA to be student oriented, helpful and friendly. The students at Sooner are expected to exhibit good manners, appropriate behavior and stive for academic excellence. I am happy to be associated with a school with such high standards. I find the office staff to be friendly and willing to assist in helping parents, teachers and students. Thanks to the dedicated principal and Special Ed. teachers who do bus duty each day in all weather conditions...you are the BEST! S.E.D.

- submitted by a teacher
April 01, 2005
After reading the different reviews of Sooner Elementary, I feel compelled to write a review of my own. I have been involved with this elementary school for two years and I have found the office staff to be very helpful every time I've asked. I feel they have one of the hardest positions in a school because they have to deal with students, parents and the teaching staff. They are always working hard to make Sooner a safe environment to ensure a conducive learning atmosphere. I am pleased with this elementary school and would be proud to let any of my children attend here. I feel that the students leave with not only an excellent education, but also with respect for their peers and educators. I am also very impressed with the special education staff because they work well as a team to promote learning. s.e.d.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
After reading some of the past reviews, I felt compelled to respond about the office staff. I feel that they have one of the most difficult jobs in the school. They are required to work with parents, students and teachers while still keeping the school safe and secure. I have had many pleasant experiences with the office staff. They are always willing to assist me in anything I may need. I feel that Sooner is one of the best elementary schools in the Oklahoma City area. Any student that attends there would leave with not only an excellent education, but also be a well rounded member of society. I truly appreciate the office staff and teachers at this school. s.e.d.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
I moved into the Moore school district because I was told that it was one of the best in the area. If I could do it over, I would stay far away from this school. Maybe the other schools in the district are fine, but Sooner is not one of them. I am not impressed with the professionalism of the office staff all the way down. My child wakes up every morning telling me he hates school. He's in the 1st Grade! I, too, have experienced the abruptness of the office staff. They treat you as if you are interrupting them. To say the school is strict is an understatement. They seem to care more for the test scores than the children themselves. Their discipline tool of choice is in-school suspension. The only thing that seems to do give the teacher a break. I can't wait to move!

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2004
My question is,'Where are the ballots to vote for administrator of the year'? 'She' has won it more than once and I've not met one person who would vote for her. Someone please let me know where I can vote! Teachers have been amazing thus far but I'm going to have to agree about the VERY unpleasant staff they have working in the office. I'm afraid to call to check my child out early!

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2004
Our child has attended Sooner Elementary for two years now, after transfering from a private school. We are overall pleased with the academic curriculum this school has to offer. The security of the children is definately on the top of the list at this school. This school has very strict cafeteria rules (I find them a bit excessive). As far as the office staff, they definately make you feel as if you are a bother to them. The principal is hard to deal with and not open to suggestions!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2004
My son has gone to Sooner Elementary for three years now and I must say that it has been a good experience. The teachers are great. They are very helpful and they really care about the students. The office staff isn't very cordial. Often times you get a 'hello' as if 'why are you bothering me?' Overall, I am pleased with my son's education and look forward to seeing his progress.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2004
I have a child at Sooner and have found the teachers and administrators to be very helpful. My child has special needs and the school works very hard to meet them.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2004
I'm a single Mother with 3 boys attending Sooner elementary. My youngest went to Kindergarden PM class and Mrs. Chanceller was one of the most careing and devoted teachers we have ever had. Mrs. Martin is another wonderfully devoted teacher. Although we were reported for our attendance, I never felt like we were that bad. We did have alot of problems with [the] bus driver! We did good to wake-up on time, and if we were on the porch...she still drove on by. I had to chase her down numerous times even to get my kid from the bus because only 2 would get off. Also she drove off from school leaveing a few students from different grades behind, they had to ride the short bus home. That`s unnecessary all the way around. Sooner is a strict school and take academics seriously. That is the most important thing. We are proud to be attending Sooner Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
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