The ladies in the office are very unpleasant. We are a blended family and have kids in both Moore and mid-del schools and our experience with this Moore school has been absolutely terrible. We literally see a night and day difference between the school districts and schools in general. Sooners principal is not active in school activities like the Barnes principal on Midwest City. The office staff mistreats parents and always have an attitude. Our first graders teacher doesn't participate in any holidays so our daughter has not been able to enjoy those activities like the other siblings that attend Barnes. I tried to drop off flowers today for her for Valentine's and they said absolutely not. The Mid-del disttict participates in all holidays and are more active with the children. The communication between parents and school is terrible. Overall I strongly suggest if you have a choice, don't send your children to this school. We are transferring our daughter out of this school and putting her in mid-del schools for next year.
The secretary who works in the front office is often the "face" of the school. She is typically the first contact parents have with school staff upon entering the building Her behavior is rude, dismissive, and unwelcoming to say the least.
Very disappointed she's been allowed to conduct herself in such a manner for so long...
They are real nice...but if you ask them any questions about your child's well being they flip. They areally not parent friendly and are very defensive on everything. Bullying is acceptable in this school. They are now about looks.
The school received a new principal in 2013. He is an outstanding person who genuinely cares about the children and staff. He will greet the "car riders" by opening the car door and greeting the children. Because he leads by example, staff interaction with the children has greatly improved. When we moved into the district in 2009, both of our children attended Sooner and they would come home and tell horror stories about how they were treated mentally by not being allowed to talk and then punished if they did talk. I took it as a child's exaggeration of an issue until I saw it first-hand as a proctor. It was true, they were not allowed to communicate with each other all day. We immediately pulled both out and re-enrolled them in a private school from which they originally came. Everything the other post on this site mentioned was occurring. With the new principal, their friends told them how much it changed for the better; so we went back to Sooner and there have been no issues with the exception of maybe one staff member, but the principal handled appropriately. Not 100% perfect yet (but what is in life), however he is working diligently to attain that level.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!