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Larkin Bailey Elementary School3
Posted April 17, 2015
- a parent
If I rated Bailey on my sons experience I would give them 5 stars. He attended Bailey from first to fifth grade. However, my son is analytically minded and very studious. I would give Bailey one star on my daughters experience (so I averaged it to a 3). Bailey said my daughter was struggling with reading in first grade and they were unwilling to get her some help beside the tier 2 intervention. They just wanted to retain her. Instead we got her some outside help (for a cost of $3,000) and she caught up. In second grade they thought she was doing great until the DIBLES test was taken in November and she was behind bench mark again. This time it's for reading fluency. Now they want to retain her again. I had to insist that she be moved to a tier 3 intervention so she could finally get some help from the reading specialist at Bailey. In our experience their first step at Bailey is retention instead of trying to fix the issue. One third of my daughters second grade class received a retention notice this year. Seem excessive to me. When I talked to a reading specialist at another school she said she would never retain a child for reading fluency.
I was looking forward to my son attending Bailey after hearing such great things about Owasso Schools. Four weeks into this year, I received a call from the counselor saying that my son was struggling, and they were concerned. They wanted to test him for special education. The school claimed that he had been struggling the year before, but I had not been informed. Unfortunately, his first grade teacher no longer teaches at the school. This school also claims to use the RtI process to give added support to students who are struggling. My son was never placed on an RtI tier. They were quick to test in order to protect their A-F Grade Card. There is almost NO communication from his teacher. His teacher rarely responds to e-mails. In fact, it take my husband e-mailing, after I have already sent an e-mail, to get answers to my questions. In short, I m not at all impressed. The teachers don t seem to put forth much effort. My son had a report to do that was presented in front of parents. As he was reading his report, he stumbled over some words. His teacher just let him flounder. My husband, from the audience, helped him with the words with which he was struggling.
We moved to Owasso from central Florida in Sept 2012, just a couple of weeks into my daughter's 1st grade year. The experience so far at Bailey has been phenomenal! The school that my daughter attended in Florida was lacking in many ways, and she had reached the point of crying every school morning and when I picked her up. Now, she LOVES school! Her teacher is amazing, the curriculum challenges her without being too difficult. I have seen efforts made to accommodate the different levels that the children are at. Those that need a little extra help are getting it, and those that are ready to move on are not stuck waiting for others. My daughter has needed help in some areas and been ahead in others, so we've seen it from both sides. I love that the children are taught and expected to be self sufficient and responsible. The Great Expectations program that is used is exactly what I want for my kids. They are providing quality education, and reinforcing good values and strength of character from a non-religious viewpoint. Every staff member that I have met has been pleasant and more than helpful. The parent and community involvement is more than I have ever seen at any school!
The reason that Bailey has high state and national level scores, is the atmosphere of forced/coerced retention of students. Children who have minor school difficulties are encouraged to repeat grades for "easy" years. My student has met benchmarks continually each grade, despite this, when reaching third grade, he was asked to return to second grade for concern he may not pass state testing. We were appalled. Little assistance is available for special needs children, and teachers are not very cooperative with IEP suggestions. Great school if your child is self-driven and needs little assistance.
My children have attended Bailey since 2008 when they started school and we LOVE it there. The teachers are all wonderful, and with our new principal in place, there is such an attitude of expecting excellence while maintaining the fun atmosphere of a place with young children. The specials teachers are great, and the library is fantastic. I cannot say enough good things about Bailey. We are soon to be moving away and I am so sad to be leaving this wonderful school.
I came to Owasso from California 5 years ago. I have had a son attend at Bailey 4th 5th grade He was one of 37 students in his class in California. At Bailey he was number 18. My daughter started kindergarten at Bailey and is now in 4th grade. I appreciatte this school. I love how clean it is, and the standard of behavior they expect from the kids and parents. I have only had one teacher over the years that could have been better, but currently my daughter is in love with her teacher. Do they expect the parent to be aware of the current academics of their child? Yes and they do push the kids to be responsible. This may seem a bit harsh in the younger grades but my children have been taught. As far as fun goes, there is music,PE, computers,library time,and Class parties! Thats good!!!!!
I am a father of a first grader. We are not happy with the general 'feel' of Bailey Elem. The PTO/PTA is Cliquish, and seems to exclude people who sign up to help. It's too strict, too rigid. Not joyful. They are required to do TOO much at these young aes.
It's been a very depressing year at Bailey Elem. We were really looking forward to our son starting K-garten there. Now, however, we are considering either selling our home, or putting our child in private school. Our childs teacher is fine, but the communication is lacking, and the Principal is off-putting. She is NOT approachable on any level. God forbid you have a complaint! Also, the lunch food is COLD, and the kids are told to walk with their hands behind their backs, in complete silence. AMAZING :(