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Grimes Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 299 students

 

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Posted March 21, 2014

I have had my children at Grimes for the past 3 years and I have to say that I'm worried about how the upper grades teachers handle the students. But the first and second grade program is wonderful! We have gone through 3 different principals and although the PTA involvement is improving, the sense of community is not because we are not allowed to congregate after school due to lack of parking with Eisenhower now open next door.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2010

My son attended Grimes for 2 years, and I was never once informed of when and where a PTA meeting would be. I was told 'someone would call me' or 'call back later'. I had been very active at his old school and wanted to help, but that just isn't an option here. Too bad, because the principal is awesome, although I wasn't blown away by the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

When I first walked into Grimes 6 years ago I sighed once inside the door, I knew this school was the right choice. I had been online researching schools and when I pulled up Grimes School that was the end of my searching. My son is Autistic and I was looking for a small school so he wouldn't be so over-whelmed. He loved it, he never complained about being bullied, the kids seemed to embrace him and would watch over him. My daughter has spent all of her elementary years at Grimes and she loves it, she loves the staff and Principal Baldwin.The principal and the staff are always friendly and anxious to help in anyway. I tell everybody I know about Grimes, the school and staff have truly been a Blessing to our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Grimes Elementary has wonderful teachers who provide a real variety of learning activities on a limited budget. The students show a real love for their school and display excellent social and academic skills.


Posted August 6, 2008

Grimes has very involved teacher/parent participation. Principal is very approachable and accommodating. Office staff very friendly and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

My children have been attending Grimes for the past 4 years. I have been very pleased with the teachers at Grimes. They are all very positive and kind! A great little school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

Grimes is one of the best kept secrets in the Tulsa Public School system. It's like getting a private school education on a public school dime. I would highly recommend Grimes to any family and do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2007

I moved my daughter out of a Magnet school to join Grimes in third grade, this was a hard move for her but within two days she was settled in and just loving school again. My youngest son is currently in first grade and tells me all the time how he loves his school. The teachers at Grimes are awesome, they really care about the children and go above and beyond to help the children do their best. The principal is always around talking with the children and greeting the parents and Bobby in the office is always on hand to help with any questions. I have been so blessed to find this school and both of my children are receiving an excellent education in a loving and caring atmosphere. Thankyou to all of you at Grimes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

We specifically moved our 3rd grader to Grimes last year from Eliot. We were so blessed to be received by a staff of wonderful teachers and principal that puts your child needs first. Grimes focuses on the whole child through academics, character building and making sure your child feels loved and accepted. We could not have asked for a better school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2006

Grimes is a wonderful school for my children. The staff cares so much about each and every child. It is well staffed and a very safe school for my children to learn at.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2006

We went to enroll our child in our neighborhood school and left never to return. We applied to the Magnet Schools in Tulsa area and even looked in to homeschooling. Three days before school started, we rec'd a call from the Principal, Grace Dean, that our transfer was approved. That was 7 years ago. Our oldest daughter is now at Edison, after 6 successful, happy years at Grimes. Our second child is now a fourth grader and is doing just as well. Our children are who they are today because of the solid foundation they received beginning with the Pre-K program. We've had the pleasure to experience all day kindergarten, a phenominal multi-age class, an amazing ORFF music program, traveling 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes that prepare the children for middle school and a phenominal staff. We recommend Grimes to any family in Tulsa.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2006

Our son began at Grimes in their pre-K program. We had looked into having him transfer into many schools (the one in our area of the city offered a year round program and we moved into the area in the middle of a session) and Grimes really appealed to us with it's small overall student size. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2006

This is such a wonderful, friendly school. You walk in and are warmly greeted by the great office staff and principal. This is definitely Tulsa's best kept secret. The teachers are hard working and go beyond what is expected to reach every student. I highly recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a quality education in a public school setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2005

All five of our children attend Grimes. The oldest one just finished her last year there and we were sad that she had to leave! I love Grimes! The Teachers and Staff are kind and friendly. It is a smaller school, therefore, most all of the Staff know all the children by name. PTA is great! Parents are always more than willing to volunteer their time. I couldn't imagine our Family anywhere else. I highly recommend any new Family moving to Tulsa to attend Grimes. They are happy to give you a tour anytime you need. The Blanton Family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2005

Before moving to Tulsa from the eastcoast, we searched all public schools in the vicinity for education is our top priority. After several tours (Broken Arrow, Union, Jenks) we found this very unassuming school around 61st & Harvard,went through our printed papers for it's test scores,went in ,tour & sat in class. That was 5 years ago, and we've never been so happy and fortunate that even private schools around the city can't match the credibility,hardwork & dedication the teachers & staff do in maing it a great school for my kids ! THANK YOU .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2004

My grandson goes to this school and loves the school, but he has been bullied lately by a student who the teacher seems to a line herself with for some reason. There does not seem to be a balance that this teacher is using in dealing with both students. We are thinking about moving him to another district. We are concerned that the school is not following all the guidelines set down by the school district and state law.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2004

This is my daughter's first year at Grimes and we love it. We were welcomed with open arms. My daughter is learning so much. The staff is great! Grimes is organized and clean.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2004

I think Grimes is wonderful. The staff is great and the students learn so much. I give this school a 5 out of 5 definatly. My child went from a F and D to A and B! Grimes also has wonderful safty. I always see a safty patrol in and outside of school before and after school. They have great testing scores. My child has Linda Call for 5th grade and she always makes sure my child does her best. The music teacher has wonderful after school programs and my daughter has always particpated and comes home knowing new things she would never know at Eliot or Carnigie or any other school.
—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 76% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. 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 79% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. 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 76% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Social Studies

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

19 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 66% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. 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 78% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. 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
White 43% 54%
Black 27% 10%
Hispanic 11% 13%
Two or more races 10% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 7% 17%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 75%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Exemplary School (2009)
  • Exemplary School (2008)
  • Exemplary School (2007)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:35 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Belinda Baldwin

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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3213 East 56 St
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