Oak Elementary has been a high achieving school for a number of years. With the efforts of the teaching staff, support personnel, and the parents, Oak has sustained a culture of providing for the needs of the whole child. We understand that personal relationships with the students creates a positive atmosphere to promote learning! We welcome the support of the parents and grandparents who live in our school community.
As the school year is coming to an end I have nothing buy praise for Oak Elementary. We moved to the area just to be able to place our child into Oak. I had a problem with first teacher our child was placed with but with the Principal and Assistant Principal working with us our child was moved. I have to say that K teacher we moved to is an excellent K teacher. My child has grown and learned so much. We would not move to another school. I am however disappointed in the parent participation in an overall capacity of the entire school. The PTA has a fantastic current President however many of the other in the PTA positions are very rude and snobby. Not a way to support the school and all the wonderful children. I have had several parents say they won't be involved with the PTA because of the rude and snobbish board members. That needs to be addressed.
They listen to my concerns for my child and try to address them. They have a caring staff. Areas of concern are addressed and the IEP is amended according to what is needed. They are hindered by the "rules" sent down by the School Board. Some of them are in direct violation to IDEA. The lack of accommodations and modifications being allowed on PARCCs testing will be a fight next year. Common Core is not an appropriate curriculum for language delayed children. As of right now there is not an alternate curriculum.
My son has attended Oak from kindgergarten to this year starting 3rd grade. We have had an overall good experience, his kindergarten teacher Ms. Ebbers, 1st grade teacher Ms. Holly were AWESOME. His 2nd grade teacher, who has been there many years, we didnt like at all. I thought it was wonderful of Ms. DeLockery, the principal, and the asst. principal Ms. Williams to consult with me and address my concerns and move my son to another class where he got a fresh start and another great teacher. I think, in general, that our county curriculum is weak, not challenging our students to learn. I am an involved parent so I try to keep my son on track and motivated to learn. Oak is a good school with a very well intentioned, professional, caring group of administrators running it. I will say this, you have to look out for and reinforce education from the home, a school like this can only do so much. If you want a superb education in this county, you probably should, if you can afford it, go with private school, which I will be doing, at least for high school.
A great school! I had a 5th grader, 3rd grader and a preschooler all at Oak last year. Great, caring teachers and staff. I especially liked the 5th grade team teaching approach and all the club opportunities available.
I was so very disappointed with Oak Elementary!! My children were not challenged at all the whole year. When I brought this to the attention of the teachers they would not work with me to keep my children from being bored in class. We had a horriable experiance with one teacher in particular who in front of the whole class singled out my child just because my child was scared of her since she yelled everyday at all the children. The principal was not very helpful at first when I told her my concerns (that no child should be scared of their teacher due to yelling in the classroon). She was certian that my child was the problem and wouldn't hear of anything else. After a few days of going back and forth we finally got my child a new teacher only to be told that our child should LIE to everyone about why she changed classrooms. Try explaining that one to a 2nd grader. I was disppointed on every level with this school and I am so glad that my children are not enrolled at Oak anymore.
This is our second year at Oak. We transferred from a private school and have been very pleased with our decision to do so.
My children and I love Oak Elementary. It's a national blue ribbon school, drug free school and has reached many outstanding goals including being 1 of 4 SCS to have straight A's again on the report card from the state. The principal's number one priority is the children. She's great at relating to parents, students & staff alike. If someone has a problem with this school, they need to look in the mirror for the problem.
Definitely the best school in shelby county. The principal is WONDERFUL. So are the teachers. They have high expectations for these kids and believe it or not, the kids will rise to the occasion when they are expected to. My child has been there 3 yrs and I have yet to see behavior problems handled inappropriately . The students know that bad behavior will not be tolerated and they have a ton of respect for the teachers. My child has been there 3 yrs and this is my experience. I would recommend this school to anyone. I am so fortunate to live in this school district.
What an awesome school. Oak is by far the best elementary school in Shelby County. Everyone there is top notch. I've had two girls there. One has moved on to Middle School. I wouldn't have sent my girls anywhere else. I have no doubts about the environment at Oak. It is safe, caring and nurturing. It has great parental involvement. Thank you Oak Elementary. You've are great.
Oak is awesome, we have the best kindergarten teacher, I know everybody thinks their is the best but she keeps the kids focus and finds a way to work with them individually. The Principle is firm but the kids do get around to liking her and she goes out of her way to know the kids by name. There is a mutual respect there between the teachers, principle and kids. So far, I will recommend Oak. We have had a great experience.
Oak is a Wonderful school! The administrators, teachers and the school counselor have all been so kind and helpful to my family!
Oak has been a wonderful elementary school since mrs. Rowland became principal - the kids love her but yet have a lot of respect for her! mrs. Rowland has always been fair and understanding in my experience!
Excellent schools for special needs children! My son is mildly autistic and he is getting an excellent education by supportive and loving teachers as well as compassionate understanding administrators.
Both of my children have attended Oak and we have been very pleased. It is a wonderful community school where my kids still get hugs from previous teachers and love to go to school each day. Most of the teachers have been outstanding with their communication back to the parents. I would highly recommend Oak!
I love Oak! I did not mesh well with my sons' kindergarten teacher, but overall, I love the dedication and concern for the students. There is one secretary who rarely smiles and really really gets on my nerves when I come to the school or call, but the cafeteria staff and faculty far make up for her rudeness. I feel that the first responsibility for training children is with the parent first, but Oak is a great accompaniment!!!!
The quality of the academic programs is wonderful. However, I can not attribute this to the leadership. The principal is not nurturing and she does not encourage a nurturing environment. I am disappointed that the school system allows her to treat her teachers, students, and families in the manner that she does. The teachers are resilient and they are driven by the natural initiatives of education. They meet the needs of the students.
All 4 of my children have attended Oak Elementary. They each were challenged and received the highest quality of education possible. We were very confident in their teachers. My kids received a wonderful base which has helped them succeed in Middle and in High School.
I have three children attending Oak Elementary and I am grateful to have them in such an outstanding school. I have been to several elementaries as a child and I know what the 'bad' ones are like. Thank you to the entire staff at Oak.
Oak Elementary is an outstanding school! My child has excelled in every subject. They have a very high parental involvement as well alot of grandparent involvement too. Its amazing to see all the parents and grandparents that continually volunteer to help wherever they are needed. The atmosphere is great and the teachers and staff are wonderful too. They are great with the students and are very professional and caring individuals. My child loves going to school and looks forward to going each day, the cirriculum is outstanding. Its clear to see why Oak continually receives very high scores year after year. I feel so blessed to know my child is in a great school!
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