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Oakland Elementary School

Public | PK-3 | 650 students

 

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Posted March 21, 2014

Do not even bother talking to the board of education about your concern about your children education because they are not going to help any. You have to do the teacher job to get your children to pass.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

This is my first year to experience Oakland Elementary School. I have a son that started Kindergarden and a daughter in 3rd grade. Last year my daughter was in private school . Due to the price of tuition for 2 to go to private school, there was no way I could afford to send them both to private. I also did not want to send one without the other so, Oakland Elem was my only option. So far, both of my kids LOVE this school! My son has a very loving and kindhearted teacher. He is also reading and excelling in math. My daughter is doing great as well and is in the HAP program (high achievers program). The only thing I do not like is wearing uniforms. I never had to wear uniforms growing up and I feel kids at this age should be able to express who they are. I also do not like how they keep blowing the whistle during lunch because others were being too loud. It was getting annoying when I went to visit them for lunch. The homework load is about the same load as in private school. You have to be involved in it and help your child understand if they do not get it. They do presentations in front of the class and projects. Overall, I would say we are having a great school year! Thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2013

Oakland Elementary seems like an okay school until your child is anything less than stellar. My child is in Kindergarten and is 5 years old. I don't know how the other parents are doing it but we spend at least two hours a night trying to help her learn on a curriculum that I had in 3rd grade. It sounds great that they push the kids with common core, but at that age frustration and anxiety are shaping her more than an advance curriculum that is only possible through memorization not actual learning. She is spelling "sight words", before they ever teach phonemic awareness. I wish that was the only problem. Of course I am bias, but giving my child a 4 (1 is good 5 is bad) for talking in the hallway seems a bit harsh. The principal seems lost. During Thanksgiving lunch it seemed as though the teachers had no leadership coordinating the whole event. I grew up in public schools and have a 4 year degree. Its the support of the teachers not the over disciplining and ridiculous curriculum that help a child learn. Very disorganized. Fayette county schools have a long way to go. The board needs to remove all leadership at that school and turn it around. Rumor is it gets worse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

I have two children at this school. This is our second year. All 4 of the teachers we have had have been wonderful. The teachers really care about the students and making their elementary education successful. Not only that, but I also feel my children were both cared for in a loving, healthy way. The most important thing I can say about this school and ANY school for that matter, is to be involved. Dropping your kid off and picking them up without so much as a conversation with their teacher is not going to work these days. Be involved. If you have a day off of work, go have lunch with your child. Ask to help in the class. See if the librarian needs assistance. My children see that I care, their teacher cares and it makes them care. They WANT to do well. Does OES have the latest technology and the most beautiful campus in the country? No. Do they give every child the tools they need to become a successful student and human being? Yes. We have been very happy and will continue to support our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

My daughter started kindergarten this year at OES. So far, we have had no problems. Her teacher is great as well as all of the other administrators that I've met. We considered sending ours to private school but decided to try OES first. I don't have anything negative to say about the school or curriculum. My daughter is doing very well and loves OES! The staff is trying really hard to make improvements where they see fit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

I have had my child in this school 2yrs and i have seen no improvements. Most parents i have spoke with seem to be in total lala land when asked if they see the issues.Even saw where they requested on a FB page to come to this site post reviews to bring the ratings up...smh Guess it is true how small towns try to hide things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

I love this school! We have been at this school for 6 years now and I have no complaints! I strongly recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

We have two children at OES. We love the school. The number of children per class is small. Every teacher we have had has been great. My child was absent Friday and the teacher texted me over the weekend to see how he was feeling. They welcome parent involvement. You do not have to be a room parent to help out. I would never leave this school to goto a private school. They are getting a great education here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

My son attended OES starting in 2nd grade seven years ago and now my daughter is in 1st grade. This school has definitely improved over the years. The teachers that they have had have been wonderful, the current principal and vice principal have it together, and the office staff and cafeteria staff are friendly as can be. There is definitely more parental involvement now than there was before and I do believe that helps a lot. I have absolutely no complaints about this school and any complaints that I would have don't have to do with the school, but with the government trying to run the schools. I definitely give OES two thumbs up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

This is our second year at Oakland Elementary and we love it! My daughter had a wonderful kindergarten teacher. Her teacher not only loved to teach but loved the students. My daughter loved going to school everyday and amazed me with all she was learning. This year first grade is just as wonderful. I can tell my daughter's teacher loves her job and the students. I helped out a lot last year, and help this year in the classroom which really gives me a chance to get to know teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

This is my child's last year at the school and it has been the worst year ever!!! My child had THREE teachers in the third grade. The first teacher passed away and she was great. The second teacher was there for three months and then was let go because she did not have a teaching license!!!! So they eventually had another teacher in the school fill in for the rest of the school year. When we question about this second teacher, we did not get a straight answer and the principal blamed the school board for hiring her. The principal did not acknowledge any responsibility for this HUGE mistake. As a principal, she should know who is working in her school and if they are fully qualified for the job, regardless if the hiring process is done at the school board. We think the school would be so much better if it was under better leadership. This school has a high turnover of principals!!! We have seen THREE principals in THREE years that my child has attended the school. We gave the school two stars because there are some faculty members that do care about the kids and do the best with the little resources that they have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2013

The school should be taken over by the state. I agree with the previous review. I would not send my dog here.One of the biggest issues i had with this school was they have NO organization.You can't get a straight answer about anything from anyone. To me it's like something you'd see in another country..yes that awful.Sad Oakland can't do any better than this.If you move to Oakland you better bank on having to send them to private.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2012

I had 4 children attend here. My children were harassed, bullied, taunted by both teachers and kids. My children did not learn to read at school. They learned to write backwards and I have yet to be able to re-teach them. They make their letters from bottom to top instead of top to bottom. Those ingrained lessons stay forever. We homeschool now and some things cannot be undone. I am so sorry I sent any of my children to this school. The deficiencies are tremendous. Their self-esteem was so injured that they cannot even go out in public. They used to be so outgoing. I hate this school. BTW, I attended here too. It was just as bad then. Few improvements were made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

Oakland Elemetary is a joke for the most part. We have had 3 principles in the past 3 years. Trying to pick up your kid takes 30 minutes AT BEST, you might get a teacher who actually cares about your child's education and there are not very many things for the kids (fun wise). I have 3 boys who have gone to this school and it has yet to get better. One of the Kindergarten teacher just does not care about the kids. There are good teachers there, which is the only reason I gave it 2 stars... In our experiences K- Ms. Carey and Ms. Prewit= GREAT! 1st- Ms.Mosby 110% GREAT!!! 2nd- Ms.Calvin= WONDERFUL 3rd- Ms. Gilreath=AWESOME All of the teachers above have gone above and beyond a teachers duties for my kids and some of my friends kids. HOPE that you get one of them. As far as our "now" principle, she is very nice, attentive to the parents needs, and really seems to care about the kids education.


Posted May 29, 2012

There need to be more consistency. You can not have a new principle every year. The maintenance at this school sucks. Pothols in the driveway the last couple of years still not fixed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2012

We were very fortunate that our dughter got great teachers the 1st and 2nd grade. It is not good to have a new principal every year. I was fortunate that I was in a school abroad. In 10 years they had the same principal. The school had tennis courts, swimming pool and rugby field. I can only hope and prey that she get a good third year teacher. My wife said the registration at this school is a nightmare
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2011

We have had our child in the school since kindergarten and are now in the 2nd grade. During this time, the school has had 3 female principles in 3 years. Pretty high turn over if you ask me. The teachers we've had have been mixed. -In Kindergarten, we had Mrs Bullock, who was great. -First grade was Mrs Powell, who, personally was a nice & cordial person but didn't set the bar for performance like would have liked. -Second grade we now have Mrs Willadsen. Again, it doesn't seem like the bar for excellence is there. She doesn't correct the homework so we're not sure if we're supposed to return it or keep it. The before/after school care has been pathetic. There are ladies who watch the kids only to badger them for what they do wrong. They sit in their chairs and nag the kids. They are indifferent about organizing something meaningful for the children. Overall, we've been satisfied with the school. We give it 3 stars. We're looking at a private school since we would like to raise the bar on academic excellence. Unfortunately, you won't find the same the leadership. Finally: The organization of the school has been pretty poor. It seems that the new principle is better this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

I have had nothing but problems with the Oakland school system. The principal is a joke, and has no communication with the parents. They do have some good teachers. If you child has no other option just pray that you get one of the good ones!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2011

I have a 3rd grader and a kindergartener that goes to OES. The only thing I DO NOT like is the principal. She has no time for the parents. My child got hurt there and I called several times and left messages for her to call me and sent e mail and NEVER got a response. Finally my husband and I went up there one morning and just walked in and told the office staff we wanted to meet with Mrs.Colbeck. When we got in there I told her I had left her several messages and had never received a call back and she said " she has been busy" that was unacceptable to my husband and I. She is the PRINCIPAL, she is suppose to be available and return calls to parents. She is a huge asset at the school and she needs to act like it and do her job!! If she can't handle it then she needs to move on. Other then that I LOVE the school so far both childrens teachers are WONDERFUL and really care about my children and that makes me very happy!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2011

If I had a dog I wouldn't send it to this school. I had to take my child out of the school. No one even cared to know why we no longer wanted to attend. The principal would not talk to me about it and the assistant principal was just too busy to see me. I was very shocked that the school had such a lack of security for the children and that they felt the didn't owe me an explanation at all.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 49% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
37%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
55%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 84% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students55%
African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
White66%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students40%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
White45%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students54%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
White69%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students86%
African American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 67%
Black 33% 23%
Hispanic 6% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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14925 Hwy 194 North
Oakland, TN 38060
Phone: (901) 465-3804

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