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School leader DARLA CLARK

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1400 Cavender Drive
Hurst, TX 76053

(817) 285-3240
(817) 285-3209
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4 stars
Based on 7 ratings

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August 31, 2013
I heard wonderful things about this school and its teachers and could not wait for my children to attend. Now I can't wait for them to leave. There are teachers in this school that involve themselves in immoral acts with married parents of students, and while what they do outside of the school is one thing, that behavior still effects the student who is required to face that teacher at school, especially when they bring it to the school. The PTA is just one big drama fest, where nobody cares about the students and only about bullying by the so called seat holders. There is also adultery in the PTA, and it is very sad that it is accepted by so many as normal. I for one do not want my children in such an environment, nor do I want to be part of it as much as I want to be involved in the school with my children. I cannot wait to move my children out of this district.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
Our school has great teachers and staff. They are caring about students and safety as well as their learning. Would like to see more after school tutoring starting earlier in the year for those with problems understanding basic subjects.

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2012
I initially was excited about having my child attend here. However, after one 'incident' after another, I have learned that this school isn't as great as what people say. After discussing the school and a transfer with my husband, we spoke to some other parents that said they had removed their kids from Shady Oaks also. I have received 'anonymous' emails from parents accusing the administration of preferential treatment. I have heard my kid's teacher lose her patience and yell at the kids. The PTA is a joke. They are bullies. I honestly think the principal told me what she thinks I wanted to hear rather than be upfront about issues when we discussed my concerns. I have experienced my child being called 'chaos' from the teacher in front of the entire class and have watched as a biased colored dot tells me about how the teacher feels she has behaved. The 'behavior grading system' of red, yellow and green dots is entirely arbitrary to her teacher.I am sure the school is great for some families. I just feel children deserve better and that it all begins with the school's administration and how they handle problems.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
My daughter went there, now my granddaughter goes there and I feel it's a highly rated school in our area, staff is great. Other reasons also.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 08, 2007
Respect is the order of every day at Shady Oaks. The children respect themselves, each other, and authority. In the hallway, classroom, or cafeteria - wherever children congregate, an adult is in charge. In this environ, children thrive. Self actualization is permitted and tolerance for each child's abilities is routine. I know my child is gaining a wonderful education at Shady Oaks, including important lessons in addition to the traditional 'three R's'. She's learning how to behave with Respect, a valuable 'fourth R'.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 05, 2006
I think this is a good school, however, it has not met my expectations. I was very happy that my child would be in a 'Core Knowledge' school, however, there seems to be a lack of interest from the administration of this school to actually make 'Core Knowledge' a priority. As far as parent involvement goes, that is also lacking. Therefore, you have a handful of parents who work very hard because the rest are pretty much absent from any volunteer opportunities. I am pleased with the teachers. They do an excellent job. They are very caring. In a nutshell, my main concerns are in regard to the curriculum and lack of parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2004
Good school in a nice district. Great teachers. Great student/teacher ratio. Very active parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2004
We moved to the school district towards the end of my son's Kindergarten year. We were concerned about how well he would adjust, if he would feel welcome, and how it would affect his schoolwork. I can't think of a better way to describe our experience at Shady Oaks Elementary than that we were welcomed into the school with open arms, and it seems like he has been hugged ever since. The staff and teachers are loving and caring, they are connected with the students and the parents, and they try to understand the student as a person, an individual, rather than as a generalized figure. I saw a change in my son's entire demeanor after one week of school. He was confident, happy, and enthusiastic about learning. I was kept up-to-date on his progress, and at conferences I could tell that the staff is dedicated to educational success.

- submitted by a parent
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Shady Oaks Elementary School
1400 Cavender Drive, Hurst, TX  76053
(817) 285-3240
Last modified Shady Oaks Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Shady Oaks Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 9 reviews. Top