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16080 Henderson Pass
San Antonio, TX 78232

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(210) 407-8000
(210) 491-8358
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January 29, 2014
This is the first year my daughter has been at Thousand Oaks and we just love the school and the staff. It seems like alot of thought has been put into the operation of the school and the programs work well. The nurse is as great (maybe better than) any pediatrician we have ever used, the school staff is welcoming, our daughters teacher, Ms Cox, is energetic & caring--just the right balance of fun and rules, the principal is kind & is constantly making pleasant chit chat with the kids, the cafeteria is clean & our daughter likes the meals--in fact the whole school is really clean. The only thing that is not great: the playground. Definitely a "5" overall, so glad my child is at Thousand Oaks :)

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
had 2 simple questions to ask cause they were not on the internet i got a ugly attitude from a lady. & it took them 7 times for them to answet the phone. i really wanted my kids to attendthis school because i am moving in the area but now im thinking twice to keep them in nsisd change your staff please! :/

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
This year Thousand Oaks worked very well with extra curriculum classes like drama, music and fitness. They had plays and musicals and my kids had a lot of fun at school. All the kids had a chance to be part of these activities. I'm very pleased with the "Accelerate Reading Program" . My kids are reading above their age level now thanks to all the support that the teachers gave to the students. Great Job Thousand Oaks!!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
Outstanding school! Mr. Keller, Mrs. Moore, Principal Mai, and the entire faculty/staff are superb! The teaching staff is knowledgeable and well-defined within their scope of learning and instruction. A TOP NOTCH INSTITUTE OF LEARNING/GROWTH! Now in regards to all the negative posts about "petty acts" or "stout disciplinary actions these are obviously from parents (more than likely teenage parents) or pseudo-parental figures that practice this new-age of entitlement. Today s educator is severely underpaid, overworked, and underappreciated! Therefore, place yourself within their shoes and environment. These are highly educated and trained (certified) individuals that go through rigorous phases of background checks and preparation. This does not include the counseling, specialty, or principal staff which requires a Masters degree or higher from a regionally accredited university. Bottom line YOU CAN BE A PART OF THE PROBLEM OR ASSIST THIS STAFF IN A SOUND SOLUTION TOWARDS IMPROVEMENT!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2012
I don't understand all the negative comments about the school, my daughter had attended since kinder. and she will start 4th grade this year, she is a happy and well behave child. Her first teacher was Mrs. Moore and I never had any problem on the way she treated my child on the contrary we only has good thing to say about every single teacher my daughter had through the years on TO. My Child is an A honor roll student and I believe her achivement are part our resposability as parent but also the great teachers she had have every year on TO.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
Both my boys love school this year. We have new administration, Mrs. Mai and Mrs. Pearce, who are wonderful and always out and visible to parents, and communicate with each parent effectively. This year, my boys have Mrs. Hinders and Ms. Wood who really care about them not just teaching them. They are both outstanding teachers. When we get there in the morning, they are greeted by name by the coaches, Mr. Keller, both Ms. Shaws and everyone else says good morning. So far it has been a great year.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
Very unsatisfactory school. Mrs. Moore, you should be ashamed of yourself and the way you expect young children to behave. They are KIDS, not mini adults. The principal is not much better.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
This school is a great school, I have three children enrolled at Thousand Oaks and have been involved in many of the programs that the school offers. The teachers have been good, and although I have noticed some "nit-picking" notes sent home from the teachers, I have determined that usually it is the children who are at fault and should be reprimanded. I would like to see more after-school programs offered (ones of a physical fitness emphasis), but that is my only complaint.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
My daughter has been at Thousand Oaks since Kinder. She just finished first grade. And she has been very successful at thousand oaks. Before she went to this school her reading level was very low. And with the help of Ms. Rubacalba and Mrs. Ritchie. She is ready for second grade. She is at the second grade reading level. I really love Thousand Oaks and I wouldnt have her go annywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
My daughter is a kindergartener and she really enjoyed this school. Her teacher is Mrs.Rubalcaba and she is a wonderful teacher. Very caring and communicates well with the parents.. The only problem I have is; I NEVER saw the principal, I couldnt even tell you what she looked like.. At first I thought this school had no principal, sad but true... I even tried to make an appointment w/ her just to say, 'Hello were new to Texas and I would just like to just introduce myself and see who my childs principal is... No Luck! So my 4 Stars is for the teacher...Mrs. Rubalcaba- Thank you for being such an amazing teacher to my daughter!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2009
I unfortunately have to agree with a lot of these negative comments. Coming from another school in NEISD, TO was a huge disappointment. My son's teacher constantly sent home lame notes of how he was twirling around in the line or blowing air in another child's face...just quite petty to say the least. His academics were outstanding, however it was the nit-picking that was pretty frustrating. He was in the first grade at the time, I would not recommend this school to anyone at all! Parents do your homework first!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 09, 2008
My son had a great time at this school. This is a great school. My son enjoyed being a kindergartener at this school. Teachers were very helpful and loving. He was in Mrs. Conn's class. He just loved his teacher. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
My children attended Thousand Oaks last year and are now in a different school. TO is an Exemplary School but that does not mean it's a good school. Most of the teachers are overwhelmed by the class size, the ill-mannered children who curse at their teachers, and the uninvolved and uninterested parents. The principal was seldom visible, whereas in our new school, the principal is seen every day as he greets the children upon their arrival at school, and is also present for PTA meetings, school social events, etc. The class size at TO hits the maximum number legally allowed, causing the teacher to spend an excessive amount of time and energy to discipline, rather than teaching and encouraging creative thought. One good thing during our time at TO was the PTA, which was made up of some very devoted and incredible parents - they are the saving grace of TO.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
Please go to the school's website and read the principal's webpage and newsletter. That will give you a pretty good picture of the leadership at Thousand Oaks. Check-out the teacher webpages too. No afterschool enrichment programs sponsored by the school. Teachers are wonderful but the over all morale of the staff is very low. TAKS driven curriculum used to reach high test scores. The principal leads by poor example. Not visable!

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 04, 2008
This school boasts many outstanding teachers and a handful who are punitive and belittling. The principal promotes a family-unfriendly environment. Involvement in the PTA is one way to get around that. Parents are generally friendly. It is outrageous that the school does not allow after-school activities or provide art. I never got a straight answer to explain these situations.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 01, 2008
I am really impressed by the achievement of Thousand Oaks!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2008
I have to say that if the other parents problem is with the rigorous curriculum and lack of arts, then you need to take your child out of Texas or put them in a private school- rather than blaming it on teachers who can only do what the state and their districts tells them to. My son has had wonderful, caring teachers who make school as fun and interesting as possible. I agree about the principal, but if you feel that way about her stay away from Roan Forest!!!! Above all we love it here and have never felt discouraged to participate in our child's education! They are also getting younger teachers which I think will help morale for teachers and students! Office staff is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
Parents, please listen: I will NEVER recommend this school to any parent I meet. Energies are poured into high test scores and fundraising. If I was financially able to do so, I would have placed my child elsewhere. We spent 2 long, sad, horribly disappointing years here The ONLY positive experience (from 3rd-5th grade) were 5th grade teachers (MD, KB). They teach by motivating, not intimidating, and they aren't afraid to be generously kind. If not for these two, I could say absolutely NOTHING good about this place. The principal chooses to ignore parents like me who expect more from education than good test scores. A successful school would inspire children to learn, but it takes a wise leader to create that environment. The principal should be ashamed of herself. NEISD owes our children an apology. I agree with every negative comment written on this site, especially 1/23/06.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2008
This school has been a big disappointment. The principal is very cold and the teacher morale is low. The special education department needs more training. When I had a meeting with the Principal and staff to discuss my concerns the unfortunate result was poor treatment of my son. When I used the ISD's greivance system, it made the situation even worse.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2008
This is a wonderful school. My son is doing very well and loves his teacher. I have to agree with the principal being a bit cold.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2008
The school needs a new principal. The one that is there now has been there too long! She is not a people person. The principal's webpage on the school's webpage tells the whole story. It's blank! Great teachers stay for a few years or transfer to other schools. Teacher moral seems to be very low. This is our daughter's last year at this school. She will be going to Corner Stone School for 4th and 5th grades.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
Our only child has been at Thousand Oaks since K. We moved to this schools attendance area because of the good things we heard about the school. My brother's kids attend Redland School near by. There is a big difference in parent involvement and student activites at these two neighboring scools in the same district. We have been satisfied with the teachers but disappointed with the lack of student activites during and afterschool. The principal's focus is on test scores and not a very friendly person. If we could have affored to move to a different school attendance area, my husband and I would have done so. Our mistake was not asking more questions when we moved to the Thousand Oaks school area. Many portables, no restrooms or water in portables. Parking is terrible. Scale of1-10 = 5. The school's PTA activities out number the school's planned activities.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
Great School. 1 child attend 1-5 grades, other same but in 5th now. 3rd in kinder. After observing for many, it's easy to see that the kids whose parents are involved, excel the most. Very active PTA, many activities for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2008
Private schools, here we come! If you want your children to be good test takers, send them to T-Oaks. If you want your child to wake up each morning eager and ready for school, then don't punish him by making him attend T-Oaks. Most of our children's homework is TAKS practice. TAKS assessments are give frequently during the day to target weak test takers. Teachers work hard to get low performing students up to speed. That leaves your average and above average students sitting at their desks doing busy work/reading. The principal does a good job of keep parents out of the school and out of the loop. The principal has to go!!! You seldon see her at school functions and some students don't even know who she is. She does not return calls and seldom available to meet with parents. We are not happy campers!!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2008
We left this school after kindergarten. At our parent/teacher conference at the end of the year I found out that my son's teacher didn't even know he could read. He was reading on a second grade level. He was also not allowed to make choices all year long. He sat at the same table with the same students in the classroom all year long. He was forced to sit next to the same students in assigned seats at lunch time all year long. If our students don't learn how to make choices at school, how can they learn anything else? The principal was awful and for some reason felt threatened by me. She targeted me for intimidation at every opportunity. How can this school still have 4 stars????? continue reading the reviews.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2007
On a positive note, I would like to say that the teachers and staff are caring and nurturing individuals. Our three children love their teachers! The teachers at the school try their best to make the school environment fun and exciting; unfortunately, the school's leadership is blind to what's best for the students and focuses on test scores and the cleanliness of the school. As a parent who likes to be involved with my kid's education, I do not feel welcome at the school. I believe the principal uses the tight security policy to keep parents out of the loop. She is not friendly or visible. Keeping shirts tucked-in, the carpet clean, and posting 'quiet zones' give the school an atmosphere of a reform school. We have put our home on the market and anticipate moving closer to a nearby school . Many friends and neighbors are contemplating moving also.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2007
A teacher is what completely drove us away from this school. Instead of helping our child, she chastised and belittled. He went on to another school and now is in the gifted program and thriving. The principal is of no help. This is a mini boot camp. There are a few good things. PE coach is wonderful, and they have great fundraising, but that is ab out it. I will never recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
My two children just started at Thousand Oaks this semester. So far I am very impressed from the decor and cleanliness of the school to the teachers and office personell. Very organized and the kids love their teachers. Computers everywhere! Kids love the cafeteria as well. richard zephro

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2007
Best school in the city? I'm not sure if we are talking about the same school here. I agree with all the parents about the principal especially. She is hard nosed and nonchalant. This is not one of the best schools. The school is only as good as its principal. I pulled my son out after first semester because I didn't want m to feel like school couldbnt be fun

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2007
Cannot disagree more with parents who say that the staff is uncaring. My special needs child has thrived at T. Oaks, as have my other children. Children are enthusiastically greeted each morning, are held to high expecations academically and ethically, and are encouraged to be involved in the community. Arts programs are not as plentiful as I'd like, but that seems to be agenda of No Child Left Behind, not the school itself. Parental involvement is key to school success, and parents are encouraged to be involved in the classroom by participating in classroom activities, having lunch with children, emailing and talking with teachers, etc. Overall one of the best schools in the city.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2007
On a good note first: They do stress academics here. Most parents want their kids to learn, and Thousand Oaks supplies tough yet exceptional academics. That being said, this is about the only praise I can give this school. They stress academics to the point to where the kids are stressed, and it is mainly to be able to get the highest TAKS scores in the district. The principal has to be one of the most uncaring and aloof principals I have ever came across in my life as a elementary school principal. Scores mean more to her than getting involved with parents or having a good relationship with students. Because of this, I feel the teachers bear down harder on the children than they should. I wish I could write more but I am at my limit on word count, but I hope this can help some!

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2006
My two kids are thriving academically. We have had super good luck with their teachers. We would like to see more music and art programs made available. The biggest gripe is the massive traffic congestion given the undersized parking and drop-off areas. Somehow, the school's safety procedures have kept this at a manageable level. Expanded music and art programs and a longer track season would be especially welcomed by our family.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
Thousand Oaks Elementary is a wonderful school in a safe neighborhood, with caring, interested teachers and administration. Amy Cardwell, one of the kindergarten teachers, is absolutely fabulous. My son is autistic and was placed in her class, and despite the difficulties his disability created, she not only coped but excelled. She (with the support of the administration) worked with us extensively to create a structure and environment he was comfortable with and handled his needs superbly. She was able to integrate him into a regular classroom setting with typically developing peers to such a seamless extent that he actually had many friends and enjoyed going to school. He even said he wanted to be a teacher when he grew up! In conclusion, you will not go wrong sending your child to Thousand Oaks. They care.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
If academics are your priority, then you'll like this school. We are sorely disappointed in the staff and the curriculum. There is no formal arts or music program/teacher...kids learn certain songs for certain 'events', a parent volunteer comes once a month to teach art. Kids test highly here, and no wonder--they teach to the test (TAKS); sad to see little kids so stressed out. After almost a year, we have yet to hear/see a single positive, supportive word from our teacher to our child directly. This is not a very family-friendly place; parent involvement is very, very limited and almost seems discouraged. The principal seems completely disinterested in feedback when it doesn't suit the 'reputation' of the school. We'll be looking elsewhere for a school that encourages not only academics, but arts and music and laughter and compassion for others, not just academics and discipline. No balance.

- submitted by a teacher
January 22, 2006
Excellent school with a very active PTA.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2005
Nice but tough! This is a good thing. Great teachers, good parent involvement. Don't like the 'portables' for 4th and 5th graders. Principal is not very open or receptive to parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2005
So far so good. I am an elementary school teacher and my child seems ready for school. Her teacher is nice and helpful. The school has good communication.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 03, 2005
I love this school and so do my children. I have three children that attend this school and in the five years I have dealt with school staff I have had nothing but positive interactions. The staff is supurb and caring. I love their motto of 'nice matters'. I think that for a 'public' school you get alot of value for your tax dollar. The only objective I have to the school is it's size. It's huge--but it works! Parental involvement is high and not 'clique-ish'. Everyone is welcome. The art a la carte program is great. The PE program make sports fun and the kids justlove their coaches. The music teachers leave a little to be desired and the principal does seem out of touch. Yet the school works, probably due to the high parent involvemnet.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2005
Teachers are competent and caring. Facility updates are nice. Principal seems superficial, disinterested, and out of touch.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2004
Most teachers are very involved wih their parents. Students thrive with support and high standards.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
This is the second year I have my children at Thousand Oaks. I love the staff, the environment, and involvement of parents and teachers in making my children feel and achieve to be their best.

- submitted by a parent
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Thousand Oaks Elementary School
16080 Henderson Pass, San Antonio, TX  78232
(210) 407-8000
Last modified Thousand Oaks Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Thousand Oaks Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top