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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teachers are competent and caring. Facility updates are nice. Principal seems superficial, disinterested, and out of touch.
Most teachers are very involved wih their parents. Students thrive with support and high standards.
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