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 :)
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! :/
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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