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K-6
Public district
Salt Lake City, UT
Students enrolled: 546
 

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4325 South Jupiter Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84124

(385) 646-4936
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Teacher effectiveness: Effective
July 22, 2015
I think Oakridge teachers are slipping and it's not necessarily their fault. There has been an upheaval in teacher loss in recent years due to retirement, jobs taken elsewhere or teachers forced out. The replacements are new to teaching (not to say they won't be good with some experience) or tenured and the school doesn't have much say in those. This trend will continue for a few more years I fear as some of the best teachers at the school are aging and looking to retire soon. Also, class sizes are quite large, especially in the lower grades. This is in part due to the Music program which requires us to take on more students for funding. The national average and recommendation for Elementary class size is about 24, Oakridge has many classes of 28, 29. Some of that is set down by Granite District as they want their class sizes to be around 27 but we are even larger than that. This also puts a large strain on teaching quality when they have so many kids in the classroom and many distractions, especially in the lower grades. Thank heavens for parent classroom and reading volunteers, I think most teachers are very grateful to have such excellent parental support!

- submitted by a parent

July 22, 2015
I think Oakridge is a good, not excellent or great but definitely solid. I think parent support is paramount in motivating their own students and volunteering in the classroom and schools. I would hope that better quality teachers can replace teachers who leave and that class sizes can normalize in the coming years. I love that it has Arts and Music but have been very disappointed with the lack of science in the classroom and as an extra. I have heard that Lego League is coming for the upper grades and hopefully that will fill a void for those kids really interested in technology. I think the Principal, though kind and thoughtful, could use a little more backbone when handling tough teacher and parent issues. That might come with experience but I do wonder if "passive and placating" is how Principals are trained these days. I can't speak to that but I hope to see a bit more "fight" administratively. I would like to see more neighborhood and community kids walking/biking to/from school. My children walk daily--rain or shine and it's important for their development, independence and in learning responsibility. Obviously I understand many live far or out of boundary but we walk past many houses where parents are pulling out of their driveways to drive to school. This is a safe neighborhood and if we see more kids out walking, the safer it will feel for those afraid (safety in numbers). It will also feel like less of a "drop off" school to those concerned and is better for the environment.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2015
Oakridge has been a very positive experience for our children! We have had excellent teachers. I would highly recommend this great neighborhood school.

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September 30, 2014
Oakridge is an amazing school. Our current principal is very inter-active with all students and parents. She has taken the time to get to know our community and supported us in a very positive way. Our teachers are nothing but top notch! If you have any concerns, I suggest that you talk with them, it has always worked for me. The only way that wouldn't work for you if is you have your own personal agenda. If so, take advantage of the open enrollment and find a better fit for your child. You would be doing all of us a favor!

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2014
Part I: Regarding the September 4th comment and those addressing it: I am a "drop-off" parent who selected Oakridge (thank goodness for open enrollment!) for my children starting at kindergarten because I was so impressed with the combination of strong academics and arts programs. I am distressed to see art, music, dance, drama and physical education programs disappearing from our schools and am thrilled that the Oakridge parents, teachers and administration still value these for our students. I was nervous about the change in principal and it's potential effect on these programs. I've been pleased to see that she is supporting the unique programs we value. I have also been very impressed with the warm relationship she's formed with students as well as her maturity and diplomacy with parents. She has my full support. She stepped into some awfully large shoes and I hope the community will continue to support her as she gains more experience. (continued in Part II...)

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September 24, 2014
Part II: While involved parents would like all things to be to the advantage of their children, and I include myself in this, the reality is that they need to face challenges, including a less-than-perfect school teacher or peers with different challenges than their own, to become the independent, wise, resilient, kind adults we want them to be. I hope I can teach my children how to address challenges in constructive ways and help support the people with whom we share the school experience so it can be a positive, growing experience for everyone. If there are issues or areas that need to be improved how can we address them in a respectful, transparent way? The schools already have an overwhelming task requiring much sacrifice from those who choose education as their occupation. We should be asking how we can provide them with more support so that the exceptional ones will remain at Oakridge and those who have room for improvement will be motivated to become better.

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2014
Oakridge is an amazing school with dedicated and caring teachers, administration, parents and students. The arts and music programs are integrated into each classroom providing a balanced education between creativity and academics. We have lived in the school boundaries for 10+ years and are happy with the open enrollment. My children have made friends from all over the city and this diversity just strengthens the school. The new principal and the old principal both support the arts/music programs and the volunteers in the school, which contributes to the great learning environment at Oakridge. As a parent, if you are unhappy with a school, then volunteer in the classroom and make a positive change for your children, the school and yourself.

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September 19, 2014
My post is in regards to the earlier post slamming Oakridge Elementary and its staff and principal...If you think pressing a button on a copy machine or stapling paper to a bulletin board earns you the right to judge the faculty or principal of a school, you are surely giving yourself much more credibility than you deserve! How dare you try to evaluate the merits of teachers when you are clearly not, nor ever have been an educator. You frankly sound like a scorned parent that hasn't gotten their way and so therefore needs to use a forum like this to sheepishly express your unfounded feelings. As you stated, this is an open enrollment school, so obviously you are aware that many other schools are also open enrollment. If you have such extreme complaints about Oakridge, one would qu3stion why then, would you ever subject yourself or your child(ren) to such a toxic environment? Please do everyone a favor, and take advantage of the open enrollment and take your complaints elsewhere, because as everyone can tell, you'll certainly be much happier somewhere else, and the Oakridge population will undoubtedly be much happier without such a negative influence on such an amazing school.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2014
If you think pressing a button on a copy machine or stapling paper to a bulletin beard earns you the right to judge the faculty or principal of a school, you are surely giving yourself much more credibility than you deserve. How dare you try to evaluate the merits of teachers when you are clearly not nor ever have been an educator. You frankly sound like an entitled parent that hasn't gotten their way and so therefore needs to use a forum like this to sheepishly express your unfounded, ignorant feelings. As you stated, this is an open enrollment school, so obviously you are aware that many other schools are also open enrollment. If you have such extreme complaints about Oakridge, one would question why then, would you ever subject yourself or your child to such a toxic environment? Please, do everyone a favor, and take advantage of the open enrollment and take your complaints elsewhere. You'd certainly be much happier somewhere else and the Oakridge population will undoubtedly be much happier without such a negative influence on an amazing school! Good riddance to you!

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September 17, 2014
Oakridge Elementary is a GREAT school!! I disagree with the parent's comment of September 4, 2014. My kids have been at Oakridge for 6 years and we have loved every teacher and both the new and old principal.

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September 17, 2014
I am responding to the post from September 4th. Oakridge is a fabulous school that offers more than any other public school. We have orchestra, band, dance, drama, visual arts, and general music. Do we really need choir? We have a large % of students that are not within the boundaries and are grateful for the open enrollment because we lack the numbers to sustain the school. Our PTA numbers are up and we received an award for having the highest PTA membership in the district. The special resources that we have are very much needed for several of the students that are within our boundaries. Our principal did not hire any of the new teachers coming into the school last year. They were already hired or sent to us from the district. Our principal has worked tirelessly with Community Council by coming up with ways to build our community. She fully supports the PTA, and welcomes all of the "extras" that we have. This quality is hard to come by in many principals. No matter what school, teacher, or principal one has, it is the parents responsibility to "supplement their child's learning experience". If you are not happy at Oakridge, there are plenty of other schools that you can go to.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2014
Oakridge used to be a quality school. Unfortunately over the years, the open enrollment has turned it into a "drop off" school. Each year as the open enrollment permits increase the PTA memberships and volunteers decrease. The majority of students in need of special resources are from outside the footprint. These resources take away from funding other worthwhile programs such as choir. Instead of a behavioral specialist we could have a math specialist. A new principal who does not connect with or relate to the community has added to the deterioration of the school. There is a lack of transparency and accountability. Her leadership style is one of avoidance and dismissiveness. She has hired teachers who lack experience in the field in lieu of highly qualified teachers. What is saving the school right now is the core of parents who diligently prepare their children and supplement their children's educational experience through enhanced learning experiences in the home.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
We moved from Cottonwood to Oakridge for my childs 4th grade year. What an improvement!! (WOW) I wish I had changed sooner. We love it!

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April 21, 2010
I agree with all of the reviews here. My child has attended Oakridge for 6 years. We have never had a 'bad' teacher. Most of them are amazingly dedicated professionals who are fun, challenging, and highly skilled in motivating kids to do their best. Parent volunteerism is a tradition at Oakridge. Music is hands-down exceptional. The arts and PE also add to a well-rounded curriculum. There is no question that Oakridge is a great school.

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April 20, 2010
They integrate the arts with every day learning. They encourage parental involvement. So far, I've only experienced motivated, caring teachers. My child really enjoys it here.

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May 27, 2008
Oakridge is one of the best public school in the Granite school district. Lots of parents involvement and excellent, qualified teachers. We love the arts, drama and music the school provide in their curriculum.

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December 30, 2006
Oakridge is the best public elem. we could find in SLC. The expectations are high and the school culture is academic, yet accepting of all levels. The Art Works for Kids program is an integrative-cross curriculum program that is excellent. The school and parents work hard to maintain the grants and funding needed to keep Oakridge on top. My three kids love it there.

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August 01, 2004
Our children transferred from private school and we have been amazed at the teacher quality, the emphasis on the arts and the dedication of the administration to making Oakridge the finest of learning institutions. Like any public school in the state, the school suffers from a lack of funding with regard to the 'extras.'

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April 19, 2004
Excellent school with a lot of involvement from parents. Great experienced teachers who geuninely care for the kids.

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Oakridge School
4325 South Jupiter Dr, Salt Lake City, UT  84124
(385) 646-4936
Last modified Oakridge School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Oakridge School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top