My child is in the advanced program at this school. They claim that 'differentiation' is being in the advanced program. It is 'differentiated' from the regular classes. There is ZERO individual differentiation. In fact, there is zero focus on the individual. This school teaches precisely to achieve good test scores. There is no apparent focus on learning how to think or on creative thinking. The focus is on rote learning, worksheets, repetition, PERFECTIONISM and high test scores. For some, this may be enough. For our family it is soul destroying. We came from a charter school environment.that valued the individual and creative thinking. In this region it seems you have to pay huge amounts to get something similar. That is a pity.
A few quotes to get you thinking:
“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” — John Maynard Keynes
“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without
creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” — Edward de Bono
“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”
So, off we go to find a school where the teachers think and question and remain curious... and so, therefore, do the children.
The 9 is based on test scores, but look into it. They are one of the few advanced schools so they bring in students from other areas, the best test scorers, so of course they score high. The problem is if your child is not in the advanced program how much focus is on them? They also weaken other schools by taking their best performers. So why not just have an advanced program in each school?
This is a great school with caring teachers and a very responsive administration. The teachers go above and beyond to make learning fun for the children. My son has been at this school for 3 years, and we couldn't be happier. We can't wait for the brand new playground coming later this month.
Unless your child is in the Advanced Academic Placement Classes, you will be disappointed in this school. All the resources and emphasis is given to the AAP courses. If your child is in the regular placement classes, then whether or not they get a good, quality education will depend on the teacher. My son and daughter have had some really good and really bad teachers at White Oaks. Save yourself frustration and disappointment and go to another school.
I have 2 sons in white oaks ES iT is really great school the principles did good job and all the teachers are helpfull when we ask them about anything it has good contact with the teacher by email White oaks did a lot of activities and the help all the student to enjoined I'm lucky because my son in this school I want to said thank you very much to all the sttafe who work there .