May 09, 2009
I recently noticed a few not so favorable reviews of Oakton Elem. I would like to comment. I am a parent who has had children attending Oakton since 2004. Here are a couple of comments I would like to respond to. The school is very overcrowded . . . Oakton Elementary will begin renovations this coming year. The school will be expanded. The classrooms will be larger and more classrooms will be added to make up for the crowding issues. This school has great technology and with the help of the PTA will continue to expand its systems. Next comment: This school is also not well equipped to work with children who are either gifted or challenged academically. Currently, Oakton Elem. offers many enrichment programs for advanced academics and the academically challenged. They offer Level 3 services for those children who need a little extra challenge. They also offer the strategies lab for all students at the school. This is a new program and will continue to expand overtime. Next year, the school will offer Level 4 Gifted and Talented / Accelerated Academics starting with grade 3. Each year a new grade will be added until the services are available for grades 3-6. The Principal has been very busy over the past two years working with her staff to form collaborative learning teams for each grade. She has hired trained specialist to train her staff to work with their students on multiple intelligences, improving academics and on higher level thinking skills. The school and the PTA have purchased many new math manipulatives and training aids in math and the sciences. Also, the school has a wonderful reading specialist who is top notch when in comes to teaching kids how to read in a creative and engaging manner. Again, Mrs. Worek has recently purchased short text to help all students, as well as those who are challenged in reading, with vocabulary, decoding, prediction, inference and more. Lastly, the school offers full services and testing for those who are identified social, emotional and academic disabilities. Oakton offers (or has offered) a full array of enriching activities: Robotics, Odyssey of the Mind, Affinity Club, Chess Club, Abrakadoodle Art Program, FLEX, Mad Science, Ultra Sports, Grace Art, Strategies Lab and a full array of cultural arts and family fun nights. Last comments: There are outstanding individual teachers who really push the children to do and be their best and there are teachers (the majority, we've found) who barely have their noses above water. This lack of consistency stems from a disengaged principal, who we have found lacks the vigor, vision and engagement necessary to make Oakton the first-rate Elementary School it ought to be. There are some very good teachers at this school and also some very inexperienced teachers who do not receive the support and instruction necessary to become better teachers. At this time Oakton Elem. has no first year teachers. All the teachers at Oakton ar experienced teachers. FCPS as well as the Dept. of Education and the VA Dept. of Education evolve their standards and curriculum frequently. For example, this year the second grade math curriculum was updated. A couple years ago the math SOL s were changed. As I mentioned above Mrs. Worek has been working with her teachers to form collaborative teaching teams for consistency and a more enriching academic experience. Oakton is great! Come take a look for your self!
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