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Oakbrook Elementary School

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2011:
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Posted August 5, 2014

We were happy with this school. The three of my children who attended had wonderful teachers, particularly the P.E. teacher. The school does a good job promoting character building and establishing unity and school loyalty but there wasn't enough parent involvement in the PTSA and a general lack organized parental support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

My child has attended Oakbrook for several years and he has had wonderful, engaged teachers. The expectations are high and the discipline fair and consistent. More parent involvement would be a plus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2012

We have two children attending this school; this is their second year. We have had a very positive experience with Oakbrook. Our children are excited to go every day, and are learning at a faster rate than their previous schools. The parental involvement is outstanding as well, especially for a smaller school. This is our older childs' fifth school(yes, we're military), so we have seen a few schools and would recommend this one to anybody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2012

This school is amazing. My kindergartener loves his teacher to death, and I can say the same. The school year hasnt even ended and hes fully reading, doing basic math problems, writing sentences. Her classroom is very structured and the children stay focused. I love that the office knows my son by name (not because of bad behavior) Everyone is so personable and caring. Lots of school activities! I will not move away from this area just to keep him at this school for the duration of his elementary years. Best elementary in Lakewood by far!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2011

This by far has been the worst school my kids have been to. There is no reason that my kids should be learning out of a book from 1984! While yes the staff is friendly but the teachings are old. My kids are not learning anything as they came from an up to date school to here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2011

Both My Children have attended this school. I find it to be the best school in Lakewood. The teachers call my children by name. My oldest is in junior high and the Oakbrook teachers still ask about him. I am informed of my childrens progress and every teacher has been available to me at times that work for me. The principal is kind and caring but also good with redirecting those who get out of hand. My youngest has been given many options to excell at his rate due to the many programs available. Oakbrook offers many ways that parents can be involoved. I work full time and still have a chance to be a part of my childs events. I would rate this school as a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2011

I must disagree with the previous post. I have had two children go through Oakbrook and we enjoyed a great experience, not only with the teachers and staff but especially the principal. Our students felt they were cared for and that the teachers cared about their education. The principal was always available and supportive. He took the time to know my children's names. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but I know that many other parents that have gone through Oakbrook will say they had a wonderful experience with that school. I would recommend Oakbrook to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2011

My son's experience at this school this year is horrible! He had absolutely no problems last year (which was his first year attending this school). Besides the lack of involvement of the principal and lack of support from his other teachers, His homeroom teacher last year was absolutely amazing and he did not have a single problem. This year is a whole different story! The professional conduct in this school is disturbing! There is nothing at this school but disavantages for the students. The atmosphere in the school is very dark and boot camp style and rarely do you see the kids smiling and enjoying their time at school. The respect that the staff and principal have and show to the parents is next to none. This school has NO walls to seperate classrooms. Not to mention, that almost all the classes here are spilt grades with 3rd graders having to be in a class with 2nd graders and 4th graders having to share with 3rd grade and so on. I will NOT recommenend this school to anyone! I will not be sending my kids back to this school next year, if I don't pull them out sooner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2011

My daughter is in 3rd grade at Oakbrook and she loves the school, her teacher Mrs. Tatum is a wonderful teacher, my daughter has learned a lot from her. I am grateful that we have a school like this in our neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2008

This school had been a big disappointment. Our 4th grader has been overwhelmed with the challenges and lack of teacher support in this school. We believe in a rigorous and challenging curriculum, but we feel the teachers also need to spend effecient time on certain subjects the class is having difficulties learning. While other schools in the district has the ESIS Parent Assistant program fully functioning and accessible to the parents, Oakbrook doesn't have the ESIS Parent Assistant access to the reporting period grades, daily assignments and class schedules. This school basically uses this for attendance recording. The lack of effort and communication with the teachers, office staff and the principal is extremely disheartening. This school has very few programs and sadly has many disavandtages among the other schools in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2008

My family thought Oakbrook would be wonderful school for our children to attend. We were definitely mistaken. We noticed most of the teachers were inconsistent with their grading techniques and their system had too many flaws and gaps. The gifted program did not help bring out the creativity and enthusiasm in the students. Teachers definitely showed favoritism in the classrooms and there were few teachers who displayed overbearing demeanors. We were highly disappointed with the principal. The principal would rather sit in his office with the door closed than be actively involved. He doesn't support the students nor the parents. He does support his teachers 150% regardless of the situation. The motto of Oakbrook is 'believe in the teachers not in your children.' I took both of my children out of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2008

Overall my daughter had a negative experience in this school. There were too many inconsistencies in the teacher's grade book and the teacher seemed to be a bit disorganized. The students weren't being given the extra help when they had difficulties understanding the lesson. I was disappointed in the lack of parent involvement in this school along with the principal's lack of participation. The communication between student/teacher, parent/teacher, principal/parent needed great improvements. There are just too many negative issues in this school, therefore, my daughter will not attend this school next year. I will not recommend this school to friends or family members.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2004

This school was great. My daughter went here for 4th and 5th grade and she just loved it. She was in Ms. Coppess' class both years. She really helped her learn to be confident about herself and to know that she meant something to the world. Everything was wonderful except the principal. He didn't really communicate with me or the other parents and he was hardly involved in the school even though he is the principal! Overall, Oakbrook is a safe environment with great teachers and a wonderfull outlook on learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
32%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students52%
Female63%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income39%
Not low income69%
Special education9%
Not special education68%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female75%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income50%
Not low income74%
Special education17%
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students76%
Female93%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income77%
Not low income75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female86%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income73%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students62%
Female77%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income62%
Not low income63%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students69%
Female68%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income65%
Not low income71%
Special education17%
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female84%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income70%
Not low income89%
Special education42%
Not special education92%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students67%
Female60%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income61%
Not low income71%
Special education17%
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 50% 60%
Hispanic 18% 20%
Two or more races 11% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 7%
Black 8% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 14%N/A8%
Special education 119%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 253%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 17N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 14N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 47%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Jeff Murrell

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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7802 83rd Ave SW
Lakewood, WA 98498
Phone: (253) 583-5330

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