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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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