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Oakley Elementary is a public elementary school in Asheville. The principal of Oakley Elementary is Mr Michael Benigno, who can be contacted at michael.benigno@bcsemail.org. 467 children attend Oakley Elementary and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 75% of the 467 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Oakley Elementary is 14:1. Haw Creek Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 58% 75%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 22% 6%
Hispanic 16% 13%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 0.9% 1%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.4%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75% 56%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    The staff at Oakley are the most dedicated group of teachers I have ever come across. They rise to every challenge presented to them with cheerfulness and huge ability. This is a place where truly no child is left behind not in the government sense but in the real world sense of every child being developed to their full potential. My son was there until middle school and I would have no hesitation about sending other children there if I had any. Parents are given every opportunity to participate in school events and in making school decisions. Considering how underfunded NC's schools have been for a long time Oakley does an amazing job that any business wold be proud of.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter no longer attends Oakley (we pulled her mid-year) nor will her sister a rising kindergartener due to poor leadership. Ironically I do not see any recent reviews on this academic year since the new principal arrived. Teachers were genuinely loving and most seemed to care about each individual child but strong leadership is the key to a happy school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Oakley has been such a wonderful school. Both of my children have gone there. My son is now in middle school but my daughter is in the 4th grade now. The staff has been wonderful with both kids. My son has aspbergers and they were very helpful and respectful with that and my daughter was very ill when she was in kindergarden and was hospitalized for 6 weeks and the staff and students were very supportive. They are both exceptional students rising above grade level every year. I have no complaints about this school at all!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    I gave this school a one-star review some time ago which was removed. I am a former student of Oakley Elementary and I had nothing but entirely bad experiences there.

  • (3 years ago)

    We pulled my son out of Artspace and put him in Oakley I can not say enough good things about this change we were put threw quit a traumatic couse of events at Artspace and everyone at Oakley made this transition so much easier and my sons reading jumped 7 levels in 3 months! Don't go to Artspace!

  • (5 years ago)

    We love Oakley!!! This is a great school! My son is a rising third grader and his whole experience has been great there> The staff is wonderful everyone is treated like family iI would recomeend this school to everyone.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter has been going to Oakley for two years and we are both pleased with the school. She was so shy and afraid to meet new people. Now she is very out-going and even plays sports. The teachers are so giving to these children; everyone is involved in this school. Parents teachers students administraitors and all the other employees at Oakley are involved and show a love for this community; that's how it shouls be.

  • (8 years ago)

    We have enjoyed our experience with this school and the teachers. Our eldest daughter went to Oakley 1999-2003 school years and is now in Reynolds. We live in Oakley area and bought another house here just to be able to keep our lil ones (when they get old enough) in Oakley. The teachers overall have been very attentive with our child and still stay in contact with us even though she is in another school. I could go on and on but Overall we are extremely statisfied with what we experienced there and looking forward to our future exps. with our lil ones. The only prob. we found was the principal at the time 'seemed' a bit difficult to reach speak to and more concerned with the job and less with the students. There's now a new principal.

  • (9 years ago)

    I feel this school is very well balanced. There are wonderful teachers as well as other staff members. I am very pleased with my child's enthusiasm about the school.

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