We had our kids here for a few years. It is just too big. Its K-5 and there are close to 1400 students. The classes that my children were put into had well above the number of students they should have. Both of my children are sensitive and it was heart breaking to drop them off each day. They were just a number at this school. The drop off and pick up is a nightmare. I ended up spending almost an hour and a half in my car each day. I am still stumped as to why there is not a staggered drop off and pick up time for different grades. That would alleviate some of the congestion and traffic that takes place outside of the school daily. On a positive note the teachers were great. They seemed positive and helpful. I just feel as though the school is too big to house as many kids as they have. Its a shame I think if Oakstead had half the number of kids or one third it would be a fantastic school where kids could thrive and grow. Unfortunately kids are not treated as individuals. There is no way a teacher can honestly get to know a child in the size of the classes. I opted to homeschool my children this year until I can find a school with smaller class sizes.
Oakstead Elementary School is a public elementary school in Lutz. The principal of Oakstead Elementary School is MS. TAMERA KIMPLAND, whose e-mail is TKIMPLAN@PASCO.K12.FL.US. 1,121 students attend Oakstead Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 812% of the Oakstead Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 0% of the 1,121 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Oakstead Elementary School is 16:1. Pasco Virtual Instruction Program is one of the nearest elementary schools.
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Aesthetically it is a beautiful school. If your are into "clicks" and snobby staff this is the school for you my son had a FANTASTIC teach for 4th grade last year. I am still trying to figure out WHAT my daughters retiring first grade teach taught her. Even if you're actively involved with your child's education at this school you have to be MORE involved otherwise you do not find out pertinent information unless your child tells you or it is the end of the year and too late. When asking administration to call you back be prepared to make that call 5-10 times before getting a return call. MUCH room for improvement.
I like my school because I learn new things and math. We have a lot of books time for play we are taught how to behave and school is good
We had heard wonderful things about this school prior to moving out this area and I was excited for my children to attend. I have been extremely disappointed in this school. I feel like there is no consistency with the kids and what they are learning. I was not happy with my son's progress and kept raising my concern with the teacher throughout the school year. Finally in March she tells me she has concerns about his academic progress. I had one conference with her early in the year and she was completely unprepared. I feel like the use of technology and regular learning is not balanced. I was told they were learning how to type on the computer and use spell check yet the teacher didn;t believe in spelling tests and my son's spelling was so horrible that I was coming home from work and having him do spelling tests. If I had more options I would be looking at other schools. Not happy at all.
Our little one is attending this school and 3rd child. To put it simple Mrs. Peloquin rocks she embraces technology and send updates regularly about reading material and websites to read from. We have two other kids studied in other elementary school which was rocking but lost its edge thanks to Mrs. Kimpland's stewardship and Staff's teamwork this school is keeping its edge compared to other elementary schools around (including a Charter one). The key thing to Student's success is Parent's involvement approach Staff with respect for handling 1000+ kids day-in & day-out paricipate in meetings and provide constructive feedback in meetings. Together we can make it better by fixing any minor flaws.
the school is like a jail at lunch time the kids get yell because of talking . I don't think is fair the staff there don't have feeling for the kids is like this people don't have hearts. I saw an incident that the staff make kindergarten to pick up a little crumbs with their bare hands no wonder why the kids get so sick the staff is lazy people please do your work any way you get paid by our taxes I wish every kids could be at home schooling then this ladies where are they going to be pay to be lazy ladies!!!
Great school my son graduated here 2 years ago and now my daughter is in Kindergarten can't say enough the administration and teachers are very professional lead by their principal Mrs. Kimpland. Keep up the good work!
Good school my son has been here two years. Happy with them so far. I would recommend.
I had to rip my kids out of this school they went from straight A's there past 4 years in a different school to D's! The teachers have no heart they are there for a paycheck and don't have feelings towards the kids! Staff is snotty and stuck up! My kids attended for 1 month and their grades dropped that bad didn't sound right at all to me and I saw my kids confidence change right infront of my eyes they came home heart broken over class work & missing 1 question and got c's & d's!?? Money greedy and all they want the kids to do is get on computers iphones ipads and learn through that so they dont have to teach! Lazy lazy lazy lazy! Dont hurt your kids by sendig them there please!!
This is an excellent school! Very well run organized clean and friendly ) Principal teachers and staff are top notch!!!
The faculty in this school contradicts themselves. The principal tells parents that the teachers are encouraged to take the children out to recess everyday as part of a statewide initiative. The teachers say they are required to keep the children in the classroom in order to work on their reading skills. They can't seem to spare 15 minutes for the kids to refuel during the day with a little outdoor play. They are so concerned they will not succeed ( am not sure whether they mean themselves or the children). I have been told by every teacher my child has had since kindergarten that they take the kids out on for recess on the days they do not have P.E. If you are old enough you probably have fond memories of recess after lunch. Don't our children deserve the same? Schools should be emphasising the need for daily outdoor free play not taking it away from the kids. I pose these questions to all adults...when you were 9 could you sit in a chair for 3 hours straight and pay strict attention to the teacher in front of you without a break? Didn't you appreciate a few moments to talk to your friends? Is this really going to produce better test results? At what expense?
Oakstead is an amazing school. A lot of activities and family involvement. The kids are always challenged and special needs are met efficiently. I wouldn't change a single thing about the school. My kids have been here since Kindergarten and they have thrived they are now in 4th grade. Go Otters!!!!!!
This is a great school. We have been at the school for 4 years. The principal and teachers are great. Lots of family nights which allow you to get to know the families. They allow parent involvement.. They keep the kids challenged. All around great school.
They always have activities and communication to get parents involved. I love their team teaching. My child loves her school!
The whole school works together creating a positive atmosphere within the community. Childrens needs are met individually as well as within a group.
Oakstead is a wonderful school!!My kids love it.Oakstead is a wonderful school for your kids to play and learn p
Oakstead has proven to be a great learning environment for my child. He's steadily excelled all year with the teachers being able to adjust to his needs and challenge him on all levels. The staff and administration is fantastic keeping constant open lines of communication. Parental involvement is always encouraged and is needed to succeed.
This is an excellent school! The administration is very communicative and supportive of parents and students. The teachers that are with my kids are top notch and are not apprehensive to tend to their needs. The inclusion team particularly is very professional and dedicated to my child's needs. There are a variety of extra curricular activities including a chorus and a book club. They have fantastic family events (like the Fall Festival and Otter Ball) which motivates kids to go to school. I highly recommend O.E.S.!
22 Portable classrooms this year. School is only open two years. School Teachers are great with few exceptions.
My daughter is going into first grade. We had a great experience last year. She participated in Odyssey of the Mind and absolutely loved it. Our team had lots of activities to get involved with your child both daytime and evening so that everyone who wanted had a chance to participate.