School Details

Oakland Avenue Charter School

456 East Oakland Avenue, Oakland, FL 34760
(407) 877-2039
5

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-5 519 students 56 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

64%
58%
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56%
57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2012
  • Orange average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
67%
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64%
61%
61%
21%
56%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
84%
79%
81%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.
  • This school in 2012
  • Orange average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
58%
56%
69%
62%
61%
87%
57%
54%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2012
  • Orange average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Oakland Avenue Charter School is a charter elementary school in Oakland. The principal of Oakland Avenue Charter School is MRS. MARCIA CASON. 519 children attend Oakland Avenue Charter School and identify primarily as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 4% of the Oakland Avenue Charter School students are "limited in English proficiency." 0% of the 519 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Oakland Avenue Charter School is 56:1. Tildenville Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 6% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 58% 30%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Hispanic 18% 36%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 27%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0% 42%
Limited English proficiency 4% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Lots of promises. No follow through. Wouldn't recommend to anyone. My child cried a lot begging me to stay home. I asked about bullying--no real concern from the school.

  • (7 months ago)

    My daughter loves this school and her kindergaten teacher. I am asked often by others that interact with my child about where she goes to school as she is very social and articulate and very smart. So much of that is thanks to her teachers and the emense support system of parents and teachers at oakland. I also love how involved they require the parents to be (we must volunteer 20 hours per year between both parents) but hours can be gained just by going to monthly meetings in the evening or helping the teachers from home or just by donating coffee or snacks for the monthly teachers meetings. My 5-year-old is already reading spelling like a pro and starting math - I could not be happier with her progress or with Oakland!

  • (1 year ago)

    My kids have loved their teachers which is natural because they go above and beyond for their students.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son just completed Kindergarten in Mrs. Uhlman's class and she was a joy to work with. She was loving and patient with her kids and the kids were given a great enviornment to learn. My son excelled academically and with his behavior learning responsability and how to work with others. He loves his school and loved his teacher and therefore loves to LEARN!

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school with great leadership and fantastice teachers! It really is a family where everybody knows your name!!!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Our son just completed Kindergarten and we are absolutely pleased with the school. The school has a high academic reputation as an "A" school for 7 straight years. Our positive experience is largely due in part to our son's FANTASTIC teacher-- Ms. Dobbs. It's easy to see that Ms.Dobbs genuinely cares for her children with a nurturing enthusiastic and fun approach to teaching. Our son told me many times he was going to miss his teacher.OACS requires volunteer hours (20 hrs per child; 30 hrs if multiple). I love this as it encourages involvement. There are many opportunities to achieve these hours from PTO meetings class activities field trips or baking a dish for the monthly teacher meetings. The school could benefit from a gym more outdoor play equipment and improved technology or computer room. The children have an enrichment class each day- P.E. (twice/wk) Spanish character development and art. Ideally I would like to see Music or these enrichment course incorporated in the daily curriculum. Overall I think the school is great! The improvements needed are mainly financial which is at no fault of the school and hopefully fundraisers will help over time.

  • (2 years ago)

    OACS is a great school. My child has attended this school for the past 5 years. We have seen the school grow in all positive ways. We have watched our child evolve from knowing only shapes and colors to reading chapter books and adding fractions. Parent-teacher conferences are mandatory as they should be. Each family is required to volunteer for 20 hours per school year; it is 30 hours per school year if more than one child attends OACS. There are lots of opportunities to meet this requirement. I am always AMAZED how sooo many families wait until April to start thinking about putting in some time. I highly recommend this school. Many of the teachers know every student by name. Bullying is not tolerated. Uniforms make it easier. Inappropriate student conduct is remedied immediately. The only hassle is car line. While safety is of course the #1 priority drop off and pick up should be extended to more stations along the length of the sidewalk by the playground. Logistically this would make the line more quicker and alleviate the angst for the residents who live nearby.

  • (4 years ago)

    My children have attended OACS since its opening day and tomorrow is our last day at the school. These years have been great and not so great. My older daughter flew through the school with no problems. My youngest is an ESE student and we found out too late that OACS was not the school for her. The ESE program is lacking but because the school is small the teachers and staff all work closely with one another and the parents. If the city of Oakland would work with the teachers and staff and stop the power struggle the school would be better. Just because you can successfully run a town does not mean you can run a school. On opening day the town assured parents that OACS would not be a typical school teaching only what is on the FCAT. Every student would have a well rounded education. Well it has has become what it promised it would not be a school that teaches strictly FCAT.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son has been attending this school for the past three years and he's been blessed to have three very caring engaging and inspiring teachers. While there is not a strong ESE program in place at OACS... my son benefits directly from his teachers despite some of the challenges he has with learning. We look forward to three more happy and successful years at OACS.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a WONDERFUL SCHOOL!! It reminds me of the kind of school I attended as a child. All of the teachers principals etc. know the kids by name and they encourage parent participation. The hours they call volunteering are nothing I wouldn't be doing regardless of whether I got volunteer hours for attending (ex parent/teacher conferences helping with a class party or field trip). This is my children's second year at OACS and I couldn't ask for a better environment to have them in. I have comfort in knowing my kids go to a loving environment where the teachers aren't afraid to hug the kids where they learn about all cultures and they have fun! My son struggles with math and his second grade teacher has worked with him individually for many hours and has never been judgemental and is always encouraging him. There is an exceptional balance of academics and consideration of kids needing to be kids at OACS and that is something that is hard to find these days!! I can't say enough good things about this school!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am currently a teacher at OACS and have been for the past five years. In response to the parent that complained about parents having to do most of the work in order to hold us up this is just absurd and very far from factual. I myself work 5o hour work weeks and also spend some of my weekends preparing material for my class. I am not the only teacher that does this. This is the norm not the exception. We are a dedicated exceptional group of teachers that are overworked and underpaid due to budget cuts. However we still teach because we love what we do. The parent involvement is simply to assist already overworked teachers and allows parents to be inolved with their children's education.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is very clean. The PTO is wonderful. You go in knowing you will have to do at least 20 hours of service to the school. However the staff is not supportive and very unorganized. Don't try to see your child's records or rely on anyone to answer a question. If they owe you something FORGET ABOUT IT. Don't let them think you trust them they WILL take advantage of you. They will make you think they actually care but remember it is just a business to them. All about their bottom line and protecting their people. OCPS has no say in the matter. Just the town of Oakland FL. So I hope you have no problems here and are able to get through the year. Maybe you wont get a BULLY of a teacher that will intimidate your child to the point of no return.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have been very pleased with OACS for the past 3 years. The teachers and staff hold the children accountable for their schoolwork and behavior. They do not tolerate disrespect. We have observed the children from our local elementary school getting off the bus and most being belligerent mouthy bullies. If our child says the teacher is being "strict" then I know the teacher is doing his/her job! We just wish drop off and pick up was less cumbersome and time-consuming. Perhaps we should consult the logistics folks at Disney? -)

  • (5 years ago)

    Oakland Avenue Charter is a wonderful school. My son is in Kindergarten and has ADHD. His teacher has been such a wonderful help and encouragement when it comes to my son. She goes beyond the call of duty. I do agree with the person that mentioned they do not offer many special education classes. However most parents should expect to help teach their child at home a little if they need 'extra' help. Or they need to pay for private school or tutoring.....

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has been a disappointment. I enrolled my child in a charter to get better education but that hasn't been the case. If you are looking for a school that is unorganized and relies on parents to do most of the work (because they fill it is our duty to hold them up) then this is a school for you. This School also doesn t have enough Special Education programs for those kids that are in need with learning disabilities. Sadly enough my husband and I are looking to move my kid from this school because of the poor educations giving to the kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    My children started at the school when it opened its doors. This school has a dedicated staff and it worked hard to get where it's at.

  • (5 years ago)

    Love the small private school feel. They have an excellent music program - violin piano electric guitar and acoustic guitar. Also a cool science club!

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is finishing up her first year at Oakland Ave Charter. We have had a great first year and are looking forward to first grade. Her teacher Mrs. Ramdehal was an incredible leader. She has a soft gentle spirit but keeps a organized and orderly class without yelling. She is firm with the children when needed but also a soft place to land when needed. All the children in her class were reading by January of the school year. Great place to put your child if you plan to be involved in their education.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am very blessed to have my daughtert in this school. She loves her teacher and is learning so much. I love the way parents are involved with their children. This is a wonderfull school!!! Thank you Mrs.Tortorici you are wonderful!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Loving caring and well educated staff lead by a professional admin staff. We are very pleased with the school.

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