School Details

Oak Grove Elementary

10401 Penny Road, Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 387-4490
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 793 students 16 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

81%
61%
47%
80%
57%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wake County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
59%
48%
73%
54%
44%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wake County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
62%
48%
71%
51%
40%
75%
57%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wake County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Oak Grove Elementary is a public elementary school in Raleigh. The principal of Oak Grove Elementary is Ms Beth Jarman, who can be contacted at bjarman@wcpss.net. 793 students attend Oak Grove Elementary and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 9% of the 793 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Oak Grove Elementary is 16:1. Penny Road Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 74% 49%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 24%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Asian 6% 6%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Hispanic 10% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Have been at this school for 7 yrs. & WAS the most desired school to attend in Wk County-Now Admin is horrific. PTA has made several efforts to bring up the moral in both the students & teachers-to no avail-it's never enough. Admin puts in place "rules and policy" & blames Wake County Policy-which is simply not true. Sp teachers are great-exception being the PE Tch -she is no role model for PE-I have a difficult time understanding how children from the age of 5-11 are getting 1 & 2's-at this age PE should be fun. The school does not put an emphasis or follow required Wake County requirements for Phy Ed. They are given 20 mins of daily recess with 50 mins dedicated to Specials. If the PE teacher is tracked out they lose those 50 mins of PE & only have 20 mins of daily activity. School needs a massive overhaul of the main admin-from the Principal down to the Lead Secretary. Parents should feel welcome when they walk in the school not asked "why are you here?". Scores have decreases dramatically & I contribute a lrge prt due to the lack of physical activity and "fun" of elementary school. Thank goodness we are in our final year at this school or I'd be looking to change!

  • (10 months ago)

    We have been @ this school for several years & have seen a steady decline in both student & teacher satisfaction. Evidence of this is the large amount of turnover year to year. The Principal isn't a people person at all. If you are looking for warm & fuzzy - this is not the place for you. The PTA tries very hard to help the school as much as possible but is met with the attitudes of "That would be great but this would be better". Considering the PTA raises money & tries to help by VOLUNTEERING it never is enough to make the administration happy. The teachers are great & really do try to help the children. The specials teachers are great with the exception of the PE teacher. How they can let someone like that be a PE teacher & influence how children maintain a healthy way of life is beyond me. For the evaluation at the end of the semester she shows the children cards & has them describe their actions (jump hop skip). Why not let the children actually be ACTIVE!?!?! Overall I have been very dissatisfied with the school & really hope that the next batch of children who attend get a new administrator who actually makes school fun for the children. This is actually possible!

  • (12 months ago)

    We love this school. My daughter seems to be adjusting well in Track 2 and love loves her teacher Ms. Eggers who has been teaching for 17 years in second grade. She goes above and beyond to ensure that her students are well taught and provides enrichment activities likea class play as well as field trips to Yates Mill. The students learned square dancing and take Spanish three times per week. My daughter starts kindergarten in July and I hope and pray she has a teacher like Ms Eggers. The staff in the front office are wonderful and very responsive to student needs. The PTA is strong and have activities like the annual Science fair that 2nd graders and up may participate in. There are behavior bucks as an incentive in my daughters class for good behavior. There is zero tolerance for bullying. Overall the school has a great vibe and I continue to be pleased by Ms Eggers approach to common core. She embraces the common core with elegance and does not appear flustered by it like a previous school my daughter attended.

  • (1 year ago)

    I want to say that my son has gone to Oak Grove for 4 years and this year I look back and realize how amazing the staff is at meeting my son's needs. In the past years the CCR staff was very negative but with new teachers it is a truly a positive experience. They are all very supportive to parents and have open comminication and work well together to come up with solutions and interventions. The CCR teacher we have has classroom experience so she understands the regular classroom teachers needs and works so well to get my child on benchmark. I am very pleased with the administrative decisions and parent involvement in this school. This is the first year that I am taking the time to inform parents that if your child is struggling the child is looked at as a person not a test score.

  • (1 year ago)

    Oak Grove strives for a nurturing environment while teaching skills and academics. The policies in place for safety and anti bullying are great. Special needs are addressed and when concerns arise they are handled professionally. I hope to find a supportive middle school like this. All teachers are taxed with large classes testing and challenges but most of the teachers here seem to manage it well!

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm a kid and I love this school. You kid should come. It is where I met my best friends. I also get a good education and I love the teachers. I also am in A.I.G. So I like almost everything about this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Oak Grove is an excellent school. The Parents are the best on the planet. The teachers are fabulous. The PTA is amazing and we are so lucky to have such a hardworking group of volunteers to make our school a great place to be.

  • (1 year ago)

    We absolutely love the school! Teachers are great and the year round experience is wonderful. My only criticism is if you have a child 2nd grade or younger that is testing well above grade level they won't even speak to you about bumping your child up a grade. I believe this gets attributed to the EOG's. They would rather have strong test scores from child that is above grade level than lower scores from a child that is challenged by their current grade level. They do seem to make an effort to enrich your child with more challenging materials and put them into AG enrichment opportunities.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school very safe to say they have wonderful teachers is an understatement. They are the best in Wake County.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great teachers great students. Proud of what they do and what they stand for. Couldn't ask for anything else.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have an awesome PTA and dedicated staff to make this a great place for kids to experience extras and grow!

  • (1 year ago)

    Oak Grove Elementary is an academically competitive school where the teachers work hard and are the backbone that makes the environment such a great place for a child to learn. If your child needs support or extension it is hit-and-miss on a good day. The CCR department is not-so-great and the AG teacher does a lot of feel good talking with very little follow through. Administration is a mixed bag as one is personable and lovely and the other is much less than. The issues with the school would likely be gone if the principal were to be booted out. Overall it's an environment where children will thrive because the teachers WANT them to and work hard to ensure they do. The PTA is full of dedicated moms which helps.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is in kindergarten so I have limited experience with the school. However it's been wonderful so far! The teachers have been great the parental involvement is huge and my child is thriving. He's excited to go to school every day and has learned and grown so much this year. I'm in the school weekly to volunteer and it's an extremely happy positive environment. We're totally satisfied with the school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our nephews came to live with us rather unexpectedly and had not been attending school. We enrolled them at Oak Grove for one year before being reassigned to Briarcliff where they attend now. I can unequivocally say that the teachers and principal at Oak Grove were amazing and very helpful with what was a difficult transition for these two boys. Everyone we encountered at this school went out of their way to help the boys and help us. I have nothing but great things to say about Oak Grove.

  • (2 years ago)

    I agree with the writer that said the Principal is a waste of space and behaves like a limp dish towel. The school is fine if your child is especially talented at regurgitating core curriculum on pace with the schedule in which they teach it. If however you need more from a school you won't find the help and support you need here. The teachers do not seem checked at all. Our teacher made a clerical error that changed my childs entire grade? Funny that happened only after reaching out to administration for some intervention. Ah well my experience isn't all bad. The teachers are okay depending on the grade and who you get. But why risk your child's education when the chances of getting a standout teacher is less than 50%? Only a small portion of the teachers want parents involved. And because they lack help and support the kids come home stressed overworked and lacking enthusiasm to say the least. My advice find another school.

  • (2 years ago)

    The teachers at this school are awesome. They put in 110% every day they come to school. My children have had a great education at OG especially my special needs kids. Their CCR teachers really care and make sure that they get everything they are entitled to. What bothers me is people who praise their child's teacher then in the same breathe bash the teacher and I have heard these parents do this. And doing it on the computer is cowardly. If you have a problem with the teacher talk to them face to face. If you dislike the school so much get out! You had 4 choices this past spring! Please convert all the energy you use to on this BLOG to be productive not destructive. Otters you rock!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Principal - is lifeless emits the feeling she is not all there. Staff has been there for some time so current principal should get credit for what was there. CCR teachers lack enthusiasm/interest. Students/parents feel CCR is a waste of time. Check your students paperwork. One CCR teacher doesn't check her students work - therefore consistent mistakes are make. CCR teacher doesn't review mistakes with student so no educational corrections are made. I have 9 weeks of papers to prove it. PE teachers - only one is good - other is not impressive. nothing comes home form Art - odd. The computer teacher is a floater - main teacher teaches computers as well. Principal needs to move on. CCR program needs to be looked at and re-hauled the 2nd grade teachers need to chill out and encourage students. All but one throws stress their way which DOES NOT excite the child to go to school. With that much stress in the little bodies - there's no room left to learn. Amazing things you find talking to other parents. I hope that WCPSS reads this and gets involved. Parents can't do it all - they still have to go thru THAT SCHOOL so can't upset things too much or backlash! HELP!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Oak Grove is a great school in large part due to the excellent teachers and support staff who make everyday a challenging adventure for students. There have been complaints about the Principal and agree she's not warm and fuzzy but give her credit for hiring a great staff! She is balanced by a great Asst. Principal.

  • (3 years ago)

    My family has been attending Oak Grove for nine years. During that time it has gone from 5 stars to 4 stars mostly because the current principle is aloof and there have been put into place too many unnecessary rules. Lighten up!

  • (4 years ago)

    Commitment above and beyond by faculty staff and the PTA is shown on a daily basis.

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