Oakcrest Elementary School of International Studies strives to continue to maintain an atmosphere of excellence, with the belief that all students can achieve at increasingly higher levels through hard work and tenacity, leading to success at the highest levels.
Oakcrest Elementary School of International Studies emphasizes the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of each child by encouraging them to be life-long inquirers, thinkers, communicators, and risk-takers, by developing intellectual curiosity and a thirst for discovery and achievement.
Oakcrest Elementary School of International Studies students will be prepared for success in the 21st Century, becoming international minded citizens able to compete in today’s global society. This will be accomplished by the use of technology, hands-on learning and an inquiry approach to learning.
Oakcrest Elementary School of International Studies encourages and teaches all students to solve problems and make decisions that benefit themselves and others. Oakcrest staff members, parents, and community members will work collaboratively to create a safe and secure learning environment in which decisions are based on what is best for students.
School Profile and Demographics
Oakcrest Elementary is a sixty-one year old neighborhood school that sits on about 10 acres of picturesque property east of Vanguard High School. The Oakcrest Community was formerly middle to high income, but as years passed the community has become more inter-city in a low socio-economic area. Oakcrest was renovated 5 years ago with an addition of a new cafeteria and 16 classrooms. Some of our students come to school with a lot of baggage and in the survival mode; but our Faculty and Staff provide a nurturing and safe environment to help the children learn. Oakcrest houses 605 Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students. The majority of Oakcrest's students matriculates in Howard Middle School after fifth grade and continues on to Vanguard High School.
Oakcrest is identified as one of the most at-risk schools in the district with approximately 84% of our students on free and reduced lunch. Our multi-ethnic school population consists of 604 predominately economically disadvantaged students. The staff includes; 53 full time instructional employees, 40 non-instructional/support staff which includes office, custodial, cafeteria, and 2 administrators. The faculty and staff have made the commitment and accepted the challenge that all students must achieve at high standards as required by No Child Left Behind. Our student population is made up of 43.5% White , 40.2% African American,5.1% Multi-Racial, 9.7% ELL,.8% American Indian/Alaskan, and 0.5% Asian or Pacific Islander students.
At present, we have 604 students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 5. The average class size is 1:18 in kindergarten through third grades and 1:22 in fourth and fifth grades. We have two VPK(Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) units, two autistic units, two EMH/VE units, one EBD, and one Pre-Kindergarten Handicapped unit. Our population by grade level is as follows: Pre-Kindergarten(35), Kindergarten(86), First(113), Second(92), Third(88), Fourth(74), Fifth(82), Pre-Kindergarten ESE(12), Autistic(7), EMH/VE(9), and EBD(7). We serve our varying exceptionality students using an inclusion/support facilitation model.
Oakcrest Elementary is an "A" school for the second year. In writing, we increased from 72% meeting high standards to 91% meeting high standards. We were able to maintain our "A" through the leadership of the administration, the empowerment and collaboration of the faculty/staff, and support from the district to help us meet our needs in specific areas. Oakcrest has applied to become an IB (International Baccalaureate)School and has been accepted into the candidate stage. At this stage, the school will implement all aspects of the program by developing and teaching six units of inquiry. Currently, the administration and 90% of the faculty have received level 1 training. By the end of the 09/10 school year, we will apply for part B to become accredited as an IB (International Baccalaureate) Primary Years Program. To improve student behavior, faculty has been PBS (Positive Behavior Support)trained. Since the implementation of the PBS program, there has been a 75% decrease in the number of referrals submitted by teacher. We have 8 engaged classrooms for teachers and students to complete interactive lessons.
The cumulative average attendance for Oakcrest students during the 2008-2009 school year was 92%. This is typically the average attendance exhibited in previous years.
Documents About Our School
Location of Oakcrest Elementary
1112 NE 28th Street
Ocala, Florida 34470