Award Year: 2017

Oakwood Elementary School

631 N. Holly Street
Oakwood, TX, 75855-4546

(903) 545-2106

Ms. Tina Rayborn, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Oakwood Independent School District

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Every student will reach their full educational potential and be a well-rounded, productive citizen.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 19%
  • White: 65%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 82%
Oakwood elementary students enjoying hands-on science!

Oakwood elementary students enjoying "hands-on" science!

Oakwood Elementary gives a large education in a small town setting. It is the center of the town's heart and contains a unique mixture of educational levels while producing challenging talents yet to uncover. The teachers and staff gladly meet these challenges head-on with open arms and help each student to succeed to their fullest potential. While money has not always been abundant at this small school, resources have been distinctively provided. While some schools provided band, Oakwood had "Boom Wackers" (plastic sticks of different lengths that made noises). While others had fancy technology classes, Oakwood had technology tables (where they took non-working technology apart and put it back together). Students learned to appreciate the newer resources as they were introduced and absorbed them like sponges. Nearby businesses soon gladly started partnering up with the school, and the students starting flourishing at an even faster rate.

Oakwood Elementary has dealt with a past reputation of not being as good as its neighboring counterparts for many years (mainly because of its size). About ten years ago, the teachers and staff put their feet down and said that from then on, every student that came in to Oakwood Elementary would have a first class education. Since that time, Oakwood Elementary did exactly what they sought out to do. Teachers gave up conferences and tutored students before and after school and fought for each student to have a superior education that was noticeable. Oakwood Elementary may be small, but it is not lacking in class!