Oakwood Elementary School was built in 1958 and is located at the intersection of County Road 101 and County Road 6 in Plymouth. Oakwood Elementary is considered a special place by staff, parents and students because of its diverse student population that bring a multitude of cultures into the learning environment. Staff members take pride in the school's diversity and work to build on those strengths as they strive for excellence in education. The Oakwood community also prides itself on the positive school culture that exists within its walls. Students are expected to live by the five keys to a caring community, which include friendship, respect, caring, responsibility, and perseverance. Not a week goes by that the students and staff do not reflect and reinforce these five keys within the learning community. Students, families and staff all work hard to make a positive learning experience for children that will carry with them throughout their lives.
The elementary school experience provides a foundation for learning for all students. From the beginning of kindergarten, students learn the wide variety of skills necessary for success in school and out of school. There is a focus on foundational skills in reading, math, science, and social studies. We recognize the importance of the arts, fitness and health, Spanish and technology on our students' ability to think creatively, globally, and in a healthy manner. The integration of technology assists in the personalization of education, creating more interactive lessons, and building skills that are becoming increasingly important for success in today's work force, such as digital literacy, communication and collaboration. Our staff works with all students to help them excel. To accomplish this, they use ongoing formative assessments and work in Professional Learning Teams to analyze student data to address individual needs.
The mission of Oakwood Elementary School is to prepare all students for the future by providing a challenging education that builds academic competence, develops responsible citizenship, encourages creativity, promotes lifelong learning, advances critical thinking skills, instills a commitment to personal wellness and fosters respect for self and others.
All Wayzata Public Schools elementary schools have a volunteer parent organization that works closely with the school to provide many wonderful experiences for the students. Parents also provide enrichment experiences through the Partners in Literature and Partners in Art programs.
Home Base, a school-age child care program is available for parents from 6:30 a.m. and until 6 p.m. throughout the district. Each school also has several teacher-led club experiences that are available for students after school.