Oakland Community Unit School District 5

Oakland Community Unit School District 5 is a small unified school district based in the village of Oakland, a small community in the northeastern reaches of Coles County, Illinois; its small student body and few schools suggests that most of the Coles County population centers have already been staked by the other two school districts in the county -- Charleston Community Unit School District 1 and Mattoon Community Unit School District 2. Oakland Community Unit School District 5 is composed of two schools; one school is a combined elementary and junior high school, and the other is a senior high school; students in kindergarten and grades one though eight attend Lake Crest Elementary School, which is under the direction of principal Jim Eastin.[1] Graduates move forward to attend nearby Oakland High School, which educates those in grades nine though twelve; students in this district may then pursue a collegiate education. Oakland High School is governed by the same principal as Lake Crest Elementary School, Jim Eastin.[2] The district superintendent is named Michael Smith,[3] and the districtwide mascot is the Titan.[4]

GreatSchools.net ranked Lake Crest Elementary School at a seven on a scale out of ten; the district's average ISAT scores ranged over a period of time from a 41% mathematics average in the year 2005 to several 100% averages scattered across the past three years in both mathematics and reading.

According to the front page as of the 2007-08 school year, the district is collaborating with Kansas Community Unit School District 3 over the subject of athletics. This partnership has been ongoing since the 2003-04 school year. Athletic teams compete under the name of Tri-County; the mascot is the Titan.


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