Royal Oaks ES/MS History

Opened: 1957
Closed: 1992

Royal Oaks Elementary School was located nineteen miles from Torrejon Air Base in the government Royal Oaks housing area on the northern outskirts of Madrid, Spain. The educators at the school usually lived in Madrid and used local facilities, not the base facilities.

The school facility at Royal Oaks included fifty-four classrooms housed in three buildings. A gymnasium, cafeteria, auditorium, shop, home economics, and art rooms were part of the facilities. There were two faculty lounges, two libraries, and two large play areas. The school had specialists for music, art, physical education, home economics, industrial arts, special education, speech therapy, reading improvement, gifted education, learning disabilities, Spanish, host nation, and English as a second Language. The school also had a counselor, psychologist, and school nurse.

In 1981-82 the school had 872 students in grades kindergarten through seven.

By the 1988-89 school year, the elementary school was a complex of five two-story buildings arranged like spokes around a circular blacktop, with an enrollment of 850 pupils. In addition to classrooms, the buildings contained a media center, a student computer room, two faculty lounges, a conference room, a cafeteria, a gymnasium, an audiovisual viewing room, an auditorium, and a first-aid room. The staff numbered sixty-eight, forty-eight of whom were professional educators. Classes in grades kindergarten through five were self-contained, and grades six and seven were departmentalized. All grade levels received instruction in art, physical education, music, and Spanish language/culture. Grades six and seven also receive instruction in computers, home economics, and industrial arts. Supplementary services are available from specialists in ESL, speech, gifted and talented, health, emotionally handicapped, reading, counseling, and learning disabilities.

Only 700 students were enrolled for the 1989-90 school year. A compensatory education program was added to the school’s offerings.

The school was closed in 1992 when the other schools in Madrid were closed.

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