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9494 Oak Grove Parkway
Bessemer, AL 35023

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May 23, 2014
This school is such a joke. The only teacher I have had ACTUALLY TEACH ME was the 8th grade math teacher. This school is good for the kids that are gonna work on a farm or at Mcdonalds.

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October 15, 2013
I am a student at Oak Grove, and I highly recommend parents not send their children to this school. I should point out that many students who graduate from Jefferson County schools with honors are not successful in college. Many teachers are compassionate, but others spoil what good those teachers do. One teacher in particular (I will not give a name)bullies his students, making several cry. I remember one instance he told a student she wasn't worth the oxygen she was breathing. Another teacher, literature teacher, told my class he would rather have bamboo shoots shoved beneath his fingernails that speak of women's literature prior to 1900. I (since my favorite subject is literature and was apppalled by this)switched to an access course. It was a normal level course as opposed to the AP literature I was taking. But this course is exponentially more difficult than the course my peers are taking. I have written several (multi-page) essays on works such as "Self-Reliance" By Henry David Thoreau . They have written one single page essay on To Kill a Mockingbird, which I've heard they did poorly one due to lack of instruction.I intend on escaping soon. For the sake of your child not OG

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June 18, 2013
I attend oak grove. From a students point of view it's fun. We watch movies in one of my classes alot. It's changed alot in the last years. We don't do much and there's only a few teachers that actually teach. Middle school part was good but everybody I know who is in college and graduated from oak grove is struggling. They do not prepair you for college. It's not strict and kids get away with alot. In school we mainly just play on our phones because we have nothing to do and the teachers don't care. The students are nice and really cool and there's good social life. Just not very educational and I know this sounds normal coming from a student but send your kid to oak grove. You will see what I mean.

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April 29, 2012
I go to Oak Grove and it's a nice school and I like it some teachers are amazing while others.....well they do their job to as low a standard as possible to get paid.Although as I stated earlier some of the teachers go above and beyond.Especially my eighth grade teacher Mrs.Powers she was an amazing teacher so if you have a child in the eighth grade they will fall in love with her class!

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July 22, 2009
My son graduated from Oak Grove High School two years ago and he did very well. Yes I agree there are some teachers there that need to retire or find another career. But there are also a lot of teachers that care. He is in his second year of college and doing very well.

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July 21, 2009
All of my children attended OGHS. Two of the them finished college, one graduating summa cum laude. They received a better than average education at Oak Grove. My third child will finish college in another two years. I am proud of the school and its teachers.

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May 22, 2009
My kids are students at this school and yes, there are some teachers there who are tenure and are there for a check. There is nothing that the administration can do about their employment. If you check anywhere, all schools have teachers who are like this. Oak Grove is a wonderful school! The members of administration are always available to answer your calls and questions. They are more than fair and each one of them treats each student as they would their own child. My kids transferred to OG from another highschool 2 years ago and this was the best move that we have ever made! I recommend this school to everyone!!!

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May 21, 2009
My friend and I attend Oak Grove High School and we would not change for the world. This School has a good attletic department even though were not that good at them jk well we disagree with all the other reviews. Most of them state that we are a very bad school yes i do agree that some of the teachers should have really thought about what career they wanted to go in to b/c its definatly not teaching.

- submitted by a student

January 29, 2009
This schools teachers are there to get their check and go home most of them are lazy and dont care about you learning but their money their are like a handfull of good teachers they come up with more ways to make school a great experience for you but most of them put notes on the board and say copy them this is not the best school

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January 20, 2009
I was a student at Oak Grove High School from the sixth grade until I graduated there from last year. While Oak Grove may be the safest, and cleanest school in this area there are absolutely downsides. There are a handful of 'decent' teachers, but overall if asked to rate the teachers it would be upseting. More than half of the teachers put notes on a projector for you to copy, or tell you to read the chapter. I agree notes are essential to a lecture but these teachers dont lecture. The only thing I enjoyed at Oak Grove were the friends I made. I know you may think this sounds like a typical review from a student, only interested in socializing. However, as I started college last fall I realized that OGHS prepared me in NO way for college.I would never send my children to this school.

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December 11, 2008
My child attended this school, and was bullied from day ONE. After communicating this to the staff, repeatedly, it STILL continued, therefore resulting in my child quitting school for their own safety. This school does not have an 'Anti-bullying' rule as they claim they do, and will allow your child to be bullied unless they are on the Football team or in another athletic group (aka 'in the click'), and if the bully is 'in the click', you can forget ANY type of reprecussion being taken against that student. Most of, but not all of, the teachers fail to communicate with the parents, and allow the children to bully and be bullied, with some even participating themselves, in the classroom. I do NOT recommend you sending your child to this school once they have reached the middle-school level.

- submitted by a parent
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June 17, 2008
My son started Oak Grove in the 7th grade last year. The one thing that I would like to see an improvement in, is the communication to parents. It would be nice if there were a website that parents could see upcoming tests, grades and any other school information that would be helpful.

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May 20, 2008
Our family chose to move to Oak Grove because of the reputation of the schools in this area. Because we are a military family, we have moved quite a bit, and our kids have attended several different schools in different states. We have not been disappointed. Sure, there are a couple of teachers who really should re-evaluate whether or not teaching is their calling. That is true of any school. Overall, though, we have found this school to be a very safe, clean, and encouraging environment for our kids. There are LOTS of extra-curricular activities, if students want to be involved. Yes, football is king, but name a southern school where it isn't! This is by far a better school than any other we have been associated with. We have turned away job assignments in other locations to stay here for our kids' sake. They love it!.

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January 20, 2008
I'm in grade 11 of this school, and I'd have to say that while it is not the best, it certainly has its upsides. Everything is pretty well organized; it's a very 'safe' environment as other reviewers have said. While there are some very good teachers (quite involved), there are usually one or two per grade level that just ruin it on a larger scale. Compared to some other schools in the area, I'd definitely recommend this one, however.

- submitted by a student

May 26, 2007
I am about to enter grade 9 at Oak Grove High School, and I'd have to say that it's just an okay school. The principal, Mr. Pruden, has no involvement with the school. There are some good teachers, but others are terrible. There is one teacher I recently had who didn't teach at all. The only thing she did was sit in front of the computer while the computer played that day's lesson. There are few extracurricular activities available besides a couple of sports. There is a lot of school spirit, in a way too much. There is too much focus on sports than on academics. I personally think the teachers should be evaluated regualarly to examine if they are doing their job. Overall, this is an awesome school in a world of scenic middle of nowhere. Don't let the looks fool you... this school can be hell on earth.

- submitted by a student

March 15, 2007
I recently graduated from Oak Grove and I have to say that it is a great school. I went to Hueytown then transfered to Oak Grove and it was the best decision. It is a great environment with a staff of great teachers. Football and other sports are a big part of OG. There is a lot of school spirit and the level of parent involvement is high. Oak Grove is in my opinion one of the safest schools. I want my children to go to OG because I know that not only will they be getting a great education but they will also be in a safe environment.

- submitted by a student
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Oak Grove High School
9494 Oak Grove Parkway, Bessemer, AL  35023
(205) 379-5000
Last modified Oak Grove High School is a Public school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Oak Grove High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top