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Oxford High School

Public | 9-12 | 1211 students

 
 

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Posted May 27, 2013

Oxford High School is an amazing school! The teachers are excellent and really care about helping students reach goals and excel academically. If a student actually puts forth an effort and lets the teacher know they have a desire to learn, they will bend over backwards to help you. I love OHS! Go Jackets!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2012

You know, I've been attending this school(just Oxford in general) for 5 years now. Sure, it's nice, but to a certain extent. Great buildings? Yes. Good sports teams? Yes(that's what we're known for). Great band? Welllllll, it's decent. Good Fine Arts Program? They could do more for it. As a member of the Sound of Champions, and a theatre student, more can be done for the Fine Arts. Oxford needs to stop spending so much money on the sports teams and the buildings.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2012

I wish I could grow taller than four feet. I have chronic halitosis. I can't teach any subject nor am I qualified so I have health class. I get angry sometimes so I bully students. I coach Baseball
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 17, 2012

I ont get this schoo. We caint have culur hur N we aint able to dress the way we wont. I WANNA BRING SOME FRIED CHIKN from chik-fil-a but i caint. i aint got time to change bags N ish. thayz foozball teem is da mayne focuz of tha schoo. Dont lye. I just wanna sho my baby daddi my true culurz N i caint!!!! I l0VE MY BABII!! B0RN AUGUST 2, 2012!! <3 I AIN'T EVEN G0T TIME TO SEE MY BABI, CAUSE THEY W0NT LET ME LEAVE EARLY!!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 2, 2012

Trinity has staff that really care about the students and go the extra mile to ensure academic and social success! It is well rounded, offering sports and fine arts opportunities.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 5, 2012

I'm currently a Freshman at OHS, sure they're strict, but I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. Yes, we do have an amazing football team. But that's not what ALL of OHS' focus is on. Our teachers have very HIGH standards in academics, because they know we can do anything when we try. I think the biggest issue at OHS is the dress code. Sure, I don't understand it sometimes, but they just want to make us teachable. OHS is an amazing school. Even if students say they hate it and can't wait to get out of there, they know they're going to miss it like crazy when they graduate and go off to college. I love OHS, and I'm a PROUD Yellow Jacket!!! GO BIG O! :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2011

I have read ALL of the comments about OHS posted here, and generally speaking, they are POSITIVE--because Oxford IS a great learning environment for students. The toughest day-to-day problem we have is dress code violations. Compare that to OTHER schools, which have drug and gang problems, low academic standards, and high dropout rates. If you you come here, be ready to be challenged intellectually. Our #1 focus is NOT the football team. The parents and students who rated this school poorly are probably those who wanted to do things THEIR way, and when they were reminded of the school rules, they complained. You know, if you don't like OHS, then leave. We don't need your negativity. OHS is not perfect--NO SCHOOL IS PERFECT--but OHS IS a school that cares about students' learning. If you want something else from a school, then you can search elsewhere and I'm sure you'll find it. GO JACKETS!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 23, 2010

I am currently a student at Oxford High Scool. I want to comment on all of the harsh reviews by other students. It really upset me that someone would call our school "Hell on Earth" or say that we are treated as criminals!! Obviously these students are the ones that stay in trouble and only find relief by bashing the amazing reputation of our teachers and academics. Whoever said Mr.Holladay is a bully is totally wrong. He is very patient and encouraging. You want to call him out on being strict? You try dealing with that many teenagers on a daily basis. You go around causing riots in his hallways and you are going to get on his bad side. I will say no more about this. I just completely disagree. I am SUPER proud of my school and suggest it to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2010

The ratings given this school are far from accurate and are actually quite misleading. This school system suffers from poor leadership, and far too much money for athletic vice academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2010

this school is amazing! i love it. we help in our community and are weel rounded in school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2010

I am extremely troubled by an administration that offers 'paddling' as a punishment. Apparently hitting another person is acceptable to the people of Oxford. When these kids get out into the real world I hope they realize that hitting someone will get them arrested. Violence isn't a good solution.


Posted March 22, 2010

Oxford is a great school to attend possibly one of the best in the state. The academics are above average and the teachers are really great. Of course many students who currently attend would feel school is horrible because they are stuck there but Oxford really prepared me for college. Most of the teachers are outstanding at what they do and Advanced placement classes are offered with college credits. I would much rather attend Oxford than any other school in the area. The administrators are strict but must be in order to establish guidelines. Oxford has great football, band, and career tech programs. They do show some favoritism toward football but this is to be expected in the southern states and is typically true of many other schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

My son has had more items stolen from him in one school year than in all of his entire school history since kindergarten. He is in the 11th grade. The teachers are not supportive and he feels that they do not care and are sarcastic. They are defensive to me and unsympathetic as to any complaints. They do not encourage or support my son. I am not happy with Oxford. Where it not for his senior year, I would move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2009

I am a student at ohs, and unless you go to that school every day like us students then you have no clue what it is like. The teachers and administration treat the students like criminals. They only think that teenagers are out for no good and just want to cause trouble. We have no time to ourselves. No break to get a snack. Lunch time is only 25 minutes and you have to go sit at assigned tables with your 5th period teacher. The vice principle and the Principle are terrible. They get students in trouble for every little thing they do. Oxford is only worried about how they look, and how great their football is. Oxford is Terrible . Students have no freedom to express their selves and teachers treat students like first graders.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 30, 2008

I read the review by the student who says Oxford is 'basically hell on earth.' I'm sorry that the student feels this way. I feel that many of our students do not have good study habits and don't understand why they need to study some of the subjects that are taught; however, teachers and administrators are there to prepare students for life that includes either college or a career as well as to prepare them to become an informed citizen who has the ability to either lead or vote for leaders of our country through their ability to intelligently weigh the information available to them instead of being told what to do. I hope this student will seek guidance regarding his/her attitude. Attitude is very important when one considers education; not everyone likes academics, but everyone has to do it.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 11, 2008

the school is pretty good...from a parents point of view. But from the students, it's a living nightmare. I should know...because i AM a student of ohs...and i am highly considering dropping out because of this amazing school. most of the teachers do not care about the students, in fact, i've actually heard some teachers INSULT a student. that's not right. you see, oxford is a very good school for the people that come ONCE a month and take a one hour tour, but for the students that come here everyday, from 7:25-2:37, it's basically hell on earth. The school focuses to much on their sports than they do on actually teaching. The only thing they're concerned with is making good scores and impressing others. you may like the school. but try looking at it from our point of view.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2008

I LOVE Oxford. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. At Oxford a great focus is put on both academics and sports. It is amazing that you can start getting college credits in high school at Oxford.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2008

Great leadership at OHS! The administration is fair and consistent with all students. Oxford provides many opportunities for students to participate in school related activities beyond athletics. Wonderful teaching staff! They are progressive and willing to do what needs to be done to benefit each student.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 16, 2008

This is our first year at Oxford and we moved here from Birmingham where we were not happy with the school. Oxford High School has made our two sons feel like they grew up here. They are already involved in many activities and have many new friends. The community has been a refreshing change of pace from the big city. I tell everyone I can about the great move we made to Oxford.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2008

I love the band program, but that is about all I love. Everything else is school but you can go ahead and get college credit while you are here and that is cool.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 95% in 2012.

257 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

258 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

258 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

258 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

19 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
84%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 71% in 2012.

256 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
85%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 98% in 2012.

285 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

285 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

285 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

285 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

236 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
98%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 90% in 2012.

285 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
97%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students96%
Female95%
Male97%
Black88%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible94%
Reduced lunch eligible86%
Special education68%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty93%
Non-poverty99%

Language

All Students77%
Female80%
Male74%
Black61%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Free lunch eligible68%
Reduced lunch eligible79%
Special education21%
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Poverty69%
Non-poverty85%

Math

All Students91%
Female90%
Male91%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligible93%
Special education37%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty86%
Non-poverty95%

Reading

All Students83%
Female83%
Male84%
Black70%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic72%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligible79%
Special education26%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Poverty78%
Non-poverty88%

Social Studies

All Students77%
Female71%
Male83%
Black61%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White82%
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligible64%
Special education32%
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Poverty69%
Non-poverty85%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students99%
Female99%
Male98%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible98%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education81%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty98%
Non-poverty99%

Language

All Students93%
Female95%
Male92%
Black88%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special education56%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty87%
Non-poverty97%

Math

All Students95%
Female96%
Male95%
Black94%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education56%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty98%

Reading

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special education50%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty86%
Non-poverty98%

Social Studies

All Students86%
Female84%
Male88%
Black75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible70%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special education38%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty72%
Non-poverty94%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 58%
Black 23% 35%
Hispanic 6% 4%
Asian 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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