Sandra Day O'Connor High School is NOT a model of excellence in education by any stretch. I agree with quite a few of the posts and reviews here that the staff and teachers are not student-centered, do a very poor job of including parents and families in educational decisions, and are often a bit rude and condescending. They do not seem to place much value on differentiation in the classroom to meet diverse student needs, and do a very poor job of supporting average or struggling students. This school has been a huge disappointment in terms of preparing students for college and in promoting 21st century skills in students, as well as in cultivating an effective student-centered, differentiated learning environment. Twenty years ago, this type of school was the norm. But in this current time of transformation in education, there are MUCH better options for students.
O'Connor is not a very good school. They do not focus on the students. Their staff is rude. There is high turnover of administration. Not a quality educaiton. We are looking for a good charter to move our daughter.
SDOHS is overcrowded and the staff does little when issues arise. Students have to eat outside standing due to the overcrowding. High theft cell phones stolen out of P.E. lockers while students are outside participating in class. They don't care if anything is stolen and make little or no effort to recover items stolen. This is been our worst experience with a high school in Arizona. Students get no help from the counselors. Schedules is messed up every year. Staff is lazy and they really need to start firing. Parking is terrible and drop-off is always slow. This school has exceeded their enrollment level for several years. More concerned with sports then with academics. Look for a charter school!!!
Both of my children attended O'Connor High School. They had some really great teachers in their honors and AP classes. The general education teachers seemed more interested in teaching so that they could coach or advise a club. Sports seems to get more attention than academics by the administration and students. In looking at the other options for high schools in the area (Mt. Ridge, Goldwater or Boulder Creek) Sandra Day is a much better choice. My kids were fairly well prepared for college and would recommend that students try to get into the advanced classes for the best education.
Very happy with the school. My daughter is in the 9th grade and loves it.
I've had 3 students go thru O'Connor. The brightest did best. The other two, one of which has a slight learning disability, was another story. I feel the school administration caters to the high achievers and lets the others flounder. Too much emphasis on sports, as well, and good luck getting on a team, as so many out-of-area transfer students take those spots. Math teachers seem particularly bad. One consistently fails multiple students each semester, does not answer emails, etc., He even specifically told us to emaill him, then never replied after repeated emails. Frustrating lack of interest!
My son just graduated in May of 2012 from O'Connor. He is now attending ASU on a full ride merit scholarship. He took all honors and AP classes at this school. I am pleased to say it prepared him immensely. My only complaint... the math program. It could use some help... not so great. My son had to teach himself math for the most part but still scored exceptionally high on both SAT and ACT in all areas. All in all this is a Great school and we have no real gripes about it. My daughter is now a 9th grader there and loves the O'Connor spirit. Send your child there. You won't be sorry.(:
This is an excellent school and my daughter is prepared for college. The teachers and administration are very caring and dedicated to the students.
O'Connor High has an excellent staff and graduates students ready for their next steps. It is a fantastic place to grow as a student and prepare for your future.
Well we moved to AZ from NY in 2008 and after feedback from parents in the area, chose SDOHS. We also live in Stetson Hills, so walking to the middle and high school is a big plus for parents.. just in case needed. Next year my third child (young adult) will graduate. All three were enrolled in AP and honors courses with the help of the outstanding counselors. Without a doubt, we have no regrets. Well, we still miss NY. If you are looking for a high school which prepares your kids for success in college, SDOHS is a great choice. Parent involvement is needed no matter what school. Kids will be kids.
A place where your children will receive a quality education and be prepared for life after high school. Strongly reccommend!
O'Connor high school is an outstanding school. The teachers are caring and concerned while still holding students and parents accountable. The administrative team keeps students the focus of decisions instead of the popular vote or pressure from parents. I have had one child go through O'Connor and whole-heartedly recommend this school to all my friends and acquaintances.
Sandra Day O'Connor is a place where students receive a quality education. Students are challenged to be their best and teachers are willing to help students reach their full potential. The school provides a safe learning environment for all students. My children have attended several Deer Valley Schools and SOHS ranks as being the best.
I would rate Sandra Day O'Connor as an excellent school. I had three sons who have now graduated from Sandra Day and all of them have gone onto college and are doing well. Sandra Day's administration has always been present at the events that were happening at the school. They've been extremely supportive and went beyond what is expected in any other high school. They keep parents informed, hold meetings were the public is welcomed, and the teaching and coaching staff has gone out of there way to be supportive. I've had a great experience at Sandra Day O'Connor High School and feel that it has been a great place for my sons to grow up and excel at.
I would not recommend this school. Parent/teacher communication is very poor, and the administration is afraid to make difficult decisions, even when they know it is the right thing to do, no back bone leadership! Office staff lacks professionalism dealing with public, they always look stressed out and heard from lots of parents, there is too much drama at this school. I gave SDO a shot, very disappointed sending my son & daughter to this learning environment! Withdrew my children and enrolled them at my local charter school.
SDOC is an OK school. The students come from upper middle to upper class homes with all the advantages. The teachers are average and the administration is traditional, not very inventive nor creative. The students achieve in spite of the school not because of the school. At times the administration is afraid to make difficult decisions, even when they know it is the right thing to do. Be bold OCHS, not cliche.
I am a parent and my daughter went to SDOHS and we had to switch her out because her teachers would not cooperate with her and help her with her work. She did not understand the material and the teachers did little to solve that problem. My friends daughter goes to BGHS and she says the school cares about the students and her daughter made straight A's second semester after switching from SDOHS and struggling a lot there so i plan on switching my daughter this upcoming school year.
Unfortunately, at SDOHS, teachers do not communicate well with parents. The do not respond to phone calls or emails unless you file a complaint with the Vice Principal and the counseling department failed to follow through ever
I have been nothing but impressed with SDOHS. My husband and I did a lot of investigating and touring of high school campuses and we found SDOHS to be one of the top schools. My son is a freshmen and has done nothing but excell! We have never been more proud of him, the communication between the staff and teachers is nothing less than phenominal. My son plays sports all year. We are involved with the Boosters club, we have been nothing but impressed with the sports program. O'Connor is an Excellign school for a reason!
This school is a huge disapointment. We moved into the area so that our child could attend this so called, 'Wonderful' school. After 2 years of our child trying to exceed in a school that cannot meet these kids, we pulled our child out. We are beyond disapointed in this school. Their music program is one of the worst programs offered in high schools today. In fact, the chorus teacher does not even show up to class! She was too busy with her band projects. This year they had a half time Elementary music teacher teaching choir. They weren't even signed up for the Regional and State auditions! We are glad that our child is now out of this school.
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