Overall disappointment in Oak Creek based on what they promise vs. what was delivered.
The pros: The teachers try hard to support the students and develop a positive sense of scholastic ability. The extracurricular activities were fun and the highlight of my child's time at Oak Creek. The school will take your problem kid off your hands, for a price.
The cons: The school falls flat on the "Leadership and Character Development" goals listed on their website. Supervision of the students and dorms is done largely by young men. Rap music plays constantly, in the dorms and on the buses. Your child will be constantly exposed to coarse sexual talk and possibly more by the other students.
Many of the students, as mentioned in other reviews, have terrible attitudes and behavior which were ignored by the staff. Yes, the school does try to control the drugs and alcohol, but the school seems to take disturbed students who should be in another setting altogether. Instead, they are thrown together in dorms and classes to negatively influence others. For these reasons which is why I would not send my child back. I had hopes for better.
My grandson is a student at Oak Creek Ranch School. He was beginning to fail classes this year as a junior in public high school. But after being enrolled at Oak Creek Ranch School this past semester, he has passed every one of his classes! We are all so proud of his success -- and more pleased with your academic program than I have the words to say. He has shared with us that his OCR teachers are the very best at guiding his study process so that he really understood the classwork. Thank you, Oak Creek Ranch Staff, for providing an atmosphere where our ADD student could succeed and become the Academic Winner he was meant to be in such a short time! We are looking forward to his senior year there next fall!
On June 13, 2014 my son graduated from his original HS. But, is time at OCRS made him a better student and person. He learned to that he had value and could really master school if provided the right encouragement. Both of his parents hold PhDs and truly appreciated the value of education and pace. Without OCRS, he would not have succeeded. Many thanks to Nadine and her staff. Dr. EW
. After years of struggle at public schools, we decided to send our daughter to OCRS. She has ADD and fell so far behind in her grades. Her self esteem suffered after years of falling behind her peers. She was getting to a point of just giving up. All of this changed for her at OCRS. She's just completed her junior year with FLYING colors. Her grades are top notch and she was on the principals honor roll for the first time in years. She is learning how HER brain processes information and has just excelled. It's certainly not always easy to have her away from home, but but trade off is priceless. For the first time my daughter is thinking of college and beyond. She's now talking about a future teaching high school. Two years ago we were not sure she'd graduate on time and now she is at the top of her class. I highly recommend OCRS to any family struggling with an under achieving student.
Our son transferred to Oak Creek Ranch School after a socially and academically disappointing freshman year at another boarding school. The faculty and staff members of OCRS have guided him towards maturity and reaching his goals, with both structure and great kindness. He has been part of this culturally diverse community for the remaining years of high school. He just graduated and with the support of OCRS, will attend the college that was his first choice. The campus is located in a beautiful setting, with numerous opportunities for athletics, nature hikes, field trips ( both local and out of state ) and community service. The staff and teachers have been both mentors and friends who have helped him navigate the teen years. He will have made some lifelong friends. The school gave him a good education and the chance to learn from his mistakes. He will be well prepared for the transition to life on his own at a university. Thank you, Oak Creek Ranch School . . . it takes a village !