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789 North Wildcat Way
Brea, CA 92821

(714) 990-7850
(714) 990-7547
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August 26, 2014
I would like to state; this school tries. It tries to motivate you to try your best and improve your skills. They encourage you to only take activities you are interested in. I feel that is quite amazing, because it works. Though I have a concern, I will blunt: despite this, I'd provide a 0/10. why? There's no cross dressing day, disastrous! I would like to see handsome girls and pretty boys, please and thanks! 0 satisfactory with my current school experience!

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2013
BJH was okay for my son, however, he was in a sport, in AP classes, and I was involved (here and there on the weekends). The parents are rather cliquey and tend to stay in their own groups, unless you donate big (in which case you can do whatever you like) you better volunteer and be proactive in your child's academic and extra curricular life here or they WILL be overlooked. I am taking my daughter out of Brea because it's getting rough around here ( Looking into Charter schools). The staff is a "little bit" rude to minorities and the disabled... The counselor was discouraging my AP student from applying to any UC's! VOLUNTEER in your child's sport or activity or they will not be fair to your kid! Otherwise it's good enough, nothing horrible, nothing great. If you are reading this, you are a caring parent and your kid will probably be fine. Just stay involved =) *I've never met the principal but I don't hear good things *Teachers seem mediocre but will do *campus is nice and clean *there seems to be a lack of dress code regulating (girls) *I've known several students to drop out and decide to be "models" makes me wonder what the heck is going on up there. Good luck!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
I am a firm believer that school is what you bring to it. My child is a very good, but not great, student. He generally has a positive attitude and overall enjoys his general experience at school. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for me as a parent. I had a complaint about a teacher's attendance at school and events, and took it directly to the teacher. He said it wasn't his problem. I then followed chain of command and went to principal, and he said it was between me and the teacher. Round and round in circles. My next stop is the board. I will not go away, so they better get ready. This school is generally quite good, but it is let down by poor administration at the top end. Too bad, considering the Brea community is such a fine place to live. If I had to do it over, I would have put my child in a different high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2012
This school is for certain ethic groups and well to do families that can buy their childs way through school. Grades are obtained through wealth not academic ability. Student body is very stuck up.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2012
Excellent School! Academic education is outstanding. The school community embraced both of my daughters who were Inter-district transfer students. One daughter received a full academic scholarship and the other a scholarship for 60 % of her college expenses. Both daughters are attending major universities in New York City! Thanks BOHS!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2011
This is not a great school. It's mediocre like its middle school however all the students who cause the school problems get sent down to the continuation school. They have a great teaching staff that is consistently let down by poor administration and an apathetic student body. Basically students there only care about themselves and their college application than the school itself, the facilities get pretty rundown at the end of the year due to this indifference.

- submitted by a student
November 28, 2009
In every year there are teachers that are wonderful at teaching, and horrible at teaching. Unfortuneatly for students like myself, it leans toward the latter side. Most teachers at this school have little conviction to teach, do not know how to teach, or just don't do anything. They understand very little and do not comprehend any issues that arise. The principal is especially difficult to work with.

- submitted by a student
November 17, 2009
This school has no compassion for families in need. Our son had an issue at school and our whole family was treated with such disrespect and disdain that we are looking into private schools. Not everything about a school has to do with it's scores. The administration at this school and at the Brea Olinda district is the worst in Orange County - beware!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2008
My child attends this school and I wish I could transfer my child out but I can't. My child comes home complaining about the teachers. At back to school I have met them and they do seem unhappy just no enthusiasm. My child works hard and has very good grades its just a shame that this is a school my child can't wait to leave.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
this is a great school academicly and sports wise I will continue to say great things about this school as long as its greatness continues I highly recogmend for parents to put their children in this school

- submitted by a community member
July 25, 2008
Much of the curriculum is based on memorization rather than learning. They give extra credit to bump up a child's grade by having them collect cans for recycling or visiting local food fairs. . . in other words, credit for non-academically related activities. The principal is very difficult to work with.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2008
Best school I have ever been at great teachers and staff they gave great oppurtunitys

- submitted by a student
March 03, 2008
I graduated from Brea Olinda a few years back and I had great experinces all 4 years. The campus was well maintain, had a great career center, lots of extracurricular activites, and passionate teachers. Nothing quite Compares.

- submitted by a student
February 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
I'm a sophmore at Brea Olinda High School and I feel that it is a wonderful school. It has wonderful teachers and is very well rounded. I also feel that if your child doesn't fit in, its not the schools fault, there are more then enough oppurtunities for your child to get involved.

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2007
This school is so disorganized, when my child started here I just didn't feel welcomed its just so busy and it doesn't seem like the Principal cares about making the teachers happier. For if the teachers feel appreciated then they will be more willing to do more. This school needs more energy. Its too bad for Brea is a popular City. I will just do my best for my child.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 25, 2007
Brea-Olinda High School is a beautiful campus., However, some teachers and Mr. Halpin are not so great. The teachers don't take responsibility for their mistakes and Mr. Halpin only offers excuses instead of an apology or solution. It doesn't seem like he cares at all.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
Beautiful campus. Wonderful fine arts program. Very sports focused. Busy campus, always bustling with activities. Lots of school and city pride. The staff seems well liked and respected by the students. Clever and enjoyable activities all year. Totally Incredible Grad Night. Tons of opportunities for parents to get involved.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
September 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2006
I just graduated from this school and I loved it. It ws fun, safe, and is a gorgeous campus! Prinipal Halpin has little involvement. Mr. Parish,in charge of disipline is nice for the most part. The teachers were great, most students were on there sides. Guidance counsilor are great! Student love them all.

- submitted by a former student
April 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
August 19, 2005
I would rate the academic programs a B-. Depth of overall teacher involvement..lacking. Large problem with inter-active/personal skills of current principal, many certificated positions are more concerned with salaries/benefits than the well being/success of their students. Time commitment/involvement with their students is not there. Many in classified positions, appear unhappy with direction. Athletically, the school programs have been in decline over the past 3-4 years, except two or three sports where that sport's booster club has the strength to maintain some degree of parity for their respective teams.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
Great school teachers and parents are very involved with students.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
July 27, 2005
Very good school. Many sports activities and parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2005
Very nice campus, very great sports, very great teachers, highly under paid

- submitted by a student
May 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2004
Although lacking in diversity, Brea Olinda is another really solid school offering a safe environment for students to go along with it's unusually very attractive campus.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
This is our first year here. My daughter is a freshman and has some AP courses. I am somewhat disappointed with her search for some additional help. We went to the Tues-Thurs open tutor sessions and no one could help her in the subject of Algebra2. She has approached her teacher who basically said that if she can fit it into the teachers schedule, perhaps she can help. We have also come up against the women's athletic director who is rude, not only to the students, but to the parents also. I have taught part time in university systems for a number of years and have found teachers of all types, good and bad. The same seems to be at Brea-Olinda. My chief concern is how does the administration handle these comments and concerns over the teachers we parents question.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2004
I am disappointed with the teacher interest in students academically. The school has Honors and AP courses but the students are not informed about University Enrichment Programs, High School Internships, Science Fairs, Industry Co-ops, Academic competitions, Pre-College Programs, etc.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2004
This is our first year and to date, I am somewhat satisfied with the school. Some immediate differences I've noticed are the lack of teacher interest in communicating with the parents. Progress reporting varies by each report as to who should report and who should not. Dress of the students clearly goes against the dress code and yet nothing is done to enforce it. Moving to a school as large as Brea Olinda has not been as traumatic as I anticipated, however, I believed what I heard at orientation, e.g. dress code, teacher email and posting of homework assignments and yet I've seen none of this.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2003
I attended Brea Olinda High for two years and comparing it to the two other high schools that I attended I felt that the teachers aren't concerned with the students as much as they are themselves. I would like to say that Ms. Leaming and Ms. V Clements were the two best teachers there and were the only ones who I felt were there to help me get a good education and to help me grow as a person. Also, the classrooms were too crowded and it was tough to get any personal attention.

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2003
Great school. I would recommend it to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
The school is beatiful and has great amentities like olympic pool, football stadium, baseball and softball fields. The view from the school on a clear day is all the way to Catalina. The kids who go there seem to be nice well behaved young people for the most part. The teachers with a few exceptions are mediocre and seem more interested in their benefits, rights and privleges than in the students. But some are really great and excellent human beings.

- submitted by a parent
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Brea-Olinda High School
789 North Wildcat Way, Brea, CA  92821
(714) 990-7850
Last modified Brea-Olinda High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Brea-Olinda High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top