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Public charter
Chino, CA
Students enrolled: 1,136
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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5862 C St.
Chino, CA 91710

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(909) 464-2672
(909) 248-0459
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December 13, 2014
OPA provides my children an educational experience that truly meets their individual needs. The teachers and administration are amazing, dedicated, and caring. You can tell they are interested in their academic success and want all children to succeed. I appreciate OPA getting my children ready to face the 21st century by utilizing technology in the classroom and following up with homework assignments on Chromebooks. At OPA, every child is considered "gifted" and the children know that they are. I am so proud that my family made the choice to be apart of this school community. Keep up the wonderful work!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2014
I am a grandparent of a student who attends OPA. I was so impressed when I was out to eat with my grandson and we heard a voice calling after us in the parking lot. It was his teacher from two years ago who wanted to say hi and check on my grandson and how he was doing in school this year. OPA has teachers who REALLY care about the success of their students, not just in education but in all areas. Thank you OPA teachers and staff who make a difference for our children everyday!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2014
Update two years after promoting out of OPA: My daughter continues to excel because her foundation is in multiple intelligences - from kindergarten through 8th grade. She tutors upperclassmen and makes BUCKS doing so. How she was raised in education pours over into her personal life. This foundation will serve her well as she travels along in life. We recently moved into a new home and gave her the bonus room for her bedroom because she is so education focused and needs a huge area for that. She CHOSE to draw her wall and whatever she was gonna put there pretty much to scale. Measure, level, mark. Make sure it's exactly placed geometrically "perfect" using algebraic equations to ensure it's not even 1/16th of an inch off. She CHOSES to use her educational foundation for her personal use. She wants to be a kindergarten teacher but she has the precision qualities of an engineer because of her education at OPA. Love her multiple intelligences way of doing things. Thank you OPA. You've created a logical-mathematical monster!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2014
We were so impressed by Open House last night! There were performances from cheer/dance, all levels of choir, and band. Families had the opportunity to eat together before and after the classrooms were open. Not only was I impressed by the classrooms my children are lucky to be a part of, but also all of the other rooms. My kids could not wait to show us the classrooms they might be in next year. We went into every classroom, and they were all full of positive energy and wonderful student work displays. I am thrilled by the excitement my kids have for learning, and the love they have for their school. I am so proud of what this school has accomplished in the last four years, and look forward to the continued growth they will make. Positive and dedicated parents need to continue to volunteer and support the MANY things the staff is doing for our CHAMPIONS!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2014
I just got home from Open House at OPA and I have to say, it was incredible! The displayed art that won awards at the Chino Art Festival proved that there are some very talented artists out there. There were several student performances before classrooms were opened and students did great. Once my son's class was open I was amazed at all of his hard work on display. It is evident that our teachers bring out the best in their students. I appreciate all of the hard work the staff, teachers, and administrators do for all students. This is my first year at OPA and this Open House was night and day different than my home school. THANK YOU OPA, FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE...KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2014
Opa is a decent enough school with very good intentions. Maybe as the years go by the school it will live up to all visions and promises. All the teachers have been above average to outstanding that my child has encountered. My concerns are lack of organization especially with specialty classes and extracurricular. The language program is inefficient ,your child will not become bilingual In the world language program. But again great intention and maybe this program will improve. My biggest concern is not being able to get in touch with the principal/ chancellor . Last year I was blocked from even leaving a message for the guy. There is a new principal this year and again never got a call back the one time I left a message.. There is a system of hoops to go through just to be allowed to have a conversation with the principal they always insist that you go through the teacher first. Which is fine in some situations I guess. But if a parent wants to speak with the principal of their child's school it should be that parents right. Bottom line: doesn't meet expectations and dreams yet,. Principal leaves lots of nice recorded messages, not the same as actually speaking to him/her.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
I love Oxford Prep Academy. My kids have been at this school since the first day it opened. I love the families, the kids and the hard working staff. I love everything the school has to offer for my children, especially the musical lessons, foreign language, computer class and my daughter's favorite - science lab! This school offers so much more than other schools. Yes, they expect a lot from our kids, but I expect a lot from my children too because I want them to have the best education possible, and OPA is giving them just that.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
This school is so nice. The teachers are nice to the kids and we parent participate in many aspects.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
Wow! What an amazing school OPA is...the students there are the best. They are very polite, caring and smart. The professor are wonderful, so hard working and dedicated to education. The administration at the school has done such an great job getting the parents involved again. I love that my kids go to such an incredible school.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2014
Even though there are some negative individuals within our OPA community, it really doesn't compare to the amazing school OPA really is! We have over 900+ families and a vast majority of US are extremely happy with our YOUNG school! I am not alone in wishing those individuals who have parted ways with our OPA community well. It's not necessary to be so negative. OPA is not for everyone...it's meant for "Champions"!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2014
This is my first year on the OPA staff, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere other than here. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to be at OPA. Yes, the teachers here work hard. Yes, we put in a lot of extra time. But the teachers who are here WANT to be, and don't mind putting in the time because we see the huge impact it has on our students. I find it to be very unfair that parents would say that we are underpaid and overworked, because I have never once heard that from the mouth of a coworker. We love our job and we do it for the students - not for the money, not for the test scores. The fact that my students look forward to being at school each day just as much as I do makes it worth coming into work and putting as much of my time and energy into work as I feel necessary to do my job well. The administration does a great job of supporting the teachers. As a teacher, I appreciate the positive comments I see here because I know how many parents are truly are grateful for my hard work, their child's hardwork, and the administrator's hard work. I don't know why others feel the need to put words into teacher's mouths, we can speak for ourselves. I love OPA!

- submitted by a teacher
February 17, 2014
POSITIVES: Hardworking & dedicated teachers, supportive parents, specialty classes, kids LOVE their school, extra-curricular activities available before and after school. NEGATIVES: Overworked teachers, which causes high turnover of great teachers. Master calendar always changing. Oversized classes. No set procedure in security. No cohesiveness with administration and parents. Not enough family events to bring the school together. Top heavy administration, which some don't have credentials for their position. No enough proctors to watch 1,100+ students during break. This school as the potential to be great if they would change their negatives into positives. If this happened, more would be willing to donate. We NEED this for our kids and the future of this school.

- submitted by a community member
February 15, 2014
I am truly thankful for OPA as a CHOICE for my children's education. The teachers, staff and administration truly care about each of my children. The teachers will stay late to help them if they need it and when I have had a concern the administration was there to help resolve the issue. I really appreciate the fact that the teachers do not believe in sending my children to the next grade unless they are prepared and are able to excel. This school is the BEST!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2014
I am a parent of an OPA student. I am very happy with my child's education. The school is very progressive. Their curriculum is such that it enhances my child"s strengths and greatly exceeding the basic requirements of her grade. My child's teacher is very patient and understanding. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
OPA is not being managed well. Everyone works hard, but are so micromanaged that there is no forward momentum. They are unable to manage their money. Two years ago, there was a foundation grant awarded for personal computers for the students. They have never seen them. Meetings ALWAYS cancelled. They want parent involvement, but front office is rude and a place to avoid.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
Like many of the previous reviews, OPA had the potential to be a great school. However it is merely that on paper, if at all. The organization is disorganized and extremely top heavy. Administration is concerned with numbers and test scores, not students, parents, or teachers. The working conditions for teachers are deplorable; they are overworked and underpaid. Great teachers have worked there and continue to leave to due degradation and being belittled. Kids are treated like a score and not a person. The retention issue from this summer where students were retained based solely on CST scores and parents were blind sided at retention meetings has left a negative taste in the mouths of many and it is felt by the students and their families on a daily basis. Parents are being bullied into compliance or harassed for asking questions. The recent mass exodus of students and staff speaks to the heart of the situation. This is not a good environment for children or people who care about educating them. Hopefully people's eyes are being opened and they are beginning to see the school for what it is--a test taking factory concerned with scores, numbers and making money, not children.

- submitted by a community member
February 09, 2014
Thank you to the parents who help to build our school up. We know that everyone involved with OPA gives their all and only wants the best for our "Champions".

- submitted by a teacher
February 09, 2014
I am so blessed and proud to call myself an OPA Professor. I have been teaching at this wonderful school for two years and cannot imagine working anywhere else. In fact, I would not want to work anywhere else. OPA has the best administration that not only appreciates their teachers, but respects their decisions as well. Yes, we do have a high percentage of young teachers, but I am grateful for that. OPA gave me a chance to come out of college and apply what I learned to their program. In addition to that I have learned a wealth of knowledge and gained the utmost support from my fellow staff members. The parents at this school are also amazing. They believe in our philosophy and want the best for their kids. I only which I had a school like OPA to go to when I was younger. The teachers who are there want to be there before and after their contract hours, and the administration only wants the best for their kids in their program. What more could you ask for?

- submitted by a teacher
February 09, 2014
What a surprise! When someone expresses valid, true concerns all of the sudden positive, beautiful reviews flood in. Why? Because image seems to be the only thing that really matters to OPA. Instead of listening, things are usually "swept under the rug" and never adequately addressed. Or, answers are attempted with a fancy, meaningless reply that appears to sound good at the time and then never truly followed through on. Here are some primary concerns: Huge class sizes--impossible to meet the needs of each student Constant chaos and lack of organization Mandatory meetings scheduled, then abruptly cancelled Master calendar changes mid-year with little notice Enormous teacher turnover every year--even during the year Extremely low parent moral--families exit every week Teachers are amazing--but face unnecessary stress every day due to an unpredictable environment Poor leadership--most do not have documented administrative credentials and lack natural ability Broken promises Business is priority--exceptionally focused on money Disappointment--looks good on paper, but lacks genuine substance I would never recommend this school to anyone who desires a stable environment for children.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
OPA is a wonderful school for children. Again, as a school, the focus is not on the feelings of the adults. Our kids are happy, learning, growing, and preparing for their future. I happily donated to the Academy Fund, just as I would buy cookie dough, wrapping paper, or magazine subscriptions at any other school. All schools need the support of fundraising to supplement the funds they are given. This is even more true for a charter school, since they receive less funding. I actually prefer to just make a straight donation, where all of my money goes to the school. I don't really need any of the typical fundraising items, but my child does need a state of the art Science Lab! I am so happy to be an OPA parent!!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
Sitting in a meeting almost 5 years ago listening to what this school was going to offer my child, my excitement was high because I knew I had found the school for my family. My children were at a different school in the district before attending OPA and I was looking for something different. From the very first day to the current year, everything I was offered has been fulfilled even higher than my expectations. My children are thriving at OPA and I don't know of any other school that offers so much. Teachers at OPA do work long hours but it's for our children. Each time I'm on campus, I see enthusiastic teachers with smiles on their faces because they know that their hard work is making a difference. I hate to think that one of my teachers would read these negative remarks from people at their school. So just in case: To All OPA Teachers, you are all amazing and your students love you. We appreciate everything you do for our children and I want you to know that if a few people are unhappy please keep in mind that there are many more that think you are great!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
I am proud to be a father of an OPA Champion. I am so thankful for the teachers that are dedicated to the success of my two children. The culture of the OPA campus is second to none. There are always people there, whether staff or parents, working hard for all of our students. I am thankful for the dedication of teachers, staff, and administration at the school. There is a reason I decided to remove my children from a school where many (not all) teachers only worked within their contract hours. The staff is phenomenal, and ultimately, I am thankful that the few staff members that did not want to be there decided to leave. I would not want my child to be educated by someone that was not completely dedicated to the school. Keep up all the good work. Maybe we should make every day staff appreciation day!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
"We are the Champions, here us shout. Our school is great, there is not doubt!" This song continues, and is something our Champions sing every morning. I have been so proud to be a part of OPA from the very beginning as both a parent, teacher, and administrator. I am so thankful for the supportive parents that encourage us as we continue to build a program that is positively benefiting so many students. I work EXTREMELY hard to provide the best education for our Champions, and wouldn't have it any other way!

- submitted by a teacher
February 08, 2014
I love OPA! My son loves coming to school everyday! Yes, he was a student affected by a teacher switch midyear. However, OPA admin stepped in, and without missing a beat, made decisions that once again was the best for student learning. He loves his old teacher but loves his new teacher just as much! We choose OPA!!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
Oxford Preparatory Academy has given my Son an amazing opportunity for a great education using the Eight intelligences, in which he thrives in learning at this school. I have never experienced the high level of dedication that the professors and every staff member at this school exhibit, they go above and way beyond for the students in everything they do. Such a special place for students to receive there education that is targeted to there individual learning style and they are able to preform in so many extracurricular activities to enrich there education and expose them to culture. This week my Kindergarten Son was able to join the Jr Glee Choir. Wow! What an amazing opportunity, when so many schools are cutting these types of programs Oxford Prep. Academy is expanding them. My Son's Professor has sat down with me and took the time to give me other options in working with him to improve on his school objectives using his specific learning style, which I greatly appreciate.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
A school that not only listens to the needs of their students and concerns of their parents but makes learning so much fun for our Kids EVERYDAY! We have never had one regret about moving our Kids to OPA! We've never seen or have been in a school where so many staff members are all so dedicated like our staff at OPA! Our Kids are surrounded by Professors/Teachers that care deeply beyond their work schedule, too! These OPA Professors go out of their way to make home visits, attend their students personal parties, sports events and recitals so they can get to know their students and their families on a deeper scale. The parents that help (and there are a lot) come not because they need to meet a requirement, but because they want to be there and make our school a better environment not only for their Kids but the entire school as a whole! The front office is always very helpful and friendly! The Administrators are always working (24/7) and continuously looking for ways to help support our Kids! They also have been listening to Parent's concerns and are constantly moving towards improving our school every day! It's a real privilege to be part of this GREAT school!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
There was no question we wanted our kids to be at OPA. The promise of a better education was our main goal as parents. Now that it s YEAR 4: 1) We don't have teachers to teach the all foreign languages. 2) New science lab, but the kids haven't used it yet. 3) New music director was hired a few weeks after school started. 4) P.E. has to teach all nine grade levels because they don't have extra help. YEAR 4: communication from school to home is awful! Parents need to plan ahead to take off work. We get calls/emails about an event that is happening the next day is discourteous and unprofessional. If the school wants us to be more involved, they need to respect our time and our kids! YEAR 4: professors are our only saving grace. But what's different this year, is fear in those teachers eyes they will loose their job. OPA teachers WANT to teach, don't burn them out! YEAR 4: we have more Admin than we started with the first year. Why? Why can't a Chancellor run their school their own way? Why is there 3 levels that we have to go through in order for anyone to care? Please make YEAR 4 the year to break the bad habits. Please interact with the parents and KEEP the great teachers!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
This is our first year to OPA. My daughter absolutely loves it. There is so much offered to students to make them well-rounded: Choir, band, dance/cheer computers, sports and even after-school care where the students actually get help with their hw. This school is amazing and is the best in the county as proven by their test scores. Their way of teaching with the multiple intelligences by far surpasses all other schools public or private. Our only wish is that OPA had a high school!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
We love OPA!!! We r so blessed that our girls get to get an excellent learning experence!! Science labs, PE, music, dancin, cheer, sports are just amazing!! We get to go on them best field trips!!! We honestly cannot brag enough about OPA!!! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to our OPA staff and families Renee Gomez

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
We are very happy with Oxford Preparatory Academy. My boys enjoy going to school everyday. We love the college like atmosphere and the over culture of the school. The school supports each child individually with the focus that each child learns differently and is special. The kids are exposed to a variety of educational experiences that no other school can do in our district. From band, to computer classes, to foreign language and the arts-- there is something for everybody! After school sports and cheer, free tutoring and computer club; this school has a good balance for all the students here. The administration and faculty are forward thinkers -- willing to change with the times and be at the cutting edge of education. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
We recently got into the IS program at OPA Chino. This school is amazing, from the Teachers to every single person that works on campus . They care so much about our children . And the parent involvement is so awesome. They make going to school fun. My daughter looks forward to going to school. They also understand that each child learns a different way, and they take that and work with your child. OPA Chino is number one and I hope soon they will add the high school . We are so lucky to be at such a great school. It's worth my 35 minute drive. The test scores are off the charts compared to my daughters old public school.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
My school has taught me more in 4 years than in all the other years I have experienced in schooling. At OPA, I began to excel in math, reading, and writing. They teach based on the different multiple intelligence's and the students can really LEARN. When I was in public school, I could barely understand half of what the teachers said, and at times, I would be unable to ask questions. Now, at OPA, the teachers teach musically, interpersonally, intrapersonally, spatially, linguistically, and many other ways of teaching. I no longer have to endure long lectures that don't make sense. I enjoy OPA, and I think that it could put $5,000 to good use.

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2013
If it wasn't for this school I could only imagine what type of education my 2 children would have. Don't get me wrong, my kids would excel in any school environment because we are involved in their education, but OPA has given them much more than we could have supplimented. We have an 8th and a 6th grade student at OPA and have been there since their opening in 2010. Both of my kids have accelerated in their studies, are involved in after school activities, and also ASB. They have no issues on waking in the mornings to get ready for school. They enjoy their teachers and the programs that are offered throughout the day. This school has all the workings of a great school and is an excellent example of how all district schools should be. I would also like to mention that I have 3 older kids that are well out of school now and would have benefited greatly from a school like this!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
OPA is a special school that offers many exiting activities for the students to do. I have never seen a school that cares more about their staff, teachers, and students.

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2013
opa is fun and it is like no other school i have been to so far.

- submitted by a community member
September 30, 2013
Three of my children attend OPA and we love this school. It is not perfect, but don't tell my kids that! They really love their school. I appreciate that my children have many opportunities at OPA that they do not have at other schools such as foreign language, sports, dance, computers ect. My son has had the opportunity to travel around the world and so will my other 2 younger children. As the parent of 4 kids, one who attended CVUSD K-12 and graduated, and 3 currently enrolled at OPA, I am so grateful for the choice to attend this charter school that meets my families needs. I will admit, there are some areas that OPA needs to continue to work on, but what school doesn't? It is the best education option for the residents of Chino Valley. The hard working teachers, administrators and staff are greatly appreciated for all they do and how much they care.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
So proud to be part of OPA since the beginning! The students are exposed to a variety of subjects and extra-curricular activites. The field trips are amazing too! Yes, we have to pay for them. But remember, a good education is free, but a GREAT education costs money! And I'm ok with that. My kids are getting the BEST!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
This school really does put the students first. Everything they do is focused on the enrichment of the students that attend the school. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who is interested.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
Oxford Preparatory Academy is the dream school us teachers learn about in our credential programs. It is all about the kids! We use the Multiple Intelligences each and every day in our classrooms to target the different ways in which students learn. The staff is AMAZING! I have never been somewhere where the administration is always on campus and in your classrooms. What we do is an absolutely incredible! The parents are highly involved. Yes, they have 20 hours to complete, but almost every single one of them goes over that amount because they have faith in what we are doing and back us up 100%. OPA is a model school for education. We work as a team not only together, but with the students and parents as well. GO CHAMPIONS!!!

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
The staff and parents work so hard to give these students the best learning enviroment possible.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
Cannot say enough about the staff here. Teachers are so hardworking. They truly care about the children. From TK to 8th grade, the kids are being given opportunities that build up tgeir skills and expose them to so much more.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
This school is quite amazing place to work! The students here really love going to school everyday. I love coming into work and being able to teach along side of great teachers, students and administration.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
I think OPA is a great school for kids for many reasons. Among the highest reasons I think OPA is great because it provides sports for kids. Many schools unfortunately have cut sports programs because of budget, which is a travesty and devastating for kids and communities. OPA provides kids the opportunity to play for their school in many sports including Basketball, Football, Soccer, Track and Field, and Volleyball. Another reason I think OPA is a great school is because they provide foreign language instruction to kids in multiple languages. Kids get to learn French, German, Chinese, and Italian.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
My school is a place where all teachers care so much about the students that they will do anything to ensure they learn as much as possible. The teachers at OPA go above and beyond every day to learn new methods of helping students. We have the most dedicated parents who volunteer in classrooms and also ask for volunteer work that they can do at home. Students at OPA enjoy coming to school each day because we do not keep them in the classrooms all day doing worksheets. Our teachers plan lessons that engage students by offering them a wide variety of experiences and environments to learn in.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
Oxford Preparatory Academy is an amazing school where students learn through their multiple intelligences. As a professor I have learned so much about education. This school provides students and families a different outlook on education. Our students are excited to learn and leave OPA with an enriched education. I'm honored to be working at such a prestigious school!

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
This school gives many opportunities for students to have experiences outside of the core subjects. Students go to specialist for foreign language, band, music, science lab, computers, and physical education. There is a level of professionalism with an aspect of fun too. Each class represents an university and as a result the students not only have pride in OPA but also the university they represent.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
Oxford Preparatory provides the best education to all champions! Teachers are prepared weekly to ensure the success of the champions. What a wonderful place to work. I love incorporating MI into my lessons to make learning fun for every student. Thank you to the parents and hard working students.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
This school strives to provide its students with the best education possible. Every child is believed to be gifted, and the theory of multiple intelligences is always being used. Teachers work endlessly to make sure that all their students are achieving their best. Students love coming to school each day because everyday brings something new and different in both inside and outside of the classroom.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
This school is awesome!!! As a parent and a teacher I am continually amazed at Oxford Preparatory Academy. I have worked at many schools and always find myself comparing what is offered to students at OPA as compared to the regular public schools. The whole atmosphere is one of support for students and the learning process!! Students receive a well rounded education including foreign language, music, science lab and even Tae Kwan Do. But even better than that they have the opportunity to learn in a way that makes sense to them. Students are exposed to all the different multiple intelligences which helps to enhance their learning. I wish there would have been a school like this when I was in school.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
OPA is an outstanding school. The teachers and staff truly care about each student. They make sure that students are prepared for the future. The office staff does an outstanding job of keeping the parents informed. It is clear to me that the teachers and staff are on top of every situation and I am grateful for such an amazing school in my neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
OPA is a great place for children to learn and thrive. There are so many extra-curricular classes offered that the students look forward to attending, which in turn makes them excited for school. My kids get up every morning excited for what the day holds for them at OPA. I wouldn't pass this educational opportunity up for any other school in this district!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
Oxford Preparatory Academy always puts children first. The staff is trained on how to differentiate lessons to accommodate all learners. The students are given opportunities to specialty classes such as hands on science labs, choir music, computers, and band. The students have a pride in their learning and school is fun!!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
I have never worked with a group of more dedicated and caring educators. It is an honor to work along side of teachers that truly care about our children.

- submitted by a teacher
September 19, 2013
OPA is an outstanding school. It offers K-8 grade levels and assures my kids can attend until high school. The API scores speak for themselves. The school not only has a unique way of making the students work hard, it also keeps them very involved in the school with many fun functions. The children are frequently rewarded for their hard work and having their classrooms themed after Universities helps create a sense of pride in who they are. The teachers at the school are extremely hard working and dedicated. They're work does not go unnoticed! Go Champions!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
Please don t fall for the hype! OPA has so much potential, yet so little implementation skills. From the beginning, we heard nothing but it s all about the kids! and they stressed multiple intelligences (MI). Our son has attended OPA for 3 years now and we've not seen MI implemented one bit, other than an assessment they take to determine which MI category they fall in. The teachers at OPA are OVER WORKED and UNDER PAID, which has led to about a 60% turnover in their faculty! The direct result of that is the children suffer. All 3 years we have expressed concerns with our son s academics, only to have it fall on deaf ears and shrugging shoulders. OPA is nothing but a test prep course as their ENTIRE curriculum is based on the state test. They don't take spelling tests and they don't learn how to read or write cursive. Don t be fooled by the high scores. There are innumerable kids who are retained if they score low on the STAR test, which basically guarantees a better score when the child repeats the grade and takes the test again. It is obvious to us that OPA s main priority is trying to build and expand an empire and not focus on the fundamentals of student s learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
Update about my daughter AFTER she left OPA. She promoted and is in high school. Does OPA provide a sound educational format for the long haul, not just K-8? The answer is a resounding YES. We moved to another state; the high school she attends in is nationally ranked nearly 500 schools ahead of any high school in CVUSD and CUSD. My daughter is the only freshman in a class of juniors taking Algebra 2. This is her 3rd week of school. In Alg 2, she hasn't gotten a grade less than 96% on any Alg 2 test; a couple of 100%. Most get Ds (and are HAPPY it's a D because they are struggling so much!!), four others get As or Bs. These are JUNIORS, not freshmen. She does not stay up half the night, stressing when she has Alg homework. It s challenging for sure, but because of her educational foundation, she knows how to work it out logically. Makes sense, she logical-mathematical and spatial. She is making As and Bs in other classes; she is ahead subject matter in history, doing well in ELA and Biology as well. I attribute her ability to figure it out to her M.I. education at OPA and at the prior school she attended that Mrs. Sue Roche and Mr. Jason Watts lead before OPA.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
This is a wonderful school. My son and daughter enjoy going to school so much. The teachers are beyong great.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
I moved my daughters from the public school system to OPA and their passion for learning was reignited. The teaching staff is passionate about their work.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
My daughter attended OPA last year and I was very happy with the entire experience! The administration, the character building, the curriculum, her teacher, the amount of parent involvement and the number of extra curricular activities/classes offered. I look forward for the the next 7 years there and pray a high school will open as well =)

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
OPA is an amazing place!! The teachers are great and take the time to nurture each child. I am greatful that we have the apportunity to send my children to an oustanding school. OPA offers all of the students music, band, science, technology, engineering, world languages, physical education and so much more! All the students benefit from this in their education. The use of Multiple Intelligence is a great way to highlight the children's individual learning style. I am extremely happy that my kids attend OPA and benefit from the great education and the awesome teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2013
Oxford Preparatory Academy of Chino Valley is the best Charter school around. The school has a very active parent base that works with the administration to develop and administer an academic setting that is trend setting. The use of the Multiple Intelligence Theory helps students learn geared to how their mind operates. The teachers re-teach material in several ways so no child is left behind. Our school good improve by improving technology, we have to keep up with other countries in this area in order for the students to be successful in the future. The school needs to seek outside support to accomplish this.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
OPA has been a wonderful school for our children. We have seen great improvement and a new eagerness to learn in our children. The staff, teachers, parents and children have all worked together to make this a wonderful experience for all. It takes us all working together to raise amazing children!

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
When we were looking for a home, we decided on the City of Chino because of OPA. We have not regretted the decision once. OPA is the BEST school for it's teachers and family involvement. It's a lot of hard work but it's all worth it because it's for our children!! My boys are counting down the days for the new school year to start. How often do kids look forward to going back to school??? I'm very happy and please with the culture and and high expectations OPA has for every child attending.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2013
The insightful leadership of the executive team and true partnership with parents and students of Oxford Preparatory Academy is amazing! It is hard to put into words exactly how the value that each and every student is gifted is woven into the daily activities and curriculum within each class, but it happens and it creates a sense of community and an atmosphere of pride and success. We love our school and are blessed to have caring and intuitive teachers who really nurture each student's learning in an individual way. I feel like a kid myself looking forward to each time I am able to volunteer in the classroom. There I witness first hand the integration of technology with learning and see the children happily engrossed in the lessons. As a longtime resident of Chino I started researching local private schools and ALL options for my son's education even before I was pregnant because I want him to be well-prepared for the world he will be an adult in. I know now he is getting the best free education possible and we believe every family no matter where they live should be able to have the opportunity to choose a high quality education like that at OPA. Parents let your voice be heard!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2013
OPA is a school choice. It means a parent like myself who has a child that was struggling in a traditional public school now have an option to send my son to a school that he can do better in and even excel. OPA teaches school pride (students wear uniform), patriotism, and respect for our communities. Parents are so engaged in their children's education here, it is truly amazing! My family are very blessed to be apart of this proven program that we wish everyone can go to OPA!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2013
As a parent with nearly school age children I have researched my local public schools, area private schools and Oxford Preparatory Academy. I have a 2nd grade niece at the Chino Campus, and a 1st grade nephew at the South Orange County campus. I have never seen two kids love going to school more than these two children. Both have parents that are/have been educators in the public school arena and are well verse in what it takes to foster a life-long love of learning! Upon the recommendations of the 6 and 7 year old students, I had to learn more. The schools approach to education, their core belief that every child is intelligent, and their implementation of the theory of multiple intelligences grabbed my attention, but the data on their results SOLD me. Especially the data on how their sub-groups performed. As a parent we never know what kind of student or learner our child will be, but knowing there are programs out there to help your child be successful no matter what are essential. Upon reaching the age for enrollment, I will be putting my child's application in to attend OPA. There is no question, for me, that this is the finest public school offering out there.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2013
Oxford Preparatory is an amazing learning environment for students. My children thrive in the environment OPA provides. The school is very hands on and teaches the students in so many different ways. What my child struggled with at their old school, OPA picked up and helped him succeed through enrichment activities that kept his interest as well as opportunities for additional support during and after school. Well done OPA. Thank You.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2012
OPA is an AMAZING place. The teachers are all very dedicated and the Principal and Vice Principal are hands on and very engaging. The teachers are all very enthusiastic and nurturing. The students feel connected to the school and there is always the opportunity for hands on parent involvement. For example, the 6th grade students have Kindergarten "Buddies" where they do reading, writing, dance and art projects. These little learners LOVE their older "buddies." Its cute to see how kids of differing ages can work together and have fun. Besides the feeling of camaraderie and respect, the students all have aspirations of higher learning. The Champions on campus all state proudly how they plan on moving onto Ivy League and other top ranked universities and colleges. Here, the seed is planted and the desire for excellence and future success will later benefit not just the community but our world.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2012
My 3rd grader just participated in the Living Museum. This is an extraordinary program that all 3rd graders get to take part in. The 3rd grade teachers were amazing in getting these children motivated, excited and building their confidence that they can do anything! Another wonderful and unique opportunity for our Champions! GO OPA!!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2012
OPA ROCKS! This is what education is all about. Administration, Teachers, Parents, and Support Staff are all on board for one simple reason...the STUDENTS! A lot goes on at this school and the children benefit. We LOVE OPA and what it stands for.

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2012
My son and my doughter's 1st year at OPA Chino has been impresive. They are part of the IS (home schooling) group and the school's support is amaizing.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2012
What an awesome school - administration the teachers and parents. The energy and enthusiasm that you feel when you step on our campus is amazing. This school has done wonders for my kids - they never want to miss school. Must have a K-12....

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2012
This school has done wonders for my kids. The principal is engaging, energetic, and loves what he does...you can tell this every Monday morning during the school's pep rallies. Fight songs play for school bells, student goals and expectations are visible throughout the school, and it is the top performing school in the county for two years running...enough said!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2012
Best school around! Must be opened in every city of the country. This is for the kids!

- submitted by a teacher
September 26, 2012
My son, who use to score below basic in a district school now scores advanced and proficient. He is still in Special Education and school is not a piece a cake, but he now thinks of being a doctor. What a blessing seeing his academic success.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
My experience at Oxford Preparatory Academy has been even more than I had hoped for! I feel blessed to have been a part of this school for the last two years and as look forward to about twelve more. There is such a great sense of pride here because of all of the parent involvement. People are eager to help and each person's talents are utilized so that every person is able to help according to their individual passions. We function as a body. What good would a body be without a head, or feet without legs? It would not work. Just the same way OPA would not be this huge success if we were not all a part of it!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2012
WOW! OPA has absolutely proven to have a one-of-a-kind educational program that ignites student motivation, creativity, and academic confidence and success! I tip my hat to all of the administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and students. OPA has created an environment that is truly dedicated to kids and strives to create leaders of tomorrow!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2012
OPA is hands down the best program around! If you live in the surrounding community, you MUST enroll and get your kids on the waiting list. We enrolled in the independent study program and enjoyed a wonderful year. My kids are so lucky to have been placed in a full time position. WE LOVE OPA! This school has changed my kids' lives!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2012
WE LOVE OPA! The teachers are AMAZING! My two boys have thrived over the past two years and now have the confidence that they can achieve anything. The campus is CLEAN, the extra programs are phenomenal, the entire staff is friendly and positive.....OPA is a PERFECT example of what a school should look like. OPA GETS IT! The students and families are so lucky to have found such a great school! THANK YOU Mrs. Roche for making your dream a reality for my boys!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2012
I live in the neighborhood surrounding OPA and I am so grateful for what the school has brought to our community. The school looks beautiful. I see happy parents, happy children, and friendly employees. The school is constantly beautifying the campus and I am always excited when I see upgrades being made to a school that was once so drab and lonely. The campus is the shining star of our neighborhood and I am proud to say that I support OPA!

- submitted by a community member
September 01, 2012
Really? This school is unbelievable! I have never been a part of a school that clearly understands how to motivate kids, inspire parents, and truly educate children! My son and my daughter beg to go to school on the weekends. They don't understand why they have to take two days off of school on the weekend. I actually had to drive them to OPA on a Saturday to show them that no one would be at school. Guess what? I was wrong. The parking lot was full and I saw teachers working around the campus. I was so impressed! My kids laughed and said "See Mom, school is open!" OPA employees work around the clock because they love KIDS! Hands down, OPA is the best school around! Thank you for what you do for my children.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
OPA!!!!I cannot say enough positive things about our experience here at OPA. We currently have two children attending and we feel blessed. Our oldest started in 1st grade OPA's first year, and we are thankful. She attended amazing pre schools that tested her advance when entering K. When her K year was over that had changed. She was bored and did not want to do the work. They used her as a tutor for other students. OPA changed that. She was and is challeneged everyday and she loves going to school. What 3rd grader that you know of cries if she may have to miss school? Mrs. Roche loves our kids and our kids love her. It shows in everything that she does and wants to offer our kids everyday. It may seem that she asks for so much of the parents and staff, but in the end it's completely worth it. We love OPA and our happy that OPA is in our lives.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
Oxford Preparatory Academy has an outstanding educational program, an amazing, dedicated staff, and stellar instructional leadership. I have three children who benefit tremendously from this school. The opportunities to be involved in a wide range of extra-curricular, as well as in-classroom exposures, provide a well-rounded education. From STEM Robotics programs, debate team, and foreign language study to the hands-on science lab and high level of school spirit, OPA has something very special. Thank you OPA for creating such a wonderful place for my kids to learn and grow!

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2012
Our family loves being part of OPA. Every year gets better. Were there problems? of course as there would be with anything new, however every staff member is working to be better. Everyone at OPA are friendly and willing to help. The school has alot of activities and events, making the keep up for our family to stay in know sometimes a challenge. Communication seems to be getting better. We enjoy that have been part of the school from the beginning so we can see it grow and improve. We are so impressed to see what the staff has done in just two short years. We are excited to see what happens year three!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2012
With another year at Oxford under our caps... I continue to be very pleased that my son's attending this school. He had an excellent year and the Oxford promises of teaching by multiple intelligences,offering students outstanding professors ,and fun opportunities in the classroom and beyond has been upheld for the second year. Growing pains (startup pains) were reduced this year, but the enthusiasm and dedication of teachers and staff seems undiminished. Thank you Oxford for making my son's life a better one!

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2012
We are pulling our child out of this school and she won't be attending next year. I admit, I was one of those parents who was totally in support of the charter school idea, however, after one year at this school several things have become very clear to me. First, the director makes well north of $160k per year--which is far greater than that of principals at other schools in the area. With around 1,000 students, I can't justify my tax dollars paying for this type of salary. Charter schools are supposed to get rid of wasteful spending--not increase it. Second, my daughter constantly complained that her teacher did nothing but hype up test scores prior to the STAR Test. This is the reason why I pulled her out of her public school...too much emphasis on testing and not enough on learning. Finally, I had to speak to administration about a bullying incident with my daughter. They were slow to respond and their response was less than stellar. I really wish this could have worked out, but I am afraid to say that the hype surrounding this school is just that...hype.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2012
I can't say enough great things about what I have experienced at Oxford Preparatory Academy! For two years now, I have been amazed by the quality and commitment of the staff members, the strong administrative leadership, the rigorous academic program, and the continuous involvement and support from the parent community. My children LOVE going to school and I LOVE hearing about what they experience on a daily basis. I could never imagine sending my kids to another school. OPA is top-notch and we are so lucky to have found the best school around!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2012
Dear "Unimpressed." I had much to do with the interview process of many of the OPA Professors. Unfortunately, you are misinformed regarding "Emergency Credentials." ALL OPA PROFESSORS are credentialed teachers. Our professors are not only innovative & creative with their lessons & instructional techniques in the classroom, but are also dedicated & hard-working for ALL students outside of the classroom. While it is unfortunately true regarding the lay-off of many teachers in many districts, OPA has & continues to interview many teachers with various years of experience. After all, I am an older veteran teacher who was laid-off in my own district. OPA hired me! Further, it cannot be denied "new" teachers offer an enthusiasm & an energy that is frankly hard to match. OPA is also non-union & there is something to be said for those that choose to dedicate themselves to children & education without restriction. Again, I am personally thankful to have left my union for the opportunities that have been extended to me by OPA. Just as our program is not for every student, our employment opportunities are not for every teacher searching employment. I for one, am quite proud of the OPA staff!

- submitted by a teacher
May 26, 2012
I have two kids attending Oxford in Mission Viejo and all I can say is that my kids are so happy! Their teachers (all of whom are credentialed) are excellent and they have high expectations of their students. The curriculum is rigorous and my kids have risen to the challenge. My kids love to go to school and I can see that they have grown socially as well as academically this year. My son loves the band and my daughter just came back from surf club today and loved it. The staff goes above and beyond. This is the schools first year, and already we are so impressed.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2012
With two children at this school we couldn't be more pleased! We are so blessed to be surrounded by other children and families that value education like we do. Our children are thriving at this school and we look forward to having them there through 8th grade. Love their teachers!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2011
I am consistently amazed with OPA and rant and rave to others when the topic comes up. Though my child was too young to attend at the time, my wife and I went to an orientation prior to the opening of the school and we were blown-away at the opportunity this school would be offering. We decided to volunteer during the first year to be sure we were making the right choice and were impressed at every turn. We were fortunate enough to get our child in this year and have not regretted it even once. They have a science lab, music class, sports, cheerleading, karate, foreign language, etc... all in the first year! I have found the faculty and staff extremely dedicated and hard working. My child's teacher is available every morning during drop off, we get grade progress reports often via e-mail, and we recently had our first Parent/Teacher conference. They even offer an excellent after school child-care which includes homework help, which as a 2 working parents household, this is HUGE!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2011
Let's start by saying that there is no perfect school like there's no perfect person. There will always be people raving & ranting. So this review is based on our personal experience and feedback from friends. We are extremely happy with OPA based on our child's experience last year (2010-2011). OPA set an ambitious API score goal of 901 for its inaugural year, only to blow it away an additional 56 points beating consistent leaders in the district such as Rhodes & Country Springs. That's an amazing feat for a school that barely has the support of the school district, limited funding in a time when everyone's pinching pennies, and just starting out. There were/are tons of enrichment activities - academics, social, etc. Students, faculty, administration & staff all work hard but they also have fun. I was pleasantly surprised to come to school during recess to hear music coming out of the speakers - kids were playing, singing, dancing, even some of the teachers were smiling and dancing. What a fun and enriching environment OPA is fostering. Sure it's not perfect, but it exceeds our high expectations/standards.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2011
As an OPA parent of two children, I cannot express how grateful I am to have the opportunity to experience education - OPA style. The freedom and validity that I feel as a parent and my crucial role in my child's education is empowering. As a parent, I realize that I am an important part of this amazing puzzle. As I unite my dedication and support with amazing teachers and administrators, who adhere to proven theories of education and not only the traditional protocol that is micro regulated by unions, the sky is the limit of possibilities. The philosophy that all children are gifted and have various and unique learning styles is the foundation of the school's success. Using the theory of Multiple Intelligences, students are given opportunities to learn in many different ways that stimulate the mind and increase enthusiasm for learning. Implementing such a plan is not only possible it is successful! The proof is not only in the incredible test scores (after one year of existence), but in the smiles and enthusiasm you see on campus...the side by side effort of parents...the trireless dedication of OPA teachers..this is education...this is real.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2011
As a parent I was a little skeptical that this first year charter school would be able to pull off all that it was promising. There is so much work that goes into opening any new school. I was counting on a bumpy road for the first year. BOY WAS I WRONG! Through the tireless efforts of the administration and staff and through the remarkable ability of parents to come together to create something important for their children, OPA's first year was a huge success. During this first year, after school sports and cheer were offered. Science lab , band, PE. foreign language and computer labs were part of every week's curriculum, ASB elections and activities were held. My two children attended a school where everyone worked together to create an environment where children can thrive. If this is what was created in the first year, it can only get better from here!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2011
Blessed to be an OPA family! This school is amazing! The teachers are amazing! I have never seen so much parental involvement at a school before. Not every student learns the same, so teaching to the multiple intelligences just makes sense. I wish every school would teach this way. Love the college themes. Every student feels a sense of pride for their university. It gets the children excited about college before high school. Way to go OPA!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2011
Founding the Oxford Preparatory Academy was a major achievement by the administrators, teachers, parents and students. Teachers developed multiple intelligences course curriculums on the fly. Parents painted classrooms. Students adapted to uniforms, left friends behind and had to learn. Teh goal of 901 API was ambitious, the kids smashed it earning a 957! OPA has established a new paradigm for education. - Not accepting limitations - garnering the support of parents, motivated teachers, and eager students - Multiple Intelligences They achieved the highest API in the County while offering students many of the programs taken away from public schools: - science, with labs for all grade levels - music - intermural sports - computers - foreign languages - after school programs - summer camp - I-Pads classrooms - trips to France and Costa Rica OPA is leader in more than API scores. Oxford treats each child as gifted , helping them achieve their full potential. It is amazing that OPA is a non-profit, public charter school. My daughter has flourished there. If they can accomplish this on a closed campus in Chino, California, the same methods could be used anywhere.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2011
As a proud parent of 3 Oxford Champions, I know that OPA has severly impacted my family in the best way possible. My kids love going to school and can not wait to see their teachers! I thank the parents who realized that OPA was not for them and have made alternate choices for their families. (without bashing a school that many people have but in blood, sweet, & tears...that shows class) It has been made very clear to all families that this is a parent's choice to attend OPA. We are so blessed to be able to have this wonderful choice. And by the way, the excersize equipment was donated to the school!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2011
When I first heard about OPA, I was very excited because of the great group of experienced people that were starting it. I was very excited to be accepted at the school. Obviously I expected some growing pains, but was very surprised, delighted and amazed at the level and quality of education and activities that were offered in the first year. From the first day that my daughter started at OPA, she told me that she wanted to stay at OPA forever. In addition to the great quality of education that our children receive, they also offer educational opportunities for the parents, which in turn benefits our children. The parent involvement at OPA is also awesome. I am saddened to read some of the comments about the school administration doing things at the last minute and the teachers and curriculum being unorganized. Please don't forget that it is the first year!!! For the time that they had, they have done an EXCELLENT job and it will only get better. It is easy to look at the downsides, which every school has, but if you look at the positives that OPA offers, I think it will beat any school in the district and the surrounding counties!!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2011
I cannot say enough great things about OPA. As an educator myself, I tend to scrutinize everything when it comes to education. I can't really say anything about this school that is negative. Where else can an elementary student learn a foreign language in the same place where games are available at recess? I work in a school where it is hard to get a ball purchased for the kids...yes, one ball! I love knowing that my son not only gets the highest in academic education but is also learning how to be a great citizen. That is a lost art in education today, in my opinion. Have there been bumps along the road? Absolutely! Will you read other parents' reviews that are not as enthusiastic as mine? Of course! But, for a first year school to perform as well as they did, well that is something to celebrate! Amazing staff, amazing programs and amazing kids make it the best school in Chino, hands down!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2011
I echo much of what the last two posters have to say. We were very disappointed with our experience at OPA. My child is much happier at our new school, not to mention more challenged. The one thing that others have not commented on has to do with where the money is being spent here. Do teachers really need treadmills and workout equipment in the staff lounge? I would much rather have seen that money go towards field trips, or paying their teachers better. Also, I am noticing a trend of nepotism at this school. There are quite a few family ties between administration, teachers, and staff. I just have to question whether or not that is the best practice considering nepotism is frowned upon in every other school district as well as in the business world. Also, in regards to test scores. One should really look at the demographics of those students tested and compare them to other schools in the area. Cortez is the closest elementary school with an English Language Learner population almost 7 times higher than OPA's, and they only go through 6th grade! Teachers there work hard, so I don't want to take away from their hard work, but look at demographics before raving about test scores.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2011
Like many others, we too had high expectations for OPA but, they were not met. First, the positives: Teachers at OPA seem to be committed to their jobs. There are many wonderful, experienced teachers there. Families are also very involved. A lot of people worked VERY hard to get this school up and going. Negatives: Administration seems to favor hiring brand new teachers, which isn't a bad thing, as everyone starts somewhere, but new teachers were not being supported. Classroom management was lacking, worksheets became the norm, Multiple Intelligences were not being addressed, and parents were taking advantage of teachers. Teachers are severely overworked and underpaid. They have already had a high turnover rate even without taking into consideration the teachers that left to teach in South OC. Fundraising was handled tastelessly. The largest donors get their names on larger balls than other donors. Where did all that money go? No field trips for us last year. Test scores can be deceiving. Few learning disabled children attend OPA as only basic special services are provided. Same goes for English Language Learners. Everything is done last-minute by administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2011
Yes this school scored high, but how much credit can you give them? Afterall, they only had the students for one year. These kids came to them as proficient and advanced. I had such high hopes for this school and I was so excited that we had gotten in. For what? No curriculum, very low expectations, and lack of experience by many of the teachers. I went to administration and asked for help but I was only asked to wait. I couldn't wait any longer. I saw what my friends' kids were learning at the same grade level in other schools and I had no choice but to pull my kids out. These kids scored high on the test because of what they had learned before going to OPA and because their parents did a lot of the work at home. I would not recommend this school to a friend.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
No need to said more.....first year......API.......957.................... I know a lot of parent are happy with the school but of cause there are always an exception, but Whoever is not happy with OPA maybe should give other people a chance to get in. Since they are a lot of other family want to get in, our school is very different than other school. As far as I know, all school ask for help on money due to the budget cut, I think we should support the school whichever way they need.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
Just as not every school is perfect, neither is every parent. Knowing some of the parents who are leaving negative comments, as an Independent Study parent (IS), a few ex-IS parents gave everyone on that staff absolute heartache. It is unfortunate because their kids are great. Overall, there is no staff anywhere that works any harder. Their API score just came out at 957, but consider that they have a junior high and an IS program where we, as parents, are counted on to do the work. The admin team works tirelessly for all of the kids of the school. Name me one school that in their first year can pull off a 957...it just doesn't happen! Parents need to be held accountable too, and the majority at the school are. It is a true team effort and we wouldn't want our kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
Thank you for all hard working teachers, stuffs , parents and all students. We really LOVE, LOVE OPA.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2011
I know for my family OPA has been GREAT! This school went above and beyond for my children! Mrs. Roche is great she works long hours and has gone above and beyond to make this school a success. Both my children were given extra help in subjects before and after school for no charge! One of my children worked so hard that he went up by 86 points in math on his star testing. This school is teaching and challenging my children! I think the game room rocks! These kids need a little fun with all the hard work they do.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2011
This school had some great expectations for itself, but I feel like it fell short. I was initially impressed with their multiple intelligences approach, and while they tested the kids to find out their preferred learning method, I didn't see them take any further steps. Walking on to campus the first day felt very Stepford wives-ish. It's obvious this school is Big Business when they have a Paypal button on their website! I was appalled by the game rooms: a school does not need Wii Rock Band, air hockey, & skeeball, to name a few. When I had an issue, the admin only behaved in its best interest. Every email I received from the teacher was littered with so many grammatical mistakes it was like nails on a chalkboard. Mrs. Roche is only concerned with her own reputation. I think there is a good heart to this school, but the parents & students deserve all the credit.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2011
My son was in the independent study program and we did not live close enough to the school to benefit from all of the extracurricular activities. But I will tell you that my children have attended some of the highest rated public and private schools in L.A. and Oxford Prep has impressed us more than any of those $30K+ a year private schools. Of course it's a business, education cost money, teachers cost money and resources cost money. Rather than complaining about an administration that is aggressive about generating operating revenue, why don't you consider donating money to the school to support their efforts? I believe they are doing a great job with the limited resources they have available to them and I intend to support them any way we can. We have since moved closer to the school and both our children are attending this year.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2011
I was very unhappy with my experience with OPA. We experienced both the regular classroom setting and the indepenent study program and was unhappy with both. For parents that have had a great experience then you were lucky to have had a good teacher and not have had to take a problem to administration. When talking to administration/founders they simply talk over you and do not want to actually hear your problem. There are some good staff in independent study; however, the program is unorganized like most things on campus. I realize this was the first year for the school but things are just too unorganized now & they have chosen to open more campuses when this school still doesn't have all the kinks worked out. Someday this school may be great but I don't want my child's education or experience to suffer at the cost of their learning curve.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2011
Did want to post but I found that last post reather deceptive. Says it was submitted by a parent yet that isw likely not true. Said their son was in IS but they did not live cloase enough to do the extracurricular. In order to enroll in Oxford you would have to be a resident of Chino or Chino Hills, both which are less then 10-15 miles from the school. Second they said their children attended 30K a year private schools and now we are suppose to believe that their kids got into a charter school with a supposed 1000 kids list in the first and only year of its existence? Unlikely. Also donating money is great and should be encouraged, however if you are going to contribute you expect to that the admin will be responsive when you need them. AT OPA that isn't the case. Futhermore it is a legitmate concern that they are openning 2 other schools and sharing staff and admin when like another poster said last year when problems arose (and there were many) that we needed to bare with them while they worked the problems out. But now magically all problems are solved enough to start 2 more schools. Again, unlikely. Can be a good school with a few year under belt.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2011
WOW! This school is amazing! We now have one year under our belt and although there was a lot to do to get the school ready, and grow the opportunities it happened all for the kids. What a smashing success Incredible! Here is the difference So many parents willingly to come out and support OUR school. When the school asked for help hundreds helped out. WE are a part of the school, and are welcomed and encouraged to participate in our children s education - unlike many others where it is not as wanted... This school is where Teachers deserve the title Professional! The kids refer to them as 'Professors' and they have earned every bit of that title. I have witnessed many of them staying after late to make sure the classroom was prepared versus not trying to go home right after the kids leave. The opportunities that they offer the kids are amazing. The school challenges ALL of the kids and takes them to the next level with encouragement and accolades. I would never look back other than to appreciate what we have now. Great Job OPA!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2011
In opposition to a couple earlier reviews, the school's scores will be top in not only the Chino Valley, but in the County as well. 91.3% of the students scored Proficient or better in English Language Arts on the STAR Test, and close to the same percentage scored Proficient or higher in Math. Most of the students in these categories scored Advanced. Science scores in both 5th and 8th grade were 92% Proficient or higher. Their junior high scores are phenomenal. All of this data can be verified on the California Department of Education website.

- submitted by a community member
August 16, 2011
My Family Loves OPA! The Staff is amazing and caring, the administration works endlessly for our kids, and the Parents are out of this world! I wouldn't want to be any where else! :) We had four children attend OPA last year and were amazed at how much they learned and what they were exposed to: higher level thinking, music, science, foreign language, Multiple Intelligence's, and the list could go on....

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2011
I have to agree with the last review..I had great expectations for this school that supposedly had so much to offer. What a let down! The multiple intelligences never came into play. They offer Independent Study to those who hope to get in the school. The program however leaves a lot to be desired. A shortage of books, a lack of teaching materials, classes cancelled without notification to parents, and young children left unattended for hours at a time. It seems as if money has become the real motivation for this administration..What happened to "It's for the kids?"

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2011
Our first year at OPA was exhausting and did not live up to all the hype. I have read all of the other reviews and agree with all of the benefits of the foreign language,music etc but the multiple intelligences were not put in place and it is quickly becoming a Big Business. With the opening of 2 new campuses during the summer when all we heard last year was "please bare with us,it our first year" we will be sharing staff and administration with 2 other campuses in the up coming year. I have never heard of such a thing. It also seems as though the "wait list" goes out the window when you have some affiliation with the admin. It has become very clear that the best interest of the student is NOT OPA's priority. Our daughter is a straight A student with spectacular test scores and we are not happy.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2011
We had a great first year at OPA! Our son went to school with such enthusiasm, which is key for us. We are thankful for having Mr Cordero- he really motivated our son to want to learn more. We can't wait for next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2011
My daughter entered OPA a few weeks after the school year began. I was excited when I got the call that a spot opened up! My daughter thanks me all the time for sending her to OPA. Even though she has hours of homework each night including learning a musical instrument and foreign language, she challenges herself to complete it and maintain a B or better grade in all subjects. The staff, kids, and families are great. We all want the best education for our children now in order to give them an edge in the future.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
OPA certainly has surmounted all of my expectations! As a parent and an educator, I have seen my daughter flourish with the confidence and enthusiasm necessary to succeed which were elements that she lacked at her previous school. The effort by all stakeholders from parents to custodial is amazing. The cultural practices being embedded here aren't perfect, but there is no denying that the mission to educate all students according to their intelligences is the vision. Great job on your first year OPA, and I can't wait to see what we do next year! Special thanks to Mrs. Lohoff who has worked beyond her call to help my daughter, her 3rd grade class, and for organizing other activities, such as, The Living Museum. You and your colleagues rock!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
My son is so blessed to enter this new school. The teachers and other staffs are so devoted to their job, and the parents are care about education and willing to volunteer at school. We are proud to be OPA family!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
I love OPA!! We are very happy here. The curriculum is supurb and the expectations are high. The teachers, staff and administration go ABOVE and BEYOND for our children. They teach more than any other school and offer so much to our children. They get the music, foreign language, tutoring, science lab, and so much more.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2011
LOVE OPA!!! Love the uniforms!! Love the fact the children are being exposed to a foreign language & Music, classes that are not offered at a district school.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2011
OPA is LACKING in Education? Your child regressed?? It is hard for me to believe that, truly sounds like you had "other" issues. Since OPA is a school of choice, it my hope you returned to your home school and allowed another family to come to OPA. I am proud to be part of a school that cares about my children, rather than be part of a district whose only concern is how to save money. In addition to the high academic rigor my children have foreign language, Music, Band, & Science, classes that would not have been offered to them at a district school. My family is blessed to be at OPA.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2011
We had a terrible experience at OPA. Taking into consideration this was the first year we expected some challenges. We did not expect the education to be lacking. Our child quickly regressed in reading and math. The teacher was not encouraging and did not "teach". Lots of worksheets and no substance. We certainly did not see any multiple intelligence teaching. When we went to the administration with our concerns it took weeks for them to look into the problems in the class. After they finally did we were asked to stick it out for the year. We would not recommend this school to a friend.

- submitted by a parent
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Oxford Preparatory Academy - Chino Valley School
5862 C St., Chino, CA  91710
(909) 464-2672
Last modified Oxford Preparatory Academy - Chino Valley School is a Charter school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Oxford Preparatory Academy - Chino Valley School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 123 reviews. Top