Posted October 14, 2013
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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!
Thank you OPA for making my child's education a priority. I have been at other schools and there is a definite difference. The teachers and staff go above and beyond everyday. I love that my child wakes up excited everyday to go to school and never wants to miss a day. I wish there was an OPA when I was growing up.
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!
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!
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.
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.
This school is so nice. The teachers are nice to the kids and we parent participate in many aspects.
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.
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"!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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".
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?
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.
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!!!!
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!
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