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1430 East Covina Boulevard
Covina, CA 91724

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April 07, 2014
Once the hidden jewel of SGV, this school has declined significantly over the years. Although the campus is nice, the teachers are highly stressed, impatient and sarcastic. They also attempt to overly influence the students with their own personal views: pretty mean and uptight with the exception of a small few. The positives about COHS are that they have a very good AVID, music and sports program and the office staff are polite and helpful. However, the attitudes of the General Ed teachers could use a complete makeover and their coping skills improved. Public schools used to be a place where children were challenged to learn and grow in an environment that was positive and helpful. Now teachers seem to project their own stress onto the students in an environment of intimidation. In conversation with other parents, this same thread of opinion exists and our children no longer look forward to attending school. When we ve asked our kids What teacher has been a great influence on your life? Sadly, none of them are from Charter Oak High School. What a missed opportunity at such a critical phase of a teenagers life

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2012
This high school is among the best in the state.All my children have gone here and I have found that they care about the kids and the teachers do the best with what tools they are given.Believe me with all the cut backs that have happened they do a great job!!!For all you parents out there if you really want your kids to accellerate academically then get involved with them.When you stat involved with your kids it shows them you care and they are a better person for it.Before my daughter stsrted in this district she was at least a D - C student and by the time she got into high school she brought her grades up to C+ - B.In her 2nd year at Charter Oak high she was on the honor roll until she graduated.Now she is an LVN and about to become an RN!! So I give a huge thumbs up to Charter Oak high and all the teachers!!!!Rember parents you need to get involved and stay involved with your kids if you want them to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2012
Not a very good school if you are looking for academics. The administration is so so and the teachers are O.K. If you are looking for good schools now I would suggest Glendora H.S. or San Dimas High School. Damian is an excellent high school but it is a private school so you have to pay to go.

- submitted by a student
May 13, 2012
I'm about to graduate UC Irvine, and I have to thank COHS for preparing me for college, particularly the IB Program. The school does have its flaws. I felt that the CP classes didn't do much to help students, and not the teachers were great. Also moticed when i went there that the administration sometimes prioritized IB kids over non-IB kids. However, i believe that students and parents can demand change if they feel they need it. Overall it's a great school that offers much opportunity for student growth and if parents feel unhappy with their child's education, they should take it upon themselves to demand change at the district level.

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April 03, 2010
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August 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2009
I am a former charter oak student who transfered out for living issues. I liked the school and wanna go back sophmore year

- submitted by a student
June 12, 2009
Charter Oak High School is an excellent academic school. As a military brat I had been to a few to be able to compare. It was the school that had the most dedicated teachers I had seen.

- submitted by a student
April 11, 2009
My student is currently attending Charter Oak High School as a Junior. I feel she has received good advice and assistance from her counselor and only one other teacher this year which is a IB teacher. This IB teacher is rigorous in her home work assignments but at the same time praises all the students equally!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 09, 2009
Isn't your student's success based on what they put into it and how much you are on top of them? I think Charter Oak has gone beyond my expectations of a public high school, considering my child was in private school all her life. I find her teachers to be extremely nurturing, and if there are any issues, I am free to communicate with the teachers via email or telephone. They are very responsive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 08, 2009
I went to CO in 2008 The campus population is polarized by race. It's no surprise the yearbook came out the way it did. Academics are no different than any other school although the offerings are very thin. Technology is almost non-existent. The staff doesn't seem to have a clue, they need to hire someone with the education and knowledge to push this school into the 21st century. The kids have more technology on them than the classrooms. I would rate COHS a C-

- submitted by a student
April 03, 2009
This school is pretty much like any other High School. Students get the education they deserve and have the opportunity to take advanced classes if they have the ability. It is the ones who have academic issues that seem to have a problem with any school. High School is what you make of it. As a former student, I had a good time and feel that I was given a good education. I have only 1 regret, not winning CIF in Football. Big deal !!!

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2009
This school has turned out to be a joke. Poor class offerings and morale. Teacher's should care more about the students than their paychecks. They always point to the few students that would have made it in any District, the Parents of these students should get most of the credit.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
Im currently in my senior year at this school and I think that I had some of the best times here and Im really gonna miss going here

- submitted by a student
November 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2008
I went to CO for all four years of high school and graduated with an IB-diploma. People complaining about academic rigor have obviously not taken any of these courses, some of which are 2-year classes put into a single year. IB not only prepared me well for the University setting but gave me a full year of credit saving me thousands. Additionally the counselors are very helpful and helped me get a full ride to my university. As for sports I swam and had a great time, nothing bad to say about it. Most teachers I had were excellent but one of them, who happened to have recently gotten in trouble over the yearbook, was too political in the class room. It was English, but she continually pushed her own views on religion/politics and graded based on favoritism. I earned a 6 on the IB exam, she gave me a B.

- submitted by a student
October 22, 2008
i just got transferred out of charter oak and thought i should make a review of there school. first of all there academics are okay but they teach there students like if there idiots. i had left azusas district with great grades but still had to repeat the same science and algebra 1 in my freshmen year.the kids are nice bt they are always to themselves and kinda snobby. the teachers cant even teach. im happy im transferring but kinda nervous.all in all i think u shouldnt have any problems in this school kid wise just academic wise.

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September 20, 2008
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August 11, 2008
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June 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 18, 2008
i like this school. some teachers are alright but mainly the students. i LOVE the athletic sports. they really whip my school into shape.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 22, 2008
This school is okay - it's a typical American high school - too much focus on social events, and not enough academic rigor. This school like many others are struggling with students and parents that are really not interested in participating in the education process. There certainly are teachers that should retire because they are no longer excited about teaching - and I'm sure its due to a multitude of issues ...politics, parents, and the lack of student involvment. Teachers deserve better pay, however I'm a believer in pay for performance, therefore if teachers cannot engage the students - they should not be compensated for status quo and/or poor performance. For those teachers that inspire students to preform academically and in practical applicaiton which is to apply basic learned principals those teacher deserve not only the merit increase but annualized bonuses. Academic Acheivement + Pratical Application = Increase Salary.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 01, 2007
This is a very hostile environment to teach in. The former administrators (which now are leading at the district level) are incompetent leaders. They don't know how to budget, they nurture negative attitudes, and reprimand teachers for requiring basic skills in assignments (ie. writing in complete sentences). As a parent mentioned earlier, they don't even budget for photo copies. There is a high turn over rate of teachers for a reason. As a parent, and a teacher, I would not send my child here.

- submitted by a teacher
November 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2007
I absolutely love Charter Oak. It doesn't only offer one thing like sports or academics, but also includes personality and school spirit something that will never die here.

- submitted by a student
October 31, 2007
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September 25, 2007
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September 05, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
no rating August 12, 2007
My daughter attended 2007 school year and I didn't feel that the teachers, nor the counselers help encourage any of the students to excel. I think that Charter Oak School District WAS once a great district and now no longer.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 25, 2007
I go to Charter Oak High School, and even though it does not have the greatest education opportunities, it does offer the International Baccalaureate program, and those that choose to participate in it get a top notch education. Also, Charter Oak offers great extracurricular activities with its award winning drama program, choir program, and band.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 17, 2007
My son just graduated on 6/14/07. He attended all four years at Charter Oak, and not once did he have to write a research paper. He wrote a minimal amount of essays, as well. So how is he prepared for college?

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
I graduating from Charter Oak I got accepted to Howard University Fine Arts Department. I've now graduated with a BFA.

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2007
I have a son at this school, and I think it is great. Very organized. The counselors are very attentive to the students. They go out of their way to accomodate student needs-free tutoring, night school, summer school, etc. Athletics is where you will find the most parental involvement and school pride, especially at the Friday night football games-not en empty bleacher to be found!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2007
I graduated from this school a few years ago in the top 10 and went on to UCLA and now law school. I loved my experience. I had the benefit of diversity and balance. There are some negative energies but you just have to rise above it. People, at least when I went there weren't divided into typical cliques. Being involved is a choice, there are opportunities out there available, students just need to be proactive. I know I was busy everyday of the week with a different club activity.

- submitted by a former student
April 15, 2007
There is a lot of harassment at this school. There needs to be a totally inclusive social program for the staff and students to raise motivation, not based on negative feedback (which per research is ineffective). When kids need support at this school, they're shown the gate.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2007
The IB program is nice but without it there is nothing worth mentioning about this school academically. There in no debate team there is not an academic decathlon team over all this is an average school at best when it comes to higher learning. However it is a safe school for your student to go to and your child can have a nice high school experience there.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2007
I went to this school for a little while and the campus is small so I believe the kids have better attension.Security works well . I say its pretty okay school

- submitted by a former student
January 08, 2007
Our son is in the IB program (senior) and we are pleased that he went to this school. The program has prepared him well for college and life. I commend his counselor, teachers and staff for their wonderful support. Very tight knit community, safe environment. Thank you, Charter Oak High for making our son's high school experience a positive and memorable one!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2006
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April 30, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
February 11, 2006
The International Baccalaureate program at Charter Oak High School sets it apart from other schools in the area. The school is undergoing extensive modernization and has just opened a two story multi-purpose building to house science classes with labs, the dance classes and wrestling program.

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November 02, 2005
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October 08, 2005
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August 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Great School and academically they prepare the kids for college.

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June 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 30, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 28, 2005
The quality of the academic programs are excellent. This school has IB courses and you can even get an IB Diploma in this school. They have all sorts of extra cirricular activities. Football, Basketball, Track & Field, Golf, Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis, and Baseball are all offered. I am not so sure about the music department, but I do know they have IB music courses. They also include IB Theatre Arts for any of you interested in drama. This year our Top 10 students were able to be accepted into the schools of their choice. We even got a girl that was able to get in Harvard University. Parents can be involved in this school. Of course this is an option.

- submitted by a student
March 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2005
We chose to do an interdistrict transfer to this school because of recommendations given to us by friends and because it had been a California Distinguished School at one time. What I did not know until the beginning of my daughter's first year was that the teachers had been working without a contract for several years and there is an apparent lack of budget for the most basic of supplies. For example, this year (2004/5) the teachers were told they did not have budget for making copies and that they would have to provide their own. After trying to work within this faulty framework for the past 1 1/2 years, we are transferring to another school with happier teachers and better access to materials needed for a proper education.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2004
Charter Oak has the top teachers and most educated students. Though I must admit the children do not try, the school and techers are excellent.

- submitted by a student
June 26, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2004
Charter Oak High School is a horrible school for our children to grow up in. At Charter Oak, my daughter and her friends have dealt with situations that effected their learning abilities, their safety, and their overall well being. Every year seemed to worsen at the school. It has a high harrasment level, And all the school can say is, 'What do you want us to do?' Why send your children to a school which keeps the bad in and the good out?

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
November 10, 2003
i was in the ib program too. it is a great school. not too rich or poor. no gangs. pretty peaceful. all others said like above. yeah.. tight community, seems everyone knows everyone else since little.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
I was in The IB program at Charter Oak and the education and attention I recieved was extrodinary. I was prepared for college and worked hard, but not so hard that I did not have time for clubs, sports, and friends. Also the clubs and sports programs were great. I would suggest this school to any parents who want there child to go to college, do something productive with their life, have fun in high school.

- submitted by a former student
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Charter Oak High School
1430 East Covina Boulevard, Covina, CA  91724
(626) 915-5841
Last modified Charter Oak High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Charter Oak High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top