The best thing I like about this school is the peer influence and the school discipline. You are surrounded by almost purely smart and high achievers with high expectations from everyone else. You are not likely to be exposed to bad stuffs as you see elsewhere. Short term gain is getting at least to the UC system but in the long term, if you can stick to OA regiments, you are trained to be successful no matter what you aim to do. If your child is extremely creative and like to do thing differently all the time then there are better school. If you child can't keep up with heavy workload or average, or have some other talents other than academic then it would be best not to try for OA.
My little patriot is now a 9th grader. She loves this school very much. She loves her cluster teacher, who will be with her the whole time she attends Oxford. The students are not stuck up. They are way more friendly and welcoming than your average school. Coming from an elementary school where she didn't fit in it was like a breath of fresh air for my daughter to be going to a school where the kids are more like her. The teachers, counselors, and faculty are all very nice and they genuinely care about the students. The workload is very high, but that is to be expected when a student takes all honors courses. A lot is expected because these students can deliver, and they need challenges. The entrance exam was not difficult; just California standards and an essay. The top 25 students from each of the 8 middle school districts within AUHSD are accepted. There are about 50 or more elementary schools within the AUHSD so, on average, only a few students from each are accepted. Many don't end up staying so, if your child doesn't make it the first time, try again for 8th and 9th grade.
Oxford has some benefits, yes. But not enough to outweigh the poor faculty and lack of opportunities. There are some fantastic teacher that I could rave about for hours. For example, Mr. Williams, Viramontes, Ramirez. Everyone else is mediocre at best, especially the science department. The counselors are terrible. I'm not sure if it's the system, or the counselors themselves, but they are not up to par. They seem to be content with just getting students into UCs and CSUs, and discouraging people from aiming for the higher privates. College results speak for themselves; the majority of students are going to lower-tiered colleges. Oxford provides so few opportunities for students, it's a bit ridiculous. The pathway system is laughable. As a student interested in engineering, I have no options. I don't want to go into the medical field, and I couldn't care less about business. Had I known about it earlier, I would have definitely attended Troy High School, which sends several students to Ivy Leagues and other top private colleges every year. The administration at Oxford only cares about maintaining its high rank through test scores, and not much else.
My child applied for oxford for 7th grade and had all straight As as a six grader and they put all the emphasis on one test which is ridiculous because some kids may get nervous testing anyway when asked what her score was was told they could not tell me ?????????????????
Its frustrating to see parents spend money and stress over the Oxford entrance exam. It's a very average school. Don't take the national ranking to seriously, it's skewed. If you take AP classes at another school, you will be around equally, maybe even more intelligent peers. People who say Oxford destroyed their social life simply did not manage their time well. It's definitely possible to be a well-rounded student. That said, my complaints with Oxford are more complex. Oxford has uninformed counselors and the admin is shady. The school gears its students to attend UC's and CalStates, maybe a FEW shining stars going to top privates. Most hardworking students at Oxford end up blending together. Teachers aren't great, some are honestly incredibly immature. Math/some English teachers are awesome. Oxford is good for students who need motivation or solely academic people who don't mind extra homework. Not so good for ambitious students who would work hard in any environment. They would stand out and have more opportunities at a different school.
A parent- I agree with some parents on previous postings such as teachers too rigorous with homework but at the end extremely worthwhile. The extra cirricular activities from Future Business Leaders of America, Debate Team, business plan presentations etc, VERY valuable for the real world. My daughter wanted to quit at and end of 9th grade, we agreed and later on she changed her mind. Yes, there are smart kids and required hard work to succeed. Highly recommended if your kids is organized (did not say smart!) then all is possible. We know she will be ready for college and for the world. I love their yearly trips organized by the school, she was in Europa last year with her class and ready for Italy 2014! I am thankful for Oxford Academy, wish more schools like this to offer opportunities to many more kids.
I have a student who already graduated from here. Although they had struggled throughout their 6 years here, mostly it was because the homework load was too much. This school however has great teachers who had prepared my kid for his college which was UC Berkeley. Thank you to the amazing staff!
For those of you out there who thinks that you are prepared to take the test, it is not as easy as you think. And for those of you who talk badly about Oxford, well good for you, because then Oxford is not a school of chose for you. Yes, I have been attending this school since seventh grade, and it has not been easy. It basically is a competition. However, I encourage every one of you to take the test into Oxford.
For parents who are willing to spend hundreds of dollars to prepare their kids for the entrance exam, don't. That's the easy part about Oxford, getting in. The workload and stress is enough to kill. As long as your kid knows how to write a solid 5 paragraph essay with an intro, conclusion, and 3 paragraphs that'll be enough. English is a piece of cake and the math is generally one grade higher. This isn't the SAT.
I don't want to say that Oxford is the best school there is, but it's pretty darn close. Yeah, it has its flaws, but let me tell you, they are SUBSTANTIALLY less than other schools. Just a quick look around campus and you'll see, it's well kept, and the bathrooms are clean. I'm not saying that the bathrooms are the end-all to what a great school should be, but it really reflects the kind of CARE that the administrators and janitors have for the school. As for some people saying "it'll ruin your life, etc." it honestly won't. Just like life, any high school is what YOU MAKE IT. If you try hard, respect the teachers/administration, and do well, you'll do fine in Oxford. Oxford is one of the only schools I know where the teachers care so much for their students that they would email them back in the middle of the night. Oxford teachers truly CARE. Also, Oxford holds its students up to a higher standard than other schools, and that's what sets us apart. We aim high and we achieve. And about that comment about there being graffiti, that's just flat out false. I've NEVER seen any graffiti around campus, and I've been attending for four years. Oxford is a great school. Consider it!
Well, I'm an attending student at Oxford (at the moment). So far, I must agree with whoever posted on feb. 18th, because it DID ruin my whole life. It's JUST a regular school, people you must realize that! It's not gonna be "Yay! Balloons everywhere Oxford is so fun! ^_^" NO. It's not going to be an epic journey, it's just going to mean more competition for you. If you're very intelligent and smart.. I guess you can try a shot at it. It's a make or break situation.. you can get lucky or, just fall straight. Oxford is just like any other school, just in general a smaller school, less amount of students and a boost in their expectations for you to do well. BUT IN THE OTHER CASES, it's just a school! It's not a fancy college.. yes there is cussing and racism and all that bad stuff that you see at any school. It's NOT perfect. Hear me out when I say that.. it's not perfect. Believe it or not, but their most horrible problem is CHEATING, academic dishonesty... which gives my point to say that if you're son/daughter wants to try out, be sure they're honest and true to school. I'm considering on transferring schools because it wrecked my social life... anyways, good luck.
I would like to register for my daughter at Oxford Academy in 2014, please advise. Thank you
Hey, haters gonna hate. Most of the people on here that say Oxford is awful are bitter parents whose children did not get accepted, or bitter Lexington kids ^_^. If it is actually an Oxford student who speaks poorly of the school, then it is more likely than not that the student maintained friends in bad company. If a student works honestly and diligently, then he does not have to face cheating or academic problems. If a student maintains good company, he will not be exposed to illicit materials. And for those Lexington kids, I hope they realize that Oxford's scores are reported honestly, unlike their pick-and-chose system. These scores are from the entire student body, not a select few. Anyways, I attend this score and am an upperclassman. I know that this school isn't perfect, but it is far superior to any other California public school, and definitely better than any other school in the district.
It amazes me how people can rate Oxford low. They obviously do not have a child that attends this school. The teachers are engaged with every child's growth and development. They are not only there for a paycheck. If you read the reviews from people who scored Oxford as "low", you only have to look at their grammar and consider the source. My daughter has been going there since 7th grade and loves it. She works diligently on her homework, and strives to do her best on every assignment and test. Someone commented that Oxford has a bunch of stuck of students, but I have never witnessed that. I have witnessed them attending sporting events at other schools, including Lexington, where they were made fun of by groups of rude and under disciplined children. I am proud to be an Oxford parent, and I know that my daughter will embrace life as an intelligent, confident, successful, well mannered woman. You wont see her flipping burgers as others will.
My son graduated from Oxford Academy in 2009. Without a doubt he was well prepared for his college experience along with young adulthood situations. I found the teachers to be enthusiastic and the rigorous coursework worthwhile. The extra cirricular activities from Future Business Leaders of America, Debate Team, and ASB ehanced his abilities. I am so thankful for Oxford Academy.
Is any kids from this school go to Harvard, Princeton? I think we are all over grade the public school. They are all bad. Let compare these students with the student from Private School.
This school is people who really are SMART. There are many great and not so great reasons to go here. The great reasons are that if your student is smart, he can get into great colleges, and I don't mean A- smart, but like A+ on every single test smart (at a different school). The bad reasons are that there is not point of going to this school if you're students are dumb. If they actually pass the exam, they will cheat their butts off on EVERYTHING, what's the point of that? I mean, if you don't believe you're not that smart just go to Lexington just a few blocks down, it is an incredible school which actually BEAT Oxford at the STAR testing. To sum it all up, Go if you have plans on going to the IVY leagues, or just don't go.
The testing process for new students is very bad. Some of the brightest students don't get selected because they didn't answer 2 questions or they had a problem with a scantron. All they have to say about is to try out the next year.
Oxford maybe the 4th best school in the nation, but lexington witch is less than a block away has higher test scores than Oxford. Also the student at Oxford are very stuck up and thing they can be smart on every one.
Oxford academy is definately the best school i've ever been to. I only went for one year because my parents forced me to drop out, but it only took one year for me to fall in love with the school. It's not just the school, it's the enviornment that i loved. It is true that Oxford is a challenging school but your kids will love it because they will make friends who go through the same problems and such. The population is low so it basically forced all the students to befriend eachother and thus creating bonds that will last a lifetime. The campus is small, but beautiful. And if your kid's say they don't want to be a nerd, that is a LIE. I went there and everyone was laid back and hilarious. Oxford Academy is my home & will forever be. I love you guys Class of 2012!
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