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9-12
Public
El Dorado Hills, CA

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1120 Harvard Way
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

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(916) 933-6980
(916) 933-6987
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October 05, 2014
I'm a freshman at Oak Ridge, and I like my school. The school is kept safe by a sheriff's deputy. You never see fighting during break or lunchtime. The classes are great too. However the parking lot is a bit dangerous at times. It's always a battle for me to get out when people start driving Their cars of campus. They just don't yield to pedestrians. Other than that, I would send your son or daughter to this school.

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2014
Graduated in early 2010s. Went to fine university on the east coast to study computer science and continued on to graduate school. El Dorado Hills is "guilded." That's the best word for it. It is too homogenous (ethnically). Some speak up and dare to stand out. Too many quietly wish there was something more. I myself did fine in school (top 10 in my class) and sports (recruited by D1 schools), but ORHS seemed to often challenge my confidence. Because I didn't smoke or drink. Because I wasn't white? But with that being said, don't overgeneralize. I found my real friends. And even through years away from each other, we are still close. They get me and I get them. There is an incredible community here, even if too many people think too much of the same. Teachers are dedicated. Ms. Santa Iglesia, Mr. Larsen, and Ms. Gruwell. They are the personification of true teaching. So if you choose this school, don't get sucked into vortex that is "the norm." Do what you love with the people who love you. Cheesy, I know. But honest.

- submitted by a student
July 11, 2014
Racism, sexism, and lack of manners to all were enormous problem. Thought we were past this as a nation... apparently not. Girls were also commonly blamed and shunned for dress code, even when adhering to the rules. My daughter was constantly being sent home due to her outfits being 'distracting to the boys', when often she was wearing full-length jeans, and fine tops. Upsetting to say the least.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
It is difficult to rate Oak Ridge because it has been the best school i've ever been to and possibly the worst. It has been a spectacular school with teachers that are way above average. Every step of the way I felt that about 95% of my teachers and counselors wanted me to succeed and they did their best focusing on the curriculum given to them. Due to the lousy state and county mandated curriculum this school is great if you want to focus on important subjects such as math, English, physical education, and science while just briefly brushing over even more important subjects like history and completely ignoring the most important subjects of all which are both philosophy and religion/ faith. This is a huge mistake not by Oak Ridge, but by the state and county. Philosophy, or the love of wisdom, and religion/faith are important to be at the center of a school's curriculum because it teaches a child not WHAT TO THINK but more importantly HOW TO THINK. All throughout high school I felt like I was brainwashed and I feel that being taught how to think would greatly improve college success in the future.

- submitted by a community member
December 24, 2012
I am really having a tough time believing the many positive reviews. The school is fine if your student is motivated and college bound. If your student struggles or thinks independently or is creative, this school is a failure and will offer little help. The teachers do not teach here - they bask in the success of students who are self motivated and come from motivated families. Everyone else is seen as a hindrance. I have had two kids go here and it has amazed me how much of what is taught in history and science is simply wrong (e.g. there is an island in the Carib. that is bigger than Texas). Independent and creative thought is discouraged. Although the community is conservative, the school bends over backward to be PC and many kids just learn not to say anything in class in order to avoid conflict. On the good side, the sports programs are great, the school is safe, the counseling staff is superb. There are better schools nearby - try those.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
Great school for preparing my son for college. Some teachers have no business teaching.Playing sports seem way to political. Coaches should pay more attention to who's putting in a 100% instead of playing favorites or who is donating the most money to the school.The dropping off and picking up of students needs work. It's horrible and dangerous at times.My son complains alot about the homework. Too much and giving students homework on holiday's and during the summer? That should not be aloud.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2012
As a former student who was ranked in the top in of my class (#2), I have mixed reviews. For those students who seek out the most challenging classes, I think they will find an enriching experience, especially if they go out of their way to interact with their teachers, some of whom are exceptional. It's true, however, that there are a very small handful of exceptional students. Most of the kids are either consumed with partying, sports, or their clique drama, making it a social environment that is less than conducive to actual education. I found that most of my peers were not terribly well read, and most fell into the conservative trap of being "anti-knowledge" that their parents probably embrace. Seeing as the vice principle is key player in the local "Tea Party," the administration isn't helping, esp. for kids outside the "norm:" white, straight, athletic. If your student is motivated to truly learn and become a critical thinker, they will be able to do so. If you hope to motivate them to become one, don't expect Oak Ridge to transform them. Many of those who do "try" in school do so less because of their interest in academia, and more so to just get into a good university.

- submitted by a student
May 25, 2012
The campus is over crowded and the kids are mannerless. Not the place to be once school is out. THe kids walk right in front of cars, not obeying the laws etc.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2012
A great school. The campus is a bit undersized for the population of students attending, but we love everything about it.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2010
Pros: School message system is fantastic! The teachers seem very qualified, friendly - some are "adequate". The campus is nice, albeit a bit outdated. My child's classes seem solid, & the options for languages is great! Cons: Homework - & for this I give the school a 3 star rating. The amount of homework is insane, unnecessary, & exhausting. Our child, an "A" student, has NO down time, even on most week-ends. Drop-off & pick-up traffic at the school is not only chaotic, but it's dangerous. Have seen many close calls. Disorganized, unsupervised. ORHS has met & exceeded our academic expectations, but the homework level is beyond "average", & traffic flow needs to be addressed for safety reasons.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
As a parent I have to admit that Oak Ridge High School definately keeps you up to date and well informed. Not only with testing but with anything that happens to be going on.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
My learning experience was amazing. The most dedicated teachers teaching the hardest subjects a school can offer.

- submitted by a student
June 16, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 21, 2009
As an alumnus who has since moved on to a top-tier college and law school, I'm still finding use for the lessons learned at ORHS. Oak Ridge taught me how to LEARN, something that has helped me in every subsequent endeavor in life. I look back at my time as a student at Oak Ridge fondly; I must say, the guidance counselors were always the weakest link in the chain for me; outstanding administrations; devoted teachers; active and supportive parental community. The Dec. 1st post sounds like someone who didn't make the Honor Roll and is upset about it.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 29, 2009
The post written on December 1, 2008 is one of the most dogmatic and closed minded reviews of a student who appears to think liberal and then call the community and Oak Ridge 'conservative'. What does that have to do with the calibur of the students if it is even factual? The fact of the matter is that Oak Ridge is recognized (among others in the community) as the best in the state and nation. I have two daughters and both have received outstanding education at the high school. Both are/have been AP students and one is a sophomore at a well respected private College while the other is a junior and is positioning herself to gain admission at the top Universities in the country. Oak Ridge teachers and the community should be proud of their academic standing and reject the December 1 Post as simply a disgruntled student.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2008
The community of El Dorado Hills is quite unfortunately conservative, which undoubtedly affects Oak Ridge. The environment is completely bubble-wrapped, so to speak. The entire system is based on competition and a point-by-point system wherein students study to pass the test and promptly forget most of what they learn by the next test. Of course there are exceptional students who retain the information they learn. There are two kinds of people at Oak Ridge, the academically-motivated robots, and the vanity-motivated robots. All in all, it is a group of myopic adults leading hoards of teenagers down their myopic path. Teachers are unaware of basic student needs and how inefficient their processes are. Guidance counselors generally provide no guidance. The gifted students are punished for being gifted, in that they must spend HOURS a day at school to be given HOURS of busywork to do at home. It's ludicrous.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 24, 2008
I am impressed by the dedication of most of OR Teachers...less impressed with guidance...moved here 3 weeks after school commenced and was not given course outlines to choose from...were only told what they should take not what was offered...found certain guidance very condesending...wondering if this was the right choice after all...have 1 more entering HS next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
Great school. Great teachers. Great AP program, the teachers are A+.

- submitted by a student
February 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 07, 2007
All four of our children attended Oak Ridge High School, and we believe it is an outstanding school in every way except for the physical plant, which probably needs to be rebuilt. The student body is exceptionally talented, producing top scholars, star athletes and outstanding musicians/artists every year. Parental involvement is high, discipline is good, the social atmosphere is positive and there are many caring and gifted teachers. The only complaint I have is that a few teachers bring a politically liberal bias into the classroom. This bias is easily counter-acted by a good home environment, but nevertheless causes discomfort for many students and is out of place in a high school setting.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating July 29, 2007
Academically, this is a great school. I was impressed how the teachers were able to make themselves available after school for the kids. Socially however, this school is difficult. There is too much $$ and competition among the students AND parents. The student competition results in dramatic social 'clicks'. The parent competition results in the extracurricular activities being extremely competitive. Very capable kids are not able to participate. Our experience was seeing the parents too involved in their childs sports. Bottom line... great school if your child is not interested in competitive sports

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2007
Oak Ridge is a top notch school. The faculty surrounds the kids with support and assistance and truly care. The academics are tougher than I think they should be which can be stressful to kids. Extra cirricular activities are plentiful.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2006
My son is a sophomore at Oakridge, and since his first day as a freshman, has had overwhelmingly positive experiences in and out of the classroom. There seem to be a wide variety of curricular offerings that are tailored to meet student needs and interests. Academic classes are challenging and teachers are available for help outside of classroom hours. My son enjoys participating in wrestling, and we appreciate the wide variety of sports teams and classes that are offered after school. Besides sports, there also seem to be many other extra curricular clubs and activities for students to participate in. The staff and administration should be commended for providing excellent educational opportunities for students, and for going out of their way to see that students have opportunities to connect with adults and peers on campus in positive ways.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2006
I agree with the uniform suggestion. There is way to much pressure to have expensive clothes here. Uniforms will make things much simpler and easier.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
One of the best schools, although some of the teachers are a little ridiculous and lenient when it comes to the curriculum.

- submitted by a student
March 21, 2006
Oakridge has been a very positive experience for my 9th grader. Quality of academic programs is high. Availablity of music, art is good, but wish there was not so much emphasis put on Football and Basketball. JV teams are important too for other sports such as tennis. Very high parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
January 11, 2006
I agree with the parent that has been dealing with Oak Ridge for the last 10 yrs as I have,12 years. They have changed principals several times since we have been here, and it appears that all they want to do is pretend that everything is good here.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2005
I have been extremely pleased with the high expectations at this school. My daughter is a freshman.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
The curriculum level is very good. The Content of class instruction is complete and contains a great deal of information.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
September 03, 2005
Oak Ridge is a top academic institution. The enviroment is competitive and the cirriculum is relevant and challenging. Students will be challenged to meet their academic and emotional peak.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
I have been dealing with OR for the past 10 years. I think that the students should wear uniforms since there is so much pressure on the kids to be up to date in the lastest fashion. I also think that the school doesn't deal with 'hazing' appropriately. The administrators seem to try and hide what is going on and they don't give out the appropriate punishment. Yes we are better than the inner sity schools, but not by much!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
The academics is fine, but 'affluenza' is an issue. Teens are so prone to peer pressure, but I suppose this is no different from anywhere else. I think more emphasis needs to be placed on writing skills; a lot of these teens do not write well.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 15, 2005
The best high school in El Dorado Hills!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2004
Above average test scores, 96% of teaching staff fully credentialed. Positive atmosphere and environment for any young adult to be subjected to.

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2003
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- submitted by a student
December 08, 2003
I don't understand about the asbestos problem. Why isn't the EPA checking into this? I don't understand how the school doesn't care for children more than money.

- submitted by a community member
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Oak Ridge High School
1120 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills, CA  95762
(916) 933-6980
Last modified Oak Ridge High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Oak Ridge High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top