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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A great school. The campus is a bit undersized for the population of students attending, but we love everything about it.
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.
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.
My learning experience was amazing. The most dedicated teachers teaching the hardest subjects a school can offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great school. Great teachers. Great AP program, the teachers are A+.
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.
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
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.
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