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K-8
Public
Fair Oaks, CA
Students enrolled: 657

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5630 Illinois Avenue
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

(916) 867-2067
(916) 867-2077
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December 29, 2011
My sons loves having the parents involved and the many field trips. He enjoys school at ovo

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
This school has children whose parents care about their learning. From the amazing principal all the way to the students...everyone learns respect, that adults are here to help, and most of all a passion for learning more and more. The school has never focused on test scores yet their scores continue to prove the quality of this program.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
I couldn't get my child out of OVO fast enough! The total lack of respect the kids have for other students and adults is unbelievable. The practice of students addressing teachers, faculty, and parents by their first names is just the beginning. The very expensive field trips are being subsidized to over 1/3 of the families by the other families, this would be ok if these 1/3 were lower income families, not so! The parents "involvement" is more like a social club instead of any actual classroom help. The expectations of the students is low compared to other schools in the district. I only hope the damage done to my child doesn't set her back too much at her new school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
Our school should be the new model for all schools. It is based on parent involvement and hands on learning- our kids know why you need to learn all that stuff! Parents are such an integral part that we are able to model community involvement and show that everyone can learn and has something to teach. People are unique, kids are people too!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2009
Our daughter has been in kindergarten for three and a half months so far and we are very happy we chose Orangevale. Lots of field trips, lots of hands on learning, lots of FUN so kids can't wait to keep learning. Kinder teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
Fabulous program! The children really learn to love learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
Truly wonderful school that feels like home. Strong sense of community and excitment for learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2009
I attended OV from 5th grade with Kathy Foster (fantastic teacher) to 8th with Pete, Jim, Sharon, and Reni (also fantastic). I was there for both campuses and have to say I loved them both. My class was so close we were family! and the after school drama productions were some of my best memories. The Principal and teachers are so great compared to the other school I have attended, its outstanding! The middle school experience was so much better then all the other horror stories I heard from other Junior Highs (Carnigie). I have such great memories and friends I took away from that school, if someday I have children I hope to find a school for them as great as OV.

- submitted by a student
August 18, 2009
Orangevale Open School picks up where others lack. There are many acitivities offered to the students such as drama, music, and art. Yes, there are some fees associated with this, but you do get what you pay for and Orangevale Open is top notch. They have plays every year where students are encouraged to be a part of. The field trips are very much hands on. Every childs' individual strengths are concentrated on. Sometimes I think my husband and I enjoy the school activities as much if not more than my daughter and she loves them! She is entering her second year at this school for fifth grade and this is the first time she is actually looking forward to going back to school. she is constantly asking me when she GETS to go back to school! What more could a parent as for??!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 22, 2009
OVO is a great school for children who are conformist. If you have a child with talents that lay outside the scholastic realm, don't expect them to be fostered here. I refer to scientific, sports or art related abilities. There are no art classes, no sports teams and no science fairs like you had when you were a kid. Competition is discouraged in any form. While some feel this is a good thing, those of us with real life experience know that competition is a given. Learning to win and lose well is a valuable character trait. They don't learn it here. My child won awards for his artwork while at his previous school and came home w/ paintings and sculptures. He had a love for music and art. None of this is recognized at this school. If any of this is important to your child look elsewhere.

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May 22, 2009
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April 14, 2009
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October 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 04, 2008
We've put both our daughters through Orangevale Open, and we've been extremely pleased year in and year out. The faculty and administration are extremely dedicated. Teachers are devoted to the students and, other than a few rare exceptions, the instruction is top notch. The curriculum's reliance on an almost-Montessori style of involvement, the use of really great field trips and the emphasis on parental participation make this school a must for any family eager to see their children get a fulfilling education -- and for parents who want to take a roll in that process.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 28, 2007
Orangevale Open has been a fantastic school for my 5-year old. She loves having an older mentor at the school and the creativity of the curriculum. The numerous fieldtrips (average about two a month) are a bonus too!

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2007
I am a former student at Orangevale Open. I attended the previous campus from kindergarten to eigth grade. I think it is an excellent school and would want all of my children to go there as well. Probably the best part of it is all of the hands-on learning experience, and you won't find better teachers anywhere else.

- submitted by a student
December 13, 2007
I am a student in middle school at Orangevale Open. This school has been my home since second grade and I'll be sad to leave next year. Second grade through this year i have never had a bad teacher. All the teachers are encouraging, nice, and very reasonable. I feel like this school has taught me many life lessons larger middle schools can't offer. And it's those important life lessons such as integrity that will really help in the real world.

- submitted by a student
November 29, 2007
Absolutely fantastic and our new campus is perfect for our school. The parent involvement really demonstrates dedidcation and creates a wonderful learning environment. Use of technology could and should be improved if and when better equipment becomes available.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2007
I attend Orangevale for middle school. I thought it was a great school, but when I started I hated it. There is practically no discipline. One time, a girl's cell phone rang in science and the teacher took no action! A lot of the kids are rude and don't have good logic and life skills. There are no good electives. I am new to his school and they expect me to know everything about it (rules, what the teachers expect, etc.). We constantly get e-mails from the school asking for money. Why are they so helpless as to ask for money every two weeks? A lot of the children that attend this school are spoiled and get away with everything. Orangevale's discipline is highly lacking. If I had children, I would never send them to this school

- submitted by a student
March 29, 2007
Great school, especially for creative children who get bored at traditional school settings and love science and hand's on learning. High expectations for behavior from students. I am sorry language is not available as it is in the East at many schools as it is easier to learn language before the age of 12, but that is a funding issue. California schools have many finding issues and no longer have buses, school nurses or enough money for supplies. Luckily, most parents at Orangevale Open are great and help the school tremendously. My child loves it. Especially the very frequent field trips, including over-nighters. This year she goes to the Redwoods for two nights. Be prepared for lots of parent meetings, volunteer hours and know that the teachers are called by their first names. If you don't like those ideas, go somewhere else. We like it that way and love our school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
I can say as a parent who has had children in other elementary schools that Orangevale has earned my respect. They do insist on parental involvement and I think that is the key to a schools success. I have worked in classrooms and have been involved in presenting curriculum. I know that all the teachers that I have been exposed to are concerned about first a child s safety, before, during and after school. Secondly their focus seems to be on their happiness and security with their education and surroundings. Because my child is just in 3rd grade, the real push to refine in detail his work has not been so apparent. I look forward to my son s interest in his own development. All in all I believe I chose correctly.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2006
The teachers' level of commitment to education at Orangevale Open is phenomenal. Many grade levels offer after school homework club led by teachers and volunteer parents. My children have never been turned down when asking for extra help from their teachers. Also, a wealth of extracurricular activities are available at this unique K-8th grade school. In addition, the level of parent involvement is extremely high at Orangevale Open which I believe makes this school unique. This, and extraordinary teachers are what accounts for this schools' high level of success.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
August 21, 2005
Awesome school--the way schools should be! Incredible teachers and involved parents/Families! Hard to get into--get to know office and teaching staff!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
School is very much parent hands on. Some of the teachers are getting close to retirement so changes are coming. Principal leadership is minimal and justs want to cover the issues and not take an active roll. My student was able to live on field trips what he learned in books. This is the schools strength.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2005
The Middle School teachers assign less homework and grade more easily than other middle schools in the area. They do not have enough money for very good electives. They are short on money for PE equipment. There is HA English, but not HA math or science. The science teacher is excellent however, and finds money for good equipment. Likewise, the English teacher is wonderful. She has an excellent library of books the children love and encourages its use by giving plenty of time for reading of the children's choice and rewards for reading as well. There are fewer high achieving students than at nearby large schools. There are only about 120 seventh and eighth grade students, a close-knit community.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
This is a wonderful school. The field trips and way of learning have proven priceless to our family!

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April 09, 2005
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April 01, 2005
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no rating April 01, 2005
This school has some how managed to hold on to what is good and important in education. They continue to look at the whole child remembering that children are much more than test scores. The funny part is that by having a well rounded program high test scores follow. Parents take time to be a part of their children's school environment and the rewards are wonderful to behold.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2005
Orangevale Open school is possibly one of the greatest schools you'll ever be a part of (that is if you join). Their is such colorful scenery and people and I'm am proud to be a part of the great way they bring on education

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January 07, 2005
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November 23, 2004
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November 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2004
The requirement that parents do 2 hours per week in support of the classroom is great. Most of the parents get to know the kids, giving the school more of a community feeling than other schools. If 'it takes a village to raise a child,' then this school has more of a village feel than most schools. The 7/8 option is good too--why add a junior high transition? Young life is complicated enough!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2004
Orangevale Open is a unique program of developmental learning. Parents must be willing to participate actively in every aspect of their children's learning process. There is also money involved, as these children go on extensive field trips and have many 'extras' in the classrooms. We just love it the small town feel of it.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2003
My 3 children attended Orangevale Open from K-8th grade. All are honors students (2 now juniors and 1 is in college) and I largely credit the Orangevale Open teachers, teaching philosophy and volunteering parents for that. Orangevale Open s not for everyone. Parents must be willing to be involved in their child s education a few hours a week and children must fulfill their classroom obligations. This parent involvement provided my children with the 1:1 assistance they needed and provided me with many rewarding memories. The classroom contracts were challenging and I appreciated the teacher/parent meetings to discuss activities and student progress. All parents should be involved in their child s education and this is a great place to do it.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2003
I think Orangevale Open is not for everyone. My youngest daughter and son both went to school there for 2 years. My oldest son went for jr High. My youngest son has learning disability.He was just passed over. The disabilities were not addresses and his needs where not met. My daughter just did great there. When we transfered her to a different school with her brother. The teacher told me that Orangevale had done an excellent job of preparing her for the 4th grade. And as far as the 7 and 8 grade progarm. I will be sending my daughter back for her Jr high school years. She is so looking forward to it. Orangevale Open is not for everyone. And is not for kids that need even a 'Little extra help'.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2003
My 2 youngest children attended Orangevale Open K-8 and have been very successful, both graduated from college and have great jobs. Orangevale taught them to volunteer and always try to help others. I think that's an asset. Over the years I've noticed that a high percentage of top students in the nearby high schools have come from Orangevale Open and not just scholastically. Many have been student body presidents and newspaper editors.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2003
Orangevale is a 'Open' structure school. The parents are required to volunteer a large amount of time each week. The students that leave orangevale do well in the future. Orangevale is a small school K-8 and is a very in touch enviornment. I think the previous person must have confused Orangevale Open School with one of the other schools in the community of Orangevale.

- submitted by a community member
July 16, 2003
Orangevale doesn't seem to be teaching the life skills necessary for their students to succeed later in life. They are not teaching respect for their elders or people in authority. Everything is up for discussion. I've seen so many kids come out of this school and end up getting in trouble either in school, work, or otherwise, because they seem to be expecting the same leanency that was given them by everyone at orangevale. They seem to be so focused on PC that they seem to forget the big picture of teaching the students life skills.

- submitted by a former student
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Orangevale Open K-8
5630 Illinois Avenue, Fair Oaks, CA  95628
(916) 867-2067
Last modified Orangevale Open K-8 is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Orangevale Open K-8 Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top