I have two children at OVO and we absolutely love it! It is an amazing and unique school but anyone who is trying to decide whether or not to send their children there should understand all that is involved. There are monthly dues (donations) that must be paid for each student, every month. If you do not pay these dues, none of the children in the class will be able to go on some very special and educationally valuable field trips. They will also miss out on all of the other special things that cost money and make this school the amazing place that it is. If you are unable to pay, there are scholarships available but you must fill out the appropriate paperwork so that our class can raise money for you. Please do not send your child to OVO if you are not willing to commit money and time to our great school. We have some of the most generous, loving and kind parents that give their time and love to our children on a regular basis. You do not have to be a stay-at-home mom, I work full time and still contribute my time outside of school hours. I hope that OVO will remain the amazing educational experience that it has been for so many years but that is up to the parents. I just want to be sure that people who want to join our school, understand what it is all about.
OVO is a fantastic school because of the families. These are parents who truly care about their child's education. This is a very parent-involved school with parent meetings every month and tons of activities, parties and field trips. If you just want to drop your child off and pick them up and not make any new friends or get involved, this is not the school for you. Please only send your child here if you are willing to sacrifice time and money (or ask for financial assistance). We pay anywhere from $50-$100 a month per child in donations. This money goes toward field trips, parties, tech fees, and activities including overnights. The kids go on a field trip every month and an overnight every year- some as long as 1 week! As the child gets older the field trips get more expensive. There is financial assistance but the parents need to ask for it. I implore you to please ask for financial assistance if you need it. You need to know what you're getting into when you come to this school. It's amazing but the parents do a lot of work and spend a lot of time and money supporting the school. If you are a working parent like I am, there are many other ways to support the school after hours. Involved parents is the primary reason OVO is so successful. Without our awesome parent volunteers we would be just another school.
OVO is a great school for families prepared to contribute time and money: money goes to pay for the many cool field trips students in every grade attend, including overnight field trips in every grade, time goes to volunteering in the classroom and helping to make the many school events possible. Kids flourish academically and socially. The school really feels like a family. I don't recommend the school to families not prepared to contribute, but for families ready to make their kids' school a priority, this is an amazing school!
Because this is a small community, everyone knows each other, so there are social consequences to unsavory behavior. Because this is a K-8 school, there is a sense of communal responsibility for making it a wholesome environment for all the kids, even the youngest.
OVO is a non traditional school that practices the philosophy of "learning by doing, together". We rely on parent involvement to support specialized programming like small group work , numerous field trips ( including over nighters in every grade) , and round robins (events where the whole school participates together in an event that parents invent). It takes a lot of pArent participation and families are asked to donate financially in order to support the programming. This school is not for everyone! if you can be involved and get a good parent group the school is a fantastic experience for kids who learn better through experience.
This is an amazing school! This school focuses on the child as a whole, not only the academic. My daughter has blossomed in her individuality at Orangevale Open. The teachers listen to the parents and the parent involvement is amazing.
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.
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.
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!