"Great School Culture "
Students enrolled 1704
Hours 7:50 AM - 2:50 PM
School leader Dan Gayaldo
Transportation options Yes
District Placer Union High

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3301 Taylor Road
Loomis, CA 95650

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(916) 652-7243
(916) 652-3706
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5 stars
Based on 52 ratings

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September 18, 2013
Del Oro is the best high school to take your kids to. It doesn't matter if you grew up in the Loomis area or not, DO's the best! Like any high school, you'll get the kids that don't care, and you'll have drama. But what's so great about Del Oro is the spirit. There's a legacy, a MORE than involved community, and heart. I remember one of our chants for football games went something like What' do we got? Heart! and everyone would pound their chests. This school has a million ways to get the student involved, the teachers are superb and TRULY care. The arts, the clubs, the sports-it's all STUDENT oriented. DO gives us something to unite in and something to be proud of. Just get involved in something - homecoming, clubs, go see a play, do something. It's worth it and it'll hold such a beautiful place in your heart.

- submitted by a student
September 13, 2013
All five of my children and ten of my 14 grandchildren attended or are attending Del Oro. I was president of the Parent Teacher's Club for two years and parent coordinator of the band for the better part of 20 years. My wife and I still attend Friday night football games at home and away. I came from a great high school in Texas, also with great sports teams and and a great band both of which won many state championships. That Texas school could not hold a candle to Del Oro. Just read some of these reviews BY STUDENTS who attended Del Oro. STUDENTS! That should tell you everything. Run, don't walk and hope you get your student in before space runs out!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
Del Oro high school is such an amazing school. We are like one big family. At D.O you can just walk up to just about anyone and just strike up a conversation. I have heard about people picking on one another or that there are little clicks at other high schools and at D.O you rarly hear of any thing like that happening. Everyone seems to have school pride and really invested in the school. At Del Oro it is expected that everyone needs to be kined and courteous to others, it really seems like we take that to heart. Not only does the school have a great environment it also has a wonderful teaching staff. They make the class fun, work to keep us engaged, and always are there if you need help or have a question. You can really tell when you walk into a class room that the teachers are passionate about teaching.

- submitted by a student
August 12, 2013
My family did their research and Del Oro is one of the best public schools in northern California. I love DO, everyone is a family. Even though I haven't graduated yet, Del Oro has already prepared me for my future in so many ways. Placer & Golden Sierra are no match.

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2013
I did not have a good time going to this school. I did not enjoy the very sports oriented nature of Del Oro; I found the 20-30 minutes of class time a week allotted to the boosting of the sports teams' egos to be banal and irritating, and the teachers' overly generous treatment of the sports teams grades not at all righteously deserved. The school is very Christian and curriculum is catered as such. Religion and church membership were important aspects of social status. I personally felt ostracized as a result of my atheist views by my teachers as well as the students. The school continually pumps money and staff time into funding sports while neglecting education. It has no computer science classes. The science department is too poor to replace equipment and during my time at the school photocopies stopped coming in colored paper and seemed to always be delayed and short, do to the tight school budget; we also opened a new football field. At Del Oro classes are based on STAR testing curriculum, things outside this curriculum aren't covered. I found my non AP classes intellectually unstimulating. Most of my favorite teachers have left the school in the three years since I left.

- submitted by a student
August 04, 2013
One of the Best High Schools in the nation for overall quality experience. Both parents and students Involvement placed in a small town environment make this School a Holywood script school. The school is positioned in an area outside Sacramento and Tahoes Sierra Foothills which pools a hybrid mix of students together from hard working ranch properties, affluent gated communities and good small downtown kids into a winning ingredient of a happy family. Excellence is not expected in this school it is just the norm which celebrates all students talents from sports (Definety Football School - with a college town feel with whole town shutting down for Homecoming parade and it assembles every Friday night home game to cheer and socialize ), band, AG, superior academic performance, and all. A place for Great Kids who all come together with a lifetime of positive memories to become Great Growups. GO DO!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2013
The academics challenge and prepare kids for college, the sports are terrific and as a parent I'm happy my kids have been a part of the Del Oro experience. School pride is overwhelming and parent participation high.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
Awesome school, they teach and expect respect. Football program is fantastic and they teach respect on and off the field. IEP program is awesome and these kids learn and are prepared for college. We had to move out of state to Texas and it was a horrible mistake for my son. In my sons words, I was taught and challenged at DO and felt confident even though in the IEP program. Parents in the community are unified. My sister in law moved her kids here and was extremely happy as well. Moving out of this district was not a good choice for my kids. There are drugs in every school, unfortunately something you can't get away from, but parents parent in this district. LOVE DEL ORO AND ALL OF ITS TRADITION! GREAT TEACHING AND COACHING STAFF FOR ALL SPORTS! FRIDAY FOOTBALL SHOULD DO A SHOW ON THIS SCHOOLS TRADITION THE WHOLE TOWN COMES OUT! I MISS DEL ORO AND THE LOOMIS/NEWCASTLE AREA!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2012
I am so glad I attended Del Oro. I do believe that is has the "OH MY GOSH ITS THE BEST SCHOOL EVER" factor because I have never felt the same anywhere else. It is a school filled with spirit, guidance, and just great people. I have never had staff go out of their way to help me succeed. I know after I graduate this year I will always be able to go back and call it my home. It is my home. CONGRATS CLASS OF 2012!

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2012
Del Oro has been the best experience for us& my kids Excellent staff and academics & best in their finacials! We love Del Oro High!!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2012
All three of my kids attend Del Oro. They are so happy there. It is a good cross-section of society and everyone for the most part gets along and is supportive and encouraging of one another. There are kids from money who go there but they don't flaunt it. The parents are involved and care. The small town of Loomis cares. A small town is like a big family. Del Oro has that comfortable feeling.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2011
This is an amazing high school. Almost everybody you meet will be friendly and the teachers are very nice, too. The academics are fairly challenging - of course you could find a private school with incredible academics but for a public school in California it's perfectly decent. The athletics are really, really good and the football games are SO AMAZING....The cafeteria food is pretty good compared to most schools; they have a lot of great options no matter what your diet is like. Anybody who gives this school a negative review clearly never went there or basically sleeps through the school day :D. I doubt you'll find a better school in all of California and possibly in the nation.

- submitted by a student
October 13, 2011
Del Oro is nothing more than an average, average high school. There's a lot of "OH MY GOSH IT'S THE BEST SCHOOL EVER" but it really isn't. Maybe this isn't unique to Del Oro but I've seen people full on making out on campus; if I wanted to do that, I would go somewhere private! It's disgusting - DO should ban it. I also think there's a little too much focus on athletics. DO has not sent anybody to Standford or Harvard and the attitude is "I'm going to Sierra College". I gave the school three stars because I do think still that some of the academics are challenging and some of the peeps are friendly.

- submitted by a student
August 17, 2011
This is gonna be truly hard to write but I want to say thanks to Del Oro. I can't even begin to explain how amazing this school is &how much I wish I was there for my Senior Year. The spring term of my Junior year there was great. I met the most amazing people of my life there. I am so sad that I am not going there anymore, but the teachers are great. They will do anything to help us succeed and get closer to graduation. The administration was great as well, the counslers were awesome, &of course the principle &vice principles were the best. If it wasn't for Del Oro I wouldn't be where I am at today. Everyone is so supportive, especially the students. I would honestly do anything to be back. I hope to be visting soon, Del Oro keep doing awesome because you change lives (: -Katie Hanks.

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2011
I switched districts to attend Del Oro and it made all the difference in my education. From my first day as a freshman, I found myself surrounded by an enormously supportive group of teachers and friendly students ready to welcome me. I participated in the marching band, a wide variety of clubs and was given amazing preparation by my teachers and counselor for applying and being accepted to all of the top-ranking colleges I applied to.

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2011
For a rural high school, Del Oro was a good experience for my daughter, Morgan May, but she decided to transfer to another school. Our family returned to Placer County from Boulder, CO, home of the University of Colorado, where she completed her freshman year at Fairview High School, heavily populated with the offspring of professors. Morgan found Del Oros's students friendly and quickly made many friends. She had two teachers that soured her experience here. One was her Biology teacher...he was actually a creationist, and often made factual errors, or was ignorant of so much taking place in the field of Biology. The other was one Mr. Sanchez, Morgans Sophomore English teacher that replied to her complaint of receiving a low B, that "You will never attend a major university." Well, Mr. Sanchez (now retired I see), Morgan graduated from UCLA in 2005 with her degree in Biology, a far better school than you attended.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2011
I'd been to 3 different schools in two years. One in the Bay Area before I moved, and then Granite Bay High School. I was then transferred into Rocklin High School the next term. After expressing concerns with Rocklin, my adoptive parents moved me to Del Oro, where I now just graduated from. Del Oro...is like no other. Their spirit, their teachers, their students, their talent-it's all unparalleled to the other schools. I was blown away by how many people gave me a warm welcome on the first day. So overwhelmed in fact that I broke into tears of joy. I didn't think it was possible to meet supportive people like my peers at Del Oro, or that I could turn my destructive lifestyle into a great one. But with the help of the brilliant staff, students, and even janitors, I am now attending a four year college (UCSC) and planning to get my credential so I can come back and teach at the only place who taught me what the word "home" really meant. Del Oro High School. You won't find a better school, I promise.

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- submitted by a student
September 21, 2009
Overwhelming community support, teachers are incredible, students are highly respectable.

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no rating September 21, 2009
Great tradition, community involvement and support.

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- submitted by a student
February 19, 2009
This is the best school. I love it. It encourages you to get good grades and go to college and help the environment and other students. The spirit is just incredible. Fabulous!!!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating January 15, 2009
This school not only has great academic learning but also interrelational. Even the kids think this school is great!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2008
My children all attended Del Oro and my granddaughter is looking forward to becoming a Golden Eagle. Del Oro strives for excellence in every aspect of its educational offerings (in and out of the classroom). It's rich tradition, supportive environment, caring staff, and tremendous community involvement set it apart.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 12, 2008
This school an awesome enviorment for any kid to go too.. There truly is a program for every student to get involved..I highly recommend getting into leadership!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 05, 2008
Del Oro is a fantastic school. It has so much spirit and pride. Every Friday the whole school dresses up in black and gold to support the sports teams. Del oro is always working to make sure that everyone is a accepted and feels apart of the 'family' the teachers are very encouraging and help you to learn vital skills used throughout your life. There is something fr everyone and I love being a part of the school. I don't want to graduate because I love this school so much. It is very much a family and a great safe environment to learn in.

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September 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2008
Del Oro is an excellent school always has been. Parent involvement has always been way above average. Teachers are caring and dedicated to the students and community. Keep up the good work.

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no rating May 11, 2008
i am a student at this school and i love it there. my teachers genuenly care and i have only had a few 'bad' teachers.

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March 13, 2008
I am a former student of Del Oro and have returned to the area to start a family. It is my hope that my children will attend DO when the time comes!

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2008
Im a student at Del Oro and I love it. I love all the classes that are being given to us and love the staff. Always someone somewhere to help you if you need anything.

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- submitted by a student
June 25, 2007
'Del Oro was an amazing school. I was a student there for all 4 years of high school and I do not have one bad thing to say about it. The teachers have such an unbelievable dedication to the students. I can truthfully say that a few of the staff members saved my life. There are also an endless amount of clubs, sports and other extracurricular activities. There is really something for everyone. My grandmother was in the first graduating class of Del Oro, when she speaks about her experiences you can see that Del Oro does have a 'Tradition of Excellence' and will continue to until they close the doors.

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- submitted by a former student
October 20, 2006
This school is the greastest school that i have ever seen. It resides in the small community of Loomis, Ca. The town and the school is an old fasion county school that has great tradition, spirit, and pride. For example, every Friday night when the high school football team plays, the entire community goes and supports Del Oro. In fact, the local Sheriff's department is closed during the football game, and all the Sheriffs can be found at the football stadium. If you are looking for a school which doesn't have the social clicks as the average school does, is a great place where the teachers really do care about their students, and the school and community is alive with spirit, then Del Oro High School is the place for you.

- submitted by a student
June 02, 2006
Two kids have graduated - another is a senior. This is a fantastic high school - not perfect but what a great culture of academics, activities, and athletics. Son who is a 2nd year student at a UC says he was so prepared on so many levels for a UC because of the staff at Del Oro. Daughter who just finished first year of a private University says she was prepared academically and emotionally. All any parent can ask for their kids. The academics are rigorous yet what sets this school apart is the culture where so many are involved and included. Our kids have developed social skills that will serve them for life - the staff has been outstanding - role models and life coaches to our kids.

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- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
There academic rigor provides a quality education that more than provides your child the necessary foundation for a 2 0r 4 year collegiate institution. This knowledge is presented by individuals who focus on the students needs and abilities and teach to the individuals capabilities ineffort to create better individuals for society

- submitted by a former student
December 30, 2005
Football and athletics are a top priority for Del Oro. Homecoming week is made extremely memorable. Great students! Some teachers are great and some are okay and some need to retire! Very importantly it is a safe environment for kids overall.

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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2004
Well, I'm a student at DO and I love it there! On a daily basis I feel as if every one that is there (whether it be teachers, students, or the ladies in the office) would rather be at no other high school. There is so much tradition and spirit. It is an awesome high school.

- submitted by a student
November 22, 2003
My children (5) and now grandchildren all want to attend DO and most have. School provides the basics and the extras often missing in other schools I taught at in the past. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2003
Del Oro has been a great school for my daughter now a senior. There is a real difference between a school in a rural area vs urban.

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Del Oro High School
3301 Taylor Road, Loomis, CA  95650
(916) 652-7243
Last modified Del Oro High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Del Oro High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top