I have had 2 kids at this school. The demographic affects everything about this school. There are way too many kids for the administration to handle. This school SELLS you on the academies..but there are LIMITED spots. Kids drop out of the academies...but those spots are NOT offered to anyone else because they NEVER got the prerequisite classes as freshman. The administration didn't do much when I reported an instance of bullying/intimidation - didn't even pursue those specifically named. Not enough lockers, not enough staff, MANY kids come to school smelling like weed. I think the overall quality of their teachers is POOR. One math teacher is on Chapter 4..another teacher is on Chapter 14 and going so fast and then telling them to come back for tutoring..why can't they just slow down and give the kids a chance to absorbe the lesson? I have spent more days at this school checking on WHY things are happening and half the time, you can't find anyone in administration. I would caution parents before sending kids here only. Be kind to yourself and your kids .... before heading to this school...SPEND A DAY ON THE CAMPUS.
Oakland Tech is hands down the best Public High School in Oakland. Offering a huge variety of interesting and engaging programs, such as its amazing humanities program "The Paideia Program", and a variety of career oriented acadamies, I would recommend this school to all potential students who are OK going to a large school. Most of the teachers are kind, professional, and interesting. With a wide variety of AP and other advanced classes on hand, Oakland Tech is optimal for students who aspire to go to top colleges, with some students in recent years even getting into Brown and Harvard. The reason why the school does not get a 5 star rating has more to do with the uneven quality of funding and school district support than anything else (erratic building support, etc.) Back on the plus side, Oakland Tech provides a variety of varisty athletic teams (including some unusual ones like ice hockey) and offers a plethora of clubs (including a school newspaper, debate club, multiple community service clubs, etc.). Although Tech is a big school, most students' experiences are what they make of it- so for many students they can feel like they are in a smaller school than in reality.
This is a very awesome school. I've been here for only a year, but I like it a lot. I can't wait for my sophomore year. I like how there's a lot of awesome clubs, like buildOn. The classes and programs are cool, like for PE, we get to do swimming. I'm also in the health academy, which can help in the future. Any academy to be here. The only thing I didn't like though was there were some not nice people, but oh well. I have to deal with it, which I did and turned out well. I had a lot of great teachers, but only one I had a hard time with. The only thing that needs improvement is the method of teaching for students by only some teachers. I recommend it to all. They'll have the time of their lives. I did. I also met some awesome people. If you like swimming, try to join the team or PE. It's also very diverse. If your student is academically gifted, put them in tech. There are lots of AP classes. There are also fun events that happen.
I feel like the kids here are not geting the education they should. Many of the classes are taught by teachers who have no idea how to teach. THey think teaching is having the kids read the book and answer the questions and that's it. Classroom managment is dismal in many, many cases. If your child gets into the Paiedia program they have a change at a good education but if they are in regular classes, forget it. The teachers should be turning in 6-week lesson plans and the administration should look at them all, especially the English and history classes, and they should be observing classes more.
Oakland Tech is providing an enriched and challenging education for my son, now a senior. The diverse population (reflective of Oakland) adds richness to our kids' lives. They are loyal to each other and to Tech and are an impressive group of kids.The principal is a real anchor; she knows the students and many parents by name (amazing in such a large school), runs a tight but fair ship, and is extremely well liked by parents, staff and students. The teachers are excellent, not only in the academies and Paideia, but in the college prep classes too. Not 100%, but pretty close to 90%, which is saying a lot. Assignments are thoughtful and creative, for the most part, and the classes stimulating. The teachers are responsive to parent needs and ready to help your student when necessary. We've had a great experience there.
This school is a very great school to be in. Very diverse and they offer many programs to their kids such has nursing, biotech, and etc. This is a high-school you want your kids to be in. This school focuses alot on the kid's academic skills. This school gives a lot of opportunity to let the students experience in their future college goals by giving them programs for them to attend. The students in Oakland Tech, they all graduate and in the fall they're all freshman college students !
Excellent programs, stable administration, respectful environment, active sports teams. My son is a junior and is in the Paideia program and Engineering Academy. Mr. Merrill just received the Jefferson Award. Other academies include Green, BioTech, Health, Computer and Performing Arts. Students can also choose their own path. Scheduling problems are resolved quickly, there are no fights on campus, teachers are willing to help, love their jobs. Students go on to top colleges, if they are willing to work.
Great environment, suportive teachers, academically challenging classes, even for our "gifted" child. We are happy in this school, and looking forward to Engineering, Paidea & soccer team next year.
PROUD ALUMNI, I learned a lot of things about LIFE at this school I would not have learned at a private school. I played Football and also participated in track & field so I was not involved in many clubs except for asthma peer counseling. I have seen this school evolve quickly but there is still room for improvement.
As a student at Oakland Tech, I would say it is a great school. It is not perfect, but one can have a great experience if they choose to. There are many AP classes including Biology, Spanish, Mandarin, Physics, Chemistry, US History, English and many others. There are also many academies that one can enter starting from their sophomore year including the Health Academy, Engineering Academy, Biotech Academy, and others. We have a wonderful Performing Arts program that is internationally known. The teachers are there to assist you-but you need to want the help first. It's not all on them. The sports department is also great, and there is community involvement! Tech is a really good school.
i signed up for the paideia program at oakland tech, and i haven't heard anything about the reading requirements from the school. my teacher and I had to keep calling and emailing the teachers there to get the information. and in the end, the teacher who started the paideia program actually said i wasn't on her roster for next years paideia. but i signed up! that's just ridiculous... they didn't even say why i wasn't in the program or anything, they just suggested me to sign up for another program... oh my god, now i don't really want to go to oakland tech anymore....!!! ugh!! worse situation i had with a school, EVER!!! >_____>''
as a student at oakland tech i have to say that tech is the best school in oakland. this school has a great tradition and a long line of famous people that has came through and showed respect to us.if you are looking for a school thats going to help your kids get to college i would advise you to let them attend oakland tech.
It really serves the students who come, by challenging them to succeed. It is a stable comprehensive high school with a strong tradition.
I love this school! Most of the teachers are great, and the other students are fun to be around. I'm glad to have so many options for classes, as the students are at all different levels in the various subjects. I feel I am getting a great education at Oakland Tech!
I have a daughter who has been going ther for 3 years & a son at Tech for 2. What we found is that it's very important for a student to get into one of the academies. when that happens, the academy directors take a special intrest in my students & work closely with the counselors & other staff for the success of my students. Tech also has special services if my son needs tutoring or my daughter wants help with the 'College Process' In fact, all the staff seems to take the extra steps needed. Heck, my kids counselor calles us at night or on weekends if the need arises
Tech has excellent academies within the school, notably the Engineering Academy and the Health Academy. The Paideia Program for History and English is outstanding with the great majority of student earning AP credit in Government, US History, and English. They have all the standard sports programs and some extra's including bowling and swimming. The building is a historic landmark and renovation of the entire school was completed in 2006. I have two students at Tech and they feel secure and developed a diverse circle of friends.
As an Oakland Tech graduate, I would say that the academic aspect for those who had guidance and applied themselves got a good education, for those of us who didn't have guidance from the school or otherwise didn't really pull anything from our high school experience. The teachers were going through the motions and so were the students, if Tech tightened up on teachers, students will soon follow suit and the intended learning will ensue and scores will go up. Tech is not a bad school but there is very little involvement and the majority of the student body needs that kind of help. If your child is getting good guidance they will thrive and take away something good from Tech.
Oakland Tech has a variety of academic programs ranging from extremely rigorous to general college prep. The teachers are very good and quite dedicated to helping students succeed. The administration does a great job running the school and there are a variety of extracurricular activites for students to participate in. The engineering academy is especially beneficial to those wishing to go into engineering in the future. There are some problems but for dedicated students and committed parents, Oakland Tech is probably the best public high school in Oakland.
Tech has a fantastic and rich program for motivated students. For example, the Paideia program integrates the study of world civilization, politics and cultures with advanced skills in reading and writing. The kids in the program are very well-prepared for college. The challenge is to extend that excitement and energy to the less-motivated students in the school.
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