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Head-Royce School

Private | K-12 | 880 students

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Posted February 3, 2014

I am a high schooler at HRS and have been attending since I was in Kindergarten. The lower school is great, with wonderful, kind teachers and a wide variety of different academic, athletic, and artistic classes that your child can experience. The middle school is, admittedly, very cliquish and can be socially straining with such a small grade. But the teachers, including in high school are absolutely fantastic, qualifies, and ready to help you in any way possible. The high school has a great selection of classes and activities, so whatever your passion, you can find something for you. However, the school does put too much emphasis on sports, and runs the budget low when it comes to theatre. While the academics are rigorous, the social world of high school is much better and more open. Teachers are accessible, and truly passionate about what they are teaching. The scholastic side of school is very stressful at times, but I know I will be well served and prepared for college.


Posted September 15, 2013

We have a 3rd grader and kindergartener. We love Head-Royce for the academic excellence and emphasis on a well rounded education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2013

I've been looking everywhere for a great private school, and after going to Bentley, Athenian(oh, that one was like a public school),and a few others, I felt awful. But then my parents enrolled me in HRS, and I was skeptical. But when I entered, it was like a whole new world. The teachers were amazingly knowledgeable, funny, accessible, and caring. The student body are all great friends, spirited, and smart.(generally, there are 2 or 3 that don't fit in to that category) The academics were rigorous and entertainingly taught. I'm graduating with a full scholarship to MIT with a scholarship next year, and I thank HRS for everything. I couldn't have done it without them.


Posted March 17, 2013

The academics are what you would expect for the price tag on the education. However, there is so much more than the academics. The school s elitist and arrogant reputation is well deserved and permeates the environment. As noted by another reviewer, the school s enrollment has increased significantly and is well beyond its conditional use permit, resulting in formal action by the City. (The school has handled the problem by demonizing the neighbors who are understandably upset by the traffic, safety and lowered property values.) Despite the marketing photos, there is very little diversity. The community can be very gossipy (I read an email sent by a HR teacher (and parent) to other parents making disparaging comments about a HR student!), and there is a large landing pad for helicopter parents. If your child fits the mold , the school is a good fit. Otherwise, you may want to look to elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2012

Class sizes in 9th grade are now up in the 20 student range. Certainly not what what we expected nor what we were told when considering our choices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2012

My daughter loves the school !!!! Very kind and loving teachers! The lower school is amazing. All the teachers and specialists really get to know each child!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2011

I am a freshman at HRS, and I've been here since 6th grade.The teachers make this school great, as they are engaging and very creative. HRS also has a beautiful campus, top-quality athletic facilities and program, and a vast array of opportunities for everyone. From robotics to chorus to filmmaking, whatever you decide to pursue will be a quality offering. If you want to set your child up for success in college and life, Head Royce has the rigorous academic prestige and social opportunities to make it happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2011

I attended Head Royce in middle school and I hated it. Most of the teachers were very narrow-minded, encouraging earnest, po-faced political correctness rather than creativity and independent thought. In addition, their arts program is sorely lacking for any student who is serious about developing their craft.


Posted June 30, 2010

I spent all thirteen years of lower, middle, and high school at Head-Royce and am extremely grateful for my parents' decision apply. There is such an array of fantastic, student-oriented, and dedicated teachers. The camaraderie and support provided by the other students, faculty, and staff helped me achieve my educational and career goals and allowed me the success now experience. I cannot recommend HRS more highly as a community that will nurture lifelong learning and moral character.


Posted January 9, 2010

I am an eighth grader and have been going to Head Royce since kindergarten. The teachers are inspiring and approachable and the academics are challenging. If I am having trouble in a class, I simply meet with a teacher and have a meeting and build a schedule. I love Head Royce and the friendships and knowledge I have obtained from this school are unbelievable.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2009

My son has attended HRS since middle school and is now finishing high school at HRS and my daughter is now finishing the lower school and headed into the middle school. The lower school has been wonderful. The teachers are great and very child-focused. They get to know each child as an individual. The lower school provides a challenging atmosphere that is at the same time nuturing. They really work on teaching the children tolerance and critical thinking skills as well. To my surprise, the lower school is also very open to assisting children with learning differences. The middle school is more challenging, but the teachers provides a solid transition year in 6th grade. The high school is college prep and provides an exciting and challenging curriculum. No school is perfect, but HRS is very strong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

I went to Head Royce 7th through 12th grade and found the experience to be nothing short of outstanding. I found Stanford to be a breeze, not because I was the smartest, but beacuase I was one of the bet prepared. I am still great friends with all of my high school classmates.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 19, 2008

I went to Head Royce. Veyr clicky, and I got bullied throughout my entire time at the school. Would not recommend Head Royce's academic and social standards to my worst enemy
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2007

We have sent both our children to Head Royce since kindergarten. One is in high school; the other in middle school. No school is perfect but I give HRS high marks for providing a rounded experience. The lower school is loving and caring. In middle school, the expectations are raised but its manageable. The high school is demanding and academic with very small class sizes (For example: 9 students in a 10th grade chemistry class; 14 in English.) If your child is not a diligent and enthusiastic student, the high school can be a challenge. Our kids have made good friends at school and so have we. It is NOT all full of very wealthy people, although there are some. Paul Chapman, the head, promotes community service at every chance. We keep running into him at peace marches. We take this as a good sign.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2006

I went to Head Royce for 13 years (k-12) and I loved it. Honestly, I would return to high school in a second if I could - the teachers, administration, and student body are all outstanding. I'm currently attending an ivy and feel that Head Royce did an impressive job preparing me for both social and academic pursuits beyond high school. Send your children here. I thank my parents every chance I get
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 16, 2006

this school has too many students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2006

I went to HRS from 4th grade all the way through my high school graduation in 2001. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2004, and will attend graduate school next fall. HRS set me on an academic path, and I am compelled to follow it. The academics gave me an excellent foundation and put me ahead of every one of my college classmates. The sports are generally well funded and supported, while the arts, last I checked, had to duke it out with each other (the music program ate the 3D art program, while photography seemed to have better equipment than film/video--but all were excellent). The parents are the only real problem. Many of them are rich and tossed their children to their nannies, and my mother refused to attend parent functions because of those types. I credit HRS with my academic success.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 2, 2006

My daughter attended HRS grades 4-8, my son was there for middle school. I found the lower school close to ideal. The teachers were top notch, supported by a great group of specialists, and because of all this support, the classroom teacher is really able to focus on the individual needs of the 18 kids in their class. There was consistently an enthusiastic atmosphere of learning. However, I found the middle school rather mediocre. Although there are generally less than 20 kids in a class, the teacher has five classes or 20 and is therefore responsible for the needs of up to 100 individuals (and their paper work, etc ...) and the kids get a generic, uninteresting education in middle school. A big plus, in these competitive days, is auto acceptance into a reputable upper school. All facilities are enticing, administration solid, and generous with financial aid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2005

The quality of education I recieved from this school is without compare. I attended HRS from 5th grade through completion of high school and found the Jr. High education to be roughly equivalent to 3rd year engineering at UCD. Amazing teachers, small class size, and a curriculum that encourages kids to question everything but with a discerning eye that looks for evidence. HR taught me the most valuable lesson I have ever learned... Yes they taught me facts and figures, but more importantly, they taught me how to learn. Money very, very well spent.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 8, 2005

Head-Royce has solid academic program that will built a good foundation for high school and college educations. The fine art and music program are wonderful. The level of parent involvement is limited since I have a 7th grader. I wish I could involve in their school learning more.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 45%
Asian 38%
Hispanic 12%
Black 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Two or more races 0%
White 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation USC
Tufts University
Cornell
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Robert A. Lake
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Heads Up
  • Oakland Unified School District
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Forensics club
  • Gardening
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$25000 - $35000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
USC
Tufts University
Cornell
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 0%
4 year college - 100%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 0%
Workforce - 0%
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4315 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602
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