"Our school is best known for our 125 years of shaping future generations"
Students enrolled 877
Hours 8:25 AM - 3:20 PM
School leader Mr. Dennis Malone
Transportation options Yes
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4315 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

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September 15, 2014
If only academics were the only factor when considering a school... The teachers are INCREDIBLE really - like second to none. One of the best educations for a K-12 in the entire U.S.... no exaggeration whatsoever. However this school breeds arrogance and elitism. I second the other review talking about a gossipy culture between teachers and parents. During my time at Hrs there were many instances where parents and teachers would send awful emails about students or other parents. GREAT EDUCATION, SICKENING ENVIRONMENT.

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
September 06, 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
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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 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.

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December 15, 2009
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no rating 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.

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May 04, 2009
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December 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
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
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

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April 19, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
August 05, 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
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
April 16, 2006
this school has too many students

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January 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 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
January 02, 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
October 04, 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
September 08, 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.

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January 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2004
My son attended Head-Royce grades 6-12. He attended a public elementary school. We wanted a school that would challenge him academically and intellectually, and give him a place to shine. Head-Royce met all of our expectations. Our son was intellectually challenged every step of the way. From course and extra-curricular options, to music and other fine art opportunities, the experience was fantastic. The most important thing I can say about the benefits of Head-Royce is this: the teachers are absolutely top-notch. I think all have Master's degrees and many have Ph.Ds. They are dedicated, extremely intelligent, enthusiastic, and well-liked. There is no grade inflation, though, so If you have a child who isn't into working hard, HRS is probaly not a great choice. The kids are very happy socially, too. My son is now at college (Ivy) and speaks to HRS friends almost daily.I can only say good things about HRS.

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April 15, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Very good school with many excellent teachers, great facillity, small class size. High school is very academic with many bright students so very competetive.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Small class size (14-18) provide a great environment for learning. Lower school is not overly academic. Middle school is quite academic. High school is very academic with many teachers with advanced degrees and very college preparatory oriented. Most teachers really care about the students and generally do a great job.

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2004
We have had three children at this school and for two of them the experience was (and is) that of a top notch education. Nothing is perfect, but the school has a long tradition of knowing how to teach, how to give students an appreciation for learning, and has an open-minded staff and faculty that is in general responsive to student's needs and parent's desires. Our eldest child did well at HRS (the college guidance service is excellant-all schools should be so lucky!) and gained admittance to a wide variety of colleges. Yes the traffic may be a small problem, but in this day and age of childen being shuttled almost everywhere by car or bus - I know of few schools where this is not an issue.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Generally very good lower school (k-5) with k not very academic. 1st and 3rd grades are very good with excellent teachers. Great facilities. Some traffic problems.

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Head-Royce School
4315 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA  94602
(510) 531-1300
Last modified Head-Royce School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Head-Royce School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews.