I went to this school... Our parents moved from Sunnyvale thinking that going to a school in a small neighborhood would be great. What they didn't realize is how small this neighborhood is. Some of these kids in this school went to preschool together. Let me rephrase that - they have known each other since preschool. How can someone that just moved in, fit in? They are two groups of people - the ones that fit in because they have lived here all their lives and the ones that don't fit in because they didn't grow up here. I never got to fit in - maybe because I was Asian with an Asian name (hey I have asked many times for my parents to give me an American name!!!). If you are Asian and are thinking of sending your Asian American teen age daughter, please do not send them here. I had such a dreadful time trying to fit in. I tried everything - coloring my hair, having an English "nick name" - "Sharon" instead of Shan, trying various clubs - nothing helped. Nothing. I am not saying they are racist. They are not. Just that if you didn't grow up here, you are not part of them. You will never be. Never. No matter how much you try. Never...
I think many in Orinda have their rose tinted glasses on. OIS is plagued by a mix of great, good and teachers who should NOT be teaching any longer. It's been a mixed bag for us. My child's core teachers have been excellent, however, his math and science teachers have not been. We are currently having to tutor him in math because there have been so many subs. We are now trying to get our 2nd child in private school because we don't want him to experience the same mediocre teaching, large class sizes and a cycle schedule that is not conducive to flexibility and electives. Lastly, OIS only teaches two languages: French and Spanish. Where is the Mandarin and Latin? Due to scheduling our son did not get any electives in 6th grade and missed out on having a language and art. Very sad when literally $350,000+ of parent funds go to extra curricular activities. The one thing I am impressed with is the principal, Michael Randall. He truly cares and works hard to find solutions when you approach him. However, bad teachers are still protected by the teachers union. See the movie, "Waiting for Superman" on that subject.
An amazing school of outstanding quality in a community that places a high value on public education. My kids have thrived here as teachers, administrators, and parents work together to challenge the kids and engage them in the educational process. Art, music, computer science, PE, foreign language, wood shop, leadership, yearbook, and a host of other classes round out a great scholastic experience. OIS has a parents club that goes above and beyond to "fill the gap" in funding that the State fails to provide. Along with the Educational Foundation of Orinda, the OIS parents club works closely with administration to raise funds and provide parent volunteers to enrich the experience at OIS.
Great teachers, wonderful programs, and a very easy transition from elementary school to middle school.
Teachers do not talk to parents (unless a significant problem has developed). online tools used to tell parents about student work sporatically. teachers are not being evaulated by principal (multiple parents complaining tests are coming before teaching/hwk, no action taken). Math Specialist cut, only 2 counsellors. Reason students do well is that community has highly educated parents and money to tutor their kids.
my kids love this school. their principle is nice to everyone and the programs r just great. my daughter said that it was ten times better than her elamenarary skool.(Wagner Ranch)
My son (6th grader) enjoys this school. Fantastic proncipal and staff!
Outstanding level of organization, top down, at OIS. Staff and faculty are on top of students' progress and sensitive to how hard it is for some kids to make the transition to more self-guided learning. The level of feedback about our daughter's performance and concerns has been outstanding. Not all of our daughter's teachers are of exceptional ability. That's the only downside.
this is a good school, but the teachers try too hard to be nice. I mean, come on people!
I love this school! I'm currently going to OIS, it's been an amazing year for me! The teachers were kind and the best. Like one subject I hate the most was science, but my science teacher mad me love it now. The staff and principle are awesome and they help you a lot. Everybody is very friendly, and there is a lot of parents involved here which helps a lot! This is the best middle school I've been to!
OIS is an excellent school that does an outstanding job meeting the educational, social, cultural and extracurricular needs of its students. The teachers range from very good to extraordinary. The support staff are committed to the kids.The leaderrship and dedication of the principal is not to be believed.
This is an excellent school, with the best API scores in the state. We have wonderful teachers, electives, after school programs, classrooms, and more. Everyone here works very hard to ensure that the school stays a nice, friendly place. We even won an award for being a 'School of Good Character'.
I love this school my daughter did an amazing job. All the teachers are wonderful specially the principal he goes the extra mile for a student! Tons of homework!
The quality of all programs is very good. This is a top-rated school where academic standards are high. It is not a very friendly school for children requiring special-education services.
Academically a strong school; very poor atmosphere; sterile environment, short-sighted view on education.
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