Great school and great education for our child who was an above average student involved in clubs, sports, leadership and AP classes. Staff and coaches were supportive. Programs for various academic levels. High school is what you make out of it as a student. You are going to get a good education if the student puts effort into it as well as the parents, getting involved and knowing who to contact with questions. In addition to our child, many recent graduates were accepted to UCs , CSUs, and private universities. Don't let reputation steer your wrong, have a tour, meet with administrators to see what kind of programs (academic, sports, arts, music, special ed, etc.) the school has to offer.
Surprising how happy I am with this school. They care about their students and really go the extra mile to ensure a supportive, safe, stimulating environment for their students. My son wasn't a high achiever before transferring to Oak Grove. Without any special interventions he's thriving in all his courses. They've helped him with ensuring he's gotten all of his college prep and he's passed two AP tests! The difference? Great teachers, great philosophy, wonderful community, excellent facilities, and nice students.
My school is doing well as compared to the previous years. The teachers and school principals are working hard to increase the numbers of high scorers and push students to take exams like PSAT, which is very important for our college futures. All in all , the school is doing good this year.
In my kid's science class they never had tests and watched inappropriate movies like "The Hangover" and "Pirates of the Caribbean." Administrators lied straight to my face. And it took complaining to the superintendent of schools to find out 24 out of 31 kids failed my kid's algebra class. The armed San Jose Police constantly patrolling the school are very necessary. Good students can still learn. Average students will suffer from a very poor learning environment. Miserable teachers and administrators have job security at Oak Grove.
the school was a great experience, and i had a lot of fun there. i hated leaving, it was probably the best 4 years of my life. people say that there's a lot of violence and gang related problems but that really doesnt affect students staying on the right academic path. i would send my kids here! CLASS OF '11
Pro: Education, Teachers, Diversity, Con: Education, Administrators, Environment I put Education in both categories is b/c it depends. You may receive a quality education if you are in high level courses OR you may complain all year long of clueless/miserable teachers if you have average/below average ones. Sad but true. Good/bad teachers are a pro b/c they come to work everyday knowing what they're up against. They take turns keeping an eye on students & taking no pleasure in doing so at all. Most administrators (minus counselors, principal) are rude AND lazy. It's difficult to bring up your situation w/o becoming annoyed or provoked. Most of the time you hear "I don't know" when, in fact, if you push the situation enough, he/she DOES know. The environment is clean but the (Student) bathrooms are the worst. Police patrol the area all the time-Giving it a juvenile delinquent atmosphere.
Great Teachers, Coaches, and Band Director. Great programs for all kids that seek out being involved. I have had two students go thru OG, They earned a great education and are well on their way to graduation from universities. Students who want an education can be educated, they just need to put in the effort. Go OG Football 2009-2010
Graduated from Oak Grove and found that they have excellent educational opportunities such as high level science and math. They also have excellent sports programs and the music department was very successful. The racial mix was perhaps the best part of attending Oak Grove in that one learned to interact with many groups of people. The only thing I didn't like is that some things felt very political -which I suppose you'd find anywhere.