August 01, 2015
As a parent of a rising senior at AOC I have had three full academic years to assess this high school. First, the administration is excellent from the principal to the office staff. Students are the first priority, second to none. Second, the teachers are some of the best in the SCV (although several are too leftist in my opinion and their bias shows in their teaching). Third, students are not only taught the substance of their courses, but are actively encouraged to think, learn, grow, and engage. Fourth, the teachers really invest in their students and truly care about their education. If your student is bright and intelligent, he or she will have NO problem doing well (socially, emotionally, and intellectually) at this school. The homework is not overwhelming and easily done (you do need to be organized though). Fifth, the student body consists of mature, goal-oriented, and unique kids who get along very well. The typical high school drama and related bullying are not tolerated by the students themselves. Sixth, there is an active parent organization on campus with very supportive parents. Lastly, the best thing about AOC is the college courses. So many choices, so many options. Upon graduation, you easily have enough credits to start as a sophomore or junior at the UC's. If you are trying for the most elite private universities, it is a work in progress as these universities are gradually getting to know the rigor and uniqueness of the middle college high school system (AOC's system). Be advised that the more advanced college courses (Calculus II, Calculus III, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Physics, etc.) are extremely intense and challenging. Basically these courses are equivalent to a full year of AP in one college semester. Many students believe the courses are actually more intense and rigorous than their equivalent AP counterparts depending on the professor (and b/c the entire course is taught in one semester as opposed to one full academic year). If you think AOC is the right school for you, I highly encourage you to apply.
- submitted by a parent