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9-12
Public district
Temecula, CA
Students enrolled: 3,469
 

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32555 Deer Hollow Way
Temecula, CA 92592

(951) 294-6450
(951) 294-6477
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August 09, 2015
Great Oak High School used to be one of the greatest schools in the Temecula Valley. Now, I believe it is one of the worst. In the last three years, the GOHS administration structure has been changed every year in dramatic ways. Athletic Directors have become principals, principals have switched to counseling, and there has not been one person able to hold the position of Athletic Director for more than three years. At one time, Great Oak even had two co-principals because “the school population was too large”. When I was a student, kids in classes constantly spoke out of turn and disrespected their teachers, often with little or no repercussions. As far as curriculum goes, unless your child enrolls in the AP or IB program, they will NOT be prepared for college. The other parents who write reviews can say whatever they think or feel to be true, but I was physically inside Great Oak’s classrooms, and I can confidently tell you that the skills they teach are not up to par. One last thing I would like to mention is activities at the school. I am the first to agree that GOHS has done a wonderful job designing programs and activities that help unite the student body. However, the method by which they accomplish this is flawed. I know this because I was involved in the school’s leadership program. Too many events are put on at the last minute with no prior planning, and therefore do not live up to their greatest potential. Several areas of the school need physical repairs and upgrades, specifically relating to technology. After voicing these concerns to the administration (and attempting to work with them closely to help solve them), the problems still exist five years later. Over time, I feel that Great Oak has lost the “Great” part of it’s name. So unless you are a star athlete or a straight A student, I would steer clear of Great Oak until they solve their core problems and go back to how they operated when they first opened. I genuinely hope someone from the school’s administration reads this so they can take whatever steps necessary to improve.

- submitted by a community member

September 23, 2014
This school is AMAZING.Very spirited and positive. Very easy to make friends. Also in an awesome area. The teachers really want to help you.They actually know what they are talking about. I literally have nothing bad to say about GOHS. I went there freshman ear and had the best high school year of my life. Sadly, I moved out of state and started a new school. Very hard to leave such a good school. If you are moving or trying to decide what school to go to, choose here. There wouldn't be over 3500 students there if it was a bad school.

- submitted by a student

August 14, 2014
My Child Is Now A Junior At GOHS And Has Excelled In So Many Ways, I Can't Say Enough About The Staff And Teachers Here Are Helpful In So Many Ways, And Hold This School To Such Standards. This School Is All About Education. There Anti Bullying Is One To Be Proud Of . You Constantly Are Hearing Other (TV) Schools Talk Badly About GO, I Have Even Heard Moms Speak Ill And They Wounder Why There School Is Hurting. My Child Was A "C" Average Now A "B+" Student And Owe It To This Amazing School. As A Parent This School Gets My Seal Of Approval!! Not To Mention They Have A Incredible Athletic Department WitH Sports Ranging From Mountain Biking & Horse Riding......

- submitted by a parent

December 07, 2013
My kids transferred from a small pricey private school is the immediate area. They do not hold a candle to GOHS. The QUALITY and PROFESSIONALISM of administrators, teachers, etc. is the BEST you will find. GOHS offers as challenging of an academic program as you or your high school student desire. Many wonderful sport programs to choose from and there is a club for everyone. Kids are the best at this school! It is large in size, but we feel it will better equip our kids for the transition to college.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
NewSenior This Year My student came to Great Oak as a new senior. The counselors made it a smooth transition. They also have a few "meet n greets" for new Seniors. The staff and leadership has so many things in place to ensure new kids get acclimated and can smoothly integrate.

- submitted by a parent

August 31, 2013
Excellent school, the IB program is great if you have a high performing student, it really pushes them to do their best. My child graduated from this school IB program and was admitted to MIT, many others in his generation were admitted to Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, etc. Sports are good, cross country is among best in the state, ranked nationally. The only drawback is that is a very large school, so you loose the individual recognition.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
My daughter is a Senior this year and my son has just started as a Freshman. My children have attended private schools in the past and the education they are receiving at Great Oak can only be compared to Centennial in San Diego. Both are enrolled in the IB program and my daughter has also completed several AP classes.

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2013
My school is one of it's kind. It is the school most coveted in the Riverside County area. This schoolyear of 2013-2014 there were 1000+ freshmen enrollments due to its reputation as a great academic school. The students, the faculty, the parents, the whole community is what makes the school so excellent - the spirit is alive in this learning institute we call Great Oak, it stands high mighty and proud with all its branches and leaves that make up the Great Oak. We, the people, are its leaves and branches. That's why I am so proud to be a Wolfpack, I'm so proud to be a part of this Great Oak.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2013
My child has not had one bad thing to say about this school. Being a military family, we've been to many schools. She began as a freshman and is now in the middle of her sophmore year. She is in the AFJROTC program and enjoys it. She does really well, and the teachers provide online tools for students. This provides the children to be self reliant. She is in AP english and AP world History. This is her first year taking advance placement classes and I have never had to contact her teachers. I've rated teacher, principal and parent involvement at 4 stars mainly because I haven't had too much interaction with them except on back to school night. That night, many parents were present considering it is high school. There are many sports programs, plenty of clubs, and fun activites for the children. School spirit is awesome.

- submitted by a parent

July 20, 2012
As Ive gone through 2 years at great oak high school, its been the most amazing experience there. The teachers are dedicated and commited to their students. The extracurriculars go above and beyond any other school in the area. The classrooms and campus are new and well-maintained. Wolfpack spirit is so extraordinary that theyve even won an award for being the most spirited school in the nation. You can beat the friendly enviornment, challenging courses, dedicated staff, and wolfpack spirit!

- submitted by a student

May 27, 2011
My kids graduated in 2007 and 2009. This year (2011) my son is graduating from UCSD with a degree in Aerospace Engineering,and is already 1/2 way through with grad school at UCSD, My daughter is finishing up her second year at UCI. I would say that GOHS prepared both of my kids to be very successful in college and life. The teachers at GOHS were all wonderful and were there to make their students into successful people. Thank you GOHS for the efforts that you put into each and every child in your care!

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2011
Being in the Army and having lived all over the country, I have seen many high schools and middle schools. Great Oak High School was one of the best I've seen from academic programs to clubs and activities. I wish my daughter could have completed all four years there. She did everything! Drama, Dance Team, Track and Field and AP College Prep curriculum. The high school she eventually graduated with left us all a little disappointed by comparison. She is in college now, pre-Med and I would say Great Oak probably prepared her better for college than her other high school.

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2009
It's an amazing school and one of the best places you can send your child. The student body is like one family, your child will feel like they belong and can flourish in an enviorment invented to help them succeed

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2009
Amazing school with amazing and understanding teachers. Should be a 10 out of 10 school.

- submitted by a student
no rating
March 07, 2008
This school offers a wide range for preparing students for the future. However if you are not a star academic in IB, the school offers very little help or support. My child so many of the days comes home very frustrated as the loud and and vulgar students make learning in some classes impossible!!!! There is little discipline. The support after some of the tragedies was done with zero compassion by some of the staff. Would love to see the school more humanized instead of an ivy league factory.

- submitted by a parent

February 17, 2008
The receptionist and office support staff are rude and condescending. Most people try to avoid the receptionist at the front door she is so rude. However, the school offers everything that a student wants or needs. The teaching staff and counselors are supportive and helpful. Great Oak has great college prep classes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 15, 2007
Great Oak is a Wonderful school and opens doors for so many people. The teachers and councilers are great and put in there best to help the students.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2007
This school has a lot of nice activities and good learning enviorment!

- submitted by a student

July 22, 2007
I find I'm proud to call myself a Wolf. Great Oak has open so many doors for me. This is school is wonderful. The teachers are so nice and understanding with their students they treat each student with respect

- submitted by a student

June 08, 2007
This school has a great athletic department and has the IB program. It has become popular to go to Great Oak so it is now becomming too crowded with the influx of out of district students. There are now too many students and not enough supervision. Also, some teachers are known to use profanity while teaching. We're swithcing to a private school with better morals.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2007
This school has some counselors that do not put emphasis on students who are in need of help. If they play sports and miss classes due to games they dont take care of the attendance or assist in obtaining the missed assignments, quizzes and tests. No emphasis on womens sports [or] leadership in their softball program.

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2007
Great school. If your child can't find something to be involved in they are not looking hard enough! Academics are great as well as the extracurricular

- submitted by a parent

January 01, 2007
Great principal, teachers, curriculum and students. Temecula is lucky to have such a great school.

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2006
I love every aspect of this school. The academics,athletics, performing arts, and other opportunities for student involvement are exceptional, as are the teachers, administrators and support staff

- submitted by a parent

June 19, 2006
Great Oak High School is a fantastic institution and the teachers really go out of their way to cater to their students...English department and social department are superb! Being part of the school's first graduating class I feel priveledged to have come from great oak...but due to the fact that our rising juniors are the first to experience the IB curriculum at our school, the administration seems to promote more focus upon their class...nevertheless, Great Oak is an awesome with great teachers, students, and a wonderous sports complex! Our football field is comprised of synthetic grass so that athletes can practice even during rainy days!

- submitted by a student

January 05, 2006
This is a brand new school with great teachers. Our principal is very easy to communicate with and he believes in providing what the students need to achieve.

- submitted by a parent

August 31, 2005
Great new school,two years old, awesome facilities, and the only International Bacaleaurate program in the Riverside County. Many activities and great support systems. Clean safe learning environment.

- submitted by a parent

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Great Oak High School
32555 Deer Hollow Way, Temecula, CA  92592
(951) 294-6450
Last modified Great Oak High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Great Oak High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top