Appalling to see students go around hallway shouting obscenities and blatantly disobeying dress code rules. Many students loiter hours after classes ends, most likely because they live out of zone in Duval and parents falsify addresses so they don't have to attend Westside (formerly Forrest), though OP ain't much better. Students and teachers vary. If you're in an advanced or honors class, you'd be OK, but if you're in regular classes, good luck. Some students are decent people, but a majority of them are disrespectful brats that don't want to learn. They blatantly disrespect teachers and harass classmates. When administrators come in to reprimand them and the students laugh at them. They get two stars because despite the lack of discipline, most teachers show that they care about students and try (though not always successfully) to teach them.
To be blunt, I hated this school. I felt in my years there that my education was not a priority for OPHS. They sure do care about the 'education' of their student athletes, however! I had a few amazing teachers at my time at OPHS. Most of my teachers really didn't care. My peers were absolutley rude as well. We built like 10 new building that aren't in use, but our classrooms have broken AC and or are falling apart. Classes don't have paper to print things on, but good to know we bought 2 plasma screen to replace the TVS in the cafeteria (that were in perfectly good, working condition). If I were a parent, I would find a different school for my child.
Our son is finishing his sophomore year. With the exception of only 1 or 2 teachers over the past 2 years, they genuinely seem to care about the children and want all to succeed.
I must let you know the truth about the exceptional education department. I have never met a less caring bunch of unprofessional teachers in my life. My child was encouraged to drop out on a daily basis... She was humiliated by teachers.... and when she asked for help with her academics she was ignored.
Our son just finished his freshman year and loves OPHS. There are some really great teachers and then there are those who do not seem to care as much and do not push the students. Principal leadership is excellent. If you want your child to succeed, be prepared to be involved as a parent.
My son's teachers and guidance counselor are all involved and seem to genuinely have the best interest of the students at heart. This is his second year at OPHS, and we have had 99% positive experiences with this school so far. The staff is extremely sharp - once I witnessed a student depart the school campus between classes, and a staff member in a golfcart tracked her down within minutes in order to ensure she had a legitimate reason for leaving. It made me feel very safe having my son in this staff's hands, knowing they are willing to go the extra mile to reach out to our children, in the event a poor decision is made. Thank-you OPHS!
this school definitely needs an upgrade i feel as though this school doesnt have as much as the other schools around it so therefor i give it one star and im going to be there for my second yr and is not happy at all.
I have had 3 attend this school . 2 have graduated. Drama and an inner city atmosphere does exist. Tardy hall was an easy escape from the classroom;last year students wandered the halls during classtime on a regular basis. School rules seemed to have tighten this year. I feel,unless you are in honors or AP classes, the children are not challenged enough. Homework and/or in depth projects or papers are rarely assigned. My youngest doesn't feel the need to study for exams because his teachers either give them open book tests or go over the exam before hand. The counseling department is efficient and student driven as one would expect from a large school. Your child just has to be lucky enough to be assigned to the right one and find time to go during school hours. Forget about buying your lunch the wait eats up all of your lunch period.
Treasure Pickett is the best!!! She has made this mediocre school so much better. Great job!!
Much better this year, they are sticking to the rules and I like that.
not enough homework; students were behind in subjects when transferred to another county. at open house 2 teachers were not there.
I am a graduate of OPHS and UF and now my son is a freshman at OPHS. I was impressed with open house at the beginning of the year and felt the teachers we met were highly engaged. My son loves school and has met a lot of great new friends from many different backgrounds. The administration has worked hard in recent years to enhance the academic program and the overall vibe of the school. The campus looks great too. Good job OPHS.
My husband and I graduated from OPHS and we have seen it change and grow over the years for the better. We have a daughter that is graduating next year and is in dual enrollment next year and a son that is a freshmen this year and is doing really well with his grades. I have had wonderful experiences with the guidance department and the teachers. With the new principle you can see how changes are already making a huge difference. Focus is really on the student and their academics.
My son attends OPHS and he loves it. My two older girls are graduates of OPHS and everyone of my children have done very well with the help and guidance of the teachers at OPHS. The staff at OPHS is very helpful to the students and the parents. We are all very blessed to have OPHS for our school.
I graduated OPHS in the year 2006..I was very pleased with the education that i was able to obtain. With the added addition of Mr. Wingate the principal for my sophomore year, i have seen the school turn inside out and become outstanding. School fights dwindled and i was pleased, i felt like i was in a way better place then when i was a freshman which was 2002...I graduated at the top 20% of my class. When i felt like downgrading to an easier or average class my teachers would not let me, they encouraged me to challenge myself and promoted me to honors, AP classes, and dual enrollment. I took their advice and achieved my goals. I am happy with the way the school turned out by the time my senior year came around. Thanks OPHS, and thanks Mr.Wingate for seeing us in the Halls as he would say.
My son is graduating from Orange Park High School this year with a full college scholarship. I have a daughter who graduated from Orange Park High School who is a straight A junior at FSU. I have another daughter who graduated from OPHS who is in Medical School. The education they received at OPHS was wonderful. The AP classes, Honors classes, and Dual Enrollment classes are incredible. They teachers are top notch. Many of the teachers there had all three of my children. Thank- You OPHS !!
I do agree about the communications problem with the school. My mother, I know, had a hard time getting in touch with certain teachers and administrators during my first year there. My suggestion is to come to know the guidance department. They are the most helpful part of the campus and can forward you on to the right people to talk to.
My daughter is a freshman at OPHS. Having some challenges, coming from a small town in Michigan. I hoped for better communications with the school but they claim because it is so large it is hard to do that. I plan to propose to the school board a better solution to their communication problems.
This is my freshman year at orange park i like the school and the teachers but the kids are to much drama i am about to be a sophomore and it is hard. So next year i am going to work my butt off and try to maintain atleast a 3.0 gpa that would be awesome. Overall orenge park is a pretty good school.
I am a graduate of OPHS (c/o '04), and I am so proud to be a part of this high school. In my experience, the teachers have all been caring, challenging, and talented at what they do. Sure, the school has grown large, has a police substation, but I've never felt endangered or that our school has become 'innercity'. Our AP and Dual Enrollment programs are outstanding--most students do very well (I got a 5's and 4's on all AP exams). With the addition of Mr. Michael Wingate as a principal late in my senior year (2004), it has only grown by leaps and bounds. School spirit is up, the campus looks great, and the teachers are even more motivated. The extracurricular activities can't be missed--I discovered my love of music here. The guidance department was also very helpful to students. OPHS is a great school, to say the least.
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