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1500 Gano Avenue
Orange Park, FL 32073

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(904) 278-2000
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November 28, 2014
If you are a student or a parent anticipating starting school at OPJH, have no worries! This school has a somewhat bad reputation, but my experience here has been quite on the contrary. The only complaints I'd have to make is that I wish there were more activities that suited my interests. I don't particularly like sports, band, or the limited academic teams. The Gifted program here is great! I have been in the Gifted program since 3rd grade and I must say, if you have an intelligent or "gifted" kid, you really should consider putting them in this program. You have the same teachers for your core subjects both years and they have many exclusive Gifted nights for parents and awards ceremonies. The teachers and faculty here are generally nice. The guidance counselor, Mrs. K, though is really helpful and you should turn to her if you ever have any questions. Overall, this school is average. It's not amazing, but it's not a complete trash dump. There have no problems and I can't wait to start school at Orange Park High School next year!

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2014
My daughter had been going here for over 1 year. She loves it. She plays sports, chorus, goes to football games. The focus portal keeps me up to date on her grades. The teachers respond quickly to emails and phone calls.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
My child is just finishing up her first year at OPJH. I heard many bad comments and had many friends who personally warned about how horrible it would be here. However, I actually went to junior high there and I think I am ok :) Also, I wanted my daughter to go to school in the neighborhood as I had shipped her off for elementary and felt that she missed out on making friends in the neighborhood. So the experience this year has been fabulous, all worry over nothing. She is happy, healthy, engaged, made many new friends and is up early and happy to go to school every day. She enjoys her teachers, they are engaging and available. There is also free tutoring before and after school if you need it, plus many other opportunities to be busy. My only disappointment has been with parental involvement. It is such a huge drop from elementary school. Of course, I have been less involved also, but it seems when they need something from the parents, few step up. If you are zoned for here, do not worry and go in with an open mind.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
I'm a parent of a 2 girls, they are little body, look like they are still in elementary, but they are good girls with good grade and they love to participate in sport, cheer leading, music, help others, etc. and I'm new in this area and I would love to know if this school is going to be good for them or lakeside junior high is better for them, I hear bad suggestion about OPJH school and I need to know if is true or not.... PLEASE if someone read this and can help me to make a good decision for the best of my girls please write something to me I will appreciate....THANK YOU

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2012
Im A 7th grader im really really nervous i hope im gonna like this school all the reviews look good :)

- submitted by a community member
November 02, 2010
This is my sons 2nd yr at OPJH. He began 7th in the EBD classes and has been moved to the VE (varied education) with smaller class sizes to better suit his needs while still maintaining mainstream curriculum. I applaud the guidence dept. for their attention to parent concerns and vice principal Ms. Tucker for conducting swift, yet fair disciplinary actions. Parent participation is particuarly low given the amount of students attending. Correspondence with teachers could be abit better, but given their class loads, I understand to take a one on one approach with each student may diminish to the needs to the class as a whole. All in all, I'm very pleased with OPJH and confident with sending my son there. I know he's in good hands.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2009
i am a 7th grader at opjh and i was scared to go here because i would be going to a middle school. and all i have to day that it is awesome! i am also on the cheerleading squad and we dont go to overboard on our routines. and they do make sure your grades are on check. i am also a honor role student, the teachers do a great job teaching! and i made alot of friends it wasnt very hard! opjh is great and cant wait to enjoy my last year here!

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February 16, 2009
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September 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 16, 2008
I am a teacher at OPJHS and have been there since the doors opened on Aug. 17,1976. I absolutely love the school. students, teachers and my administrators. I just finished my 32nd year of teaching and yes, all of them at OPJHS. I am very proud to say that I am a part of such a great school and wouldn't want to teach any place else. I have had the chance to leave, but I chose to stay there. I am a proud Wildcat.... Cathy Rangeo Dept. Chair Physical Education Head Boys Track Coach 7th grade Instructor

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 04, 2008
Over all i think its a great school. Im attending Orange Park Junior High this year as an eigth grade and i think it's a prtty okay school. This school has been an A school for 7 years so apparently the trachers are doing something right. As far as making new friends goes its actually quite easy to make friends. Infact your a new student moving to Clay County and are zoned for Orange Park i think that would be your best bet. It'll be an easy/smooth transition into your new school. Most people think that Orange Park Junior High School is full of gang banging hoodlums who have fights everyday and blah blah blah...get a life!! opjh hasnt been like that is 3 or 4 years. its much better so send you child there!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
November 30, 2007
The principal, James Young, has not shown any respect for the students or teachers at this school. As a parent, I believe that the students their deserve a much better principal and he falls short of that.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2007
My son loves going to OPJH! JH is a lot different than elementary. The teachers do not hold your child's hand as they did in K-6. Children need to be held accountable for their actions, or lack of. His teachers HAVE communicated with me when assignments were not turned in prior to mid term report cards, yet some have NOT. Children need to be responsible and we cannot hold their hands all the time. My son partipates in sports and has been sought out for his academic achievement on the FCAT. OPJH does recognize academic and sports potential. Parent involvement seems low. I know my involvement has been low.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2007
Orange park junior high school is very good in disciplining their students. It could use some remodeling and a huge cleaning but other than that it is a great school.

- submitted by a student
February 18, 2007
Getting a good education at OPJH is dependent upon which teachers your child ends up with. Very few teachers are good. When teachers would speak about the kids it always seemed to be negative. If I had a choice I would not send my child to this school again. Her grades are good but her self-esteem is low.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2006
absolute wonderful school my daughter was so excited to go there and when she finally got there she made a ton of friends and now she is in eighth grade and still loves it maybe all the teachers aren't as so perfect but hey there is no school in the entire world with totally perfect always smiling teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2006
Sending your child to OPJH compares to playing the Florida lottery. You could get lucky and pick one of the winning numbers, or two, etc. Because there are some really good teachers still left there. However.... those of you who have played the lottery know that you Never pick all the numbers and maybe you will get lucky and hit one number or have 'one good teacher',and so on. But your child's education cannot be gambled with, and I for one moved my child because of what I felt was a lack of leadership from the administration, and unprofessional behavior and disorganization from some of the teachers my child would have had. I will not gamble with my child's education and that is exactly what you will be doing when you send your child to Orange Park Junior High.

- submitted by a student
February 16, 2006
I can't wait until my son is out of this school. The administration at this school is a joke. With the exception of a few good teachers this school has the laziest and most unprofessional faculty and staff I have ever experienced. This school has done an excellent job of putting on a good front but there are so many issues at this school that 150 words just cant begin to describe it. Kids are being harassed by students and teachers, staffing is a problem at this school I would like to know the absentee rate of the teachers some are never there, the staff is unfriendly (most of them). Some of the kids I have talked to have told me about various activities at the school that go unnoticed and unpunished. If I have to move my daugher is not going to go here. This school is bad!

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2005
This is a good school. However, I've recently had trouble with my son not doing all of his homework and the teachers do not attempt to contact you unless it's via progress report which we all know we may or may not get in time to effect help at home.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2004
My daughter has had two successful years at Orange Park Jr. High. Her teachers have been positive, encouraging and very knowledgable in their respective fields. I applaud the school staff for stressing excellance and personal best. Special help, such as before and after school tuitoring, has help my child greatly. It is refreshing to find teachers who will go that extra mile. Thank you OPJH for helping to shape my daughter into the lovely young lady she is becoming.

- submitted by a parent
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Orange Park Junior High School
1500 Gano Avenue, Orange Park, FL  32073
(904) 278-2000
Last modified Orange Park Junior High School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Orange Park Junior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top