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Ola High School

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Posted June 24, 2014

I am a Sophmore at Ola High and I must say that it is an amazing school. The teachers are very nice and they will try their very best as long as a student shows effort. Ola offers a lot of electives that are very convenient. The students are all different in their own way so no matter what you're personality is like, there's a group of friends to hang out with. Ola is very organized and is almost bully free(occasional drama but every high school has that).


Posted May 11, 2014

I have 3 children in Ola High and they have met with racism. Those ridiculous hateful words are painful for my children. Ignorance is still present. My children are receiving a great education. I do feel that one of my daughters has been let down in the math department. She has a teacher more interested in coaching sports instead of educating children in what counts. Education very good, racism , discussing and insulting. Hold your heads high and move on because the teachers are also ignorant to the racism.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

I like the school my children have an option to attend any school in the county they wished. they wanted to stay at Ola . the sports programs there is a need to improve the favoritism issues as parents we see, but we know in the real world that will change with time. the Principal is doing a good job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

I graduated from Ola High in 2010. We were the first graduating class to go all the way through, since the doors opened when we were freshmen. I am now a college senior, and I can say with absolute confidence that Ola prepared me for the rigor of college. I have friends who attended other schools in other counties who did well in high-school but had a very rough transition into college coursework and work-load. Ola is an outstanding school with top-notch teachers and administrators. Mr. Iddings works hard for the students and parents, and always has. In response to the comments about racism and intolerance, I would like to see you try and find a school where there is not one ignorant person. Just like in the real world, you have to take what one person may say with a grain of salt. Ola is a great school, with a ton of cultural clubs and programs that people of all cultures are involved in, which is one of the reasons that I loved attending there. Part of being in high school means that you have to apply yourself and take responsibility for your actions. If you do that here, you will have an enjoyable four years and learn everything you need to know to be prepared when you leave.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2013

Ola High is a terrific high school. I have been extremely pleased with the level of instruction and the variety of activities available for students. The AP and Honors classes are challenging, and I feel my kids have been well prepared for college. My only complaints are the parents and students who feel that rules do not apply to them, but you will get these anywhere. The band program is one of the best in the state, and the orchestra program is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2013

I have been a part of the Ola High community since the doors opened. Two of my children have graduated and one is a junior. OHS is a great school with outstanding administrators and teachers who truly care about the students. This is a semi-rural, conservative area and OHS reflects that. Perhaps those with negative comments should get more involved. Anyone suggesting racism or intolerance at this school is uninformed. Outstanding music program and plenty of other chances for children to learn not just academics but also life lessons that prepare them for the real world. The administration and teachers are often having to do the job that parents either won't or can't, by teaching respect, responsibility for one's own actions, and tolerance for different opinions. Parents who are truly involved, attend student activities, communicate with teachers and try to support the school can appreciate what an amazing place Ola is. It is by far the best district in Henry County. I am proud to be an Ola parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2012

Steer clear of the ROTC military course at ola High School. They are treating CHILDREN like ADULTS IN MILITARY and punishing student by stipping their rank down to nothing instead of teaching the right way things should of been handled. Especially since this CHILD has taught, won and donated so many things to the ROTC progream. Be careful this program can crush dreams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

I have not been made aware by my sons that they been called the "N" word but I would definitely say that the Ola school district is one of great racism and favoritism. I would definitely agree that the majority of the people in the Ola area definitely fit in the IGNORANT category. It is such a disappointment that in 2012 this type of behavior still exists when you are trying to raise your child(ren) to treat others equally without regard to their skin color.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

I think Ola is very much an inclusive school and has many activities to get involved in. Great Fine Arts and Sports programs. The school is constantly alive and buzzing with activities for the students and community/parental involvement. Strong Principal leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2010

My boys are new to Ola High School and have had an easy transition. They love the school! The teachers and the administration have been great for the students and very imformative for the parents too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

When you say administrators are not quality, what examples can you give. It seems unfair to say things that are that strong without more proof or detail. What school/s are entirely perfect anyway?


Posted August 21, 2009

Are you kidding?? OHS Administration is the best in the county. They do all they can for all students. I love working here. All of the teacher respect the Administration 100%. The kids love coming in our building everyday because they know the staff cares about them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

Our child has been at OHS for two years and it has been the worst two years of school thus far. The administrators are not quality leaders and has made this high school a big disappointment. It is sad that even the teachers don't respect them. And this year they have started a block schedule without contacting parents regarding any changes or decisions. Very upsetting how this school is run. Wish we could move but in this economy, no one can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2009

I just graduated from Ola High School, here in 2009. The Ola High School staff has been nothing but great to me. I messed up, early in my highschool career. I was so far behind. My teachers often went out of their own way, to assist me with guidence both in and out of school. The Ag-Science program there was top notch and a big part of why I am who I am today. A changed person who is now on track for college. Thank you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2008

Ola is a great school with excellent teachers and administrators. The atmosphere is very positive for a school just getting off the ground. Thier sports programs are top shelf with dedicated coaches that care about your child as a person not just an athlete. I am very proud to have my son attend such a fine school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

ola is a wonderful school my child been there for three years a love it and ride the buses to with no problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

I am a current parent. Ola is a great school but to many politics in there sports programs
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

295 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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96%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

295 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

295 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
92%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

295 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
94%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

425 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
86%
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

445 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
80%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
56%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
73%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 44%
Black 19% 37%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ross Iddings

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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357 N Ola Rd
Mcdonough, GA 30252
Phone: (770) 288-3222

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