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9-12
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Oak Park, IL
Students enrolled: 3,224

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201 North Scoville Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

(708) 383-0700
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March 19, 2014
I was choosing between this school and another and nearly made the mistake of picking this one. I went to the school that places people into the school and made all honors. However, if you don't make all honors here then it's too bad for you. They put way to much weight on honors and music and not nearly enough on minorities and kids who aren't academically strong. I consistently see kids smoking on hither campus and nobody seems to care. Overall if you have a high work ethic and are an honors student who is not afraid to get trampled in a hallway of 4000 people than this is a good school for you. 1/8th of the kids will go on to top tier colleges, 1/2 will fail to meet state standards. My friend who struggles academically goes here and they don't even acknowledge that he wants to got o a college and treat him like he has no chance. Finally, the people are wild. Whether it's people randomly swearing at you or jumping over your head for no apparent reason half of the student body could not care less about discipline and has no reason to, there is no disciplinary enforcement there.

- submitted by a community member
March 06, 2014
OPRF is one of the main reasons why we moved to Oak Park, Il. The elementary and middle schools are exemplary as well. Our eldest was accepted into an excellent university and our other two children have shown that their education in their respective districts (97 & 200) are a life long benefit.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2013
OPRF is a great school to attend. I am a junior at the school and I can say I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. I am preparing to apply to colleges and take the ACTs in April and I know that by going to OPRF I will do great on my ACTs and go to my top college. The teachers I have had since I started there have always been helpful and willing to stay late in order for a student to understand the material and they push you to learn things outside of the classroom and outside of the standardized education. I strongly suggest that if you are looking to attend a great high school you do so at OPRF.

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2013
This school has teachers that you can really learn from, but with my experience a lot of the staff doesn't really care about doing anything that they don't absolutely have to do. This is especially true in a non-honors class. Despite not being great in English classes, I enrolled in the honors English program just so that I would have a chance at having a teacher that would be able to maybe stay after school and explain something to me.

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2011
OPRF is a shinning example of everything a good American school should be: an excellent educator that has a diverse, intelligent, and animated student body successful sports teams and extracurricular groups that cultivate strong leaders, actors, scientists, doctors, bloggers,.. and an open-minded philosophy on diversity and acceptance of various (racial, ethnic, sexual) demographic groups.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 13, 2010
I love this school because my son can walk to it, and they offer some excellent clubs and courses. It's not even close to being family-centered in its practices.

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May 11, 2010
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February 21, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
July 11, 2009
(Contd.) We sold our Gold Coast condo and moved 'back' to River Forest so my daughter could benefit from the same great education. She is now working on her PhD. Thank you OPRF schools !

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2009
i graduatedd from oprf in 2009.its the best school in all possible way.if u like to be more interested in academics its the best choice.if u like to be good n extra curricular actvities its the ulimate choice

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March 02, 2009
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October 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 24, 2008
Outstanding academic and co-curricular program marred only by autocratic, parochial leadership.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2008
OPRF is large, but if you value education, you will thrive - it's as good as a small liberal arts college, particularly history with a number of faculty with law degrees and doctorates in their subject matter

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
I am a 2004 graduate of OPRF and I must say that if I'd gone to any other high school, I probably wouldn't have been as prepared for college life. OPRF prepared me in a way in which I knew that when I begin to attend college that I would ACTUALLY HAVE TO STUDY. Many of my college peers tell me that when they were in high school they didn't have to pick up a book, which is really sad. OPRF strives towards excellence and only produce the best students when it comes to pursuing a high education and hires only the most qualified faculty members who will continue to bring nothing but success to the school. The education is AMAZING, the diversity is unbelievable, and If I were to move back to chicago, OPRF would be my # 1 choice!

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October 02, 2007
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April 26, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
April 24, 2007
OPRF is an excellent high school. As a parent of a sophomore I have been pleased with the overall quality of the institution. My only issue is that the school does not have an advisory system. This would help immensely for students to be able to connect with at least one adult who has his or her best interests at heart. For a school of its stature it is surprising that it does not have one. OPRF serves its best students quite well, but for those students who might need special attention or who struggle academically it still has some improvement to do. However, the school offers the best of everything for its students.

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June 05, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
no rating April 22, 2006
Good class size, excellent counselling staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2005
OPRF has provided an excellent education to its students for 132 years. Despite significant demographic shifts in the community since the 1970s, this school continues to achieve test scores, college matriculation rates, and National Merit scholar honors at the same rates realized 40 years ago. It has produced a Nobel Prize winner, at least four Pulitzer Prize winners, a Miss America, an Academy Award nominee, and scores of other leaders in many fields. The facilities are first-rate, the faculty is outstanding, and community support is very high. Oak Park has a well-deserved national reputation as one of the best high schools in the country, public or private. It is hard to imagine any alumnus who is not proud to say, 'Oak Park is my alma mater' and hard to imagine any parent of a graduate who would not say, 'I'm glad my child went to OPRF.' It's that good.

- submitted by a former student
no rating October 03, 2005
School near Chicago, a great place.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2005
I am an O.P.R.F.H.S. Class of 2005 graduate who couldn't be prouder of my old high school. The place is like a college, not only in its size but in its overall quality as well. Whether you are a rocket scientist, a musical prodigy, a poetic genius, or a star athlete, you will thrive at OPRF and be able to fully maximize whatever your talent happens to be. I personally am now attending a top public university, and to my delight, I am discovering myself to be way more prepared for college life (not only academically but socially as well, probably due to the incredible diversity of Oak Park) than almost all of my classmates. After attending a school like OPRF, I can say without hesitation... high school was harder than college. OPRF was that good... I firmly believe that you won't find a better high school experience anywhere.

- submitted by a former student
October 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2005
OPRF is big and a really great place. The academics are excellent and the AP program is certainly one of the best anywhere. There are lots of choices of what to do in acadamecs, sports, and extracurriculars. In response to a very negative and shallow review of OPRF shared earlier, the security guards are necessary because of the sheer number of students that are at OPRF. The students are very smart and very motivated, which is why OPRF has won a number of national competitions in various club activities, and why there is such large participation in clubs and activities.

- submitted by a student
April 22, 2005
There are classes for every learning pace, and you are able to get so much out of the classes even just by listening. The teachers are so dedicated to their work and students, and work hard to help students get to where they want to be later on in life. As far as individual interests of the students, if you're interested in it, they probably have a class, club, team or sport for you to get involved in. Parents are always encouraged to get involved with the student's academics and extracurricular activites. Letters are sent home to inform parents of honors achievement breakfasts and, parent comments and questions are always encouraged and valued. Oak Park and River Forest high school (OPRFHS) is an excellent school that offers so many opportunities to it's students, and it's diversity of students and staff create an amazing atomposphere to be surrounded in as teenagers.

- submitted by a student
December 14, 2004
Quite simply, this high school is probably as good as any public school in the country. Great academics + large, diverse, student body + slew of interesting athletic and co-curricular opportunities = top notch school.

- submitted by a student
December 05, 2004
I love oprf its a awesome school very big but thats alright the teachers are awesome and they care! goooooo huskies.

- submitted by a student
November 24, 2004
This is a college prep high school that is stronger in liberal arts than math/sciences, though they have college level courses across the curriculum. I would not be surprised if the history department is ranked best in the state - they are that good. While there are some excellent math/science teachers, there are a few duds in each of those departments (as there are in any school). The dedication and quality of teachers is excellent. A student who does well in the honors courses at this school will excel in college. BTW, that prior comment about rowdy halls and lack of discipline is just a perception of that person - my kids do not share that perception. Ask the students. What could be improved? Better parent-teacher communications; early warning system to parents for those students not making the grade. A more forgiving tardy policy that does not require parents to lie.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
June 09, 2004
OPRFHS is dedicated to the student body! This school not only has the goals of academic excellence but to build self-esteem in the students as well. Teachers and faculty are approachable and want your student to achieve his/her best.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2004
When I went to this school the halls were chaotic and untended. Now as my oldest child has begun to consider high schools, I see that little has changed. Drug abuse is rampant among students and the level of responsible faculty mebers is rapidly declining. It takes security guards to keep a bunch of high schoolers in line here.

- submitted by a former student
February 27, 2004
When my daughter entered college this Fall (a very competitive Eastern School) she was amazed at how much more she learned in High School than her fellow college classmates - the overall education at OPRF and especially the foreign language (Latin), the Art (metalworking), philosophy, geology and astronomy programs were outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2004
Oak Park and River Forest high school is not just an amazing learning environment, it is a place to build students into succeeding in society. No matter what your interests are, you can find a club or organization to get involved in and if they don't have it you can start it. Also has a diverse teaching staff and diverse student body. No matter what learning ability you are, you can find a place in this school.

- submitted by a former student
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Oak Park & River Forest High School
201 North Scoville Avenue, Oak Park, IL  60302
(708) 383-0700
Last modified Oak Park & River Forest 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.
Oak Park & River Forest High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top