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Orchard Park, NY
Students enrolled: 1,527

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4040 Baker Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127

(716) 209-6243
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May 28, 2015
Orchard Park is a strong district and the High School is obviously no exception. There is an incredible amount of clubs here and very high-performing academically with many different classes available. That said, there's a few areas of improvement: 1.) The school (and the district) need to get away from the self-contained model for their special education students. It hinders their progress and development, and many districts have just about completely abandoned the 15:1/12:1 model for academic self-contained. 2.) The building itself is cramped, as others have said, and in the case of the east wing, just plain ugly and poorly constructed. They need to build a new building that is easier to navigate, and also more conducive to the house system. 3.) The building administrators seem a bit weak. They almost never leave their offices and are rarely visible in the halls or cafeteria. If they can fix these issues. OPHS can go from great to amazing.

- submitted by a teacher

July 01, 2014
I just finished my freshman year at OPHS. While a lot of people have said they focus on sports, I found that academics are just as important to the teachers and staff. I had a lot of homework so I don't agree with previous comments. I was challenged in math and had plenty of resources to guide me through the year. The school takes all academics very seriously. I plan on applying to a college with high standards and this school helps me achieve this goal.

- submitted by a student

April 14, 2014
Well as a student I can give a personal experience. Yes this school can be cliquey, not surprising since it's almost impossible to find a school where the jocks don't hang with jocks, nerds don't hang with nerds or the preppies don't hang out with the preppies. It's high school, it's happens if we like it or not. Overall the education is quite nice, you get a good relationship with your teacher as most are like able and those who aren't have the intention to not be trampled on. If you need help all you have to do is ask, trust me I spent almost a week with a certain teacher just so I could keep myself prepared for midterms. This school does have a huge focus on sports, and no they don't care just about it. If your failing guess what? Your'e off the team until you can raise that grade! The activities here are very fun and well worth going to.. Homecoming, prom, football games, spirit weeks, plays, fundraiser. The school is big on fundraiser, especially on cancer research and awareness with bald for bucks, caps for a cure, and even the cancer awareness club. I'm summary, this school preparers you for college, life and tries it best to set a good moral compass

- submitted by a community member

February 23, 2014
I like OP High School. I think it has many good clubs and activities for the kids to be involved in.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2013
The school places far too much importance on the athletics. The coaches and their teams come first.

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2013
Orchard Park is not a good school they don't care about the students like they say they do.They favor one over the other and what school lets any student play sports without maintaing a certain grade average? It's all about the money and who knows who. Maybe if the school staff stopped stealing money from the schools they would not have to rely on parents to pay for some sports.O.P. only cares about their sports teams winning all the time and as far as the drop out rate is It's higher then people think.Do the research. The school is a joke.Parents have to either be on the PTA or work for the school in some way to have their child stand out from the rest. Give Me A Break...................

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2011
orchard park is bad doesnt give enough homework not good with sports teams and they are not smart

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2009
Anyone can walk in or out of the school without even a glance their way. Needs to be updated! Students are well behaved (minus at sporting events) and the school has tremendous sports teams. Students are well prepared for college. Only good for the exceptional student and good athlete. Middle of the road students can get by as well. If you child has any type of 'disability', take them elsewhere!

- submitted by a community member

February 01, 2009
i like the school! I dont think it is over crowded! It really isnt that big!

- submitted by a student
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December 09, 2008
Personally, I think it's a good school. We can't do much about the overcrowding, it used to be the middle school before it was changed to the high school. I do agree on the whole renovating sports before other students (new turf for a about $500,000) but in at least marching band doesn't have to march in the mud anymore. I just think we need a new main staircase, but the side staircases are quicker. We've got great stuff academically, musically, artistically, and athletically.

- submitted by a student

June 09, 2008
Overcrowded, clicky, poor administration, lackluster guidance 'counseling'...moved into OP to send our child to this school - total joke.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2008
I am a former student and now employee. I will agree about some overcrowding, but the education at OPHS is top notch. The teachers are dedicated and top quality and the sports and music/drama programs are second to none.

- submitted by a student

June 29, 2007
I was very happy with the school a couple of years ago despite being over crowded. Now they are taking away the special ed programs to save money for the district. They think improving the tennis courts is more important! This is not right! The kids that need extra help, should get the help. Our kids should come first!

- submitted by a parent

June 20, 2007
As a graduate of Orchard Park High School, I felt that there were a lot of problems that detract from the overall quality of my educational experience. The school is ridiculously overcrowded. To the point were walking down the hallway between classes is next to impossible without elbowing and pushing your way through. The class sizes range from very large to very small with very few falling in between. The building itself is decaying, with recent mold problems and just general griminess. The school does have a few good points, however. The honors program is exceptional, with the major of the school's AP students scoring above a '3' on their exams. The music department is very strong, as are the intermural sports such as lacrosse. The parents at the school are either too involved, orjust not there. Overall, a decent school, but too much politics for comfort.

- submitted by a student

February 16, 2006
The Orchard Park High School is a great school. It is one of the top schools in western New York for a reason. My child goes to a SUNY school, and she says you can tell the difference between the kids who went to OPHS and the ones who went to other schools.

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2005
The college attendance rate of OPHS is why we chose to move to Orchard Park. We are very pleased so far with everything that the school has to offer!

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2004
As a graudate of OPHS, I feel that I received the best education that they could have given me. Yes, the school is overcrowded, but things can be done to change that. The faculty and staff are the best I have ever come across. I loved it there.

- submitted by a student

August 19, 2004
this school is okay. over crowded but for the most part the teachers are friendly. This school lacks diversity but the work is challenging and sometimes over loaded. It would be nice if teachers and students could respect different cultures.

- submitted by a student

February 23, 2004
Orchard Park High School provides a first-class education experience despite the crowded conditions which currently exist. All 3 of my children have received a well-rounded, quality education with a caring administration.

- submitted by a parent

January 01, 2004
This school is okay but it is extremely overcrowded.

- submitted by a parent

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Orchard Park High School
4040 Baker Road, Orchard Park, NY  14127
(716) 209-6243
Last modified Orchard Park 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.
Orchard Park High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top