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.
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
I like OP High School. I think it has many good clubs and activities for the kids to be involved in.
The school places far too much importance on the athletics. The coaches and their teams come first.
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...................
orchard park is bad doesnt give enough homework not good with sports teams and they are not smart
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!
i like the school! I dont think it is over crowded! It really isnt that big!
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.
Overcrowded, clicky, poor administration, lackluster guidance 'counseling'...moved into OP to send our child to this school - total joke.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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