I have two children which graduated from the district and was so disappointed. I would strongly advise those of African American ancestry to avoid this school district due to its profound insensitivity and blatant racism. I don't have enough space to enumerate the instances (unequal discipline practices, apathy towards use of the "N" word, lack of regard for Black History Month,etc), but suffice it to say one instance was so bad, I had to contact the US Department of Education. When they heard of it, they deemed it warranted an investigation. That is the ONLY time the school changed their stance on an inappropriate decision (wish I had known about this option earlier).
Also, food for thought…to compete in athletics in the district, they only require a 1.0 GPA. Therefore, your kid could be getting all D's and they will still let them compete in sports! So if you are the parent of a student who is performing lower than parental expectations, you may not receive the backing of the school with the rigor you would hope.
In summary, if at all possible, do not send your child here if you want him/her to be a critical thinker, regardless of ethnicity, but especially if you are of African American ancestry, as there is profound education inequality in the district and many hurdles to jump to get a typical kid well educated.
Administration and some teachers lack respect for students and parents. For them, it's all about the rating. It's appalling they are considered excellent. I have given the administrators countless suggestions for being a more open, inclusive, nurturing district, to no avail. When a few very volatile and public incidences occurred regarding police and African American males, I contacted the school go get input into what strategies they would be implementing to help their student body as a whole, and their African American males in particular, they gave me a song and dance.
The school district culture does not embrace honesty, integrity and fairness at all, which, of course, can have a lasting devastating impact on a child. The environment is so hostile, I opted not to send my youngest there…actually, I refused.
This is the best school I've ever been to in my whole life... I've been studying in another country before too... But Orange is the best school yet... The teachers r the best... The students r friendly with others... No fighting or anything like that... The only reason I love cleveland is this school.
Orange High School is a wonderful School. My kids are constantly challenged and encourage to pursue their dreams. The Teachers are very well trained and are very supportive. I am delighted with our choice for this School!.
terrible school...the kids are very pressured to meet unrealistic standards, and if you are not an ap student, you are not considered smart by any means. Awful teachers - unenthusiastic and mean to students. There are plenty of academic programs, yes,but the music program is completely mind blowing at how terrible it is. the band director is nowhere near up to par, and neither is the orchestra teacher. The kids drink and smoke and it is NOT the environment I want for my child. We are withdrawing from this school ASAP.
Our son attended Orange for 3 years and they were, with the exception of the English teachers, a nightmare. Administration were inattentive to student concerns and faculty (except those terrific English teachers) were straight out of the 1950s - dogmatic and non-creative.
Orange schools are much better than many other local schools in the area, but they lack alot. Also the school is very good with AP and honors courses, but [I feel] if you take cp classes you education is very average and not up to the rest of the standards at the school. The school as a lot of money and alot of extracirruculars which is a plus.