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6123 Mt View Rd
Ooltewah, TN 37363

(423) 238-5221
(423) 238-5871
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August 17, 2014
I am a freshman and take AP classes because regular classes are way too easy (the ones I do take). Really, it's high school. It does the expected. There's nothing all too unique about it. The clubs don't do much but no one tells you how to join a club. The coaches are the usual coaches; favoritism all the time, tough with some humor, and a focus on health. The teachers are fun; they're harder than middle school but give you more freedom. The dress code and tardy policy though...... god. The dress code is VERY strict but not specific with everything having a place. But it doesn't look NICE; it looks more of insurance office nice. I would prefer having a "private school" look. The current school colors are enough to give you options but without there being any fun or quality look. I know that it has to deal with funding but the dress code is a bit much. The other rules are enforced harshly but no one really breaks them. There are no forced lockers; there's plenty of time in-between classes (10 min). But no one tells you where to go; there are no maps of the grounds. The system is by room number and it's rather confusing. Great school because it's high school and better than others.

- submitted by a student
January 01, 2014
Ooltewah High School is a good school. The population is diverse and it has strong academic programs such as the IB Diploma program and AP classes. It's the same as with any other school, students will receive as much from the school as he or she is willing to put forth. This school just has many opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2013
I went to Ooltewah from sophomore year until I graduated. They are pretty strict on dress code. REALLY STRICT. It's quite ridiculous. Anyway, I participated in soccer,band, tennis, track, and the key club. The sports have great coaches and they work hard with you. Marching band is expensive, but if you only do concert band the price is not that bad. The band director is a great person and he cares a lot about the kids. The clubs don't actually do much around the school......except be in the yearbook picture....Regular classes are too easy :P If you actually care to learn something, take AP classes. Even if they're hard, the effort is worth it. You couldn't ask for a better German teacher. I can't speak for the Spanish teachers. The school is also strict on tardies. Only one warning, on the second one you get detention -_- And more penalties thereafter...oh joy....Choir and art are also good, even though I never participated in those myself, I could hear/see their work. Sometimes you have to directly go to your guidance counselor for a schedule change after school at the beginning of the year. Don't ask the front office ladies, they'll have a fit and tell you to come back never :)

- submitted by a student
May 12, 2013
The band program is amazing and worth it alone...not to mention that we are becoming an IB School!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
I went to OHS in 9th grade last year. I came from a private school, and honestly it was so much better. There was surprisingly way less drama, and though there were some fights, that's expected from any school. I will say, that many students are involved in drinking and smoking etc., but if you know who those students are and stay away from them, then you'll be fine. The teachers were amazing. I had such a hard time with math in middle school, then I took algebra 1 at OHS and received an excellence award. Their advanced classes push you to be your best, and the International Baccalaureate program is a very good opportunity. I definitely would recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2012
There are not many parents that know of it, but, Ooltewah High School's best program is never heard of, because, the instructors and the students that are involved are "silent professionals". The program I am speaking of is the Army JROTC Department. This program provides the student skills that are necessary for life success and leadership skills. If there is a weakness in the program, I would have to say that it would be the head instructor, Major Dean. He is only interested with students who have college in their future and often "talks down" to students that are academically challenged. The other 2 Instructors seem to really care about the students both personally and professionally.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2011
I am a parent of a 2009 OHS graduate and also have a child who is currently a sophomore at OHS. Both are honor students. I believe this is a great school. No school is perfect. It is easy for some people to see only the negative and overlook the positive. Our kids live at school what they are taught and see at home. If they want to find trouble, they will find it or initiate it at any school. Are the halls at OHS filled with gangs? No. With perfect people? No. With regular teenagers? Yes. With students who are challenged to improve academically and personally? Yes. Are the teachers great instructors? Some are and some are not. Are they caring? Some are and some are not. Are all parents caring? Some are and some are not. Communication with our kids is crucial in any situation. If they are struggling in any area, it is our responsibility to do something that does not involve blame-shifting. I have met with a teacher or two and the principal over the years at OHS, and I've always been satisfied with the result.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2011
As a graduate of OHS in 2009, I feel this school prepared me for my college course work. I was academically challenged at Ooltewah, and was given many opportunities for leadership and personal growth, among other things. A great community and a great place to succeed if you put in the effort!

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 29, 2010
Not a good school. Too much gossip and lies bantering between students. Too many people (parents) know police and will start rumors on your kids to cover up what their kids are doing. I have had a lot of experience with this, especially with the baseball team. No responsibility is taken for the bad actions of some of these parents and students. I am so thankful my child is out of this place and on to better things.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 16, 2010
This school is terrible. I can't afford private school for my two children but i pray everyday when I drop them off at OHS. I am sure there are other good school in Hamilton County but this is not one of them. Drugs, gangs, and unsafe climate...my son is also in the band and I am very disappointed in the leadership of it. Too concerned with the image and not concerned about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2009
I have 3 children at Ooltewah and they make good grades. They care to much about how you dress and not enough about learning. They have to many teachers who do not care about teaching. My grade for this school is a c+.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2009
i think ooltewah is a good school, but the principals at Ooltewah are to strick on students. They deserve more freedom like un-shirts on dress down days. We work very hard of what we get at Ooltewah we are harding working students who are simply the best!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
Ooltewah High School has one of the best bands in the country! They are committed to excellence and they work very hard to be the best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 02, 2009
My child enjoys Ooltewah High. The band program is exceptional. The children in this program are great friends to each other. The leadership is great. There are many opportunities made available to 'band ids' that are not usually available to other students. Great Program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 23, 2009
Ooltewah High School is not a very good high school. We were greatly disappointed in the administration, the teachers and guidance. I can only name one guidance teacher who was great and really cared about my child. I can name only 3 teachers who seemed to care at all about my child and willing to stay after school to help with school work. My child struggled in Math and Science and only one teacher offered to help her. I also struggled with Math in school and every teacher I had in my high school was required to stay after school and help. This school is extremely crowded and only the popular and academically outstanding students are recognized. I would not recommend this high school.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2009
My four children all graduated from OHS. The teachers are awesome--organized, prepared, helpful, and dedicated! My eldest daughter received a grant to Berry College and is a nurse for a cardiologist in town, in good part because of her education at Ooltewah. My eldest son would have never made it out of algebra or chemistry without the help and encouragement of his teachers. He is in college now. My youngest daughter received a scholarship to Alabama because of the opportunity and support of some of her coaches. My other son received scholarship money to college because the guidance counselors helped him to find the right fit. The administration is strong and caring. I was not worried about the safety of my kids during school hours. It seems to me that the parents and/or kids who are socially inept would not do well at any school. Go Owls!

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2009
We have the good teachers but we have the bad. The handful of good teachers try really hard and the students give them no respect but the bad teachers let the students run all over them. I will be a senior this year and im so happy that OHS will not be so crowded.

- submitted by a student
May 28, 2009
Our son is a 4.0 student & will be a Jr. this fall. I believe the faculty & staff at OHS have done the most they could with what little resources they have available to them. As the HCDE have grossly neglected to plan for the future. OHS has been extremely overcrowded for yrs now, & continues to rapidly grow! Classes are crowded, & most students can't be issued a locker. My son requested one for two years in a row & never received one. Although the newly built HS is to be open next yr this will do little to reduce the overcrowded conditions of OHS. As most of the Jr's. & Sr's will be able to continue attending; as there will not be much of an athletic program at the new school. Once again, due to poor district planning that the students at OHS will suffer.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Too worried about dress code!! You can't walk through the hall without one of the 6 (or however many we have) yelling at you! It's unbelievable! Most the teachers are good, they do pick favorites though, which can be hard. Also, if the teacher just doesn't want to deal with you most of the time they just send to the back of the class and tunes you out. They only tend to the ones who get good grades. Also, the environment is pretty nasty! It seems to me that the school cares more about what the students look like, then how much teaching is getting done.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 12, 2009
Excellent Learning Environment Although the staff is overburdened with the amount of pupils per class and an insufficient number of classrooms, they still manage to instill a quality education for those who have the desire to learn. I find that most disgruntled parents have children that either have not been raised with an emphasis on education or assume they are being sent to a day care center. As I see it, the blame falls squarely on the parents and home environment for their children not succeeding. Not adhering to the schools dress code shows lack of discipline. I sincerely believe that Ooltewah High School still carries a brightly lit torch of quality education for all willing to learn.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
The school has a lot of problems, there are many very good teachers-but the bad out number the good. For the most part there is little or no attempts at communication between the teachers and parents. The majority of my calls go unanswered. Although, from what I have been told Ooltewah is one of the best public high schools in the county, which is hard for me to comprehend.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
This school is very organized, has many motivating teachers and are very helpful when it comes to working with the students one on one.I would recommend this school to any child.

- submitted by a student
February 14, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2007
Definitely a lot of attention on dress code and if its tucked in or not. Most teachers are great and truly care about education and students well being. Others, not so much. Athletic students definitely get 'special' attention, though. One of the better schools in Chattanooga.

- submitted by a community member
December 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
November 06, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 27, 2007
We have 2 children at OHS. It is a good school. I find that if you positively communicate w/ teachers, they do the same. Some play faves, but as long as it doesn't interfere w/ my childs learning no biggie. The Fresh. Guid. Couns. is awesome/helpful. At the begininng of the yr. students were w/out a 3rd block class & that could have something to do with it. PTSA is offensive in their treatment of the parents w/ or w/out donations for the students. Vol. to work with them is what they ask, but being contacted to help is lost with paperwork, very sad. Regardless of anything else, Education should be No. 1. If my children are learning and not being threatened, they'll succeed & have a good year. Dress code is positive & levels the playing field.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2007
My oldest son graduated from Ooltewah 2 years ago and no my other 2 children are there. It's a great school, not without problems, but no school is! My son scored very high on his ACT and pretty much has a full ride to an engineering college where he also has a 4.0 GPA. I thank the OHS teachers every time I see them for how well-prepared he was for college. They are very caring and concerned about the students' future college or work plans and much effort is made to prepare them for whatever path they want to take. Any time I call or e-mail a teacher, I get a response that day. As far as the dress code--It helps to make an atmosphere very conducive to learning and helps teach the kids discipline and self-respect. Community support is awesome as well as parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2007
I TOTALLY disagree with the negative comments of these parents. I'm going on my 3rd child there and have had great experience with all three. The dress code is strictly enforced but because of that there is a very orderly and disciplined atmosphere any time I go in the school. The students are very respectful and there are many gifted, caring teachers. It's too bad that the small percentage who is disgruntled speaks up way more than the large percentage who are happy with the school. But isn't that usually the case with everything else?

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
Emphasis is on dress code. Enviroment is not condusive to learning. Questions and concerns from parents haven't been adressed. When our kids asked for extra credit work to improve grades, several teachers offer improved grades for materials/money.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2007
I think there are too many kids at this school for the teachers and administration to be effective. They are too worried about dress code and not enough about the students themselves. No interaction from staff and administration unless student is 'in trouble.' Kids feel like staff doesn't care about them unless they are exemplary students. Very frustrating for parents and teachers! The administrator's seem to have no diversity training on how to deal with kids who don't 'fit their mold.'

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2006
Ooltewah High School features a pretty good line-up of teachers. The school definately has a lot of personality, but thats only good here... The dress code is a little bit too strict and doesn't make a diference anyway, I'm all for a dress code, but not one like this. Football seems to be more important than anything else. Prep rallies for all Football games but not basketball games....

- submitted by a student
June 19, 2006
The academic, athletic, and music programs at this school are numerous, but none of that matters when a student can't learn in an environment. The administration cares nothing for students, only parents who can contribute to the school financially. The dress code is the main focus at this school, and students feel like they are in a prison rather than a high school.

- submitted by a former student
no rating June 15, 2006
It's a good school with great teachers.

- submitted by a former student
April 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
July 05, 2004
There is a real lack in teacher and principal communication. The teacher's don't return calls to parent's , the guidence office is even worse they can't help you at all every one at that school passes the buck to someone else. It's more important to have your shirt the correct color or tucked in unless your an athleat , then you can walk on water. This is not a parent friendly school.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2004
Principals are not student or parent friendly. Parent involvment, period, is discouraged. This is a great example of 'management by intimidation'. Look elsewhere for positive reinforcement, any guidance assistance, school or community spirit. Focus is on dress code and who you know. Academic honors kids, student athletes and/or 'college', mean nothing here. At $90,000+/year, of our tax dollars, they owe us all more than that.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2004
My son just graduated from OHS and I am very happy with his education. He was able to complete 12 college hours in his sr. year. The one negative is trying to communicatewith the staff(especialy)with guidance. The automated phone system is slow and when I left messages they were never returned.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2004
Don't enroll your children at this school unless you want them in an environment were more focus is placed on their shirt being untucked than it is on what they are learning! We moved from another state that had an excellent school system and found this one to be sorely lacking in just about every area. We will be looking into other alternatives after only three short months!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2003
Extremly hard to comunicate with the staff, do not return phone calls from the parents and the dress code is carried to the most extreme.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2003
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Ooltewah High School
6123 Mt View Rd, Ooltewah, TN  37363
(423) 238-5221
Last modified Ooltewah High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ooltewah High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top