I am currently a freshman at this school. I don't see any gang activity or hear of it. I do hear about a fight probably two time a week. Only being at this school for a few month I can tell it's not the best. I like a few teachers nd I have met quite a few good friends. They hire teachers who I don't think even like children or teaching. My geometry teacher gives us the hardest problems ever! And most of his students have under a C average. And he doesn't even try to change it. The freshman priciple does his job well. The teachers don't even show up for conferences. Even though the school might have an upside, don't send your kids hear if you want them to have grades that aren't failing.
It is such a shame what has happened to Manassas City and to the school system. It used to be a great place to live and raise your kids. Times have changed. The high school is a down right dangerous place to be due to gang activity and a weak administration. If you are thinking of moving to the area, better do your research.
I will be going into my third year of high school, all of which have been at this particular school. The overall quality of teaching is pathetic. The teachers hardly know what they're doing, and the staff might as well not be there. I've gone to the office and asked to have a paper put in a teacher's mailbox, and they couldn't even do that! If you ask a teacher a question about the current subject being taught, they wouldn't know how to answer it! I honestly have no clue how they were hired to teach the younger generations. The school itself is also quite filthy. The restrooms in particular are a mess, with them seeming to be cleaned only once a month. There have been mice, rats, cockroaches, and who knows what else running around constantly. The parent involvement is also a joke. My own parents have scheduled parent teacher conferences in order to help me and sometimes the teachers didn't even bother to show up! There have been multiple cases where teachers have lost student's work and have decided to fail them without even looking for it. All in all, this school is horrid, and I warn those who wish to enter. If you want a great education, don't go here.
If you are thinking about moving to The City of Manassas and have teenagers that will be going to Osbourn High School DONT DO It !!!! I am moving out of The City of Manassas so I can send my kids to a school with a competent staff and administration.
Osbourn is a complete disappointment. My wife and I are alumni who actively sought Manassas City Schools when we returned to the area after a long absence. We have found the administration to be completely inept. The school is completely infested with gangs and gang activity. While they have hired a new principal, the underlying problems remain. Our dissatisfaction is such that we are selling our home, in this economy, to move our children out of the school system.
Osbourn is suffering from a lack of leadership. There is no hope for any public school in Manassas under the current administration. I doubt a new principal will make that much difference, the superintendent wouldn't let him do much of anything.
I think the school is good if the parents are good parents. I have 3 kids, 2 of them in Ousburn, o1 freshman and 01 senior. And I always are besides my children to respect their teachers and go to school to learn, no matther what other children do. Osbourn to me is a great school. I am very involved with the school calling the teachers, talking with the counselors, and they always response my request. The music program is excelent. My kids are there. The teachers are good, and now the new system is working well. I recomend this school. Part of the success is parent-teachers-school. So IF you are not with your children and the school. it is your fault as a parent. not the school. parent
I think OUsborn is a great school! it has excelent teachers and awsome smart students. The after school chocies are endless with good possibillaties
My son graduated from Osbourn. Were it not for Osbourn, he wouldn't be a Junior at Penn State - with a double major - now. While not perfect, the orchestra program is top notch, and the science, computer and filmmaking classes are great.
As far as academics go, student's are pretty much are their own. Motivated students will come out on top with good grades, scholarships, and acceptance into top universities. The school doesn't seem to do a great job in helping unmotivated students, so parental involvement is crucial in those cases. The athletic and music programs are pretty good, especially the football and choral programs.
Osbourn High School could be a lot better honestly. The teaching staff is very poor in many areas. There have been many cases of teachers making mistakes and giving kids the wrong grades. In many clases I usually sit around and not do much at all. I took two AP clases last year and recieved an A in both of them, but the level of difficulty in these clases in almost childish. Many teachers prefer to just load up the kids with homework and busy work in class than actually teach them anything. The school also seems very crouded at times, and many of the teachers obviously 'play favorites'. The administration is laughable. I have been going to Osbourn for 3 years and I have met the Vice - Principal once and just found out what the Principal looks like last year... their lack of involvement is sad.
Both my children attended Osbourn High School. They received a good education and scored well on the SOLs and SATs because of what they learned in school. My daughter attended the University of Virginia and felt her education at Osbourn prepared her for college. My son will be attending Virginia Tech and I'm sure he will be well prepared for college too.
OHS is a great school with something for everyone; sports, academics and extra-curriculars like the arts. All contributing to a balance. My child graduated and is doing extremely well at a prestigious college (3.5+GPA), and says OHS prepared him well.
I am disappointed to find Osbourn High School ratings so low. My daughter graduated from Osbourn in 2005 with excellent grades and my son graduates this year. I have found the teachers at Osbourn to be very interested in the students. Communciation between teachers and parents is very open. You can e-mail a teacher and receive a response in one day. The administration is wonderful. I strongly recommend you visit Osbourn for yourself.
Osbourn High School is not about their kids, my son attended for 3 years and I tell you it was the worst experience ever. the administration is not on tip of their teachers enough to make sure they are not just there for a paycheck. We experienced a teacher giving students wrong grades.
I was very happy with this school when my child was attending. Always got a call if they even were late to class..lots of activities for the kids (if they get involved). Lots of choices for classes to be taken. Teachers seemed concerned about students progress during the years. Security at school seemed alright, have no complaints Sandy
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