As a former student, if you value your children at all, you will avoid the place like the plague. It's so bad that my teenage rebellion wasn't against the school administration, it was against my fellow students. If you send your children here, kiss their futures good bye. About 1 in 20 of my former classmates isn't a drug dealer as their main source of money, and farther more I've had friends that hated the place and the people there so much that they've kill themselves just to escape it. And just to put a bit of icing on the cake, sexual assault happens. Quite a bit in some of the classes under mine. The best thing to do is to remove your children from the city school system as soon as you can. There's a way to transfer them to the county with minimal hoops to jump through, I recommend you do it.
The school adminstration never answers their phones nor do they ever call back. One star is too good for this school.
OHS has provided my children with many opportunities to grow and flourish. They are able to make good choices in school and they are able to fraternize with like-minded friends. The fine arts program is unparalleled. The programs regularly exhibit dedicated sponsors who expect the highest standards and committed students who continually rise to those expectations. There are always things that could improve at any school but OHS has made a steady climb over the last year with the guidance of veteran Principal Cathy Benner. The school board is equally forward thinking and committed to the success of the children. I expect Manassas City Public Schools and OHS to be a "school and a system to watch" for the coming 2014-2015 year. With newly identified and implemented start times, the students of OHS are poised to make people "take notice" next year. Feel lucky if you are able to be a part of this amazing rise to greatness.
I have nothing but great things to say about Osbourn. The teachers, mostly the English Dept, gave my daughter all the tools she needs to succeed. She has been accepted to The College of William & Mary for fall of 2014. We have worked hard to be apart of the family at Osbourn and it has paid off! Thanks Osbourn.
My kids have been her for the last two years and done very well! They both play sports, hold high GPAs, and are safe. The truth is you have to be present in your child's life. The school has so many resources for our kids, you just have to take advantage of them. Yes , Guidance is a mess, but the administration should take care if that.
Great teachers! I have nothing bad to say about this school. So far so good!
Osbourn is dangerous and is not getting any better. The good teachers take flight as soon as opportunity knocks. Who can blame them. The students are horrible and out of control. The leadership is nonexistent. This entire city has changed in so quickly. It is truly embarrassing to have children who attend OHS.
I just returned from a joint meeting between the Manassas City Council and the Manassas School Board. Both groups totally understand that as our schools reputation and results go, so goes our quality of life. It was great to see the level of committment and cooperation from both groups to make our schools in Manassas the best in the State. Both groups are to be applauded for the thoughtful, professional approach they brought to this session. Kenny Loveless-parent
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.
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