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600 South Pine St
Richmond, VA 23220

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(804) 780-4661
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March 12, 2015
Great school. The absolute best teachers anywhere in the greater Richmond area. It feels as if our child were attending an elite university. It has been three years of intense intellectual growth for our son, under the careful guidance of brilliant teachers and staff. There cannot be any better colleagues and life-long friends for our children attending this fabulous school. (And we are not even mentioning here the grand old building with large windows and high ceilings, a block away from the river, where our students have the privilege to study.)

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2014
Great school indeed. Students are highly motivated, teachers are outstanding. Many students this year were accepted in very and most competitive schools, respectively. Yes, they do teach to ensure that students' SOL performance is up to par - they are a Virginia public high school. But they excel where it matters: top-college admittance.

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March 23, 2014
My youngest son is an alternate at Maggie Walker and it is very likely that he will get in. However, throughout our high school decision process for our youngest son, our top choice remains Open High School. Our older son currently attends Open and we could not be more pleased: truly exceptional teachers, caring and highly skilled staff, great students, and an outstanding learning environment sum up our experience. Like other parents, I am glad that we did not capitulate and opt for suburbia or private school. Open High School is the very best investment you can possibly make in your child's future.

- submitted by a parent

November 27, 2013
Going against a previous rating by a parent suggesting that teachers overly emphasis on SOLs, all teachers in the state of Virginia must have their students pass or are otherwise fired. I have had multiple open discussions about this with teachers and other students about why this is. Teachers endlessly want to change this and fulfill their job of inspiring students to learn. OHS steps out of the box of the typical 'cookie-cutter' school. This school attempts to revolutionize the American School System. As a result, students must adapt to its learning environment, but most benefit from this in the end enormously.

- submitted by a student

November 17, 2013
There is no other school like Open. Above and beyond. A+ education that will last a lifetime.

- submitted by a community member

September 21, 2013
Mission statement is incongruent with school culture and faculty behavior. Large emphasis by faculty on SOL's. Great ideology, poor implementation and practice.

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2013
This is my second year at Open High School. I really enjoy the school. The teachers are all amazing and I learn a lot from them. They are also very friendly and allow students to call them by their first name. Everyone knows one another at this school, and the teachers are always there to help! The freedom is another unique thing about Open. I get to go where ever I want for lunch. This is the only school that I know about that allows their students to do this. The fact that I get the opportunity to take courses at J Sarge and VCU is another great thing about Open. I would absolutely recommend Open to anyone!:

- submitted by a student

June 05, 2013
My daughter attended a private school through middle school, but decided she wanted to go to Open for HS. She has been very happy there! The facilities are nothing compared to her pvt school, but the teachers and staff at Open are amazing. Open gives the kids a lot of room to be very independent. The teachers treat the students as equals--kids even call the teachers by their first names. It's more like college than HS, in my opinion. We could not be happier!

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2010
Great school, a community of scholars. The students and faculty care about one another. Lots of learning can happen here. My daughter felt accepted and excelled here. Kids get a taste of independence. Teachers really care and love a challenge. We have also sent our child to Appomattox Regional Governor's School--Open was a much better fit. The teachers at ARGS outside the specialities were not nearly as well prepared as at Open.--It is not worth the travel time with Open in town.

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June 10, 2007
Been here one year and loved everyday i've also learned a lot and made some friends along the way its a great school

- submitted by a student

April 26, 2007
This school is very well organized. My child had a very good time here. He enjoyed all of the different types of classes that were offered. He also enjoyed all of the college classes he had the opportunity to attend. All in all this is a very good school that I would recommend to anyone who values independence.

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June 16, 2006
I am a 2002 graduate of Open High and I have to say that attending this school was the best decision I ever made. The teachers and students alike made me a stronger person. You have the feeling of being independent, yet the teachers made sure you are always on the right track. Your child will not get the same experience of OHS at any other high school. I full recommend this school and you and your child will not regreat it.

- submitted by a student

July 28, 2005
As a student at Open High, I am very pleased to with my experience so far. I have made many open-minded and unique friends at Open. The teachers are great and the principle is like a second mother to the students. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else!

- submitted by a student

July 04, 2005
I feel that Open High school has been a great place for my child to attend. Everyone on the staff has been very cooperative with me when I need any information. The principal is a wonderful person she keeps me very informed on my childs grades and his participation in his classes. I am so pleased with my son going to this school opposed to him going to the zone school in my area. My husband and I are pleased to say that we now have our son graduating and our second child attending open high in the fall. We will continue to support this school and the staff.Keep up the great work.

- submitted by a parent

September 29, 2004
This high shcool tries to camo itself by saying it's an alternative school, it's really just like any other bad public school in Richmond. The principal is rude and plays favorites with students, the facilities are a joke, and the whole system makes a joke of the idea of an 'alternative school' by making it just as bad as TJ or Armstrong. Private schools are the way to go for Richmond high schools.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2004
This school has truly lived up to my expectations in delivering quality education to my child. Once I purchased a home in the City of Richmond, I found out that my children would have to attend zoned schools that in my opinion were horrible. I was pleased when my child was accepted into Open. She continues to make great grades and the whole experience has been a positive one. I would recommend Open to those who are looking for a unique approach to learning, exposure to the college experience, and caring staff interested in the development of your child. Thank you Open High!

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2003
Open High School is a refreshing change from the inner city norm of schools in the Richmond area. It allows the students to exercise taking responsibility for their lives ahead and also to be a part of the decision making process of their educational careers. The teachers are very dedicated and the principal is committed to making Open High a successfull endeavor.

- submitted by a parent
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Open High School
600 South Pine St, Richmond, VA  23220
(804) 780-4661
Last modified Open High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Open High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top