Sort of. Because the county allows retakes on most tests and quizzes, some students don't study at all and just rely on their retakes to do well in classes. That being said though, those students are a minority (I think) and most people are taught to work hard in order to do well.
This one I have to disagree with. I have heard many students talking about other students behind their backs, and often are on their phones during lessons, which is very disrespectful. Honestly phones in class are probably one of the big problems with this school, but teachers who take phones are often seen as overly harsh, and if they banned phones there would probably be an uprising, so that's probably not going to change. :(
As I mentioned in my main review, a lot of people just stick to their own friend groups and don't really pay attention to what is happening to people outside of their group. That being said though, a lot of the teachers inform the students of when anything bad happens, so that does help.
Kind of hard to answer. The teachers all have to give a lesson on "SR&R" (student rights and responsibilities), but a lot of the students don't really pay attention or anything. There is also a strict honor code, but I have seen a few students cheating. So yeah, the school does try to teach its students honesty and integrity, but a lot of the students just ignore it.
Not bad. Most things at this school are relatively good. The teachers are good, the classes are quite good, and the community and diversity is alright. I have three big complaints though:
1. The school facility is tiny and cramped and old. It is up for renovation in a few years, but still, the hallway often fills up with students, slowing down movement in the hallways.
2. It seems very clique-y. Although there is a diverse background of students, people don't seem to really talk much outside of their friend group, and this is made worse because most teachers allow groups to be picked during group projects instead of assigning groups.
3. This is not as important as the other two, but the cafeteria food is, to put it politely, lacking. The lunches are small and often bland and flavorless, and the textures are kind of weird and squishy a lot of the time. I'd recommend bringing your own lunch.
Definitely not. Students are constantly on their phones, and rarely pay attention to the teacher. A lot of my teachers like me just because I actually pay attention instead of spending all my time on my phone.
No. They have a ton of presentations on the honor code and stuff like that. They also have an "honor council", but I have personally witnessed many, many students cheating while the teacher isn't looking. There was actually one guy who had his phone out in my precalculus class during multiple tests. He would sort of lean over his desk so that the teacher wouldn't see. I hope he gets caught, but I can't tell anyone or I would be viewed as a snitch and a jerk.
Contrary to my other answers, I actually believe that many of the teachers at Oakton are quite good. It's just that the county, what with the whole "being broke and terrible at managing" thing, is holding them back. Did I mention that the county has no money?