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.
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?
Oakton is an excellent school, but needs work to stay on top against competition from other excellent schools in FCPS. Let's get the bad out of the way first. 1. The principal is totally MIA. I have NEVER seen him at a school event, and my kid has only ever seen him once, at a football game. Being used to other FCPS schools this shocked me, and is a red flag. The principal is like the standard bearer of an army: if they are missing, something is not right. 2. The facility is decrepit. For example, mice in the science labs and mold in the bathrooms (which was only resolved when the students kicked up a stink about it and went public) Now for the good: 3. The teachers are very good. Core subjects taught very well and electives strong too. Too many good ones to name but Sharkoffmadrid was a standout in Art History and Jones was a Latin rock star. I'm told Jones was pushed out and ended up at Flint Hill, which if true would be another strike against the administration: she was Teacher of the Year material.
Attending from 2008-2012, there was little support for clubs and extra curricular activities, with the majority of which being self funded by students. While money was tight due to the economy. The teachers are okay, there was a good number of engaging faculty members that challenged and worked with the students, however there seemed to always be at least one or two teachers per department who were, in a way, under-performing in their duties as educators. As far as the principal leadership goes, it seems like the principal and his staff members were at a disconnect with the other faculty and the students. The severe lack of personal involvement by the administrators was evident in that they were only present for the handing out of disciplinary action and then putting students on their way instead of trying to seek a reform. The school social structure is divided in two segments. There are two types of students a person can be, with little overlap. AP students hardly mingle with general education students, leading to a system where general students wouldn't seek to challenge themselves, for the fear of entering what would seem like a whole new school.
its a poor school now. Parents obviously don't understand anything that is really going on. most teachers are terrible few are tolerable. in each of my years, I have had one teacher I have actually looked forward to seeing and learning. Most teachers just give you filler packets and then slightly alter them and give them to you as homework and then give tests on completely different material
I'm constantly amazed at how poorly run this school is. Oakton has a reputation for graduating students for some of the finest colleges and universities. However my daughter's teacher scheduled a field trip to NYC that conflicts with SAT testing. Hello, anybody home there?? Apparently no one is responsible for approving this, or they are just incompetent and not checking for conflicts like this. Guess the parents must be amazing to offset incompetence like this.
I've had 4 kids go through Oakton and have been a parent of a student since 2000. Really great school. A few complaints - we hit bad teachers only in math, but consistently one of the kids had a bad math teacher from 2000 - 2011. They dropped Honors classes around 2008 forcing all kids into AP everything or gen ed. Gen ed was ridiculously easy and AP was ridiculously hard so there was no happy medium for the kids. Also lots of emphasis and support of the sports teams but little support for any other student activity. Otherwise, this is a school to be proud of.