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9-12
Public
Virginia Beach, VA
Students enrolled: 2,340

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885 Schuman Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

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(757) 648-5550
(757) 721-4309
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November 16, 2012
For me, Ocean Lakes was perfect. I feel like it's amazing in every way possible. The school is incredibly diverse; and I feel like that was an huge plus in enriching the school's atmosphere. There is something for everyone. The Math and Science Academy, our theatre team, and our sports are all really great. Literally..Ocean Lakes is perfect in every way. Academically, we have some of the best scores. And Athletically, we have the best games and scores. And another plus, the teachers are fantastic. Most of them (or atleast the teachers I had), actually knew their stuff, and were willing to help you out any time you needed it. The best part, I feel, is that there are not that many "cliques", not really any of those 'rich, snobby' people. Everybody fits in. And we have plenty of clubs and activities, to make new friends and meet new people. I would definitely recommend Ocean Lakes...it's perfect, and I made many happy memories there.

- submitted by a student
October 22, 2012
We moved to the area 4+ years ago, before my daughter was in High School, but chose our area to live based on reviewing the HS's. We chose right! My daughter strongly disliked MIddle School, but is now a sophomore at OLHS and doesn't want to leave. There is something for everyone, interests and scholastic-wise. She started out at the math and science academy, which is wonderful, but we decided, with other commitments, the homework level and stress were not for her, so this year she is doing mainstream classes, and still loves the school. The band program is great, with lots of parental involvement. It's a great learning environment, and I've been around the school a lot (drop-offs in morning, football games, parent nights, volunteering, etc) and have never seen any person or behavior that would be cause for concern.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2011
I went to to OL from grades 9-12 and it is one of the most supportive communities I have ever witnessed. I recommend the Math and Science Academy, along with the school. Every teacher left a positive impact on me and has helped me grow in some form.

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2010
My daughter is a freshman at OLHS in the Math and Science Academy. Having attended several events at the school (orientations, sports events, etc) I am very impressed with how organized the faculty is and how smoothly the school functions. The atmosphere is very professional. My daughter loves all the opportunities for extracurricular involvement as well. She has great things to say about her teachers. Everything about the school is first rate.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
Our son is a sophmore in the Math and Science Academy and we, as well as our son, couldn't be happier with this school. Not only are we pleased with the Academy's course offerings, teachers, and leadership, but we are very impressed with the overall school. The staff, facilities, extracurricular offerings, and overall atmosphere of the school are excellent. We feel that OL does an excellent job at integrating the Academy students with the school and truly offers a positive and cohesive educational experience for all of it's Dolphins!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
I am so blessed to go to this school! Unbelievable students and faculty! We are an awesome school!

- submitted by a student
November 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
My son has only just started at OLHS and so far I have been absolutely impressed with the school, the teachers, the opportunites and the students. At the end of the day when the bell rang, I have never seen so much structure and calm in school hallways. All the teachers are out and interacting with the students. You can truly witness the care and respect from teacher to student and vice versa. This is the first school my son has ever stated he likes and he is very happy with all of his teachers. This was a true leap for him given that he has been abused by teachers in the past. I hope that this happy streak continues and at this point, look forward to continuing a fair working relationship with OLHS in regards to my son's education.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Ocean Lakes H.S. is the best H.S. in Virginia Beach, not only because of the wonderful teachers, but the extra activities they offer to help students prepare for their future. We are lucky to have such great teachers who you can really tell they want the students to be successful. I love that my daughter has been a student there for the past 3 years. She is a Junior

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
I am still not impressed. I am glad this is the last year I have to put up with teachers and administrators that have no backbone and will not adhere to the standards the school district has set.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
My daughter attended the Math/Science academy at OL and is now at UVA. We moved so that my son could attend Ocean Lakes as it is the best school in Virginia Beach. The teachers are the best in the district and it is 'cool to be smart' at this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2008
I enjoyed my time at OLHS. Most of the teacher were helpful and supportive. I feel like I received a good education there.

- submitted by a student
September 08, 2008
Very diverse school. Great teachers, parents and students! I will not move out of this school district until both of my children have graduated from OLHS!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2008
Former Student at OLHS. Received a full Scholarship to both ODU and Virginia Tech. I went to ODU were I am now obtaining a double degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. IT was Ocean Lakes that made all this possible for me.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 02, 2008
Ms Morgenthau is an excellent leader and gifted teacher who is dedicated to individual students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 08, 2008
This school is awesome! i think the history department is the best, my teachers know what their talking about without having to look at powerpoints and note papers.

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 17, 2007
I love OLHS!!! I am a current student there. The teachers are so involved and encouraging. There is always help if you need it. All of the students are so friendly and it was so easy making friends. There are so many clubs to get into. If you can't find a club you are interested in, you can always start a new club of your own interest. All of the sports to choose from have great coaches. There is even a PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association).At Ocean Lakes High School, you will never have nothing to do. You will have the time of your life. I enjoy it so much!

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2006
I am a member of the first graduating class of OLHS. The experience and education that I received from OL is next to none. The teachers were very caring and went the extra mile to help you out if you needed any. I also went to First Colonial High School in VB and as great of a school as FC was, it has nothing on OLHS. I'm proud to be a Dolphin.

- submitted by a former student
August 30, 2006
I am a graduate of Ocean Lakes High School and would like to say that Ocean Lakes has honestly changed my life in ways that I'm not sure many other schools in this nation could. It is not just one experience or moment, but a general atmosphere that is warm, friendly, encouraging, supportive, energetic, structured, well-planned, purposeful, but yet challenging that makes this such a great school. Also, there are an infinite number of ways to become involved in extra-curricular activities. 99% of the teachers genuinely want every single student to reach their maximum potential. The 'Math and Science Academy' (formerly known as the magnet school) is great, but does not run the school and the students are truly regular dolphins like any other students. If you are thinking about moving to Va Beach, you must visit the school and consider living in its district. You will be amazed.

- submitted by a teacher
August 04, 2006
ocean lakes is a great school. it showed me how to think for myself in a group of many. it taught me how to comprimise two different ideas to make one. the young adults in ocean lakes are so helpful during school hours and after. i stayed after just to help with the fish tank or help the securityguards and keep them company. if someone is having a rough day, you can stay after just to make them smile whether its a teacher or student. ocean lakes has gave me so much to grow on and so very much to look forward to. i would be devastated if i couldn't graduate from ocean lakes.... where the teachers care and the principal isn't afraid to be your friend and the students work hard with you instead of laughing at you!

- submitted by a student
June 18, 2006
My daughter has just finished her Freshman year at OLHS and as a parent, I could not be happier. She has had an excellent academic, athletic and social experience. She is driven to excel by everyone she interacts with during her schools day including her peers, her teachers and her coaches. She wanted to attend the Math and Science Academy for challenge but wanted a public school for diversity. She has definately gotten both and all of this exists in a discipline and character focused environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2005
'For Ocean Lakes has touched our lives her colors strong and bold.' That was the beginning of my Senior Class Graduation Speech for this Magnifiscent school. I am horribly closed minded on it being the best school, because I have never seen anything so spectacular/like it. It is an amazing school offering very vigorous courses. Not only is the Academy a great way to learn, but providing college level classes and teachers to stay after-school and stay behind when the class doesn't understand something, but it's one of those you have to see it to believe.

- submitted by a former student
September 11, 2005
I graduated from OL in 2002 and it continues to provide, as it did while I was a student, encouragement, friends, knowledge, and a safe place to return to when I need it. The school is up-to-date, the student activities are inclusive, and the faculty is absolutely incredible. Ocean Lakes is and always will be my Alma Mater.

- submitted by a former student
August 21, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
February 26, 2005
I am a graduate of OL-2004 and I can honestly say that OL made a better person out of me. The teachers there are the best in the city who challenge you to do your best and accept nothing short of that. They hold you to high standards, but if help is needed, there are many opportunities to meet for extra instruction. I am now attending the U.S. Naval Academy, and the Ocean Lakes staff played a major role in my acceptance and success here so far. There is no better school in the nation. Extra curricular activities also play a big role there and that is also another thing that colleges look for in applicants. Ocean Lakes (and the Math and Science Academy) prepares students for college, students there just have to take advantage of all the opportunities they are given.

- submitted by a former student
February 19, 2005
OLHS is an awesome school. We have just completed our founder's week and it was great. The theme this year was 'Oceans of Diversity' and we live up to this everyday. I have never been to a school like quite like this one. Our Principal walks through the hallways with a huge smile on his face, and you know he enjoys his job. The teachers are excellent and know exactly how to administer to each and every student need. This year was my first time taking AP classes and it started out a little tough. I was considering dropping the classes when one of my teachers pulled me aside and reassured me that I could do it. OLHS has pushed me to become what I can be, and it has changed my life for the better-I will never forget it. I am pround to be an OLHS dolphin!

- submitted by a student
October 27, 2004
Ocean Lakes High School is a great school to attend daily because the students, teachers, and all of the faculty staff are extremely friendly. The math and science academy helps students to prepare themselves to survive the future. To ensure that the students get in, they need to stay calm for the enterance test, attend their own 'shadowing' date, and attempt to attend the Ocean Lakes Middle School Leadership Workshop. If you look at all of their ten years, they are overall, have plenty of top quality standards in communication, leadership, and intelligence. Besides me walking from my home in Courthouse Farms to my offically licensed high school, Ocean Lakes, the next level of transportation for me is owning a helicopter. I'm offically proud to be an Ocean Lakes Dolphin!

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2004
There are not enough words to describe Ocean Lakes High School. It is the one of the top public schools in the nation, but besides that, you will be most impressed with what your child walks away with from Ocean Lakes High School. This year we had a FRESHman Start Transition Program to help incoming Freshman be more comfortable with the jump to High School. We are known around the state for the leaders that come out of OL. Our principal is the best! He loves OL and puts all he has to make it the greatest school he can! Ocean Lakes can change a students life for ever. They will love learning and they will love their school! I would never give up my experience at Ocean Lakes for anything! This is the greatest school in the U.S. and I am proud to be a Dolphin!

- submitted by a student
September 03, 2004
I'm a student at Ocean Lakes High School and I can guarantee you, you will not find a better high school in the city or the state. Ocean Lakes is one of the top high schools in the nation as proven by their hosting of the 2002 NASC Conference- a national conference for students across America chosen to be hosted at one school in the country every summer. The teachers, adminstration, and students themselves are outstanding both in and out of the class room. You as well will not find a better principal or magnet program in the nation.

- submitted by a student
August 25, 2004
I have two daughters that attend Ocean Lakes H.S. and it is a wonderful school. The staff is wonderful. The teachers are awesome.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2004
I think we don't give the much deserved respect to Ocean Lakes High School. OLHS is a wonderful and fantastic oppurtunity for any student in this country. The Math and Science Academy provides on the most challenging courses any student in the country can take. OLHS consistently performs well both academically and extra-cirrcularly especially. Mr Deviney, the residing principal, has done a great job keep OL on track. OL just recently hosted the NASC Confernence and is the only school in the city, if not state to host school-wide assemblies. OL is a superb environment for students to learn. With many great traditions, like founder's week and spirit assemblies, OL achieves more than any school in the area. I would not be surprised to know OL is one of the best schools in the country.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I have a daughter who graduated from Ocean Lakes and one currently there in 9th grade. Ocean Lakes is and was a wonderful experience for my children. The teachers & staff have always been very friendly and helpful when stressful times arose. They are a great bunch of individuals who care about the education of our youth.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2004
I think Ocean Lakes is a great school. They have almost the highest SOL scores in Virginia. They even have a day when parents can come to school for whole day with their children and see what it's like. I just started going there this year. I was a C/D student and now I make nothing below a B and am on honor roll and have a 3.6 GPA. The teachers made it really easy to adjust to my new school. It's great.

- submitted by a student
February 03, 2004
Ocean Lakes is a wonderful school. My children are finally being involved in activities but the teachers stink. I can't help but wonder if the extracuricular activities are being veiwed as more important than the school work.

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August 25, 2003
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August 25, 2003
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Ocean Lakes High School
885 Schuman Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23454
(757) 648-5550
Last modified Ocean Lakes High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ocean Lakes High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top