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Ocean Lakes High School

Public | 9-12 | 2340 students

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Posted November 20, 2013

This school has one equation for dealing with children with learning/attention issues - track them in a program with lower academic standards. They also pad their "resource" rooms (they call it Academic Concepts, but it is a self-contained classroom) with the "IEP kids". They even have a special guidance counselor for "IEP kids". That may sound good at first glance, but that guidance counselor is there to make sure to keep these kids in "inclusion sections", and won't help you figure out SATs and college placement issues. They let my kid know he didn't need to take math his senior year to graduate, despite the fact that we have been clear he has aspirations for collge. You may even be told at some point that "Johnny can't take World History 2 because it is not offered in inclusion". That sort of thing. It happens all the time. Before you bring your student here, check the how many due process hearings and state complaints have come from this school. They get a lot of good press from the Math and Science Academy, but your "IEP kid" won't see those classes or that success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 9, 2010

I am so blessed to go to this school! Unbelievable students and faculty! We are an awesome school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted March 2, 2008

Ms Morgenthau is an excellent leader and gifted teacher who is dedicated to individual students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 4, 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


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  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

281 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
97%

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96%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 76% in 2013.

489 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

567 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

398 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 83% in 2013.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 89% in 2013.

531 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 87% in 2013.

548 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

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Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

538 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
90%

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87%

2010

 
 
95%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 85% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
World History I

The state average for World History I was 84% in 2013.

570 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
98%
World History II

The state average for World History II was 85% in 2013.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students77%
Female students80%
Male students74%
Black students68%
Asian students90%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial77%
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Algebra II

All Students80%
Female students81%
Male students80%
Black students60%
Asian students89%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial67%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities72%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Biology

All Students93%
Female students93%
Male students93%
Black students83%
Asian students100%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial98%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

Chemistry

All Students95%
Female students95%
Male students94%
Black students91%
Asian students94%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial97%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

Earth Science

All Students76%
Female students69%
Male students82%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracial67%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

English: Reading

All Students95%
Female students96%
Male students95%
Black students88%
Asian students97%
Hispanic98%
Multiracial96%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities88%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

English: Writing

All Students93%
Female students96%
Male students91%
Black students85%
Asian students97%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial92%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities78%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

Geometry

All Students86%
Female students85%
Male students86%
Black students75%
Asian students87%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial82%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

History and Social Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Virginia and United States History

All Students85%
Female students84%
Male students87%
Black students67%
Asian students89%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial92%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

World Geography

All Students97%
Female students94%
Male students100%
Black students91%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

World History I

All Students89%
Female students87%
Male students90%
Black students80%
Asian students96%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial90%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities66%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

World History II

All Students94%
Female students91%
Male students97%
Black students84%
Asian students100%
Hispanic96%
Multiracial96%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities90%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Cheryl C. Askew
Fax number
  • (757) 721-4309

Resources

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Transportation options
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  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

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