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1302 North St SE
Olympia, WA 98501

(360) 596-7000
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October 03, 2014
No matter how egregious the issue, don't expect Matt Grant to be willing to meet with you in person. Also if you are addressing a serious issue with him, don't expect honesty. I really hate to say this, but the man lied to me, and then ducked my calls. He promised to check into a very serious issue and then report back to me within a week. After ten days my husband and I made numerous calls to him over a period of weeks. None of these calls were returned. Luckily I was able to go to a higher authority and get the issue quickly resolved when it became abundantly clear that this man had no regard for the safety of our child in this horrible situation. To other parents: Please always remember that the buck does not stop with Matt Grant, but there is always a higher authority who will listen if you can't find satisfaction when trying to work with the principal.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
Last two comments by the same family most likely. Totally biased and discriminatory themselves. You get out what you put in. Oly High is a fine school and measures great across the board. Don't let the nay sayers influence your choice to send your kids here. A great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
I think it's funny that a parent assumed 'They must be from the same family' due to two negative reviews. That same parent said nothing about why they thought OHS was a great school. Did you notice that? Just the same repetitive 'Oly is great, Oly is a great!' without ANYTHING to back that statement up! I am an only child, so I can assure you that I am not related to any previous posters. I went to Oly for 2 years before my parents transferred me into Tumwater High School where I graduated with honors. I am currently a college student at PLU thanks to my grades at Tumwater High. I was overlooked at overcrowded Oly and getting help with my homework was hard. I couldn't play basketball my first two years at Olympia High because I didn't have the same experience as the 50 others who had private coaches and been playing since they were 5! I got right on the team and lettered in Basketball when I went to Tumwater. Oly is an average school at best. If you have an average kid, better hire a tutor for them now if you insist they go there. They aren't going to magically do better or turn into some kind of genius just because you send them to this school. They'll be lucky to just pass.

- submitted by a student
September 27, 2014
This school is absolutely terrible. I went there for almost one full year as a freshmen. All these great reviews for this institution are quite false. This is because OHS has one of the greatest "brain-washing" programs I have ever witnessed. People literally cram how great this school is down your throat, and it just isn't true. The teachers don't care about you. You are just a number to them. Each transition between your class is like swimming amongst a chaotic sea of white children. The people there are prejudiced, judgmental, and homophobic. It's just unacceptable.

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2014
I had 2 graduate Oly (05' and 08') and I currently have a senior at Timberline High School since we moved to Lacey. When my husband and I moved from Seattle to Olympia in 2001, we were told that 'Olympia High' was the 'Best'! High test scores! At the time my children attended, they had about 10% minorities and I've been told they 'fudge' these numbers so they don't appear as an 'all white school'. English isn't a second language for many and so yes, they do tend to test better. The elitist attitude that parents have regarding this school is unfounded. It's not 'better' than any other school in the area. They get more funding yet they require the kids to bring $1.00 here and $5.00 there for various activities and snacks that other schools with LESS funding provide for free. You'll find you pay MORE to attend a school with the most funding. Due to the academic pressure at OHS my kids were burned out by the time college came and chose to attend a local community college. My Timberline Senior can't wait to attend UW next fall and she was less 'advanced' than her older siblings. OHS isn't 'the Best!' It's full of 'Middle class, elitist, white snobs' who just think it is...

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2014
I attended OHS freshman through half of my senior year. I believe if you read all of these reviews and take them as a collective mass you get a petty accurate picture. When I attended, the administration was a joke, as well as their bullying policy. I felt at times the bullying policy helped the bully more than the victim. It got to the point that the administration was required to parental permission to talk to me. I did well at OHS, but I tried. They leave many behind that choose not to attempt or succeed. The diversity of the school was good, but largely white compared to others in the area. I had some great teachers and two that I didn't care for out of four years. This is definitely a middle class school. Administration could use continuing education courses in bullying and students rights. I felt like many times the administration glossed over issues and tried to find the easiest way out instead of effectively dealing with the problems at hand. If you have no issues with the administration it was because you never dealt with them. I am glad I went there and had the opportunity because it prepared me for college.

- submitted by a student
October 08, 2013
The demographics help the school to be at an above average level. Teachers are motivated and dedicated!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
I have a high achieving student at OHS, and it has been a positive experience so far. Classes seem challenging, homework required but not impossible amounts, teachers engaged. I feel she is learning time management skills and advocating for herself in the large environment. I cant speak to how the administration responds to struggling students or bullying etc, because we have not experienced those issues.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
We have two students at OHS, and are very happy with results. The level of expectation and support for future success is high. I read most of the reviews below, and acknowledge that every school will have some poor teachers, but most at OHS are of a high caliber and very dedicated. That said, one teacher from last year that was not great, but we told our children they must find a way to work and learn even with a poor teacher. This also can be a learning experience, and thankfully -- at OHS will be relatively rare. Our kids have access to great academic, sports and music programs, and are thriving -- despite being distinctly different individuals with different learning styles. There is a great deal of emphasis placed on the student learning how to self-manage time and effort. Online access to grades and regular emailed updates from the school helps us keep on top of homework. Online access to syllabi and homework assignments is great. Students are encouraged and supported with taking AP courses -- which means getting College credit while still in high school, saving us dollars and time in the future. No wonder this school is rated one of the highest in the US.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2012
OHS is an elitist school, basking in their AP programs. Average students flounder. A science teacher has a long reputation of calling kids names in class. Within a month he had badgered my child to tears. A science teacher was placed on disciplinary leave. The non-science substitute in that class allowed students to watch DVD for weeks (Finding Nemo, Forrest Gump etc.) Feuding teachers shut down the Oly Bear Early Childhood Development program. Students surfed the net for weeks. A science teacher praises students with excellent answers to homework questions, while making sport of laughable answers to amuse the class. A teacher refused a request for a written progress report for my child, stating it was not in her job description. The administration refused my child s transfer to New Market Skill center because of a personal beef with me. This was overruled by the district superintendant. Average students or those sensitive to very public criticism you should explore other options. Do not let the administration/counseling office string you along or placate you. DEMAND ACTION IMMEDIATELY. They will try to string you along (conserving resources) until it is too late.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2011
I am a former student at this school and came from another HS in the area. OHS does prepare a student for college and has a higher expectation for students to do thier homework and assign them homework almost daily. The other HS I went to was Timerline who did not care about thier students and just "hands out" good grades for showing up to class and had barely any homework, if any (depending on the class).

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2010
We had high hopes for this school which seems to be coasting--actually slip-sliding--on its good reputation. Very disappointing--leadership is weak, teachers are still assigning word searches for homework (or no homework at all). LUCKILY my kids particpate in the Running Start program at South Puget Sound Community College and spend little time at Olympia.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
One day my son will go to this school, so I would love a chance to invest in the future of this prestigious institution. Olympia High School has a great reputation in our community.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
What a great school. Great learning environment, lots of programs being offered. I like this school because my sons grades have improved and he seems much more focused.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 10, 2009
I am a current student and I heard great things about this school and was really exited, but when school started, it wasn't as good as everyone said. I had a really hard time trying to get into the right classes, and they leave the students clueless a lot. it's great compared to alternatives, but it's really not a great school.

- submitted by a student
April 29, 2009
Both my children graduated from OHS and were successful in very diverse colleges, one with a degree from TESC and the other from Harvard. Principal Matt Grant has led steady improvements to what was already a fine school during his tenure, and my children found their teachers to be ever ready to help. They related better to some than to others, which is to be expected.

- submitted by a community member
January 13, 2009
Administration is nothing to be proud of. Half the teachers actaully teach and help the students who struggle. Good academics but not a welcoming enviroment. I transferred schools because Oly was not somewhere I felt comfortable or felt I was getting all the help I could. It's okay.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
I am an ex-student and a preservice teacher right now and I have to say Olympia High School prepared me well for college. Expectations are high and the teachers strive to help you achieve what you want to whether that be to go on to college or get your diploma and go into the work place. This is a top notch school and hope that my children will attend there someday and hope to be a part of the amazing teaching staff there as well!

- submitted by a student
October 26, 2008
My daughter participated in sports and got average grades but often expressed intense pressure to over achieve in order to get kudos-- overly competitive atmosphere from the top down leaves little room for other viable ways to be successful and happy in this world. It has a very standardized approach that suits one type of kid. The social pressure for things and clothing was immense.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2008
I think that Olympia High School really prepared me for college. However, I think that, like most schools, you, the student, is responsible for learning. Nobody else can learn for you. I think that the opportunities at Olympia High School are amazing and if you take advantage of them, you can have an amazing high school experience. If you choose not to, then Olympia High can just be publicly funded baby-sitting.

- submitted by a student
July 31, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
January 02, 2008
Not only is Olympia High School one of the best high schools in the area, but it is ranked one of the top high schools in the nation. Many former students have gone on to do great things. The teachers are very dedicated to their students, and sometimes willing to go to great lengthts to help them out. Failure is not an option here, and the environment is friendly.

- submitted by a student
October 18, 2007
great school, dedicated teachers and staff working together for every child's success. Parent out reach program is also great. Students are required to participate and help underclassmen.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2005
I'm a student at Olympia High School. I have to say that it is one of the best schools in this area. The curriculum is great, the teachers are great, the athletics are great, and the clubs/extracurriculars. I did read a few of the previous reviews and I have to say on the ones that disapproved of Olympia, I would have to disagree. You say that it only caters to caucasions and it's all about the honors kids. We do take pride in the fact our school is high in academics, and at the same time our teachers work hard to help everyone achieve their best. We have a ton of diversity at our school. In our students and clubs; students hold assemblies about things our school should be aware of or our different clubs for whatever your into. We also constantly have works of the students in our halls.

- submitted by a student
October 21, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
October 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2005
OHS provides quality instruction and maintains high expectations for students, offering support for struggling learners. There are also opportunities for advanced students to receive rigorous curriculum in a motivating, and stimulating environment. Teachers really care about the students and are willing to work with parents and students to promote maximum learning. Each year a significantly high number of graduating seniors are awarded scholarships, and most go on to college. OHS is one of the most sought after high schools in our area for transferring students due to its excellent reputation for high achieving students.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
May 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2005
I am very pleased with the education my daughter is receiving at O.H.S. She is challenged in her honors classes. Her coaches are fine people who are great mentors. She isn't just a 'number', but part of a small community. The students really like the principal, and he's been great to get back to me when I have a question. I give O.H.S. thumbs up!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2005
Olympia High School is a school that does not live up to its reputation. I am extremely dissatisfied with the administration team. The school has its head buried in the sand if they do not think it has a bullying/harrassment problem. My child does not feel safe at Olympia High school and the administration team is not dealing with it effectively. I am finding out it truly depends on who you are or the color of your skin to feel supported by the school. The school does not hesitate to falsely accuse certain students of breaking school rules, even when they have witnesses to prove their innocence. On the other hand, some students are able to 'get away' with false harrassment reports if they happen to have a certain rapport with the administrator in charge. My child and I can not wait until Olympia HIgh is no part of our lives.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2004
I graduated from Oly, and I have got to say that it is one of the best schools I have seen. I have seen the schools in 2 other districts and my family moved just because of the schools. The teachers here are great. They are involved. They don't just give homework and grade papers, they help to succeed. School spirit is strong. The Capital-Oly game is one of the most spirited events of the year. I found that people here are more welcoming then anywhere else. The only thing that bugged me was the crowded halls, but you can get that anywhere.

- submitted by a former student
April 13, 2004
This school is wonderful. We hold forums on popular political issues about twice a year, and we have an entire week devoted to enhancing the understanding and acceptance of diversity. There is little bullying here and most students are happy, this is reflected in our drop out rates, which are extremely low when compared to the national average. There are also many opportunities for all kinds of students. There are AP classes and alternative education opportunities. Our fine arts programs are some of the best in the state. The kids at Olympia are deffently very talented and given opportunities to show their talents. The new theater facilities are wonderful and the shows that are put on are top notch. Also, the band and orchestra programs are very good and win many awards.

- submitted by a student
December 03, 2003
This school shows much promise to students who wish to enlighten their lives, with many new choices for extracurricular activities as well as great teachers devoted to thier jobs. I have actually looked into some of the students who have special needs when it comes to mental developement, and when it comes to the school that you truly wish for your child, i highly recommend this one. The students not only bring about the highest test scores in Thurston County, but they also are proven to be the children with the most originality.

- submitted by a parent
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Olympia High School
1302 North St SE, Olympia, WA  98501
(360) 596-7000
Last modified Olympia High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Olympia High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top