Oak Park High School Reviews
Rating 3.9 out of 5 334 reviews
A toxic environment of hyper-competition paired with a curriculum that undermines critical thinking at every opportunity. An overwhelmingly homogenous student body/staff. Reputation survives on arbitrary rankings and standardized test scores. Go seek a better public education elsewhere.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at OPHS. I found activities that I enjoyed and made close friends with the students there. Everyone is very friendly and open to talking with others. The political environment is also very liberal and as an LGBT student, I never felt threatened for being open about my identity. That being said, this school may not be fit for students who are not as academically inclined due to the rigor of the courses and high-pressure environment. Though I had an overall pleasant experience, I did feel high amounts of academic stress in junior and senior year especially. The teachers are fairly good overall, some being standouts that made it fun to attend class, while others seemed to care more about their subject than their students' mental health. OPHS handled distance learning well, though I think they could be more flexible considering some students' available resources (read: not everyone being wealthy and in quiet homes).
Oak Park is such an amazing school! Everyone is so accepting and helpful, and the teachers couldn't be nicer. I met some of my best friends here and got such a fabulous education.
It’s a very challenging environment because the teachers will push the students past their limits, but the students are also very competitive amongst each other. It can become really stressful at times, and a lot of the student body struggles with their mental health.
Oak Park High School is a very safe environment for everyone. Everyone fits in and all the teachers are very helpful.
Open campus, fantastic teachers who are always available for questions and extra help. Diverse class choices. Juniors and Seniors allowed to park on campus. Electric car charging stations. Principal and school district keep students and parents in the loop of
Oak Park High School has amazing faculty who really care about their jobs and their students. Teachers have a level of education and professionalism that is unlike any other school. Students are put under an extreme amount of stress, but other than that, my experience has been pretty good.
Oak Park is what you make of it. It can be very challenging or very relaxed, it is up to you. Most of the staff appear to know what they are doing, and I greatly enjoyed the majority of my time here.
I am so happy we chose Oak Park High School. My kid likes it. We are district of choice -our local public high school is over crowded. With 1500+ students OPHS allows for more teacher accessibility.
I loved this school! When I first came to this school, I was new and didn't know anybody while everyone had already established their friend groups and everything. The first day I got there, everyone was so welcoming and helpful, especially with showing me how to get around. This high school definitely made my high school experience the best it could be.
At Oak Park, you get a private school education in a public school. I hate the cattiness and pretentious energy that private schools provide, but didn't want to miss out on the advantages they get. Oak Park was the perfect combination for me, and with healthy food in the cafeteria that actually has flavor. Teachers are considerate, classes are very difficult, but the school genuinely cares when you bring up a concern.
I attended Oak Park High School for all four years. I will be graduating this summer. I have mixed feelings about my experience at Oak Park High School. I think there are some issues with the administration and organization of the school. Also, there are some teachers who do not seem to care for their students. However, to balance out the negative features, there are also some amazingly caring students and teachers who make you feel at home.
Oak Park is a very academic environment with very driven students, so the atmosphere can create external and internal pressure and stress. This obviously depends on the classes you take, like APs and Honors. Although, there are more laid-back students, so there’s room for everybody. Many teachers are really passionate and knowledgeable about their subject, and try to connect with their students online and in person the best way possible. There are some teachers that are more traditional and may seem to be less considerate and more depending, especially with higher level classes. It’s not really a sporty school, so I wouldn’t recommend it for people whose passion is in athletics. Regardless, Oak Park is highly regarded in the admissions process almost as a private school, so it has helped students stand out from the rest.
Oak Park High School is a very rigorous school and demands a lot out of its students. You have to have the dedication and motivation to your studies just to receive decent grades. The CP classes have the same work ethic as AP classes in other schools. The teachers are very caring and want you to exceed. The school does force donations on the students, making the donations feel mandatory. The school can aslo be all talk and no show as they would praise to students to have good mental health, but then assign a horrendous amount of work. The stress you would get can sometimes be unbearable, and the pressure of taking AP courses is something that can be concerning. The sports at Oak Park High are not the best, but against other schools, we are pretty decent. The environment for sports at Oak Park High is probably one of the biggest things I admire. The bonds you make with your teammates are quite incredible and the dedication the coaches have for you to excel in that sport is admirable.
I learned many things at Oak Park High School and greatly furthered my education and became prepared for college. However, I had many bad experiences, with teachers, administration, and situations that happened. There was one teacher who would say horrible things to us and would constantly be reported to the office, yet the school would do nothing about it. Further, the school creates an unneeded amount of stress with its high expectations and pressures, leading to a large lack of sleep and many mental health issues. The school does not do anything to help mental health of students or the workload, even though the issues are very apparent.
My experience at Oak park high school was a unique one. They are pretty tough on you but bot like you would expect. The school is kind of unsafe even though being near a police station. Everything else is pretty average.
Lots of opportunities on campus, however I wish there were more opportunities to study more diverse foreign languages as well as hands-on technical experience when it comes to film and television equipment.