"I feel like the kids here are not geting the education they should. Many of the classes are taught by teachers who have no idea how to teach. THey think teaching is having the kids read the book and answer the questions and that's it. Classroom managment is dismal in many, many cases. If your child gets into the Paiedia program they have a change at a good education but if they are in regular classes, forget it. The teachers should be turning in 6-week lesson plans and the administration should look at them all, especially the English and history classes, and they should be observing classes more."
"Oakland Tech is providing an enriched and challenging education for my son, now a senior. The diverse population (reflective of Oakland) adds richness to our kids' lives. They are loyal to each other and to Tech and are an impressive group of kids.The principal is a real anchor; she knows the students and many parents by name (amazing in such a large school), runs a tight but fair ship, and is extremely well liked by parents, staff and students. The teachers are excellent, not only in the academies and Paideia, but in the college prep classes too. Not 100%, but pretty close to 90%, which is saying a lot. Assignments are thoughtful and creative, for the most part, and the classes stimulating. The teachers are responsive to parent needs and ready to help your student when necessary. We've had a great experience there."
"This school is a very great school to be in. Very diverse and they offer many programs to their kids such has nursing, biotech, and etc. This is a high-school you want your kids to be in. This school focuses alot on the kid's academic skills. This school gives a lot of opportunity to let the students experience in their future college goals by giving them programs for them to attend. The students in Oakland Tech, they all graduate and in the fall they're all freshman college students !"
"Excellent programs, stable administration, respectful environment, active sports teams. My son is a junior and is in the Paideia program and Engineering Academy. Mr. Merrill just received the Jefferson Award. Other academies include Green, BioTech, Health, Computer and Performing Arts. Students can also choose their own path. Scheduling problems are resolved quickly, there are no fights on campus, teachers are willing to help, love their jobs. Students go on to top colleges, if they are willing to work."
"Great environment, suportive teachers, academically challenging classes, even for our "gifted" child. We are happy in this school, and looking forward to Engineering, Paidea & soccer team next year."