The Top 5 High Schools
Rank #4: Oxford Academy
5172 Orange Avenue
Cypress, California, 90630
Oxford Academy is a college preparatory school located in the suburbs of Cypress, California, United States. Oxford Academy is a highly competitive school and students have to be tested in specific academic areas to be accepted as students. Oxford Academy is a smaller school that combines junior high and high school, with fewer than 200 students per grade. It is not classified as a magnet school, but an entrance exam consisting of math, English and essay writing is required. The school mandates a minimum GPA for all students.
The Academy offers Honors and Advanced Placement classes. The school follows a ‘UC System’ with an approved A-G course listing. All of the required classes must meet the standards and recommendations for entrance into the University of California. Oxford Academy also requires all students to choose a Business or Health major in their junior year. The business curriculum includes courses in accounting and marketing and the heath curriculum includes courses in anatomy and physiology.
Oxford Academy currently has 1,144 students enrolled. The school’s first graduating class consisted of 120 senior students in 2003. Over 72% of students at Oxford come from homes where English is not the primary spoken language. The home languages are diverse and consist of over 26 different languages coming to Oxford Academy. Oxford Academy does not provide student’s class rank for college admissions because they already use a very selective and academically competitive testing to allow students admittance to the Academy. Oxford Academy students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average in order to remain enrolled at the school. Only honors and Advanced Placement courses approved by the UC system are given weighted grade points.
The school’s campus is fully complemented by the driven staff and educators at the school. There are many programs that can help students meet their learning goals in order to be fully prepared for tomorrow. Students will find many quiet areas at the school to study, and fully equipped labs and science areas in order to further expand their knowledge.
Oxford Academy’s newspaper is called The Gamut. It is run by high school students who are taking the elective Journalism class. The Yearbook is another elective that many students take which helps to commemorate their experiences at the school. There are many clubs and organizations on campus which allow the students to enjoy a wide variety of activities. Some of the most well-known clubs include the National Honor Society, Debate Club, Future Business Leaders of America and Health Occupations Students of America.
Oxford Academy offers many different sports at the high school level. These teams include, but are not limited to, varsity basketball, tennis, swimming, soccer and softball. Junior high students can also compete in a variety of intramural sports. The school is looking to add water polo to their sports teams, but has not found any other schools within the district to currently compete with. The school has been very successful in sports with the varsity baseball team winning the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section Championship in 2009 and 2010.
Oxford Academy has produced many intelligent and worldly students who have gone on to pursue various studies in the fields of computer programming, business and health sciences. Since the first graduating class was in 2003, the world has not yet had the chance to see what contributions the graduates will make to these fields.