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About This School

Orangeburg Preparatory School is a private high school in Orangeburg. 810 students attend Orangeburg Preparatory School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Black, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Orangeburg Preparatory School is 13:1. Felton Laboratory is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 88%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 4%
Multiracial 4%
Asian 3%
Hispanic 0.1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I have 3 children attending OPS and each of my children has been a student since 5-K. I love the teachers we have had over the years as they genuinely care about their students and they make suggestions/recommendations as needed to benefit the student. My only regret is there is no type discounted tuition rate when parents have multiple students attending as the majority of other SCISA schools do.... It's a fine school offering a quality education with supportive teachers coaches administration parents and students.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter attends this school. She loves it and I am so happy with the teachers and the atmosphere. I agree that they are a little money hungry but I do not mind pitching in with fundraisers. They're a private school so they need all the help they can get. I love this school and if we weren't moving my daughter would graduate from here. The education is wonderful and so is the staff!

  • (3 years ago)

    My child has been going to Orangeburg Prep since first grade. One thing I do wish is that they would take more aggressive measures to secure the school. Access is way too easy. Overall I am very happy with the education that she is getting.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a great campus great teachers great students and a great curriculum that really prepares you for college.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a parent and my child currently attends OPCDC. So far I am satisfied with the school itself with the exception that the faculty and staff do not focus on introducing the toddlers to new information that helps them to develop. The learning environment is mediocre. The kids spend most of their day playing when the weather permits and watching movies. My child entered OPCDC knowing her alphabets how to count from one to ten knowing her shapes and some of her colors and spelling her name at 2 years of age. I think that is exceptional. I do not think that CDC is not reinforcing any valuable learning skills to the toddlers. When asked on a daily basis what she has done it is always MEATBALLS. Moreover I do not receive correspondence that indicates what she has learned from day to day so that I may reinforce it.

  • (4 years ago)

    I attended the old Willington Academy years ago which became part of the schools that combined to form the school of today. My son graduated from OP and has always excelled in any topic he chooses to study.( now getting ready to obtain his third degree). I do feel they are the best in this town.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love OPS because it is a wonderful place to teach. Also my child is getting a wonderful education here.

  • (4 years ago)

    You could not ask for a more loving nurturing safe academic environment to send your child to receive an excellent quality education.

  • (5 years ago)

    although the tuition is a little high I can say that I am very satisfied with my child's education. my child has learnt a lot since Kindergarten until now . I can see how my child has bonded with the teachers and the reading & writing skills are great. About the technology I must say that every classroom has a computer and I have seen a Smartboard in every Elementary classroom. Orangeburg Prep offers enrichment classes (art music guidance foreign languages library). so to finish I am really happy with this school and I will leave my child there because the alternative schools are not close to the quality of Orangeburg Preparatory schools. like I said before tuition is high but that is the price for Quality.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school will dollar you to death not to mention they increased tuition for 07-08. However their SAT Scores are above the National & State Average. My daughter just finished Kindergarten this year 2007 and she completed K4 last year2006. She is still writing her 5's backwards. But she amazes me how well she can read. A+ for Mrs. Porth. Other than being money hungry this is a great school.

  • (7 years ago)

    My child is attending OP for the first time this year and I can say she is happy but I am not. The school seems to put more focus on Money than on the quality of education. The scores they send home on paper are above the public school scores and I would still recommend the school over certain Orangeburg Public School districts but we are moving out of county before the next school year because of lack of options!

  • (8 years ago)

    Education in past years was excellent but OP has lost quality teachers because of poor support and lack of character from the board and headmaster. The education now is mediocre but I supplement at home. Most troubling is the role models available. I have three children there. We were tolerating these circumstances because of the moral character and leadership of the impeccable coach that was fired. We are considering leaving town.

  • (9 years ago)

    My child has attended OPS for several years. My child is a minority student and treated as a minority. There is no leadership from principal to teacher. Students are not encouraged to think for themselves. They are told what they should know. Children lack communication skills and self esteem. The school is outdated. Classrooms do not have computers and textbooks are much older than the students. Many teachers are not even graduates from college or university. Unfortunately OPS is the only private school in the city. As parents we have been very shocked at this school in all aspects. I am just thankful that we work very hard at home with our child so they can get more than they will get from OPS.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a parent of 3 kids at this school ranging from the high school to first grade I feel extremely qualified to give my recommendation and it's a very good one. The lower campus is a nurturing and caring environment. The vibe is very positive the kids are happy and challenge. I love the whole process. Its interesting to see where my kids are in comparison with other children of the same age cousins etc. It is always a favorable comparison. When the kids move from the middle school into the upper school the intensity begins to increase and the focus changes to college preparation. It is more challenging however the curriculm is broad and with good study habits it is not overbearing. Overall I have been extremely satisfied with the entire experience. Athletics have also been enjoyable great teambuilding from great coaches. I am a fan.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a parent of a child in his 5th year at Orangeburg Prep and I am thrilled with his education thus far. He is challenged daily with his school and home work without being burned out with an extra load of busy work. I have no qualms about the tuition now that I have researched the percentage of children in this public district who test below average in basic skills for his grade level (It averages about 40%) Since day one he has received constant praise and support with discipline as needed in a kind and thoughtful manner. I would highly recommend this school to anyone wishing a well rounded challenging and fun education for their child.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a teacher in the public school system and a parent of two students at OP. In my opinion the students that I teach receive a higher quality of education than those at OP. There seems to be no teaching of critical thinking at OP. That is my biggest problem with the school. From what I have seen the only strategies that are being taught is memorization. For the cost of tuition there should be better instruction in the classroom. Also some of the textbooks that are being used are old and outdated. For instance a social studies book that I viewed was published 13 years ago. That is shameful.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter is starting her second year at Orangeburg Prep and she is very excited. This school prepares students for a college education and is constantly challenging not leaving any time to be bored. Extracurricular activities are encouraged school spirit is very high in this school. Also this school is small enough for students and faculty to become personal with each other. This gives students the feeling that they can talk to advisors teachers and other faculty about problems they may be having such as peer pressure etc. I am much more pleased overall with the job these teachers do and the quality of education my child is getting at a private school vs. a public school. I feel reassured that she is getting a quality education that I pay for myself rather than depending on the SC state budget to determine student/teacher ratio and schools with inadequate resources.

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