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About This School

William O'Brien Middle School is a public middle school in Reno. The principal of William O'Brien Middle School is Scott Grange. 720 students attend William O'Brien Middle School and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and Hispanic. 5% of the William O'Brien Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 60% of the 720 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at William O'Brien Middle School is 20:1. Sierra Nevada Academy Charter is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Arabic
    • Cantonese
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Asian 5% %
Hispanic 47% 33%
White, non-Hispanic 42% 54%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60% 37%
Limited English proficiency 5% 14%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    O'Brien has had a bad reputation in the past; however I'm glad I met with the administration before deciding to send my son to a different school as I'm very pleased with the school. O'Brien has had an administrative change in the past three years and everyone works very hard to make it a good school and make the students its priority. O'Brien has wonderful administration and teachers who are willing to help the children succeed any way they can. My son has had two great years of education at this school!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is in need of major change. The staff is overwhelmed and there are too many students for the office staff to handle. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

  • (4 years ago)

    my youngest son is in 8th grade. our family relocated to reno last year. this school is under funded...if you live in an upperclass neighborhood in this county (spanish springs damonte etc) the schools have more money. i dont understand how a bunch of money is invested in a new middle school depoali that looks like a high school in damonte... but not even a paint job for the 'poorer'schools. my son likes this school... i am constantly kept aware of his progress by the staff. your kids education is what you help them make of it...

  • (4 years ago)

    I love my school the food's great the education is awesome and the electives are fun

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended O'brien Middle School for 8th grade in 07-08 and I was pretty pleased with it at the time. However it just depends on what kind of student you are. If you are a good student then the teachers care about you and will provide a good education. If you are a trouble-making class disrupting student then the teachers will just leave you behind and not care if you fail. This is what the teachers really need to work on. Although the principal Mr. Grange really encourages students to succeed. The school hasn't seemed to improve much from what my sister says who is in 7th grade at O'brien now.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think that this school is a great school. I'm not just saying this because I assist the school but because O'Brien has improved in my two years assisting that school. O'Brien is a school on where we focus on us.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is awesome the academics are absolutely outstanding. The teachers respect the children's opinions and ideas.The extracurricular activities are outstounding.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is an awesome School.

  • (10 years ago)

    The teachers school leadership and parent involvement are excellent. However the teachers are not given all of the necessary tools that they need to do their jobs. The school needs more money to provide necessities such as computers books and lockers for all of the students to use. The building is old and in bad need of repair. The school needs more teachers as the student teacher ratio is quite high. The school should be larger or another school built in the North Valleys to accomodate all of the students.

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