Oxford Academy (California)
|5172 Orange Avenue
Cypress, California, Orange County 90630
|School type||Public, Secondary School|
|School district||Anaheim Union HS District|
|NCES District ID||0602630|
|NCES School ID||060263007580|
|Teaching staff||42 teachers|
|Student to teacher ratio||28.45|
|Campus type||Large Suburb|
|Color(s)||Red, White, Blue
|Athletics conference||Academy League
CIF Southern Section
|Mascot||Paul the Patriot|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
Oxford Academy, sometimes stylized as Oxford High School or OA, is a public school in Cypress, California, serving grades 7–12 as part of the Anaheim Union High School District. The school is rigorous and highly competitive, requiring students to test to get in. A combined junior high and high school, Oxford has less than 1200 students, 200 or less in each grade 7th through 12th, and over 42 faculty members.
Although Oxford Academy is not classified as a magnet school, an entrance exam comprehensively consisting of math, English, and an essay writing section is required for all students. As of 2009, potential students must achieve a minimum GPA in elementary school to take the exam. Entering seventh grade students can compete for 200 spots. These spots are divided among the 8 junior high schools in the Anaheim Union High School District, with admissions for 25 students from each corresponding school. Oxford mandates minimum GPAs (2.5 for grades 7-8, 2.7 for grades 9-10, and 3.0 for grades 11-12) for all students and if students fail to stay above the minimum for 2 semesters, they are dismissed from Oxford and enrolled in their home district's junior high or high school.
According to U.S. News & World Report dated December 9, 2009, Oxford Academy is ranked fourth in national public high schools and fourteenth in the entire US. As of 2012 in the same ranking, Oxford Academy was ranked 1st in the state of California and 7th in the nation among both public and private high schools.
Oxford offers Honors and Advanced Placement classes. This is in line with the mission statement to "provide students with a rigorous educational program in a collaborative setting, with emphasis on mastery of academics, critical thinking, effective communication skills, and character development."
As reported by the State of California, 90.0% of Oxford Academy's student body is identified as "of color," with 35.6% of the student body coming from an economically disadvantaged household, determined by student eligibility for California's Reduced-price meal program. Students are selected from the Anaheim Union High School District, in which 89.3% of students classify as "of color" and 70.9% of students classify as socioeconomically disadvantaged, as of the 2015-2016 academic school year.
Oxford Academy's enrollment is made up of students of predominantly Hispanic and Asian heritage. In the 2015-2016 academic school year, the majority demographic group, as reported by the State of California, was Asian with 59.7% of enrollment. Hispanics of any race made up 17.5% of enrollment, whites (not Hispanic) 10.0%, Filipinos 7.9%, African American (not Hispanic) 1.7%, Pacific Islander 0.4%, Native American or Alaska Native (not Hispanic) 0.3%, and two or more races (not Hispanic) 2.3%.  
At the high school level, Oxford offers varsity baseball, JV and varsity tennis (boys and girls), swimming (boys and girls), JV and varsity basketball (boys and girls), JV and varsity soccer (boys and girls), JV and varsity volleyball (boys and girls), varsity softball, track & field (boys and girls), and cross-country (boys and girls).
The varsity baseball won the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section Championship in 2009 and 2010. Swimming has won several individual or relay events. The varsity girls tennis won Academy League championship in a three way tie with Sage Hill and St. Margaret's in 2013.
Junior high students can compete in a variety of intramural sports against other schools in the Anaheim Union High School District.
The school hosts chapters of numerous organizations, such as the Health Occupations Students of America, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Key Club, a speech and debate team, and various other clubs.
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- "Superintendents's Message". Anaheim Union High School District. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "SAT Code Search". The College Board. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Oxford Academy Overview". Best High Schools. U.S.News & World Report. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- "Administrative Team". Oxford Academy. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Directory of Schools: 2011-2012" (PDF). WASC Accrediting Commission for Schools. July 2011. p. 102. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- "Staff Directory". Oxford Academy. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
- Oxford Academy Staff Page January 2015