I am a parent of a student who recently started here, as we recently moved here due to a military transition. I have to say that I have been extremely impressed with the school overall. The administration have been there to answer all my questions about the school (Ms. Schulz and Mr. Cardwell have been awesome), and my son has said positive things about most of his teachers. I am also very impressed about the "Digital Renaissance" program in the Baldwin County School System, as this has not been offered at any other school that I have had a child in. We look forward to being a part of the "Pirate Community" for our next few years in the Fairhope area.
Graduated from FHS in 2011, doing great in college and set to graduate next year. Enjoyed my time there very much. I would definitely reccommend this school.
I would not recommend this school for anyone. My son transferred here in January and I am moving back to north Al. The kids are brats and think they are better than anyone and the teachers are not any better. If you are not from Fairhope then you are treated extremely bad. Oh yes did I forget to mention the drugs that are openly displayed in the school? Oh that's right these kids are priviledged!!!!!
Exceptional school with a great leadership and faculty! The students are very well-mannered and respectful. It is the best high school in our district!
i strongly recommend your child not to go to this school. this school is not the place to be. i remember my child coming home everyday telling me how she wants to move and not be here any longer. their are known to be some bad kids at this school doing bad things. there has been violent activity at this school. the teachers do not help a lot with anything and the administrators are ridiculous about why you get in trouble for things. they will suspended you for anything and everything. i advise that you don't bring your child here to this school, because i promise they will not enjoy one bit.
We are extremely pleased with FHS. The principle, staff, faculty AND students have been very friendly and helpful to us as we moved here from out of state. The curriculum and great expectations of the students is highly commendable as well. The extracuricular activities offer something for everyone too.
Wonderful atmosphere, staff, and principle. If you are looking for a great school that truly exemplifies the communal spirit of Fairhope, AL, this is the school for you! The AP program is one of the best around, improving every year as grant money pours in. Its upper level academics surpasses that of Bayside Academy and teachers work closely with students to give them a REALISTIC outlook on college and the world in general. Fairhope schools are wonderful for raising children as well.
Since the last review was posted, the school has upped it's game. There is a new principal, and the counselors are also really great. The principal knows most of the 1,000 or so kids names and the kids WANT to say hi to him in the hallways. He is working to weed the bad teachers out and to hire new ones. The IB programme has stepped up and right now the freshman class has 50 kids in it, larger than usual. The AP courses are doing well, as well as college prep. There is a place for everyone. Personally, I think it passes Daphne on so many levels. If you aren't too keen on Fairhope High School, my next suggestion would be Spanish Fort High School. Do not waste your money on Bayside Academy.
This is probably the worst school I have EVER stepped foot into. If you arent rich, you might as well leave. The people are MEAN. The atmosphere makes you sick. I DO NOT recommend this school. Any school is better than this one. Daphne High School is where you want to send your kids.
Fairhope High School is an adequate high school. The teacher quality is only good if you are on the college preparatory or International Baccalaureate track but even then you will get some bad ones. The Alabama tenure law guarantees that. The leadership of the principals and her assistants is marginal. All of them are very difficult to work with and refuse to listen to feedback. This school is not in the business of meeting the needs of its students. The community has gotten so apathetic about trying to work with these people that parent involvement is in a decline. The problem is no other options in this town. The private school, Bayside Academy, is no better.
I do not recommend Fairhope High. I think their score needs to be lowered as it is misleading. I compared the Great Schools score to the school we came from and it was the same, however, Fairhope is not in the same league as our old school. The communication from the teachers and administration is non-existent, and the level, quality of students is average at best. I wished we would have selected Spanish Fort HS, or Daphne HS, or a private school.
I believe that FHS exemplifies the standards and values that, sadly, are becoming rare in this country. The staff and the faculty genuinely care about the education, development and safety of each and every student. In Fairhope High, I believe that our community is blessed to have such a high quality public school. It's a great school in a great community!
Fantastic teachers who challenge our children and also care about them!! Great communication between school staff and parents!!
Fairhope school are reflective of our community. The administrators, teachers and communtiy really care what happens to our students. People take time to volunteers in the school snad offers resources to make sure our children are getting the best education possible.
I've had four children either attend or are attending Fairhope HS. They have also attended other schools in other states. Fairhope HS is a Very Good school, probably the best public in south Alabama and easily competing as one of the best in the state. Overall it can hold it's own vs most HS in the country. Most school districts would love to have this quality of high school in thier district. Now the negatives, the school board in Baldwin County is almost worthless, not really giving direct oversight but allowing the Superintentent too much control. The adminsitration at the county level is poor. The Principal (Dr. Thomas) is average at best. Although she is a poor administrator, fortunatley the other adminstrators and staff carry her. Teacher quality is very good and parent involvment is excellent. Very Good school but could get better with new leadership.
Fairhope High is the BEST high school in Baldwin County and one of the best in the state of Alabama. Now that they are adding the IB program, they are only getting better. Fairhope's students can compete academically, artistically and athletically with any one. FHS prepared me for more than college, but for life, thanks to the teachers, counselors, and coaches. And I cannot forget that every year the senior class receives more scholarship money than any school in the area. -2006 Graduate
I love FHS. I am currently a Junior, and I am really enjoying every part of my High School experience. The classes are challenging, the teachers are helpful, and the administration is very adequate. The other reviews are very negative towards the school, but my take on it is: High School is what you make it. If you want a good experience, then you will have one.
I was a student the last two years at Fairhope before I transfered. While there, though I am an honor student, I experienced the worst years of my life. This school's policies are absolutely ridiculous from the unhelpful-disrespectful administrators to the sports programs and uniform policy. I have not yet met a senior from Fairhope that enjoyed their high school years, what is supposed to be the best years of your life can quickly become the worst experience in educational history at Fairhope High School.
Dr. Thomas is a weak administrator that always takes the path of least resistance. The uniform policy which I support is a joke. We have to be the only school in the state where our children are not allowed to their letterman jackets. The school needs to reconsider the freshman algebra format.
If your child is not an honor student or special ed you get no help or support. I called every week and was more discouraged evey time I called. My son ended up going to summer school for algebra. When I asked did he know any of the kids in his class he said, 'half my class are from Fairhope.' I wish it were different. Dr. Thomas is a good administrator. She is difficult to work with.
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