Albany High School is a mixed bag. I love that AHS is part of a tight-knit community where most families know one another and value student success. With so many high achieving students, academic opportunities, such as AP classes and special programs, are limited and there is fierce competition. Mid level students often fall through the cracks, despite the fact that many of the teachers are dedicated, exceptional, and engaging. The upper administration disappoints in regard to their concern over student safety and well being, which is quite unsettling and doesn't seem to align with the core values of the community. I would love to see more emphasis on character development. There are a number of opportunities to join clubs, play sports, or participate in other extra curricular activities. Overall, my student is content at AHS and it certainly beats many of the alternatives.
PE Classes. Thats my concern at this school. How are the students graded? What criteria is involved to measure student participation? Attendance? On time? Dress Code? Miles? What about students with disabilities - do they get PE waivers? If not, how are special needs students treated in these classes? Fairly? I am afraid, Not. One of the PE teachers doesn't even care about posting grades and upcoming activities on Aeries. How is it possible for the parents to monitor the performance of their child in PE with no such communication from their PE teacher? Other than leaving things on trust on this teacher, there is no way for the parents to find out whether their child finished the fitness mile in the allocated time or not. If this is the participation class, shouldn't it suffice that the child actually ran the mile? Why is it that this particular PE teacher fails those who take longer in finishing the mile? Neither she knows how to motivate students with sportsman spirit, nor is she fair in her grading. With no clear parameters for grading in place, it's only evident that she uses a lot of subjectivity and judgement in her grading. Sadly disappointed.
Albany High is a great school. Most students here are very accepting and unique. Albany High is the ranked #6 in the top winning schools int the Bay Area. As for the academic side, it can very with challenging and easy material, it really depends on which teacher you get. Some teachers like for class discussions, and less homework and notes, and others favor a lot of notes and homework. Albany has a lot of different classes, which I really like. I feel the school does a great job on preparing students for standardized testing. The school could improve the way they assign classes. For example they could cater to the way the student learns instead of just giving them the next open class. The school can put a lot of pressure on students at times. The counselors are very nice and will work with a student to help him or her reach their academic goal
I am a current senior at AHS. It's a challenging school if the student is actively seeking challenges. It's easy to not reach your full potential if you're not motivated and driven. A large portion of the students are that AP/college-obsessed stereotype (although there is a lot of creativity, it's not usually shown during school hours). The school caters to that. The environment isn't very community-based, even with the small-ish student body. Ex: students couldn't care less about pep rallies. I feel that this could be improved with more assemblies and things of that nature. Many classes are very standards-based, but some teachers do choose to veer from them and this can either make their classes engaging or make you lose motivation. Some of the classes that rigidly stick to the standards can be monotonous and tiring. It's a mixed bag. Extracurriculars are super fun if you choose to be involved--I know many people in Y&G, for example, and they are very passionate about it. Choir is glorious. Ms. Stocker is incredibly dedicated to building a strong vocal program and it shows not only in the quality of performance, but in the students' enthusiasm. Over all, the school's aight.
It' s a great school. Lots of discipline and academically driven environment. The Head Principal and the Teachers are great. They take a lot of interest in students success. The staff is always nice and helpful. The place is clean and well maintained. There are less issues in this school as compared to others in the region. The only drawback is one of the vice principals who appears to be in clear need of some professional training in disciplining students with dignity.
I had 2 kids graduated from this school. First child is very academically driven, the second child is not, but is popular and loves sports. I feel the culture of this school is mainly tailored to kids who are on academic track, who are motivated, but the school knows little about how to guide and motivate kids who are not. The teachers and counselors were very nice to my first child who already gets straight A's, but was totally rude and sometimes ignored my second child who didn't do so well in school. A great school needs to recognize the needs of every student, and this school seems to only do well with straight A students.
Best high school in the East Bay. Science, math, technology, engineering, and music are all fantastic in this truly exceptional public school. The students and teachers are largely determined to succeed.