This school will either make or break wherever on earth you're applying. The counselors are horrible, but the teachers are either really really great or they don't teach at all. The school's pretty much divided into 50% good teachers and horrible teachers. (Mrs. Swift is the best though!)
Although AHS is about 110% overpopulated (no joke, we calculated this in class), it is still one of the top schools in the nation. The school is very competitive considering the number of students we have. good: plenty of class to choose from, excellent art & performing art program, very nice sports field, you'll always make new friends, offer the most AP test in California, and the city is pretty wealthy. bad: the teachers are either really good or horrible, the sports teams are either really good or just loosing the whole way, definitely not enough counselors, the new principles isn't really helping the school, overpopulation, and not enough diversity what-so-ever.
Great school...If i had to choose what high school to go to...I would choose Arcadia..Again
I was a former student at Arcadia High School, and I can definitely say that it was an honor to attend such a good school. The music program is one of the finest in the nation and academics are challenging and tough, but it really prepares you for college. The teachers are either really good or really bad. The school needs more counselors, when I was there, it was something like 1 counselor to 1 grade...and they were never there to help with personal issues because they were too busy with student's schedules and such. Another downfall is that the school does not give you enough time to change classes...especially when the campus is huge.
One of my greatest failures in life so far is not attending Arcadia High School. This school is simply the best in terms of everything. A boatload of AP classes marks an excellent academic program, and academics are further embellished by what is possibly the best extra curricular activities in the world. This school has a marching band that is second to none. With more than 400 members, the band is not only one of the largest anywhere, but it is also one of the very best. The band attened the Rose Parade 12 times, it represented the state of CA in the 2004-2005 Inauguaration Parade, and it won so many prestigious awards that it is impossible to count. And being a member of this band is uber easy- there no try-outs. In addition to band, Arcadia also hosts the Arcadia Invitational - the world's largest and most presitigous highschool track-and-field-meet....
My niece attended this school while living with me and she loved it. She was involved in many activities such as ORCA and dance. There are many students and lots of help from teachers and staff.
Strong and competitive academic programs in general. Social science department is generally very strong- lots of great ones in there! Music department is large and strong; every student is in band or orchestra or choir. Parents are relatively very involved. Math and science offer a lot of different classes for all levels, but are just so-so in terms of college prep. Definitely need more counselors! They are always overburdened and don't have the time to give out the necessary college advice.
Rigourous academic environment. Lack of school counselors. Wide range of academic achievement available. Very Competitive.
This is a really great school in a really great district. I hightly recommend it.
This school is been very great in acadamic and also it has great sport programs, the parents are very involved in school activities.
A fine school with lots of extra curricular activities. The music department is amazing. Good area to live but very expensive due to the credibility of this school.
Lots of parent involvment. Lots of academic clubs and extra activities. Success is the object of this school. People are motivated to better on their own due to the competition at this school. Classes are amazing and the school is great.
I went to this high school for grades 9-12 and felt my overall experience was valuable. AHS had a good variety of courses, but the quality of teaching was not consistent. Some teachers were excellent and continue to have an impact on my life, while some were as useless as a tree stump. This is definitely a place where you can make the best of your talent - plenty of my friends went to top notch colleges. Our athletic program was mediocre, our campus needed improvement, but my peers provided a thoroughly challenging experience in the classroom. For being such a large school, this is a school with high standards, and ambitious students.
Very large high school where it's easy for a child to get lost if they aren't connected to sometype of group, be it sports, clubs or the incredibily well represented band. Many fine teachers, and some incredibly terrible ones. Unfortunately, if your child gets one of the 'nightmare' teachers, they're stuck for the semester--no changes allowed. College counseling is done in mass in the high school auditorium (1 counselor per grade level). Nevertheless, academic competition is very high, fueled by the primarily Asian student body. YOur child can get a world class education here, but be warned that the sheer size and lack of counseling present challenges and demand that the student have plenty of parental support to succeed.
Arcadia High School is a good school, though literally bursted at the seems because of the large student body.
The curriculum at Arcadia High is very rigorous. Arcadia expects on the the best out of its student. Extremely competitive academically, it is practically expected that the kids take AP courses. They are prepared for them well and Arcadia has a long history of excellence. A 'B' at Arcadia would no doubt be an 'A' at practially any other school.
Arcadia High School offers a big variety on AP Classes as well as a plethora of different sports, clubs, and programs. Parents are not particularly involved although the PTA do try it's best. The majority of students are Asian Americans and many immigrants are coming in droves to this high school causing it to become severly overpopulated. Arcadia students are highly motivated and most go on to attend 4 year universities, and almost all take the SAT's.
I am currently a student at Arcadia High School as a freshman (9th grade). Our school is 75% Asian (I'm russian) and because of the Asian culture where grades are highly important, they raise our school's rank. Our SAT scores are very high. I, personally love the school and I am enrolled in plentiful honors and AP classes and most of the teachers are very good. Drug, smoking, and alcohol level are one of the lowest you could find out of any schools. Joke: 'Guest asks: what was the toughest discipline problem? teacher answers: umm...a student didn't want to sit down...' The guest probably expected something related to violence. New students feel very welcome. I was a translator for a new russian girl and now we are best friends. I highly recommend this school! If you have any questions please feel free to email me.
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