Physically, the campus of Arcadia HS is run down. With about 4000 kids attending, it is somewhat understandable. However, Arcadia is a wealthy community, and it would seem that the HS should be a showcase in addition to it's academic, athletic and extra-curricular high standards.
Excellent academic programs, but getting overcrowded compared with 10 years ago.
My children have done very well in the Arcadia school system. The teachers are well trained and dedicated to our students. I think the high school has an excellent parent support program with the PTSA keeping parents current and informed as well as encouraging us to participate in our children's education.
I'm a former student of Arcadia High and I can honestly say that this is the best school for your kids to attend. Its a comfortable environment and the teachers and staff care for each student. The security level is excellent and you can send your child without worries. I have had great experience attending Arcadia High and I'm proud to be a graduate of this school. Hope you all enjoy it as well. Thanks.
Although most of the teachers at AHS are good teachers, far too many are lackluster. Parents and students know the good, the bad, and the ugly. The bad and the ugly are unfortunately shielded by the overall school scores, which is a reflection of a combination of quality teaching by some, and tutoring to compensate for the weaknesses of the others. Those teachers who really do their job well prove that it can be done! Those who consistently underperform need to be weeded out!
I am not a parent i am a student. I think that Arcadia High School is a great facility to send your child to. We have great teachers and great students. Our SAT scores are above average, and our college admissions are many. If your thinking about sending your child to AHS - think no more send them.
I agree with the parent who made the Nov 03 comment that the school does not adequately prepare students for college writing. I graduated from AHS in the 90s and took several AP classes in both the sciences and the humanities. I got 5's on all but one, for which i got a 4. I went on to UC Berkeley and am currently pursuing a PhD at Stanford (humanities). AHS has some wonderful teachers and gave me a good, diverse base of learning from which to begin my undergraduate studies. However, i did feel myself to be at a disadvantage in the first few years of college learning the fundamentals of academic writing and basic research skills. clearly students who arrived in college w/such training under their belts had a big head start.
Arcadia High's English department, unfortunately, like most high schools, do not sufficiently prepare their students for college writing. They thoroughly prepare their students for SAT II tests, AP exams, and etc. They teach according to the material that will be presented on tests. They fail to teach in a manner that will make their students well-rounded writers, and well-prepared for college. Without a doubt, AHS has more resources, AP classes, extracurriculars than nearly every other school, turning out more graduates headed to college than an average high school. It is a privilege for many to be able to attend AHS. But that doesn't mean AHS can't make changes, or that it doesn't need changes. What happened to AHS motto of 'Simply the best and getting better'? AHS has problems that it needs to deal with and changes it needs to make. Let's recognize the problems and seek to make that motto a reality.
It's quite ironic to see the parent above rant about the quality of Arcadia High School's English Department when she herself has multiple grammatical errors, one that should not be made by a high school student, much less an adult. Now, the educational system in general is never flawless; the essence of education falls not only on the shoulders of one's school system, but also upon one's own shoulders. You cannot expect any school, no matter how prestigious or celebrated, to educate every single child to the level of any Ivy League school. Plainly, we all know that is not true, for it just isn't possible to set such outrageous expectations. I'm sure this is absolutely horrifically rude of me, but if your children aren't writing up to the standards of the UC system, or any school for that matter, are you implying that it is completely the school's fault and not your children's? What the school offers has nothing to do with how successful your children will be; I'm sure by now you have successfully reasoned that what I have been trying to say is that if your child isn't as successful as you would hope, don't be so quick to use the school's educational system as your scapegoat. I am currently attending Arcadia High School, and I comment on behalf of my parents.
I have had 2 daughters graduate from AHS. They both took the AP classes for Calculus, English, Spanish, History. I have no complaints about any of the teachers, nor do my daughters. They prepared them very well for college entrance.
All three of my children had very positive academic and social experiences at AHS. None of them ever had any problems with their writing skills! They were very well prepared from elementary school on through high school. Because of its enrollment size, however, it is imperative for parents to be involved in the multitude of activities in which their children are participating... including the academics and particularly if English is a second language. In these days of massive budget cuts and increasing class size, teachers can only do so much in assessing each student. Parents must assume responsibility for a child's learning and effort.
I must disagree with a few of the points made by the previous comment. Both of my daughters attended Arcadia High School for four years and I can assure you they were taught how to write complete sentences. There is a problem with learning how to write different types of essays, but not with writing thesis sentences or topic sentences. The English department could be improved, but they definitely do not have a problem teaching the basic necessities.
Arcaduia High School's instructors who teach English are not very great. They are great interepretor although they are not good writers. Noone expects them to be perfect but at least try their best. What's their best? That's the question. An answer for that question is that the high school require a very qualified English teacher who can teach students how to write different types of college writings because Arcadia High School graudates, though high in verbal and math score, still cannot write well developed college essays. The high school's students are in danger if they don't know different types of essay writing styles. For personal example, one of my daughters took English honor during her sophomore year and one of my sons took regular English for four years in the high school. Yet, they still cannot write a well developed essay, like college level's essays. They do not even know what outlines and clustering are. Before they write essays, outlines and clustering give ideas for a well developed essay. Since they don't know how to create an outline and clustering, how can they develop a well written essay? So, when they took the subject exams, they were put back to lower division English classes in UCLA and Cal State Long Beach. Really, I am pleased to see that the high school teachers are very excellent in mathematics, such as AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, and in sciences, such as AP Physics, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry; however, the high school needs to focus a little more in English. Arcadia High School is simply the 'best' and is 'getting better' only if it is focusing more on English this time, for Arcadia High School's teachers are only great in Math and Science.
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