We just moved from Texas to California. I have 3 children and my oldest is in 9th grade attending Arlington High School. As a parent academics was a big concern and important factor in deciding on a school. I did months of research and used greatschools.org to help make my decision but I am so disappointed in this school! There is no communication between parents/teachers. The teachers do not care about the students and are quick to give a 0 or just leave a missing paper grade. There are too many students in classes so the teachers are overworked, overwhelmed and don't care! It shows and THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE STUDENTS! I have never had any problems with my son and his teachers/schools before and since he started Arlington 3mo ago I have had to contact 5/6 of his teachers!! Two of them numerous times already! I have never been so Stressed and Frustrated with a school! The teachers get up and teach the classes and if your child doesn't understand too bad and they won't help your child! It is more like a college with college professors than a high school, so your child will be on their own! I WOULD NOT recommend this school!!
Arlington High School is a GREAT school. They have wonderful and caring teachers. The principal shows great leadership and is very involved. They have challenging academic programs and have excellent music, theatre, sports, and Jr ROTC programs. The students involvement in the community is phenominal. Staff and Administrators provide a safe environment for students with zero tolerance for violence. My daughter attends school here and she loves it. As a parent I am really happy that my daughter attends school here at Arlington. I believe it is the best school in Riverside and would not let her attend anywhere else. Go Lions! Proud parent of an Arlington student.
I just graduated and I am glad that I was able to attend Arlington High School. Everyone at school, as far as adult-wise, were nice and caring. Being at school allowed me to have a family-like feeling. I am sad to see some of the comments about AHS looks. Whether or not the school looks bad as far as needing an upgrade will not determine whether us as students will be successful or not. Arlington is not the ghetto school of Riverside. I agree that classes that are AP are a lot more sophisticated and help students a lot more, but that is because the students in the regular classes have a lack of desire to do work and go to college. My time at AHS was great:) Its a good school.
Every school has a percentage of students and/or parents that will be unhappy with their school for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, there will be no pleasing these individuals no matter what the school or teachers do. This is a great school, filled with talented students, caring teachers and positive attitudes. Keep up the great work, Arlington!
The quality of the classes offered here that are not a.p. is very poor, however i can say that all of the a.p. courses that I've taken here except for one have been very challenging and definitely college level. The athletic programs are superb but with old facilities that are falling apart. Many sports this year went undefeated including waterpolo, tennis, and freshman football. Waterpolo and tennis were league champions with tennis winning cif.
As a graduate, I must say this school is a piece of crap! There are few teachers that try, the facilities are below average, the roofs leak, the school is on the border of a bad part of town & the participation of teachers/ students trying to do more for to build school pride is lackluster. The music/ choir program is great & the athletic programs are above average, but I don't know how in the last 10 years the district has continued to build other schools with state of the art facilities, but hasn't mildly updated the facilities in this one. Maybe they're waiting for the train that runs through the football field to derail & take out some of the decrepit buildings & then they'll just start over. Oh and Excellant is actually spelled Excellent... If your daughter received such an education she should've helped you with that word!
My daughter attended Arlington and graduated from there. The school has an excellent reputation statewide as far as academic programs and extra curricular activities such as Envirothon, Choir, and the Debate teams. Quite a few students were accepted to major universities across the country after scoring very well on their SAT's.
My daughter received what I consider an excellant education that prepared her for college. Doctor Hanson, the principal is highly involved in the school and demands excellance daily from both students & teachers. The AP program is excellant & the teachers truly caring. Envirothon & the music program are some of the better programs on campus.
The academic programs at arlington are average, but most students do not participate in them due to lack of knowledge about them and administration foul ups in placing kids. The sports programs are always doing well, especially in water polo and baseball where the coaches are proven winners in thier divisioins. The parent involvement in the school is probably sub standard in terms of education involvement, but extreme whebn in it comes to boosters for sports.