I was very impressed by the staff at ACHS. My daughter graduated in 2013 and excelled in the AP program. I can't speak for the standard classes, but I am very pleased with the level of attention and efforts she received from all Advanced classes. As a result, she earned several scholarships and was accepted to many top notched colleges. The school has a very relaxing atmosphere which is designed to allow students to excel. I highly recommend students study hard and enter the AP program.
My daugther is a senior this year. We personnaly have not had any issues. She is a independent student and does very well academically & does not require much help. She has complained about a few students being disrespectful to the teachers, I 'm sure that's most schools. There will always be a few bad apples. Overall, I would say it has been a postivie experience for her.
I attended this school for my junior year, c/o 2012-2013 and I truly have to say that this school is out of control. I experienced bullying while attending this school and had trouble focusing in class alot of the time because of the large amount of distractions going on caused by other students. Some of the teachers were even verbally abusive. I will now be switching over to FLVS for next year.
Achs is the worst school my three children have ever attended If you in any way have.a choice I highly recomend you intrust your child's safety and education anywhere but here. The staff other than a,special few or,rude and sorry to be blunt but are only there to collect a paycheck and nothing more. Just to give one example two of my children had the same teacher that would sleep in class every day. Two of my children have graduated and the third i will be moving to private school next year. A lot of things going on in that school that's just not acceptable yet staff are either clueless or just don't care. Can't stress enough stay clear and if your child has an iep take advantage of the mckay scholarship and move to a private school. Some even take it as full payment.
I have to chime in here, because I am a Sub myself, and saw the post another Sub had written. I have subbed many times at this school (2013) and I am very impressed! Yes there are always your problem students, (and there was a fight one day the I worked here), but there are so many polite students at the school it ouways the problem ones. This is one of my top favorite places to sub at! Admin, office staff, and teachers are so friendly and welcoming! It is a very positive environment! Teachers and certainly Subs will always have issues on occasion at any school, however, If one finds themselves always in conflicts with students, I question how friendly your approach is to the students. Great School, and just as you should at any school, parents should be invovled, and ask questions, get to know the people around your teens.
I was a substitute teacher at this school during the 2011-2012 school year. I realize that substitute teachers get "special" treatment, but I was very surprised at the behavior I saw out of some of the students here. This is where my children are zoned to go, so I had a vested interest in learning about the school. I saw multiple fights break out in the hallways, I was cursed out by students, and from what I understand, this is likely a daily occurrence. The security staff were very helpful, but personally I would prefer that my children are not exposed to this type of environment. I cannot speak for the AP classes, as I never covered any of them. I just wanted to mention what I saw at this school so you're sure to make an informed decision before sending your children to this, or any high school.