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9-12
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Atlanta, GA

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3450 Benjamin E Mays Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30331

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(404) 699-6781
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September 19, 2014
My son is a junior in the Math and Science Academy at Mays as well as having a daughter that graduated in 2010. I am very please with the education that my kids have received at Mays. I am an active parent as well as. My kids have been given the opportunity to study aboard, take summer course to get ahead, acheive academic and atheletic heights that I feel would not have happen at other schools in APS. I think that the new administrative staff at Mays... Mr. Fowler seems to be open and willing to interact with the parents and student. We can only hope that the changes in the district will be positive for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
Our school is Benjamin E. Mays High School. Unfortunately, we are very disappointed with this school. Our children are in the Math and Science Academy. We are very concerned with the leadership of this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
I enrolled my ninth grader at Mays for the 2013-2014 school year in the Science and Math Academy, and I am beyond pleased with the educational opportunities afforded her. The principal and staff have been caring, accommodating, and very professional. Her teachers are caring, and are invested in seeing the children succeed. She is happy, and has adjusted well to her new school. They offer a rigorous curriculum, as well as a flurry of extracurricular activities. I feel it is an exceptional school in the Atlanta Public School System.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2013
Mays leadership and staff does not operate in the community's best interest. The principal and staff operates in a very unprofessional manner towards parents

- submitted by a community member
September 06, 2011
Something is seriously wrong with this school. It was at one time the school that everyone wanted to send their kids to. Not anymore! The new APS Superintendent and the Atlanta Board of Education need to review this school for a large list of problems including serious problems with the dress code, the counselors, discipline and administration. They should also randomly survey the parents. I have a senior who has to practically beg her counselors for an appointment. One counselor handles one academy, for example...there is a Science & Math Academy and the one counselor is assigned to all four grade levels. This school has almost 1800 students!!! This school must focus on their their students who are nearing graduation more. They seem to treat those in the Science & Math Academy with the utmost respect, and the other students are just there.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2011
I am an alumnae of B.E. Mays High School. I am a proud member of the Class of 2009! Mays was one of the best choices I could have made. What I want to know from these parents that are claiming that Mays is not an excellent learning institution is how much do you actually attend PTSA meetings, Wednesday conferences, and events? Mays prepared me well enough to get a full ride to Morehouse College. The Administration will only put forth as much effort as you are willing to offer yourself. If you only come to the school to curse someone out, they will not respond positively. Mays is THE top performing school in the district. As an alum, I still go back to Mays and offer goods and services to the school and to organizations. If you have so many negative comments about the school, HELP IT! You waste your time posting comments and not offering your services. Your taxes pay for your child's education. As an APS Alum (K-12), I will ALWAYS stay true to my district and the Blue and Gold! I saw issues with Mays, and I made changes via SGA. I even started a Freshmen-Senior Buddy Mentor Program. Did your kids tell you that? Before you write negative reviews, get involved! Mays High Til I Die!

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2011
Former alumni. Sad to see how far the school has fallen from its former glory. Used to be one of the elite schools in the county; no less than a "9" for its Great Schools rating. Now it is a shell of what it was. Those fellow alumni that don't believe me need only go and take a visit. If you don't get turned around and shown the door, you will see that things have clearly changed for the worst. Athletics are still good, but that is where the excellence ends. The band program is no longer the same after the Legend retired. The academies are a mess since H.C. retired. And the discipline from the administration has been completely inconsistent since R.B. left. If this is not turned around quick because of the Good Ol' Boy network/politics, we will be just like "Thug"lass and "Waste"ington in a couple of years.

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 07, 2009
This school is a great school compared to Douglass and Crim.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
I am very unhappy with the communication at Mays High School. The rules apply to some students and not to others. The dress code needs to be revised immediately! Attendance is poor and accepted at Mays. Parental involvement is only allowed for some parents. A parent can call and/or email Mays, leave a detailed message and phone number for various faculty numerous times and never get communication back. People who are dedicated to their profession, will take the time to call a parent back and should be pleased to have concerned parents. I do not like Mays for my child. We live in the Mays zone and I will try very hard to get an administrative transfer for my child out of Mays.

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June 03, 2009
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May 12, 2009
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April 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 03, 2009
I have two daughters at Mays due to rezoning. If it had not been for that I never would have chosen Mays for their curriculum. I think the problem with Mays starts with the head administration - Dr. Smith. He seems so out of touch with the students. I have not seen him interact with the students unless at a sporting event. My youngest daughter didn't know who he was when she saw him at a PTSA meeting, because he is never interacting with the students in the halls. I have never seen him at the events for the arts. It seems that unless it is a sporting event, he is not interested. I don't see how you can expect to have a great school and well rounded students when the head (principal) is not that way.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 22, 2009
My grandson has been attending Mays HS for the past two years and I am very pleased with his experience there. I think the band leader, Mr. Irving, is not only a great teacher, but a wonderful mentor and example to his students. I have read the negative reviews posted on this site by parents and students, but for the most part, some of those leaving negative comments need to brush up on their writing and spelling skills. As for the dress code, I totally approve. It's time our youth learned the difference between dressing for school and dressing for the club. As far as the pants falling down on the student's behinds, those students need to know that style came from prison and sent the message to other male inmates that the individual with their pants down was another man's 'woman', taken as a punk.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2008
My daughter was in this school for 3 days at the begining of the school year 2008-2009. I have never been treated so rudely by the staff and principle as I was at Mays. Besides some other issues of the students and the safety of the students. After the third day she was enrolled at Grady High. BEST CHOICE we ever made.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2008
Mays is the worst school i have ever attended! From the dress code to the teachers and students, mays is an overrated high school. I am currently attending mays, but I think I'm transferring to Grady or Douglass. Mays is an exprience i don't want to live through ever again!

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2008
I am a freshmen at Mays only thing about Mays that I hate is that the dress code and how if you are a ninth grader and you dont pass one of your subjects like math social studies and science if you dont pass that you are getting kept back and do the same classes over

- submitted by a student
May 27, 2008
I am a 2008 Graduate of Mays High School. My time spent here is and forever will be precious to me.

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
My child is a sophomore at Mays and I think the school is great. The teachers that my child has had are caring, want the children to learn and are willing to go that extra step to help them. No school or system is perfect; but give credit where credit is due. Support our school - students, teachers, counselors and staff. Mays really does have a great program for the students.

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January 07, 2008
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July 23, 2007
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June 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2007
i think mays is not a good school for my children to attend because they have a bad behavior problem,academically,and their extra curriculum classes aren't very good either

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October 04, 2006
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September 14, 2006
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April 07, 2006
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- submitted by a student
July 29, 2005
I'm a rising senior at Mays High and it is not as bad as some people are making it seems. Yeah we have our problems but what school doesn't. Whne it comes to academics and sports we are number one in the school district. Look at the rate of students passing the GHSGT and the EOCT. Parents I say enroll your kids today.

- submitted by a student
July 09, 2005
Mays High School is a school that needs to get its act together in the APS School system. Education needs to go forth and also learning. It has been a unsuccesful year with my children being at Mays. Its time for a transfer where I know my kids can get somewhere to meet the high standards of a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2005
I think that Mays has one of the worse Administrative (Prinicpal, Vice Principal, Secretary, etc.) in the State of Georgia. I really cannot understand how anyone can have a job working with and around children, but yet hate children. I had two sons that attended Mays and it was one of the worse experiences that I have ever had.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2005
I'm a new ninth grader at B.E.Mays High. Dispite what most people think about Mays, they have very concerned teachers. They will do anything to get you to school to get an education. One of my teachers in the ninth grade came, and got me from my bus stop because I missed the bus. He went out of his way to come and get me. When your at Mays your not just a student your also apart of the Raider family.

- submitted by a student
June 17, 2005
Im not a parent but I am a rising senior at Mays. During my 9th grade year, with the closing of Harper Archer, Mays had started to decline. The faculty is constantly changing, because of either retirement or quitting, and I have never really had a chance to bond with many of my teachers. The principal leadership is low. Sports are good, we have had many successes, despite some circumstances that have happened in the past year. Thanks to the education I have received from most of my teachers, I successfully passed the GHSGT and the EOCT. All in all, Mays is an ok school but im glad this is my last year. I would recommend it to those who like excitement because something happens every day.

- submitted by a student
May 27, 2005
Mays is one of the best schools in ga. They have an outstanding atheletic program, a great band ,and they strive for academic exelence.I am a rising jr. At mays and i bleed blue and gold. I would never leave mays and i will rep mays high till i die !

- submitted by a student
February 11, 2005
i think that Mays High School is the worst school in Atlanta Public? From the teachers to the adminstrative staff. The academic stuides are declining and the teachers are scared to speak the truth that Mays needs to be shut down and nver open again. The students are not treated fair at all. Please parents do not send your kids to Mays.

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2005
I am the parent of a former student '2001' as well as a former Mays teacher. I recently returned for a visit while in Atlanta and was saddened. Mays is slipping. Once rated as one of the top 3 high schools in the nation, and also the most represented High School at West Point, my son is USMA class of 04. Mays still has excellent academic programs as well as excellent students. I believe Mays may be declining due to actions from the Board of Education. Redistricting has taken many high achieving students and replaced them with low achieving students. Teachers are still trying to uphold the traditions but are lacking the level of parental involvement that was once so great. Mays still has greatness but I fear its potential is being underminded by outside forces.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2004
I am a current sophmore at Mays and I also believe that Mays has now become a failing institution. From its students to its administrative staff to its faculty. I will admit that I like being at Mays, but there have been many changes since my sister graduated in 2000. It is too often that students come back to Mays and say that they are now ashamed of a school of which they once said they were proud to be apart of. You see for yourself. I think that Mays could do much, much better. How would the staff know its not like they listen to our (students) opinion anyway!

- submitted by a student
September 17, 2004
I am a student at Mays High School & I think that it is a wonderful school. Although the administrative staff is not as good as they could be, the school continues to maintain a high level of academic excellence. I have had the pleasure of being taught by some of the best teachers in the state and they are the only reason that I continue to attend this school. It is a wonderful facility and encourage everyone to attendt his school as long as they contain a yearning for academic excellence.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 15, 2004
I was a student at Mays. Then I transferred to a school in Cobb. I was amazed at how different the school is in Cobb. It was more diverse and had a very professional staff. The teachers were different too and I was very happy about the change. And I never regreted leaving Mays. Plus the school made you feel welcome.

- submitted by a former student
June 03, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
April 30, 2004
I have a daughter in ninth grade at Mays. She has done well except for algebra, ceramics and sculpting. I think the problem is some of the teachers. My daughter tells me all the time how boring her algebra teacher is. Teachers need to make learning fun and exciting.When children are pumped and enthusiastic about school, then real learning can take place.Mqys also has some of the strangest rules such as, no sandals and no white t-shirts.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2004
Sorry, I'm not a parent. But I graduated from Mays in 1999. I think Mays was an excellent school and hopefully, nothing has changed. The principal along with the staff cares about the sucess of the students. I have a sister who is a junior at Mays now, and she's doing pretty good. I consider Benjamin E. Mays to be the best high school ever! Enroll your chid today!

- submitted by a former student
August 27, 2003
I have a child that is now a junior at Mays that started there in her 9th grade year. Some of the teachers care My encounters with the counselor has been a nightmare. Without my input she seems to place my child anywhere instead of according to her academic needs. The office staff is inattentive.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2003
I'm not a parent, but a student from the Class of 2002. Mays High School is a failing institution. Many changes, for the worse, have been made since I left. Mays High did a lot for me, but since the principal I was under and many invaluable teachers have left, it is in crisis. Don't send your child to MHS.

- submitted by a former student
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Mays High School
3450 Benjamin E Mays Dr SW, Atlanta, GA  30331
(404) 802-5100
Last modified Mays High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mays High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top