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Anderson High School

Public | 9-12 | 1884 students


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Posted April 9, 2014

Anderson High School is definitely improving, with better administration, better classes, and higher goals. On a scale of 1-10, I would give Anderson High School a 9. The administration is friendly, and will greet everyone that walks through the doors. The goals are explained to us, and students are treated like adults. Great school, great administration, and a great location.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 30, 2014

Overcrowded, can't get seen by counselor, better principal this year 2014, last child graduating soon and can't help to feel guilty that I let them down by putting them in this school district. They did so good through elementary, middle school excelerated classes in high school and their SAT and ACT scores stink compared to our expectations. Their education stalled hitting high school even after taking dual credit college classes. I graduated from this district and so did both of my uncles who can't read. Too many kids get lost in the shuffle.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 11, 2013

I am giving a high rating Because all the teachers are so caring and respectful, They also keep us informed on everything going on in the school. Thank you Mrs. Harshman for being soooo Good with our Child and Helping him through his hard times.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 12, 2010

As a result of all the changes in the school district, this school needs help more than ever.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 11, 2010

Great strides are being made in integrating a third senior high school, Highland, into a previously combined Anderson and Madison Heights High School. This summer (2010), the combined marching band was wearing the Highland kilts because that was the only uniform having enough to clothe all the band members. There are three majors, each dressed in their respective traditional uniforms. When Anderson High School won the Indiana State Fair Marching Band Contest this summer, the three majors came forward to accept the huge trophy; saying it was for the unified Anderson High School. With all the turmoil that surrounded the closing of Highland High School, it was quite inspiring to see the award being presented live during the eleven o clock nightly news on WTHR channel 13. The students are not resisting the unification . On the contrary, the students have come up with various slogans for each athletic team, each one supporting the combining of the three schools.

Posted March 14, 2010

I am a student and Anderson Highschool receiving a 4.0 gradepoint average. Overall I would not choose another school to attend. Many people hear the bad, critical things about Anderson but no one ever seems to observe the good. I would highliy recommend Anderson Highschool to any parent concerned or looking.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 9, 2010

Am pleased with courses offered but dislike the large class size. I think there are too many GROUP assignments that do not accurately assess individual gpa's. I am concerned when high schools merge and class sizes continue to increase. I think the testing results of the school (state/nationwide) indicate that the material is NOT being absorbed by the majority of the students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 8, 2010

Anderson high school is one of the best schools in anderson indiana and i loved it when i went there..Alot of good learning and helping with each other..Ill rate this school number one on my list..I wish i can go back
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 20, 2009

The counseling department needs to figure out what they are supposed to do when the student wants to pursue a specific field of study and not just put students in a 'standard program' if they have no idea what is needed as prerequisites for that career. Also, one counselor that was in the department in 2007 had an issue with doing the job of forwarding transcripts even after repeated requests and caused my student to lose a 4 year full-ride scholarship to a very prestigious engineering school. Make sure parents that you pay full & close attention to everything the so-called counselors are doing/not doing for your gifted children!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 5, 2009

I am a student at anderson high school and i believe we are a lillll bit below average but not enough to give us 2 stars out of 5. There is a lot of work that needs to be done at our school. And im talking about dicipline wise, but not in the way you are thinking. The disciplinary actions we take towards students can sometimes be over the top. Teachers these days think they have the authority to talk to you like youre on the streets which i do not appreciate at all. It really just depends on what teachers you have on wether you like the school or not. Anderson high school is not one of the first high schools you should be enrolling your child into. But with the benefit of the doubt anderson can be a good school. Thanks :)
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 13, 2009

The school is nice but one problem my child has is its too big he can't get from his locker to the other side of school on time so he carries everything or just decides to not take it to class rather than be late. Also no time to see counselor about classes/test sign-ups. I guess its a little too big and office staff not easily approachable. He is learning about 2 yrs ahead of what I did at his age.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 27, 2008

Our child is in their sophomore year at Anderson. Since attending the uniform policy has been put into place. Fantastic idea and please keep it!!!!!!!! Our child has been an honor roll student their entire life. Yes, it is up to the faculty to teach the children but there is also follow-up. Parents need to be more involved. Too many parents are their children's friends first and parents later. Wrong answer! It is pathetic when a parent calls into a school to defend their child who is in the wrong. Let's go back to the old ways: prayer and discipline in school Anderson High School is what the student and parents make of it just like any other school. The teachers do care, at least the ones we have come in contact with. I would like to know more about the parent organization and meeting schedule.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 24, 2008

I currently attend this school, and the construction is almost complete they are still working on it. I don't find this school by any means 'great'. I've been there for 3yrs now, and I'm still clueless on what the heck I'm doing. Teachers tend to not teach class, and just sit at their desk doing other things, and also they let the students control the class. when a student gets loud or disruptive the teachers stop class orientation for the day, and expect us to learn everything on our own. I'm a junior taking my 3rd year of algebra 1 because the teachers don't teach it to me. If i were a parent I would prefer to send my children to highland.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 3, 2008

I went to Anderson all four years of high school. It definately has improved, but it is not a good place to go. It depends on which teachers you have, but a lot of times the cirriculum was not geared towards a college bound classroom. There were a lot of fights and a high dropout rate. So many students are disrespectful towards others. Although Anderson High School is improving, it is a reflection of how poverty causes a lack of educational opportunities.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 18, 2007

Anderson High School is by no means an 'ideal school' to send your kids to. But i must say that Anderson has helped me mature and be ready to take on the real world.. The edication there is not bad, but it is often hard to concentrate because of all of the wild students
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 24, 2007

I believe Anderson High School is a great school. When I reached college, I was better prepared than most classmates. The math and lanuage departments had me ready to succeed. Today, I am very successful, and I owe much of that success to the academics and atmospere at AHS. Go Indians!

Posted July 19, 2007

I attended this school when it was still Madison Heights High School. I knew kids from Anderson and Highland. I read the previous reviews. I have to tell you that nothing has changed. As soon as your kids hit middle school they are introduced to smoking and illegal drugs. How your child does in school depends largely upon you, the parent. If you are there for your child and let them know you care while you set boundaries you are giving them a path to succeed. Be willing to listen and compromise. Communication is so important. I didn't hang out with a bad crowd only because I had already seen what drugs and alcohol had done to my own family. I would have made better grades and had success if only my parents were willing to listen to problems and needs without holding it against me.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted June 11, 2007

Anderson High School was a fun place to go to school but not exactly the best place to receive an education. When I got to college I was under-prepared. If you care about your child don't send them here. I was a great person before I went to Anderson High. I was into athletics and continued at Anderson, but the discipline here are terrible. I am now in the military and know a thing or two about discipline and this school does not have any. Some teachers are great, but, overall they're not good.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 9, 2007

Students can suceed if they want to and are given many chances to do well at this school, teachers are willing to stay afterschool to help students but they won't force you to learn. My experiences at this school were memorable and I wouldn't change them for a minute. This is where I learned how to grow into the person I am today.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 26, 2005

I graduated from Anderson High School two years ago, just before it began construction. My high school experience was irreplaceable, and only because of the opportunities available. There are professors there that genuinely will make an effort to help you succeed. There are great activities to get involved with, from the arts, such as theatre or show choir, to sports to even a very successful competitive robotics team. The construction that has been initiated recently has made things more complicated for both teachers and students, but once construction is done in the next 2 or so years, the school should once again be an example of greatness.
—Submitted by a former student

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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

590 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

445 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "F".

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Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 72%
Black 21% 12%
Hispanic 7% 10%
Multiracial 5% 4%
Asian 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 67%N/A46%
Special education 20%N/A14%
English learners 3%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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4610 Madison Avenue
Anderson, IN 46013
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Phone: (765) 641-2037


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