Excellent school, excellent teachers. Administration that cares. Firm but fair disciplinary structure. Kids are allowed leeway but faculty clearly in charge of their classrooms. Achievements are a matter of public record....students perform extremely well on standardized tests. Numerous extra-curricular activities. Safe, supportive environment. Things like dress code and student section antics are reasonably monitored and well controlled. Facilities are very good. ACHS is a place for good kids and good parents. Kids that want to disrupt the learning environment should consider other options; they just don't tolerate that in Andover schools. Progressive discipline system, again, is firm but fair.
I am not sure where to begin with Andover Central... To list off the FEW positives they have a nice building and technology. As far as that NOTHING else is good ! The teachers don't care about actually getting the children educated, and the administration may be the worst I've EVER seen. They cannot resolve any problems in a correct manner. Math is horrible at Andover Central and in math assist little to no help was offered the teachers allowed their students to use iPads to work on a program that related nothing with math so the teacher did nothing . I transfered my children to a private school in Wichita after an AWFUL year at Andover Central where they had a D in a math and at the private school they had As... this school as has major bullying problems and the adminstration does nothing . If you want your kids to grow up as rude disrespectful adults send them to Andover Central.. if not spend the money on a private school. Trust me Wichita has superior private schools.( Kapaun Mt. Carmel, The Independent School, Wichita Collegiate School, Trinity Academy, Sunrise act.)
I loved going to Andover Central High School. This school has so many opportunities to do great things. Someone said that high school is what you make it and I agree with that. If you take the time to be involved and get to know people than you will enjoy it. Their teachers are good and the place feels much more polished than usual public schools. The food from the cafeteria is good and some days I miss their enchiladas. The principal has changed since I went there so I cannot really comment on that. The extracurricular programs are great and a lot of money is spent on new technology each year. They really try to keep things up to date and well maintained.
If you have grown up in Andover your whole life, then you will like this High School. The facilities and advantages this school has over many of it's neighboring schools is astounding! A lot of money is spent on appearances and not enough emphasis is put on helping struggling students. Don't expect to be welcomed as a newcomer however, unless you have a lot of money or your son/daughter is the new sports or drama star. If you want to be fake and waste your money on a lot of stuff that doesn't really matter, than by all means, go here. Good luck raising respectful, well adjusted young adults, ha!
I am a Senior at Andover Central High School and love it. I feel sorry for the girl that moved to ACHS from Blue Valley and did not find the counselors helpful. I know it can be difficult moving to a new school I myself have been to nine different schools up to now because of my father s job but high school is what you make it. I would not go to any other High School in Kansas. The teachers, facilities, and activities available at Andover Central are superior.
My daughter moved to this school from Blue Valley North, (Overland Park) where shehad been enrolled to take AP courses - the counselors at this school are not helpful! After one miserable semester here, I transferred my daughter to a private school in Wichita. I guess if you were raised in Andover, you like this school. As a newcomer, the counselors and adminisration are NOT friendly or helpful. The students are not accepting of newcomers. There is a lot of hype about this school, but don't believe it!
My child had just recently moved from Andover Central High School her junior year of high school. She was raised there since kindergarten and the move was a very sad ordeal for her. Just recently she was talking about how much she truly missed the school and most of all, the teachers. If a seventeen year old can realize the personal relationship that the teachers and administrative staff have with the students, then they are doing their job.
My child has been in Andover schools since kindergarten and graduated from Andover Central. She is now in her third year at a very competitive college and is doing well. Her teachers at Andover Central challenged her in a way that prepared her for college much better than some of her college mates.
Opportunities abound in academic, sport, debate, and theatre areas. Academics and sports have continued to be quite strong in this new school that only opened in 2001. State and national test results are exceptional. What a precious gem of a school!