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Atherton High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 4 students

 

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Posted September 24, 2013

Atherton strives not just on preparing your kids for college but bettering them as people. I thrived there. The teachers actually care for you. The students at Atgeeton are more accepting than any other school. The only thing kids at Atherton hate are people who are not tolerant and force their views on others. When it comes to things like drugs, there is about as many drugs as there are at every other school. The school gets a pot smoking reputation mainly because of the surrounding area gives off a hipster vibe. No one at the school pressures your child to do anything illegal. Even problem students don't try to pressure others. The school is a big community in that way.


Posted July 7, 2013

I thrived at Atherton loved it in every way possible, was involved with soccer and learned things that I would not have learned anywhere else. I would recommend Atherton to any parent but only if their child has a strong moral compass because I found it hard to find a group of kids at Atherton that I could relate to that didn't do drugs. There are alot of drugs going on there.


Posted October 28, 2012

My daughter loves it at Atherton. She is currently a senior and will graduate well prepared for college. She left the traditional program to attend Atherton. While it was the scariest decision we had ever made for her academically, it turned out to be the very best decision we could have made. She has wonderful teachers and a great principal and staff. Plans are for the next child to attend as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2012

It is a wonderful school that really cares about it's students. Children and students who are "unique" really excel here. At this school there are really no cliques or real high school drama. Our principal Dr. Aberli really cares about our school, and is actually loved by students. Its a fun place to go to school, and even though our football team is lacking every high school event is filled with students. I would recommend anyone who wants to go to a school that will care about you and your academics should come visit Atherton and see why we're great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2011

I am currently a senior at atherton, and having spent almost four years there, I can safely say this is the best school I have ever been to. Atherton is the most unique school in JCPS. We offer a wide variety of courses and academic levels. Atherton has both AP and IB programs. IB (International Baccalaueate) is an academic program taught in over 140 countries. It is cosidered the world standard in education. The teachers at Atherton are excellent. They are highly skilled, and really care about the students. They are devoted to providing the best education possible. I have become very close to a lot of the teachers. There are also 5 foreign languages at Atherton, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and Japanese. Atherton also has a diverse student body. We have a large number of exchange students and ESl students. Our school comunity is very close, and there is no descrimination of any kind. There are all types of people at Atherton, we have large percentage of gay, lesbian, and bisexual students. Students love Atherton so much, they often come to visit after they have graduated. I really love Atherton, and will miss this school when I graduate. I hope you can enjoy Atherton too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2010

Atherton high school provides a great experience in any area of learning. they teachers and staff are friendly and the students are above average.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2010

I'm a student at Atherton and I have to say that it is amazing. Atherton is one big diverse family. No matter what your background is you will be accepted into the Atherton Family. Race, religion, political views, sexual orientation, and etc does not matter to anyone at this school. In middle school i was a straight A student and my parents told me that I have 3 choices, Manual, Male or Atherton. I said it looks like I'm going to Atherton. Has I look back I do not regret my decision and I'm proud to call myself a proud rebel. I am proud to be at a school that is accepting to anyone, and I'm proud to be at a school with high academic standards. I could go on about that forever but theres a word limit on this site. Just remeber GO REBELS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2010

I love Atherton. My daughter is thriving there. She is not only on the Soccer team but alos the dance team. Unlike other JCPS HS here at Atherton you can have the oppurtunities to do more than one sport at the same time. Acedemics are amazing and just as good if not better than Manuel. Our choice for Atherton was does she want to be a little fish in a big pond or a big fish in a little pond. We wanted her to not just be a number. We, an she are very happy .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

I love atherton simply because we're such a diverse school, and you get to know each and everyone's story one day at a time, and what they've been through. It's just all around a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My daughter is getting the help she needs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

I am a student here and love it.There are so many different types of people, which makes the school diverse. I guess I like the 'weirdness' of it though. It isn't a clique-filled school. Everyone pretty much talks to and gets along everyone. The atmosphere is really laid back and fun. When it comes to academics though, I have always felt challenged. The honors classes here are comparable to the comprehensive level (which isn't offered at Atherton) courses at other highschools. I have never felt bored or like I wasn't being challenged in the advanced, ap, and ib classes. The ap and ib program gives students the chance to earn college credit which was a plus for me in choosing this school. Although our football team is nothing to brag about, there are tons of other sports and academic clubs offered. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2008

I'm a student at AHS and I love it. My teacher's are great, I am challenged in my AP classes, and the programs are great. There is a ton diversity and the people are amazing. Anyone would be lucky to go to school here. Everyone is ver excepting, and I feel extreamly comfortable here. GO REBELS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2008

My child has attended Atherton for 3 years. It is tough to get extra help from the teachers and to get an IEP in place. Communication is not good at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2007

My child is in the IB program at Atherton. The curriculum is as taxing as any college course I have ever taken, at least at the graduate school level. The teachers are engaged and enlightning, even entertaining. I am thrilled to have the level of public education this school can offer, especially competing with 2000+ schools worldwide. Brava Atherton, Brava!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2005

Atherton is an 'ok.' The diversty and people at Atherton are great, but it doesn't have a strong academic program. In the sciences, Atherton lacks great teachers who seem interested in students. Although it has the International Bacalaurette program, it fails to truly stimulate the minds of students. I believe the real problem exists with in the lackadasical behavior of teachers in not really caring about teaching (Of course there are exceptions such as an excellent Freshman english and ToK teacher, as well as a very remarkable english teacher).If you want a school to go to to have fun, come here. But if you wish to find a school in which you will be challenged academically, this is not it for you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2004

Atherton High School is a like a big family. It is a relatively small high school and almost everyone participates in an extracurricular activity and is involved. Being an International Studies, an International Baccalaureate and a great ESL program, Atherton is extremely diverse. There is a large population of hispanic students, mainly Cuban, a large population of Bosnian students, as well as students from Iraq, Iran, China, Korea, and just about anywhere else you can think of. THis diversity really gives the students a real awareness of the world around them and acceptance of other cultures and traditions. The International Baccalaureateprogram is a vary inteanse and rigorous academic program with and international curriculum. It really challenges students to go above and beyond regular high school curriculum. Comparable to Advanced Placement the students must take a test to pass the class and if they do, the class is counted toward college.
—Submitted by a student


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Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 51% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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51%

2012

 
 
53%
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About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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64%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students64%
Female71%
Male54%
African American33%
Asian80%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learners0%

Writing

All Students51%
Female59%
Male40%
African American13%
Asian90%
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learners8%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Writing

All Students77%
Female83%
Male70%
African American60%
Asian80%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 46% in 2011.

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
53%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
38%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 36% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
51%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 36% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
39%
English II

The state average for English II was 56% in 2013.

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 51% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
48%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

All Students47%
Female46%
Male48%
African American29%
Asian60%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students57%
Female57%
Male57%
African American32%
Asian46%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students74%
Female79%
Male68%
African American43%
Asian100%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learners8%

U.S. History

All Students66%
Female64%
Male68%
African American36%
Asian50%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learners0%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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3 This rating is based on average composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 81%
Black 22% 11%
Hispanic 6% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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3000 Dundee Rd
Louisville, KY 40205
Phone: (502) 485-8202

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