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Andover High School

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Posted October 23, 2013

Andover High School is on a steady decline over the past 6 years. Four different principals, three different athletic directors and class sizes approaching 30 kids in some cases. The facilities are dated and are not adequate to house the almost 2,000 students. Girls sports and coaches are excellent and rank as one of the tops in the state, The boys sports are weak at best. Poor coaching and lack of leadership from AD and Principal all ow coaches to run wild. No role models or mentors on coaching staffs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2013

Andover High School is pretty good. The teachers are alright, but they generally expect you to learn most of the material through homework and on your own, instead of through them teaching you. It is possible to succeed at Andover High, although it isn't common. You need a ton of self motivation, and if you aren't succeeding, no one is going to try and help. It is incredibly easy to take the classes that require the least work, do zero extracurricular activities, and have no responsibility. Andover High does have a lot of clubs and sports, and some good classes, but you need to find them completely by yourself, since there aren't any adults that will help you. The guidance counselors act like it is a hassle to help you with college, planning your courses, and anything else that is their job. Overall, kids are sometimes nice and sometimes not. Usually, they won't go out of their way to be mean, and it is pretty easy to make friends. The new principal is really annoying and he has shut down every dance this year. He tries to be kids' friends, and that is even more annoying.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2012

Super school. Excellent teachers. Challenging environment. Great facilities. Perfect for academic excellence as well as extra curricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Great teachers, dynamic principal, creativity in the face of budget cuts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2009

W recently moived into Andover because of the academic reputation associated, I do like the schools but am not very impressed with the guidance dept. at the high school. My son will be a senior looking to attend college and has not been offered much assist in searching for the right colleges. We do pay more taxes than most communities in our area and would expect just a little more in that area.Otherwise, we are happy with the middle school(Doherty)and the highschool.I consider Andover on a par with Wellsley, Weston, Concord Carlisle, Dover, other affluent towns.etc Having Phillips nearby is a blessing, it assures that the high standards will be kept at the highschool for fear of losing top students annually.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2009

Andover High School is a fantastic school for motivated students. It doesn't focus many resources on holding the hands of wayward students and getting apathetic students involved. However, those who want to can take advantage of incredible potential in teacher relationships and extra curricular activities. Peter Anderson has done an great job building an environment in which students are trusted with a lot of responsibility and a lot of freedom and expected to take advantage of it without breaking the trust that he's invested in them, and so far its worked. In terms of teachers, the social studies department is by far the strongest, with math probably weaker. People make a lot of fuss about the black scheduling, but its not a big deal, and as a college student I can say it made the transition very easy. Fred Hopkins is hands down the best teacher at the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

The school is great, the people, the sports, etc. The only bad thing is the teachers. They don't really teach you anything and expects you to master the material.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2008

I graduated from Andover High and I believe that the block scheduling is the best way to go about how a high school should be run. I am well prepared for dreaded 1 1/2 hour classes and I am already into the habit of having classes for a semester instead of a year. A high school is supposed to prepare students for college, and Andover High did do that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2008

I love this school. The clubs they offer are great and the teachers are very friendly and ready to help. I just regret that the scheduling is like it is. For example, i won't have math, English, or environmental science until next semester. Overall, it's a great school though.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2008

I've spent a lot of time with students, discussing the block scheduling, but every highschooler I've spoken to loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2007

AHS is probably one of the best schools in the state but letting go of Dr.Francis was a dire mistake. The teachers are ok but the extra circulars and sports are spectacular. I don't mind the symester scheduling that much.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2007

The only negative side of this school I see in the semester scheduling. The continuity in studying such subjects as mathematics, science, and foreign languages is very important. But with the semester scheduling in this school the interruption may be for one or two semesters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2007

This school has block scheduling and students only take 4 classes a day in the high school. Students could actually have a year between the semesters they take language, math or other subjects, making the time table for continuity very inefficient for the MCAS. Students are definitely lacking strength in their program for college, especially if they do not have top grades. Furthermore, the math program is difficult and lacks a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2007

Andover High School has finally uplifted itself to its former prestige. It has one of the best academic and sports programs in the state. The students there are prepared for college with the semester scheduling. It is a wonderful environment for both students and staff
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 7, 2004

Andover High School is a very student friendly school. There is always extra academic help available.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

409 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students99%
Female99%
Male100%
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Asian100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial100%
White99%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
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Math

All Students98%
Female97%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian99%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial100%
White98%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
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Students with disabilities82%
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Science

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
Hispanic69%
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White88%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
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Students with disabilities56%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

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The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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88%

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91%

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87%
Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

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Chemistry

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Introductory Physics

All Students84%
Female80%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Hispanic39%
Multiracial84%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities52%
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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50%
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26%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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SAT participation

98%

Average SAT score

1719

Graduation rate

98%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 6%
Hispanic 4% 16%
Black 2% 8%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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80 Shawsheen Rd
Andover, MA 01810
Phone: (978) 623-8632

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