The current administration is only concerned with maintaining some kind of order. If you are a student that has any type of concern, issue, disagreement, or your having difficulty fitting in or getting along with a group of others, there is no compassion and no one to help you work through them.
It is truly sad to say...there is a HUGE disconnect with the student body and the current administration.
Our child is a freshman at Avondale High School. I am extremely disappointed in the current administration there. To me, they waste so much time "investigating" petty "crimes" that are a normal part of working with high school students, that they are failing to reach out or connect with the student body. The part that is most frustrating for me is that I work in the public school system as a building administrator, (23 years) and I find their priorities so upside down! If they would spend 1/2 of the time investing/connecting with ALL the students as they do their crazy "investigations", that school would be an amazing institution. They must be out and interacting with the student body on a daily basis!
The building lacks real true leadership, a clear vision for the students, and a sense of belonging for all students. It is the "flag ship" of the Avondale School District and I feel that there is NO ONE at the helm steering the ship!
The current administration needs solid training on LEADERSHIP ! They need to visit buildings where there is solid leadership such as the Middle School right there in the district. We were very happy at the Middle School, but this year is a totally different story!
It is truly disappointing!
I am a graduate of AHS, attended Avondale District my entire school career, and still live within the Avondale community. It is an absolutely phenomenal place to be. Not only did I receive an excellent education, but the entire district and community is both friendly and welcoming. The diversity in the district is astounding and gives both students and families an opportunity to become culturally educated. I recommend this district again and again to families and encourage everyone to consider Avondale School District.
First off, The band Program is PHENOMENAL! The teacher is a nice young person who really knows what he's doing. The schools Academic Center(AC) was very helpful to me. The problem is discipline/administration. AHS has changed, and the administration doesn't handle/resolve the problems the way they should be. I had many problems here. THE ONLY REASON I STAYED WAS FOR THE BAND PROGRAM! While you have the chance, DONT come here for 9th-12th. THE MIDDLE SCHOOL IS EXCELLENT! Then, after that, I suggest you find a new district.
I have two children and two nieces who attend Avondale (K-12). The teachers are hit and miss; at best. Some care and do a good job - the problem is that my children always seem to get a healthy dose of the one who teach off of YouTube.com before getting the good teacher. This puts them behind (AKA: there is a lack of continuity throughout the school.). Some of the assumptions made about me and my children are appalling. My daughter returned from a funeral to be greeted by "glad you finally decided to show up." As is she had been skipping. However, I called and told them 3 times. The band teacher is nice, but even someone who is scatterbrained is more organized & less overwhelmed. It makes it very difficult to keep up. We are currently investigating another district to move to. There is also the additional problem of the ranking - more to the point the removal of it. It doesn't hurt college applications, but it does affect the amount of grants or scholarships that are available to them. It pains me that Avondale has crumbled before my eyes. My children are the 3rd generation to attend. This is NOT the Avondale my family once knew.