I'd like to reply to some of the comments left on this website particularly the most recent post is not accurate for two reasons: 1) having worked at AHHS for the last decade there was no male Spanish 2 teachers who's name began with a D. 2) when you complained to your guidance department I wouldn't expect HIM to do anything about it, being as both counselors are wonderful, intelligent and compassionate WOMEN.
Lastly, I can't vouch for the past academic performance prior to having worked there but I can comment on the fact that the new HIGHLY QUALIFIED staff at AHHS are some of the most committed, caring, nurturing, selfless people I've ever been blessed enough to work with. These teachers go to no end to provide quality education for ALL students who are willing to apply themselves to the learning process.
The school's culture has changed DRAMATICALLY since the day I first walked through the doors and I would consider AHHS a school of excellence which can be attributes in large part to a brilliant young administration and the its faculty who truly love and take pride in their professions.
Hamilton's small classes sizes, cultural diversity and tradition truly make it a gem of a school that I would be proud to send my kids to. We continue to produce outstanding graduation rates in spite of limited resources in comparison to the privileged surrounding communities (Ardsley, Edgemont, Irvington, Pocantico Hills, Valhalla)
Hamilton's sports programs have also taken a positive direction in recent years as they have repented section 1 on a number of occasions in regional and state tournaments / meets in cross county, soccer and basketball. Not to mention the boys basketball state championship in 2004. Track and Field has also crowned Westchester county champions, state champions and all Americans in the past 10 years. Anywhere from 12-15 AHHS alumni currently participate in NCAA athletics from D1-D3 and JUCO.
I'm sorry your past experiences weren't as positive, but stop by and see what your alma mater has become. You'll be glad you did!
Look at the recent test scores and consider the amount of students who LEP's or on Reduced Lunch. Teachers perform miracles with many disadvantaged (particularly in comparison to wealthy neighboring school districts in the area--ardsley, edgemont, Irvington, pocantico hills, valhalla, etc.) children each year.
My school is the best! It the most amazing staff, people, and facilities even if they aren't as big as some other schools. No matter what anyone else says I love Alexander High School and everyone that is a part of it!!!
This school has made some significant changes over the last few years. It has become a school to be proud of. My honor student is taking some very challenging classes. All the teachers I have encountered seem to be enthusiastic about teaching and push the students. Hamilton is moving in the right direction. The principal can proudly take the credit for a job well done.
The changes to AHHS over the past 4 years have been amazing. I have 2 children in the school and they are treated with care and compassion. The teachers are passionate and willing to go the extra mile. This is a huge change. The new principal is amazing and stands at the gate each morning greeting students and parents. The graduation rate has increased to 90%. I am so happy with the new direction the school has taken.
This was a great school but changes made since my youngest has been attending it has killed a great program. The teachers complain that administrators are making it difficult to provide a quality education and they shouldn't be talking about the problems to the students. The big problem is that reports show that the district reportedly spends a lot more money per student than even Scarsdale, but Elmsford the high school's report card is shameful.
I think given the size of this school the academic performance should be much better. The teachers make the difference and from what my child has experienced the teachers are not challenging the students and preparing them adequately. It is unfortunate it appears if some of the teachers really do not care whether or not the students sink or swim. The current pricipal seems to be trying. An overhaul of the teachers would be a good place to begin to make a difference.
I am currently attending AHHS and I've been in the school district since the kindergarten. AHHS doesn't compare to many other high schools. Many programs have been cut and academics are failing. Teachers seem very little to care about the students. shore we have a great ratio of students to teachers, but what does that doesn't matter if you don't have teachers who really care about the students. I've been told many times by teachers that they could care less about lesson and they are just there for a paycheck. no student wants to hear something like that coming from a teacher, at least I don't. AHHS needs more programs activities, sports, and classes for the students. we offer much less than other schools do causing many parents to pull their children out of the school by 8th grade. AHHS needs to make big changes because the school is going down
This school is horrible. I been here for 4 years, and there is no programs or extracurricular activites at this school. I do not recommand anyone to come to this school, because it is very disappointing.