We also moved here from out of state, but I have to say this is NOT an inner city school at all. If you think it is, then clearly you've never been to one. Academically it rivals Lakeside in Seattle where we come from (ie Bill Gates, Paul Allen alumni). I've found the teachers to be challenging, caring, and very professional. Socially, it's very hard to start as a freshman or new student in such a large school, and the rules and discipline at Ardrey Kell are very strict. The front office may be a hit or miss, but there are some very nice people in there and I have only had friendly experiences. All in all if your student is college bound, this is an excellent school with top scores!
I am a ninth grader at Ardrey Kell and have recently moved here from out of state. Academically, I find AK to be superb. The work is challenging, but not impossible. I love every single one of my teachers that I've had this year. In all of my classes that require a state mandated EOC exam, the bulk of the scores were 4's(highest possible score) and a few were 3's. Unfortunately, the social aspect of the school is not as great. Although the student are nice, many are not very welcoming. I had a difficult time adjusting until I got into theatre at AK, which has been an absolutely wonderful experience. The atmosphere at Ardrey Kell leaves something to be desired, as almost everything is a hard-and-fast rule with no exceptions. I also feel that it is run almost militarily by the administration. Overall, my experience at AK has been positive.
wow, i cannot believe what is being said about this school. My child is a 10th grader here and is academically being challenged. Has been put in AP classes. She came from a small private school and so this was a huge adjustment going in to public school and a large school. I actually do a lot of volunteer work at AK and I have found the students to be very well behaved and respectful. Obviously all schools have their share of problems but I would certainly not put AK down as being some huge problem school. The school has only been in existence for 4 years. I am sorry that you are not happy at the school. Please also don't forget that we as parents need to keep our kids in check and it is not the schools job to do what parents should be doing!
Our family moved here from out of state and moved specifically to the area because Ardrey Kell was supposed to be an excellent school. One of the parents described this as an inner city school and I completely agree. We have lived in 6 states and this is by far the worst of the worst school experiences our family has had. There is far too much hype about test scores and exemplary teaching. The drug activity going on both inside this school and on the grounds should cause great concern! The drop out rate for those that can't seem integrate into the robotic template of this schools mentality is truly sad. My child has attended many wonderful schools prior to moving to Ardrey Kell but has lost interest. I caution any parent moving from out of state to this school to strongly reconsider! Horrible!!
I have a child at Ardrey kell, and I agree with the parent who said it's the worst experience of a parent or student's life. The staff in the office couldn't be bothered to welcome parents or students. There is no 'high class click' or a 'must wear the right stuff' attitude here. I wish there were, it may make the school better quality. It is a typical inner city school. and all that, that implies. If you are a parent like I was, moving from out of state to Charlotte and investigating schools by searching the web, then save yourself a nightmare and don't believe this school's hype.
I went to another top-rated private school in Charlotte and comparing the two Ardrey Kell is extremely similar, if not better, in many regards. My teachers are all excellent and extremely engaging.
I think it's sad that the #3 school in the entire state has parents giving it a horrible review. I have worked at schools in several states and AK is by far the best of the best. With a 92% proficiency rate, it's the best school in the district, rivaling Providence and many of the private schools. The teachers I know strive for excellence in their classroom and the kids rise to the challenge. Most of the kids who fail are those who lack guidance and support from their parents, not the school as EVERY, yes EVERY dept. offers before/after school tutoring. That's not a CMS thing, it's an AK thing because we want students to succeed. If you want to have your child be in a competetive, real-world challenging, yet loving environment - send them here and I'll be proud to teach em'.
I have two children the attend ardrey kell h.S. And this has been the worst school year of their life! They absolutely hate this school. Their educational needs are not being met at ardry kell, especially our child with an iep. If your child has an iep please plan on paying for outside help! The standards are set very high for the students, that the staff/teachers do not follow themselves. I wish the people who choose to teach really enjoyed teaching. That hasn't been our experience here at ardry kell h.S. The mindset for diversity is very closed and the teachers don't even bother to hide it. We will not continue to put up with this type of unprofessionalism. God bless you on your seach for the best school for your child.
Ardrey Kell is close minded school that doesn't give students the opportunity to expand their knowledge or let them socialize and experience a real high school experience.
I cannot tell you how sad I am to write this! I have 2 children in Ardrey Kell , I feel the Teachers I have worked with are in it for a check ! Not all but most, these days anyone can get a teaching job as thier last resort because of the damand for teachers (bad salary) it's a last option job that our children pay for! I have only meet 1 teacher in the 2 years my family has been there that loves to teach! the staff in the front office are great! I just love them! If you want your children to excel, choose a diffrent school! just do your homework and research as much as you can! your children are counting on you! As for me, my children are going to a privite school next year! God bless!
The teachers are outstanding and work very hard to give their students the best education. Unfornuately, the class sizes are too large. This huge school makes it difficult for newcomers from other school districts to assimilate.
School is not ready for the growing diverse population that is relocating to the area. Needs to be more aware of school districts from the north and respect those differences which are oftentimes superior
My daughter started school at Ardrey Kell in January, 2008. I was extremely impressed with the tour of the school, it's immaculate condtion and the order in which it is run. The moral of all the administrators is so high, dedicated to educating each and every student with a smile. I am proud to be part of the Knight Family!
Coming into Ardrey Kell as a freshman, the first class that would travel through all four rigorous years of highschool at the establishment, I have to say that Ardrey Kell is very welcoming. The teachers are the type that want to teach. They don't teach for the money. Each one adores teaching and brings new life to the art. Ardrey Kell is truly a gem in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system.
I am a current student at Ardrey Kell and am heavily involved in nearly every facet of the institution. With participation in theatre, art, soccer, tennis, debate, and student council, atop a heavy academic courseload (10 APs over my junior and senior year) I feel that I have come to understand the institution that is Ardrey Kell quite well. It is a very clean, efficient, and overall rigorous institution, yet as a student I am left wanting more. Having come from from another CMS high school (Providence) after two years I also feel that I am in a prime situation to compare schools. All in all Providence offers more academic options, has a more diverse student body, and most of all has more character as an institution. Given the opportunity, I most likely would have stayed at Providence my junior year, though Ardrey Kell certainly has a promising future.
I think this is the greatest High School in Charlotte NC. The school has not long history but has excellent teachers, counselors, secretaris and principal who have ardent love for their students and don't mind communicating with parents. Plus excellent school facilities and substantial corriculums. My daughter really loves this school teachers and students. Nothing left to be desired in Education.
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