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10220 Ardrey Kell Road
Charlotte, NC 28277

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October 24, 2014
Audrey Kell is fine if your child is a high achiever or an athlete. If a student is average or below, its a constant struggle where no one cares or helps. The EC coordinator should have retired a long time ago, she is no advocate for the children. AK is more interested in their image than with the students. There were many bullying issues that were never addressed although they profess to be diligent. Much of the student body is pretentious and self centered. Thank goodness we left and found a smaller, loving HS environment.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
We moved from NY to Charlotte last year and my daughter completed 10th grade @ Ardrey Kell. We are very impressed with this school. The academics are rigorous but my daughter was able to maintain excellent grades while working part time and staying active in athletics. I concur with other reviews that the principal, Mr. Switzer, is amazing and I hope he stays @ Ardrey Kell until my other children graduate. You won't find a better High school in the CMS system. PS....I do see why people call it a jail though. It could use some paint/landscaping/architectural enhancements??

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2014
I can't say enough good things about AKHS. We love, love, love this school. Mr. Switzer, the principal, is amazing. This school has something for everyone: academics, athletes, artists, musicians, etc. Your child will be so glad to be at this school! Even the kids here have a ton of school spirit. It's unlike anything I've ever seen!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2014
To some, this school appears to be great. It'd diverse and the teachers are young and great. However, the way this school is run makes the learning environment impossible to learn in. The administrators seem to care more about girls' yoga pants and butts than academics and student satisfaction. The drug and cheating problems at this school are unbelievable and the rules are ridiculous. If you care at all about your child's education, don't send them hear! This was my first year at AK and after my experience it is also my last. The learning environment and the ridiculous rules may work for some people whom I have met, but for most students I have talked to, this school is exactly what it looks like...a prison.

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2014
Ardey Kell is a great high school, filled with lots of diversity. Since day one, the staff and faculty has been very welcoming and inclusive. My children have received an excellent education, as well as being involved in a great athletic community.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
Both of our children attended AK and they loved it. In addition we as parents enjoyed the experience WITH our children as they were very involved.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
Principal Switzer and school staff do an excellent job in motivating and educating all students in this phenomenally growing district. Their care to encourage and incorporate every family to enhance a student's growth is second to none.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2013
As a parent of a current student and AK graduate, I am extremely pleased with the leadership of Principal Switzer and his top notch teaching staff. The curriculum is challenging and there are extensive opportunities for students to get involved in extra curricular activities (sports, clubs, community service). The student body is diverse and includes a large Exceptional Children's program. Teachers go out of their way to assist students achieve their academic goals. The school is extremely safe. Parent involvement is encouraged. Communication between the school and parents is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2013
I just moved here and attended as a new student at Ardrey Kell last week. Honestly, everyone is so unwelcoming, the classes are too long, and the whole school looks and feels like a prison. Sure, the staff may be nice but the kids are so judgemental and materialistic and it's difficult to make friends since everyone's already in their cliques. The homeroom schedule is extremely confusing and they don't have many elective classes to offer. I can't stand the thought of attending school here for 3 more years, I have no idea how this is the "Best School" in all of Charlotte. You're better off homeschooling or moving back to where you came from.

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2013
Ardrey Kell High School is without a doubt the best school in Charlotte Mecklenburg. The school is always in the lead in academics and test scores. We have a diverse and confident student body. The athletics at Ardrey Kell are OUTSTANDING. The school has won the Wachovia Cup Conference (now the Wells Fargo Conference) 4 years in a row! This is an award for the All Around Best Athletics. The actual school is wonderful, it is one of the newest in the county. The Exceptional Needs program at the school is fantastic also. I have experience with this area and it is really hands down the best. The principal and staff at Ardrey Kell are unsurpassed. This is sometimes stressful to the staff due to expectations but they do deliver. Earlier principals did not achieve these high results/scores as the current principal. He is demanding of the students and staff. He accomplishes this thru strength of belief in a great education, fairness and compassion. He also shares a love and enjoyment of his students and they of him. There is a lot of team spirit and closeness amongst the students, parents and staff. I couldn't be happier with the education my 2 kids rec'd from Ardrey Kell.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My school is best because... # any and every teacher sends reply to all our questions even when it is midnight, they send us from documents to suggestions at that time of day. # school has very active clubs to keep the students from pursuing their interests. # our music and band teacher Mr. Butler is so excellent that he takes time and helps us play every note for various instruments per kid very patiently. # debate team is another great area a student can excel, and football team is perfect to play and enjoy a game own Friday night. # my counselor is too good that I shoot him a mail and he gives a detailed reply to that, I am only a freshman and am surprised to find teachers and staff this dedicated to improvement of the student that not even a elementary or middle school has done so far. # we do have something called Knights program in which the student can take time with a teacher and revise any topic that they need or be in the class in which you are weak yet. Therefore my school is the best!

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2013
I'd rather my two kids attend AK than nearly any other CMS school (and they, in the main, like it). The vast majority of my kids' teachers have been caring professionals. That said, some aspects of its culture are bothersome: a huge push to take AP/Honors courses that may not fit everyone's needs/abilities (and a tendency of many students to be judgmental of those not taking AP Everything); excessive homework; a principal who purports an open-door policy but is often inflexible and oversensitive even to constructive criticism; exorbitant fees for many extracurriculars (an assumption exists that every AK family has deep pockets); a growing drug/drink problem; lack of response from administrators/counselors when you contact them with an issue (but who interrupt dinnertime at least twice a week with ConnectEd calls); overloaded special-ed case managers/general counselors who often do not respond to multiple emails. As for its size, my kids' point of view is that this actually discourages cliquishness, but they've also complained that it can be difficult to get to know people, particularly since homework makes socializing outside of school difficult.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2013
This school is very concerned with how it looks on the outside, and very UNconcerned with its students. The principal outright favors wealthy families, and lets kids with money get away with a lot more than the kids without. For example, when dealing with the issue of drugs and drug using students, the student with the parents who are willing to pay to keep their child from getting in trouble is quickly reprimanded and brushed under the rug. Whereas the student with parents who aren't able to make a big donation to the school is suspended. This year, they have introduced the "name tag". Although pictures of professional IDs come to mind, the true picture is a childish plastic sheet with a paper inside with the student's name on it. This is deemed a factor of safety, and if the student refuses to BUY it, along with a yearly agenda, they are at risk of suspension. Although the school looks were polished and wealthy on the outside, I am telling you from the inside: not all is as it seems. The money is leeched from the students and parents, and the teachers care more about their tenure and paycheck than they do about a student's success. Also, scheduling keeps kids from taking APs.

- submitted by a student
August 20, 2013
Found Principal to be condescending, aggressive, unprofessional, emotional when trying to solve simple issue. Very type A. Disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
Not helpful, careless management! There is a lot of bullying in this school. Teachers are good, but environment is not.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2013
I have been attending this school since I was in 9th grade and am now going to be a senior after summer. Overall, AK is a great school that gives students a competitive atmosphere so students will keep trying and strive to do better. There are drugs and partying within the school among students just like any other high school however most kids put up a really great facade and if you don't want to be involved in this scene, then you really don't have to because this school is so big, there is always somewhere you can fit in. Although AK is not very 'clique-y', it's very easy to be lost at the school. Not just physically because of the size of the school but also because of the number of kids. More than half of the 2000 kids who attend this school take AP courses and score well on ACT and SAT, it is just very hard to stand out. Many times people don't remember you or many times even teachers don't remember you. AK has a good academic atmosphere and is overall a good place to attend school but a lot of kids are overlooked by teachers due to how smart all the kids are at this school.

- submitted by a student
May 09, 2013
I am a parent at AK and know that high school is never an easy experience. I believe that a great majority of the administration and staff at AK have what's best for the students in mind. The High school can be the best years of your life or end up not living up to what you always hoped it would be. There are health conditions and issues that can affect attendance and in some situations, the students feel, not necessarily at AK, that they are being blamed for being sick, and they get frustrated. Knowing that there are people at the school who are there to support them is key. The nurse at AK is incredible and is always looking out for the kids specific conditions and/or needs. The attendance/office staff in my experience has been there to listen and help out when they can. The kids just need to know they are being treated for their individual situations whatever the case might be and they can feel more at ease.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2011
I am currently a student here at ak. I just moved to Charlotte this year. Ive made a couple friends but overall kids are not welcoming, they arent really mean simply not welcoming, you have to talk to them. There is a "must wear this" I guess it is a little snobby but that's not really a problem in this school. I just think there should be more activities in the classrooms so students can know each other!. Its not fun to sit alone in the cafeteria or to feel really bad! Like I said Im new so i dont know if with time i will make more friends etc I hope I do. The teachers are really nice and the staff the same. I rate a 3 star because not everyday I feel happy here but I think once you find your group of your friends you are set! ( I hope) There is not really a "popular" crowd probably because its so big. It really is! And I don't think gossip is a problem either. I'd like to repeat how nice the teachers and staff are they really are! As for the other good schools in Charlotte I'm pretty sure the problems would be the same. Oh! there is also a lot of school spirit which is fun! and clubs are also really really fun!

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2011
I too used to go to ardrey kell, and i loved it there for the most part. Some of the teachers were really good and some were really bad. Like most students i did get picked on but i sucked it up. Then there was one which made me question why she was hired in the first place she couldnt control the class, didnt follow through on punishment, and i almost flunked because of her. Now i have learned that her teaching style just didnt mesh with my learning style.

- submitted by a student
September 06, 2011
We have one child that has graduated from AK and one sophomore currently attending. We have been extremely pleased with the school and the overall experience. It is a challenging school that has required our kids to put forth their best effort and we have appreciated that. Our college student has been well prepared for the requirements at the next level. The faculty is caring but is always is focused on the business of educating our kids. Both of our children are involved in athletics and the athletics at Ardrey Kell are run at the highest level.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2011
Ardrey Kell is a fantastic school. My child has had an excellent experience. I know he will be more than ready for college when the time comes. Yes, it is a competitive school, but that in itself is a plus point.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2010
I would just like to say, from my own personal experience, that most of the teachers at Ardrey Kell are amazing and are excellent at their job. However, there are some teachers that are terrible and should have never been hired in the first place. During my freshman year, i took a required course of cms... I ended up failing, and so did more than half of the students taking that course. It wasnt our fault they were a terrible teacher. I realize that life is unfair, but it's just completely ridiculous that over half of the students of that course failed and have to live with it on their record for colleges to see. I studied my butt off and completed every homework assignment of hers that took 2-3 hours every night... and all it got me was a failing grade and to retake the course this year. go knights...

- submitted by a student
November 17, 2010
I am reading the reviews here and I am stunned. I have had two students graduate out of AK and one currently attending. It appears that the "integration" of students doesn't appeal to a lot of the parents who are commening on this site. In the real world, there is integration. In the real world, some people succeed and some people fail. In many cases, those students who are failing merely don't give a crap. If they did, they would succeed, regardless of the "teachers" or the "front office." How any fair-minded individual could rate this school poorly leaves me baffled. Quit blaming the school for your child's failure. Take a look in the mirror and start blaming yourself.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2010
horrible! This school is a joke. Not only was my child crudely neglected by staff and teachers, but I was treated with indifference also. I understand the lack of teachers in this area recently, but for Ardrey Kell to keep horrible teachers who can't even teach is unacceptable. They are irresponsible, cannot do their jobs properly the first OR second time. Horrible school.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
This is a first class school with a wonderful principal and dedicated staff. AK as we call it is the envy of all high schools in the greater Charlotte area. This is not an "inner city" school as some reviews claim- far from it. This school is in the suburbs in Southeast Charlotte outside of the 485 loop. This is the best High School in Charlotte come and see it for yourself. The kids are respectful and well mannered and involved in the school. Ardrey Kell academically and athletically is the best overall choice and more challenging than most privates schools as well. I encourage those that are looking for a quality education for your children in the nicest area of Charlotte to come to the "CASTLE" and see this first class facility for yourselves.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2010
I have nothing but good things to say about Ardrey Kell High School and the staff. I have two children there. My son is a graduating Senior and my daughter a Junior. What has made Ardrey Kell such a positive experience is the dedication of the teachers and staff to the well-being of my children. I have received personal notes from many teachers offering extra help and assistance to my children academically. My children have had an exceptionally positive experience with several teachers who are not only academically excellent, but personally dedicated to their success! Their counselor has gone out of her way to work professionally and personally to ensure both of my children received what they needed to succeed. Ardrey Kell has been a huge blessing to the lives of my children academically and personally! I highly recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
Here it is plain and simple. One year after my son failed the ninth grade at Ardrey Kell (WITH AN IEP). He earned the President s Academic Achievement Award for the 2009-2010 school year, at the high school in the Cabarrus County school district. By all means parents, please consider a different school district all together if you are new to Charlotte. Test scores in Union County and Cabarrus County schools are comparable, but what makes them superior is the fact that the staff actually cares about and is committed to teaching your children.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
This school is a joke as is the whole Mecklenburg school district. Unfortunately, we are not "allowed" to mention names here (which makes those accountable for the mess free of criticism but it's OK, I guess you all who have been involved with Meck Schools know who I am talking about!). If you can choose, move as far away as possible from this district!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
This school is very unprofessional. Many teachers, as well as administrators are more concerned with themselves than the well-being of the students. My child had a teacher who lost my child's homework. This happened so frequently that my child had to re-do every single homework assignment 3-4 times before recieveing a grade. Another teacher gave my child all C's. When I e-mailed her about it, she did not respond. After talking with an Administrator, his excuse for the teacher's poor behaviour was that she was, 'way to busy to respond.' This teacher had 2 weeks to respond. That is plently of time. After having a confrence with the teacher, she told me that my child did not put forth effort in the class, nor, completed any assignments. I found this to be highly unlikely. My child works very hard on schoolwork. AK is not a good school at all.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
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March 29, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2010
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!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 25, 2010
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.

- submitted by a student
January 23, 2010
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!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 23, 2010
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!!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2009
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.

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September 02, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 18, 2009
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'.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating June 05, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2009
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!

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February 25, 2009
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January 15, 2009
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January 11, 2009
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December 16, 2008
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no rating November 12, 2008
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.

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November 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 20, 2008
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

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May 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 27, 2008
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!

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2008
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.

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February 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 01, 2007
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.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2007
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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May 19, 2007
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Ardrey Kell High
10220 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte, NC  28277
(980) 343-0860
Last modified Ardrey Kell High is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ardrey Kell High Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top