Students enrolled 1920
Hours 7:25 AM - 2:18 PM
School leader Dr. James Hedrick
Transportation options Yes
District Wake County Schools

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1420 Athens Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606

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3 stars
Based on 24 ratings

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September 12, 2013
ADHS is a hidden gem of a school in WCPSS. Incredible programs such as STEM, Band, Orchestra, Theater, Special Ed and incredibly supportive booster clubs make Athens a great community school. Teachers communicate and offer many opportunities for help outside the classroom. Perfect choice for our children.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2013
Wonderful school!!! Both my daughters were well prepared for college and had a realistic view of the world they were entering. Athens Drive was diverse, multicultural, and engaging. The teachers and administration addressed any concerns I had quickly and efficiently. They did not always coddle to me and my kids (just like the real world), but the staff always explained their decisions.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2013
Athens Drive HIgh School- We moved to Raleigh in August 2012. We have been very pleased with Athens for our son. Teachers and counselors go above and beyond. An altercation last fall ( which was witnessed by my son and was exaggerated by media) was handled wonderfully and was a .one time occurrence. We are happy to be part of the Athens Drive community. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
This school is very unsafe and has a history of fights. Today there were a total of 10 fights in a 15 minute period at lunch. It even made the news. You can find it on Wral.com search "Athens Drive High School." So glad I transferred my son.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2012
Very professional and responsive school administrators. Good course selections and attention to students who are average rather than simply focusing on the AP course crowd. Have been very pleased with the experience we've had in two years here. Parent involvement is strong and there is a full range of award-winning activities from sports to music. Proud to call this my neighborhood school after many happy years in magnets and schools of choice.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2012
My son has had a great year at Athens. We were concerned coming in from a private school that the adjustment would be difficult. Thanks to the caring staff and great teachers the change proved to be a good one.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2010
Athens is a great school. Teachers are very tough, but they ultimatly do help the kids excel. Their are very few discipline problems now that redistricting has occurred and my child feels very safe. Even acdemic classes are difficult and challanging. I would send any kid that would like to learn here.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2010
Excellent and professional staff. I never have a concern about safety for the students. The curriculum is excellent for college prep. Many extracurricular activities which interest most students. Great learning and yes social environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2010
The staff is very experienced and can handle a wide variety of students. Parents and students are involved and care about each other. Academics and extra-cirricular activities abound to challenge students. Love it!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2010
Athens Drive has just been listed on the 2010 'America's Best High Schools'. The staff is excellent and work together to provide a good learning environment. It has a diverse population which prepares students for the real world - I have had 3 children attend & have been pleased with their educational opportunities. Excellent music and sports programs, award winning band and strong parent support.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
My daughter's whole outlook on school has changed since I transferred her to Athens. She was ready to drop out from her previous high school. Her grades went from straight F's at the other school to A's, B's and C's at Athens. All the teachers truely care about their students and are dedicated to helping them do their best. I can definitely see why they are one of the highest ranked high schools in the state, they definitely deserve it.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 26, 2008
I sub at a lot of schools, and I like taking jobs for this school! It's clean, the staff are friendly, and the students I've encountered (even at the regular level) have been friendly and generally cooperative. I've never had anyone be defiant with me. It seems to have a lot going on extracurricular-wise, and I think the administration really cares.

- submitted by a teacher
March 17, 2008
Athens has amazing teachers and a fairly clean campus. The only major problem is the way the teachers and staff discipline the students and keep the campus safe. Fights occur often and most students have no respect for the teachers. If good students went to the school then the school would be a really nice one. With students disrupting class and not really caring about getting good grades, the classes become oblivious, and the teachers lose interest in teaching. As long as you are in honors and AP classes, you have a great chance of learning and excelling. The athletic department is amazing and so is the school spirit. Overall, some changes need to be made with safety and disipline but otherwise it is a great school!

- submitted by a student
no rating February 11, 2008
Athens Drive is a great school. Although we do have some discipline problems, we are one of the top schools in the Wake County Public School System. Once you get into AP classes there are no problems in the classroom. It is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a student
February 10, 2008
Lost misserably in the Science projects when competing against other regional shool. The teacher(s) seems to be disconnected, and students were left alone in the process. Do not recommend, will not send my next child to it. Stagnant staff

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2007
Athens Drive High is a fine school with great teachers (many have been there for years) and great school spirit. It is diverse in many positive ways. There have been no real discipline issues that I am aware. There are many active clubs and organizations. There is also a public library on campus which is a plus for the students.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
It is just a wonderful school. Thats all I can say

- submitted by a former student
March 17, 2007
Athens Drive is among the top 4 high schools in Wake county, now with wonderful and experienced leadership as of January, 2006...just look at the scores. Changing zoning and demographics present challenges to be sure, but we are impressed w/ the dedication and professionalism of faculty and staff! Our 9th grader now looks forward to school and finally, he 'gets it'...what a turn-around! This school is the leader in the county for exceptional students as well. Would highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2006
Leadership is good and getting better. Unfortunately, many students are rude in most situations with most adults. PTSA works very hard and is supportive. The 'good kids' outshine the 'bad'. Teachers seem genuinely concerned about their students and arrange bend over backwards to help them.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2006
Athens is a completely disorganized massive and messy institution! I would never send my children there.

- submitted by a former student
February 12, 2006
Discipline and saftey are problems that the school cannot get under control. Dress code is horrible, repsect amongst kids very poor, repsect for the teachers also poor. Staff is just going through the motions, and the kids know it. Not a stimulating academic environment for children pursuing higher education at a serious university, even AP classes are a joke, like 'regular' classes at our previous school. The athletics and extracuricular activities are many, but quality again is very poor. No sense of community. Great place if you want to breeze through highschool.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2006
Athens is a very disorganized campus with poor leadership and a dissapointing academic instiution overall. The school has a good reputation, but if you actually spend time, or are unfortunate enough to enroll your kids into the school, you find out first hand what a mess everything is. The are really bad discipline and safety issues, and my children were ridiculed for being serious about their academics and for being high achievers. I did not feel like the principal or staff listened to the multitude of concerns that were constantly brought to their attention by the parent committee. A mess, and a big one at that! When we moved to Cary Academy and my kids entered the equivalent classes, we found that they had a very difficult time keeping up at first and had obviously been in a far inferior quality program at Athens.

- submitted by a former student
February 11, 2006
Very mediocre school. Teachers are not engaging and seem to have lost their zest for their work, You can tell by the lack of enthusiasm and respect in the kids behavior! Lots of electives, but definitely a case of quality not being equal to quality. Campus has been renovated nicely. Lots of discipline issues.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
October 31, 2003
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Athens Drive High
1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh, NC  27606
(919) 233-4050
Last modified Athens Drive High is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Athens Drive High Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 28 reviews.