As a former student I can honestly say, what you see is what you get. A small town school catering to the needs of a small town. Football, yes. Prayer, yes. Emphasis on succeeding, yes. And last but not least, it's like any other school with student/teacher ratio and passion. The ratio is good, but some teachers are more passionate than others. I spent all of my 13 years of education here, and my family still lives in Arcanum. Everyone knows everyone. Plain and simple. I am currently in college with a 3.98 GPA, so my education must not have been too bad. Small town school, small town. Perfect for those who value education, family, and simplicity.
As the parent of two honor-roll children who attend AHS, I can say with definite certainty that this school is best suited for children who fit the "midwestern stereotype" profile. In other words, if your child/family enjoys farming, country music, drinking, and football (in particular, OSU football), this is the PERFECT environment for you. Free thinkers, individuals, and those with open minds need not apply, lest you will be tortured on a daily basis for your lack of conformity. There are two administrators providing above average direction (Middle School Principal Kirby Tipple, and High School Principle Jim Gray). The rest of the faculty is sub-standard. The guidance counselor's advice to my honor-roll, never-had-a-detention in his life son's request for help with a personality conflict with a teacher: "Well, maybe if you dressed NORMAL and played FOOTBALL you'd have a common ground". Curriculum is 20 years behind.