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7600 Fodor Rd
New Albany, OH 43054

(614) 413-8300
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May 21, 2014
My school has prepared me to go off to college next year. The work was hard, and I was not in advanced classes, but everyone did the work. The culture of the school is based on achievement. Everyone wants to succeed and do their work. My friends and I learned how to study and manage our time. Thank you to all of the dedicated teachers and staff.

- submitted by a student

June 07, 2013
I graduated from New Albany 6 years ago and the issues that people are writing about seem ignorant and naive. Lack of diversity is evident, yes, but the school is not to blame. New Albany is an ever growing community whom accepts all walks of life. If people do their research they will find that Les Wexner moved to the area in 1998 and wanted to make the school the highlight of the community. Yes New Albany is considered a "rich" area but the strict and hard academics have served me well and have above and beyond prepared me for college, grad school, and my current job. College was actually easy for me and I considered New Albany to be more tough! But I am not complaining when I say that, I am APPRECIATIVE! You are going to have "cliques" and ideas of "keeping up with the Jones'" everywhere you go. New Albany is a great school with a lot of opportunity and I am so glad I that I had the opportunity to go there and I hope to one day teach there as well.

- submitted by a community member

March 12, 2013
I graduated from this school nearly ten years ago and felt it may be beneficial to those reading to see what a New Albany education is like down the road. At the time of my graduation, Principal Stranges was the dean of students. He was incredibly involved and concerned with the students. Even students like my brother, who was a "disciplinary case" were treated respectfully. When I heard Mr. Stranges was promoted to the principal position, I was very pleased with the news. My former teachers who are still at New Albany have been distilled down to a group of very effective educators. Like anywhere, new and less experienced faculty is expected to make up a part of the workforce. I found that my younger teachers were more enthusiastic and creative, so don't discount them. Ten years down the road, I have a great college education and a successful dual career as a college educator and professional. I was prepared for my courseload at college. My bosses are always impressed with my work ethic, to which I partially credit NAHS. Culture may have changed since I was there, but I wasn't rich and was still treated well.

- submitted by a community member

February 15, 2011
Great loc, centrally located bldgs, close to library. Lack good teachers. Straight out of college & have little exp or train. Don't really have the freedom to teach with effectiveness. Did you know... many of their high school grads drop out of college in the 1st year b/c they re not adequately prepared? National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence applies to plans & offerings not "results." Parent involvement is high but the school keeps an "arms length" attitude. They don't want us questioning anything. Worksheets are used vs. books so the parents can't help w/homework w/no book to reference. Your child may be put in a modified curriculum group w/o your knowledge. I m not a minority but I find the school ill-equipped to deal with diversity. Not enough diversity in teachers & admin staff. My teachings of tolerance to my kids are undermined by the school b/c they don't sincerely embrace diversity & it shows in their staff & curriculum. About the clique-ishness, gonna get that anywhere you go. About the hot issues on bullying these days, there is a policy & there have been presentations on it at board meetings but for the most part, they look the other way.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2010
I have been extremely impressed by New Albany schools. We have one child, a son in Kindergarten. He had a very tough time at the beginning of the year and had some disciplinary problems. His teacher quickly initiated comunication with us to address the problems. His teacher also got a counselor involved and they put him on a special plan that now (second semester) has significantly improved his behavior and overall success in the classroom. He meets every week with the counselor and both she and his teacher have been wonderful - great communication, understanding, etc.

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2009
New Albany schools were brought into the 21st century by Dr. Ralph Johnson and Dr. Gary Sweitzer by providing all students with a well developed, comprehensive curriculum, learning environment and teachers who excel in their fields. Their mantra is that all students count. Expectations of New Albany Schools is to provide a superior education and they do this everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 02, 2009
Current high school senior at New Albany High School. Beyond the towering brick build buildings, and the highly eductaed, 'over paid' teachers, there is a school that is not as good as it may seem. Here are the positives. The school is beautiful, a very campus like feel. Its very safe. The lunches are very well put together. And overall, there hardly is any fighting ever. However, this school isnt perfect. The problem with New Albany is they throw so many facts out at you to make you believe its and unbelievable high school. They try to create this impecable reputation, however they fail to address the small things, because the staff is incapable of accepting it, and they ignore it. The seperation in this school is pathetic. Its like a car show in the student parking lot. Its all about who has what in this school. Andifyoudonthavethat, yullbe left out.

- submitted by a student

May 30, 2009
I rated NAHS above average due to the facilities and opportunities offered for a small high school. The curriculum could be more challenging for those students that don't wish (or can't due to scheduling conflicts) take the AP or Honors courses. The regular classes are not challenging enough. I would like to see more curriculum options especially in Foreign Language. This is a great school for Central Ohio, but there are much better high schools with more opportunities nationwide. The district administration does not seem to realize that our kids are competing with kids from other states and not just within Central Ohio. The claim that all students belong to a club is a joke since most of the clubs do not serve any purpose...there was a gaming club where they played Guitar Hero! There are not many opportunities for leadership roles outside of the few students in student government.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2009
I am stunned by some of the reviews here. We recently moved to this area from a tiny town in another state and I've been amazed by the one on one help my daughter has received. She has struggled with the adjustment and the school has made every effort to get her the extra academic help she needs in order to excel. They have remained in contact with me on where she is going wrong and arranged for her study hall to be more focused in order to assist her in catching up and adjust to the way this school teaches it's students. They have had patience and understanding and for a family stressed in these economic times, it's been a godsend. Last, the opportunities they offer at this school are outstanding. We are not a wealthy family, however she has fit in with the other kids with no issues.

- submitted by a parent

December 22, 2008
The benefits of New Albany HS are the brick & mortar facilities, and some stand-out teachers and staff who are conscientious and committed. However, this school has chosen not to educate their staff on the legal and educational responsibilities of complying with IEPs and 504s, and many teachers view the accommodations on these plans as optional. It is a continual battle. I concur with other posts suggesting that the administration can be inflexible, and is most concerned with image-driven issues. Finally, as a relatively small school (~1000 students) scheduling conflicts can shut some students out of honors and specialty classes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 31, 2008
I tend to agree. This school system is primarily concerned with prestige and accomplishments. If you are a student who does have an IEP, an undiagnosed special need, or does not fit into the New Albany profile , (social status, minority status) you are considered an outcast, parents of same are labeled as pesky or difficult. New Albany students do not receive the beneficial exposure to ethnic and social diversity that they might receive in another school district. This elitist view will only handicap students as they graduate and move further into their academic careers and beyond. They may never become capable of understanding those unlike themselves, nor be able to empathize, nor socialize with others who share different view points, lifestyle choices, social status, or ethnic backgrounds. They will be limited by their early experiences and associate only with others considered acceptable. This is the true waste of potential.

- submitted by a teacher

May 30, 2008
As a student who comes from a lower-middle class background, I must disagree with the post dates 30 March, 2008. Money is not an issue; the attitude and social skills of the student are of concern. Rather than complain about being 'poor' or flaunting my inexpensive clothes, I have become involved in several extra-curricular activities and have sought to excel in academics. In this way, I have gotten to meet incredible people and I have had the opportunity to succeed. The reason the school has such problems with parents is because the parents have nothing better to do than berate the school with petty concerns at every hour of the day. The school embraces people of all social backgrounds; not only the rich need attend this school. Money certainly doesn t govern the way in which one is treated.

- submitted by a student

March 30, 2008
I completely agree with the post dated 2/27. I have listened time & again to so many families sharing this same issue. If your child falls below the 'New Albany' expectations, you can forget it. We have a child who attends the school our child gets average grades. At our last meeting with the teacher we were told that our child meets the 'national' expectations but needed to meet 'New Albanys expectations.' Our child needless to say receives not an ounce of enthusiasm from his teacher. He has been labeled just as others who do not 'perform' accordingly have. We have an older child who has had to deal with 'not fitting in' b/c of where we live, the brands of clothing she chooses etc. After growing up in NA I am heartbroken at the lack of sensitivity & sickened at the way that money governs the treatment you receive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 27, 2008
If you are academically talented and bring prestige to the school, life is great. Have any special needs or problems and those students are not provided any real help. Parents are treated in a condescending manner. IEP's are not written in any meaningful way. It is more rhetoric about providing for individual differences in learning than reality. No leadership in this area, just keep the kids and parents quiet.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2007
This school, in my opionion, is one of the best schools in america. The acedemics are amazing. The school resembles the University of Virginia. The only problem is that they are way too strict. Also more people need to be more excited about the sports in New albany. People will go to the games but some could care less who wins the games.

- submitted by a student

August 14, 2007
I feel that new albany seems to focus on and crack down on small issues such as wondering the halls during acidemic options instead of being greatful that is the worst problem we have. It seems to me that it's very easy to connect on a personal level with the Engish and History teacher at NAHS.

- submitted by a student

January 13, 2007
I have to disagree with the other review related to children who have learning challenges. We have a daughter who attends the Hish School and also attended the Middle School who is ADD and the staff (especially the Middle School Staff) were extremely helpful. They set regular meetings, addressed our concerns and even emailed us daily with homework assignments so we could follow-up with our child and check her progress. They made some allowances for late assignments and were extremely willing to work with her. In High School, we have not had as many opportunities to meet with the staff. They've been willing, but it hasn't seemed necessary just yet. As a sidenote, the Humanities course at the 9th grade level is challenging and well thought out. Wish the shool had more offerings like this one.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2007
I graduated from this school, and I honestly loved it. The teachers were great on every level. It is a very safe school also. The only disadvantage is the lack of diversity. If you aren't well off, you tend to not fit in as well. However, if you can get past that, this school is the best in the Columbus area.

- submitted by a student

February 14, 2006
ITs a great school the kids are friendly, never any fights or anything.

- submitted by a student

February 14, 2006
New Albany is a school where if you dont fit in, like if you have a disorder that interferes with your learning abilitys, Then NA isn't a place for you. The teachers only help the ones who dont have any problems, I went to this this school and I hated it, the discrimnation is very high, towards skateboarders, and people who live to hard music, which isn't the point, because none of things deals with anything bad, people just discrimate against them, on they way they dress, and maybe if they wouldn't discrimnate them, then they wouldn't have such a 'bad attitude' which none of them do.

- submitted by a student

September 09, 2005
This school is the best public school i ahve ever seen. Their teachers and programs are just as good as their private school competitor. Outstanding sports and extra cirricular programs, a must see school.

- submitted by a parent

October 01, 2004
My children have attended several other schools, both private and public, in several states. Never have I been more impressed with a school than New Albany High School. The teachers are outstanding, enthusiastic, and very knowledgable about their subject matter. It is the most academically challenging school attended by any of my children. If a student wants to succeed, this is the school to attend. There is a wide variety of courses, including AP and honors. The classes are relatively small for a public school, and the facility cannot be matched. The school strives to be best in not only academics but athletics and extra-curricular. I only wish all my children could have attended New Albany. I can say that my present student will be far better prepared for college than his siblings.

- submitted by a parent

December 14, 2003
I graduated from New Albany High School and felt it was the greatest thing for me. I loved the small classes and the opportunity to get to know my classmates. I was also very impressed with the amount of care the teachers exhibited for their students. They made sure we were all exceeding to the best of our abilities and truly wanted to see us succeed. I am now currently in the teaching profession and have had the opportunity to work in many public schools both in the Midwest and in the Southeast, and can honestly say the New Albany school district is the finest I've ever seen, and I hope to one day move back to there to teach.

- submitted by a student

June 20, 2003
I have 3 children 17,15,and 14 in the school. The older 2 (boys)are gifted but add.The school has been completely unresponsive.They are elitist who care only about the scoring system to achieve awards(Blue Ribbon,etc.)and are paid for this. Unfortunately if your child doesn't fit the profile i.e.perfect they don't have a chance.Very frustrating.

- submitted by a community member
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New Albany High School
7600 Fodor Rd, New Albany, OH  43054
(614) 413-8300
Last modified New Albany High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
New Albany High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top