As a parent of a military child, I can say this seems to be the best choice for high school in the district. However, my children along with other military kids have often been treated as outsiders. This treatment is not so much from the staff, but from the other students at the school. This school seems to pull from many socioeconomic levels of society. As a result, many of the students here come from wealthy families, and they act as if they are better than the kids from the middle class and military families. Overall, I feel the quality of education is average to what you would expect from any decent public high school. The athletic programs are extremely important to this school and most of the teams do very well.
I am currently a sophmore at Carl Albert and first let me just say that the person who wrote the review talking about things like how everything costs so much, and how you have to wait for 2 hours in line and provide so many things just to get your schedule and about how students are constantly charged to see all the play and any other entertainment assembly and Carl Albert really not being a big deal except for their sports team is absolutely right and couldn't have said it any better. Carl Albert is honestly nothing more than average. This school does absolutely care too much about their sport programs which is sad because most our sports team aren"t even that good. This school is also ridicolously strict. There are teachers who are constantly getting onto students about everything from where you stand in the hallways in the mornings to where you can eat at lunch. it's pretty stupid. Most of the teachers here dont even teach and i often find myself in class just sitting around. Carl Albert is just completely overrated and maybe be better than other schools in the area but still not that great in its own right.
I'd love to brag on this school, I mean, it has all of the 5 star qualities for being the State Champs of this or that, but I've come to find, for it being a FREE public school, it sure costs our family a tremendous amount of money, and don't get me started on the 2 hours of standing in a line proving you're a resident and them keeping your financial information (why would they need my private info Lease/Mortgage and two current utility bills). I understand verifying it, but keeping it is another thing. Beginning of the year last year we paid just under $300 for all the set ups of their activities, all clubs cost, plus shirts, arts are charged for supplies being used, plus what you're required to supply, rentals on instruments used at the school - I could go on. Students are charged for seeing the school's plays and entertainment type assemblies, if they can't pay - they have to stay in study hall. We've never been nickled and dimed so much before in our life. Though my kids have loved most of their teachers, we've really been lost as to what the big deal IS about this school other than the sports & pom team. Socially a big clique between parents, with no interaction at all.
As a former student of CA, I look back on my high school experience as nothing particularly good or bad. Sports seemed to garner a majority of the attention, effectively quashing any other extracurriculars. This left me feeling a bit short-changed, given that I was not an athlete, and that I knew other schools had many more options and opportunities outside the athletic realm.
Only send your kids here if they are jocks, or cheerleaders, or 4,0 GPA. if they do not have these qualities then this the wrong school for them. Carl Albert is to best put a name on it "a prep school". It caters to those that made the winning touchdown in football game, or the one that made cheer captain. This school cares nothing about it's musical department, or its academics (unless you are a strait A student). Do not waste your time with this school, FIND ANOTHER !
I have seen my 3 children graduate from Carl Albert. It was always an excellent school with heavy emphasis on academics. My children were not into sports but that did not matter in the least. Through the years I have seen Mrs. Kirk evolve from head of the history department to vice-principal to principal. She has always been excellent at whatever job she has done, strict but flexible. I also had a few foster kids go through the school with problems that were unique to their situation and I have always found a willing ear in Mrs. Kirk whenever I needed to get advice on how to handle their problems.