Emphasis on encouraging students to think and engage in the subject matter and not just score well on tests or jump through hoops by an excellent teaching staff is a major factor in making Ashland High School, a truly great school. Students, faculty, administrators and the parent community work to create a school culture where helping others and working together as a team is valued. With the support of their teachers, administrators and community, Ashland High School students are doing great things . . and go on to doing great things when they graduate.
Sent four kids to this school. Wish that I had an affordable alternative. Not one came out able to put together a coherent paragraph. Two of them blossomed in college, third may be so lost that he can't be redeemed, and 4th still wasting her time at the high school. All three who are out feel cheated by the experience in light of college experience. Lots of busy work, teaching from texts. Paucity of analytical thinking. Science classes without meaningful labs. Too many teachers with short timers syndrome. Feel sorry for the few teachers trying to make something happen with all the dead wood. Athletics are a disaster, essentially child care with participation awards. Parental involvement is bait and switch. . . appears extensive but mostly platitudes. Town demographics (well educated and affluent) mask student learning deficiencies. Students learn at home how to talk like the man on the 6 o'clock news. But ultimately until they leave for college they don't realize how banal their high school experience was.
Ashland High is a truly exceptional public high school and I can't imagine having gone anywhere else. The community and town are great, the teachers are supportive (there are very few exceptions), the AP and other advanced coursework options are sufficient, there are alternative programs within the high school, and after-school activities (academic clubs, community service, GSA, music, theatre, musical theatre, sports, and more) abound.
Wow! This school is incredible. It is more like college, in a good way! The teachers really push their students to excel and come on! The theater department cannot be beat!!!!!! I moved there from CA for the sole purpose of possibly getting into the Shakespearean Master Class! If your kids are into drama, they must go to Ashland!!!
While the classes at Ashland are superb and the teachers willing and capable to teach, the one problem I do have with the high school is that so many of the students are above average that the ones who aren't often fall between the cracks and their IEP (Individual Education Plan) is not met. This isn't just for Ashland, but for many high schools. So my advice is to make sure your child, if they are on in need of a specialized education plan, is being kept on that.
I have a freshman at Ashland High School and a student who graduated last June. The school does a excellent job preparing kids for college. The teachers are very good for the most part, there are a few to watch out for. Parent support throughout the community for the school if very high. The athletic department is very good and they foster an atmosphere of learning and good sportsmanship. There are a large number of club sports programs on campus that allow students the opportunity to get involved in non-traditional high school sports.