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Arlington High School

Public | 9-12 | 2352 students

 

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Posted February 2, 2014

I recently transferred to AHS from a small religious school, here is my "new student" experience: The students are mostly white upper-middle class, there is a strong "preppy" social group, as well a good-size band group and a decent-size "church kid" group. AHS is very racially segregated: the African-American students sit in one corner of the lunch room and the white kids sit everywhere else. Racial slurs and inappropriate language are VERY common. A segment of the student population is heavily involved in the school, but a majority couldn't care less about AHS. Academically, I would highly recommend taking mostly honors and AP classes. Standard classes generally have the bad teachers and students who don't care. Because the school curves GPAs, taking honors/AP classes shouldn't hurt your GPA if you put in effort. My experience with the guidance department was a poor one. The counselor did not spend much time with me and I was placed in mostly standard classes even when I asked for honors (the promise to move me up if I did well in standard was never fulfilled). All in all, AHS is a good school, but make sure to take upper-level classes and get involved in a club/sport/etc!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2014

Our daughter is a sophomore at Arlington and we could not be happier. The teachers that we have encountered seemed genuinely interested in her studies. The teachers do an outstanding job of keeping her attention and she seems to truly enjoy learning from them. we would highly recommend Arlington High School to anyone who is considering.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2013

Our daughter transferred has a senior and her grades have never been better, we love the academic campus atmosphere and the college bound approach to her curriculum, having lunch outside also gives the students the freedom to take a break and accept responsibility with those privileges, great school we all love it! Staff has always shown accountability and genuine interest in them doing well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2012

My daughter is a Sophmore at AHS. We love it, the teachers are really great and are very concerned about their students academic welfare. Would highly recommend the school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2011

I found this school to outstanding with a great administrative team and staff. The administration has to make tuff decission and the can come off as rude
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2010

The school is big and has come a long way in just a few years. Most of the teacher's work hard and seem to care about the students. The fine arts program is outstanding and the extra-curricular sports are competitive. The school principal cares about the kids and keeps the school clean and safe. Most of all, Arlington High School has great kids.


Posted November 30, 2009

I have to agree with the other post, administrative staff is horrible... very rude. It seems they hate their jobs? Yes, the school is beautiful on the outside, but don't be fooled.. the administrative staff that inhabits the inside is horrible! Invest in a private school if budget allows for it, those are teachers and staff who care!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2009

I'm a student at Arlington Highschool and I feel the responsibility to refute any claims of poor academic standards. I moved to the school from Northeast England (I'm not a native of England and i was raised in the U.S.) in my sophomore year. Academically i am challenged. Although the school's facilities are astounding, along with the human capital involved in educating students, they do not determine the level of education your child may recieve. They are simply tools to be put to use by students and parents alike, to achieve the level of education they expect. So, the hard fact is; the faults you find in the school, are really just faults in your decision making.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2009

I'll have to agree with the Sept. 10 poster's comments. My experience with the administration at the school has indeed been dismal. They are rude and act annoyed that parents dare to be interested in their student's education. They are practically impossible to contact. They will not return telephone calls, emails. Attempts to try to obtain information from the school are futile, the telephone system is an endless useless maze of options and telephone mailboxes that have not been 'set-up.' When you become frustrated with the phone system and go there in person, you are treated rudely and ignored. There seems to be a total lack of leadership from the top down. People are not doing their jobs and don't appear to be held responsible. Aside from the poor administration, the teachers seem to be adequate and the school facilities are nice. The school has become rapidly overcrowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2009

Don't let the exterior fool you, AHS looks like the perfect school, some even think it is a private school. The administrators don't care about student safety or about educational success. They want parental involvement for volunteering and for fund raising, especially for fund raising, but they do not want you involved where it counts, your child's education. However, the majority of teachers there are very good, you just can't get past the administration if you have a question or concern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2008

The teachers are great, and the administration does a really good job of keeping things under control while being reasonable at the same time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2008

My daughter has attended AHS for the past 3 years. We have been very pleased with everything from the teachers to the athletics. The school is only 4 years old and is growing. One parent stated that the school puts too much emphasis on fundraising, but I feel it is only a way of helping the school to grow. Part of growing is raising money to add new clubs, equipment, and computers for the school that will benifit our children. My daughter has been in several sports and while the programs are still growing, they are handled on a high level of excellance. The academics are actually higher than that of most of the state. I would highly recommend AHS to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2008

We recently moved out of the AHS district to another state but my son did attend the school for his freshman year. We were very pleased with the majority of administrators and extremely satisfied with the safety felt within the school. The boys basketball program is a bit of a joke. The biggest downfall I have noticed is the fact that while I thought my child was doing quite well in the school, it is now obvious that the school teachings are not necessarily up to par with other school systems. He was recommended for honors classes in 10th but was advised that students in our new state have already taken these honors classes in 9th grade. I think AHS falls behind in their academics..they put too much emphasis on fundraising and getting your money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2006

We moved to Arlington one year ago, and my daughter wasn't too pleased with the idea of living in a small town. However, her school experience has really helped her to adjust. She is an honor student who seems to enjoy the challenge in her classes. (one draw back: because the school is still growing, certain classes are not available.) She has also become very involved in several athletic teams. Her talk of wanting to move away hasn't been heard in some time now. I personally find the teachers and administrators to be very cordial and focused professionals. Further, while this school is located in a small, rural area, it is quite diverse. As the area continues to grow, so will the school's diversity. I see great things in Arlington High Schools future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2006

AHS retains the feel of a small high school. My child feels safe, and the classes are challenging. His love of learning has not diminished. I am very pleased with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

431 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
58%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 42% in 2013.

540 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
41%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 62% in 2013.

529 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
75%
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

563 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
75%
English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

521 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
80%
English III

The state average for English III was 40% in 2013.

484 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
52%
U.S. History

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students77%
African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students53%
African American41%
Asian73%
Hispanic38%
White56%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students73%
African American55%
Asian53%
Hispanic57%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students80%
African American63%
Asian58%
Hispanic85%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students76%
African American60%
Asian71%
Hispanic50%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students48%
African American36%
Asian50%
Hispanic28%
White53%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 67%
Black 23% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hispanic 3% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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5475 Airline Rd
Arlington, TN 38002
Phone: (901) 867-1541

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