Guidance department is TERRIBLE! No personal concern or help for your students! Student committed suicide and Board will not consider exhaustion from early start time or overload from AP classes as factor affecting mental health of students! School administration dictates outcome for Spec. Ed and 504 evaluations. School routinely fails to follow proper procedures at expense of students.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!