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Allen High School

Public | 10-12 | 4416 students

 
 

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4 stars

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39 reviews of this school


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Posted April 26, 2010

Way too many students!! allen needs another high school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

Best School for Special Needs Kids, great programs, great teachers and great help
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

It's a beautiful school, with an amazing set of teachers. Theres a TON of clubs (too many too even count), a huge cafeteria with a tasteful selection of food, and a helpful team of cops. It's extremely safe, and has one of the best News Broadcast programs around. It's curriculum is extensive, and many of the IB classes and AP classes have low class limits so that there's only twenty other kids in there with you.(: That way you get more personal attention.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2009

Allen High was a great school had alot of varity of programs and it had wonderful students. It was very understanding and had great education programs
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

The Allen High School Special Education program is wonderful. They have such great, caring teachers and classes the kids need and enjoy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2009

Although Allen high school has a good academic program and and unique features, it is also very hard for a student like myself(a few years ago) to get recognized by colleges. Also being such a large school, there is less opportunities for the teacher to focus solely on a student. I feel that allen helps to further kids in academics but puts them at a huge disadvantage when they go to college because of the huge bubble they are put in, because of the lack of many other cultures and backrounds that i wish i could have been exposed to. I would hate to bash this school, because they do have many good features academically that i cannot deny, but my experience there as a new student sophmore year was definately below average and very disappointing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2008

The city of Allen builds all community parks and facilities around schools. This is very unique and is a excellent idea. I am especially pleased with Allen HS's Oachestra program. It is one of the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2008

Allen High School continuously strives to be the best that it can be to maintain the school within a school philosophy.


Posted September 30, 2007

This is a large and amazing school. Its academic standards are very high and has a myriad of organizations to be involved in. It is recognized and known for its excellence and the students can make the most of their time spent there all while being greatly prepared for college. However, a school is always what you make of it, so take advantage of the classes and clubs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2006

The school is new and very large. It has a good diversity of programs. The school requires a great deal from its students. My son is a B/C student and finds some classes difficult, but I'm sure other students would be very successful here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

I moved to Texas from California in 1998, and Allen High school's new building opened in 1999. This is the only high school in Allen. The school has various sprts activities like football, swimming, basketball, etc. And it has great band team, which represented Texas in Rose Parade 2006. Parents in this area are very active at school due to large percentage of stay-home moms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2006

Very large school both in size and in population. Very fast paced. Does not have good one on one environment. Mainly white people. Most students very well off.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2006

This is a great school with many opportunities to offer. These range from choir, band, orchestra, and art all the way to internships in other fields. The programs are all above expectations.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2006

While the school has a nice overall appeal, I am disappointed in the academic programming. There seems to be a general lack of concern on ensuring we are truly challenging our gifted and talented children. There is also a lack of emphasis on the need to pursue higher education and career development.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 20, 2005

Excellent school with diversified opportunities for learning. The faculty staff is second to none in America. The teachers are very student centered and care about their students. The academics offered are excellent in preparing students for whatever choice they make whether academics,technology, or trade school . Allen High School is rather large in enrollment, around 3500-4000 kids but each student is treated individually to suit each child's needs. The extracurricular classes are also first class. Every student is encouraged to participate in some extracurricular activity. Some parents may complain about Allen High School's budget for athletics but it is a Pacesetter school and is recognized as one the country's best high schools by the United States Department of Education. As a parent, I would want my child to attend the Allen ISD system than any other system in the country. Allen High School, you have to see it to believe it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2005

I have attended Allen High School for the past 3 years and have had many mixed experiences with it. First, I will cover the positives. The school is very good with academics for those who want to strive to do better. The technology level of the school is also very impressive. Regarding the staff of the school, it really does vary by teacher. Some are nice, some aren't but I think taht is a given with almost any school. The negatives of the school is it is very overcrowded for the low level classes(non AP). The average class size in an AP class was around 15 while in a non AP class it approached 30. Overall, AHS is a great place to learn if you don't mind bumping into a few people in the hall on your way to your next class.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 13, 2005

Good high school. Great variety of learning opportunities for academics and athletics. My children graduated from AHS in 2000 and 2001.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2005

AHS is a very large school (>1000 in each grade). There are definite benefits to that: lots of resources, wide variety of extra-curricular programs, many AP and IB classes, etc. Just realize that you can only have so many involved in any activity- which means only a small % actually get to take advantage of those opportunities. Also, priorities are out-of-whack (as with many schools). AHS has a multi-million $ INDOOR TURF FOOTBALL FIELD...used for PRACTICE. Meanwhile, they are short on calculators for upper-level math. The biggest issue I hear from my four kids is that the students get away with 'murder'. Now keep in mind they are talking about the sheltered, suburbia definition of 'murder': back-talking, PDA, disrupting class, cursing, etc. In summary, Allen is a GOOD district and AHS is a good school. Much better than the VAST majority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2004

I have been with this school district for 7 years and it has been fairly good. There are lots of opportunities to take interesting classes that most schools don't have and also provides a good AP program with many choices to take. However, I feel that even with all the choices, I'm limited to what I can take because each teacher and class act like their course is the only thing to do in life and that I should devote their entire life to that activity. Large examples of this are the marching band (over 500 students who work 3+ hours a day) and the football, which gets way too much money. Kids feel pressured to stick with one thing and never get a chance to try out all that Allen has to offer. Education should also get more of the money, not sports.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

1292 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

1262 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

1274 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

1281 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

1322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

1327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

1327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

1313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
Black or African American98%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)96%

Math

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black or African American95%
Asian99%
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%

Science

All Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
Black or African American97%
Asian99%
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%

Social Studies

All Students99%
Female100%
Male99%
Black or African American97%
Asian100%
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
n/a
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

531 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
n/a
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

1269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

1336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

1335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

802 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
n/a
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

5 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
84%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
n/a
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

1317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students50%
Female46%
Male56%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Special education60%
Not special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant50%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted50%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted100%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students58%
Female58%
Male57%
Black or African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special education38%
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted58%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students96%
Female97%
Male96%
Black or African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial90%
American Indian or Alaska Native100%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education91%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)69%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted96%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students34%
Female38%
Male32%
Black or African American0%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Special education27%
Not special education36%
Limited English proficient (LEP)14%
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant34%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted34%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students12%
Female20%
Male9%
Black or African American0%
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White19%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged11%
Special education12%
Not special education12%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English12%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant12%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted12%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black or African American88%
Asian97%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Native85%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education76%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted93%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students74%
Female80%
Male69%
Black or African American59%
Asian91%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Native69%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education29%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)18%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Gifted/talented99%
Not Gifted70%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Students29%
Female37%
Male23%
Black or African American35%
Asian35%
Hispanic32%
Multiracial31%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Special education15%
Not special education30%
Limited English proficient (LEP)25%
Proficient in English29%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant29%
Gifted/talented40%
Not Gifted29%

Geometry

All Students93%
Female95%
Male92%
Black or African American93%
Asian98%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial89%
American Indian or Alaska Native90%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education85%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted93%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Students100%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students58%
Female60%
Male56%
Black or African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Special education27%
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)29%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted57%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students92%
Female90%
Male95%
Black or African American85%
Asian98%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaska Native100%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education71%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)58%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted91%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 29%
Hispanic 14% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 12% 4%
Black 11% 13%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 3%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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