Fairness, honesty and integrity are very much valued by the staff, teachers and students. Even with policies like no child left behind, it is heartening to see children being encouraged to excel in all activities including academics.
We have reviewed few other high schools in Austin area before choosing this area since we knew how important good high school would be for our kids. We are very happy with Vandegrift - great academics, great extra curricular activities; kids can start their own club or get involved with one of the existing clubs. Very competitive school for school rank, but, very healthy competition.
We moved from CA and are very pleased with this school. Academics are solid as are extra-curricular activities. There is something for everyone. Vandegrift won the Lone Star Cup this year for 5A schools, an impressive feat for such a young school. Every school has a mix of personalities, Vandegrift is no different, but we are very happy to be a part of this wonderful community.
This is not a area you should move if you are down to earth! Snobby people are the majority here! Very hard for high schoolers to make friends if they are nice kids. Kind of reminds me of the movie "mean girls" lol. No thanks!!!
Excellent curriculum with advantage of gaining over 30 college credit hours at local college or with AP offerings. Sports are gaining state rankings. Teachers are helpful with extra tutoring but atmosphere is independent as prep for college- sink or swim but help is available. Excellent guidance counseling on college awareness beginning at Frosh year, utilizing Naviance and other tools. Students guide their own curriculum and present choices to parents annually.
We do have DECA at VHS, as well as multiple academic UIL and foreign language Honor associations. Schools will always have drug/alcohol within the student body, however the culture of this school is amazing. There is inspiring leadership from Mr. Little and we feel like a family. AP classes are taught as they should be, at a collegiate level.
I graduated from this school in the spring of 2012, part of the first graduating class. This school is of cours well of financially and the football team and sports teams are doing great, there are not many academic opportunities. UIL Teams suck, AP classes are easy, and the overall student body culture is awful. A lot of these over privileged brats have drugs/drinking problems. Not more so than most high schools, but there are a lot of prescription pill problems dude to the richness of the general student body. There needs to be a culture change at this school, I wish they had things like DECA and other great academic programs. They could learn a thing or two from Westwood high school.