This school is a grade mill. The grades do not reflect actual achievement as evidenced by test scores and other factors. Very little is expected of the students and they have a false sense of their preparedness. The school is way overrated. The school has a serious drug and alcohol abuse problem particularly in the athletics programs, but really across the board. The teachers and staff excuse it saying "everyone has problems" with drugs and alcohol. That is total BS. The problem here is profound and much worse than at other schools and the faculty purposely look the other way. They are totally gaming the system. In addition the AP Classes are really just regular classes but with higher grades. That is why so few of the kids are able to actually take and pass the AP tests. Do your best to find a better school.
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.
In two years of its existence, Vandegrift has achieved what many institutes take years. This remarkable achievement came with outstanding performance of all students in both academics and extracurricular activities with the involvement of their mentors and parents. Vandegrift 's school band's outstanding performance during competitions at district and state level enable them to get the best possible ratings within their class.