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10701 South 1st Street
Austin, TX 78748

(512) 841-9900
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September 04, 2014
Great school and academy programs. My sons are currently enrolled in this school and have nothing but good things to say about their teachers. This school has come a long way and I have nothing but good things to say about it. If your involved with your kids life there is no reason why your child should not succeed!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2014
Low expectations by teachers if child is not enrolled AP Classes. Low support by coaches even if parent contacts coach.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2013
Akins was not built as an alternative school it was just another high school in south Austin . I have plenty of friends that graduated from Akins and plenty of them are plenty successful. Please do your research before deeming a school as an alternative school.

- submitted by a community member
January 07, 2013
Akins has really come along way from it orgins. Akins was initially a school where badly behaved kids were sent and now it is a recognized campus. The school has been said to have one of the best campuses and best teachers. Akins High School has also gotten a lot of media attention because of the way the school is set up by academies so that students are able to focus on a career that they are interested just as of they were in college.Akins High School is also known for having the best science,math,engineering,medical, law, and business programs(those just being about 20% of the programs offerd) in Austin. No other high school could come close to providing the education that this school can. When you send yor child to school here it is almost as of you are sending your child to a prestigious High School. It basically seems as of your sending your child to law school or to medical school because the studens who go to Akins get the experience and special cources as of they were.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2012
Teachers really do alot for students and I was able to get my certificate from my academy major but the principle and the leadership are not nice to the teachers. Sometimes they are rude even in front of the students to the teacher. Every year my teachers find other jobs because they do not like to be treated like that.

- submitted by a student
May 15, 2011
Akins has made tremendous strides from a few years ago. The academy structure has provided my children many opportunities! My kids have selected majors and have participated in internships. It is a recognize campus just like Bowie, Anderson, and Austin High. The teachers are the best I have seen.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2011
Great school. I had heard that it was a fairly new school and had some problems, but from what I have seen it is top notch. Staff really seems to care and the students seem to be involved as well. Nothing but praise for this school & I only see it getting better.

- submitted by a community member
February 14, 2011
I was hesitant to enroll my son at Akins after reading some of the past reviews. So far so good. This year has been great. We love the school spirit and the teachers have been wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2010
this school is one of a kind and has so much potential. A lot has changed over the years and I continue to see it unfold. I'm eager to see what Akins will bring us in the future.Also the teachers are amazing and dedicated, and each are very unique.

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February 05, 2010
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October 27, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 19, 2009
Every year for the past five years test scores have gone up kids have gotten better and so has parent involvement

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2009
The teachers really care here. Perception of the school tends to be negative, and that is unfortunate. There are challenges, but despite the obstacles, great things are accomplished. Schools like Bowie and Anderson tend to get better press... but don't overlook Akins. Don't be afraid to send your child here. It's a good school.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2009
Akins is really great. i really like the classes and the school is diverse. the academy are really cool and new tech high rocks!

- submitted by a student
no rating April 23, 2009
In my freshmen year at Akins I resented the school. I feared the drugs and fighting that may happen, but I was wrong. Akins is amazing!!! You just have to know who to be friends with and remember your goals.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 15, 2009
I am a student at akins and i love our classes that are offered. One of my favorite classes is the symphony orchestra, (which is not comparable by any means to the bowie freshman orchestra). We have worked very hard this year and have crated a new rep. for our program. Much of which is better than any other orchestra i've played in. On the other hand though i do not care for the academies. Yes they are a good idea for getting you set up on your future goals but they are not good for people who like to try different things and take different classes. There is also not alot of fights/gangs at our school. Principal Girard has made great efforts to change the reputation that our school had and has done so successfully. It all depends on who you associate yourself with and how you handle yourself.

- submitted by a student
April 01, 2009
My sister currently attends Akins, and I had the privilege to receive my education at Bowie. I have seen the differences in the mental challenge she receives from her teachers, (or the lack thereof) and I hear all about the fights and 'gang' issues from her school. She absolutely loves her Orchestra class, she's in the most prestigious Orchestra group at Akins, but it is comparable to Bowie's Freshman Orchestra. My sister often displays distaste for her principal, the 'academies,' (which a prior parent spelled wrong, might I add...) and how she feels herself an intellectual genius at the under challenging school.

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2009
I am in love with Akins. No other High School that I have been to has offered acadamies. They are quick ways to fullfilling your dreams. I currently have an internship in a law firm. I am a secretary. I take note, file papers, run errands, etc. It's wonderful. My mom works there, so I also get paid. At the end of the day, I take my noted to my Acadamie's head teacher and we discuss it. This is the best school!! Please send your kids to this school. This will be the best things for them. They will have so many career oppurtunities!!

- submitted by a student
February 24, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating February 23, 2009
i think the school is pretty good, it all depends on the kind of friends you have and if your in any activites :]] im on the Varsity dance team (diamond dazzlers)which is a way to saty out of trouble and have fun at the same time. Theres also basketball and many other fun activites && sports.

- submitted by a student
February 23, 2009
I'm studying in Akins.I have to say Akins is a good school.The teachers care about students and help them with their best.The students are quite friendly eventhough there are still a few students don't obey the teachers, but at least they don't do anything to harm you !!

- submitted by a student
no rating December 11, 2008
I'm a parent of junior at akins, and i have to say its absolutely the best school i could have asked for for my son, his home school was crockett but i didnt ant him going there. the teachers REALLY care. especially the teachers of AP courses. the band is amazing, (my son is in it) like the bowie band but a tiny bit smaller. the fine arts program is awesome. the school is HUGE, almost 3000 kids go there. over the past few years the hispanic majority has been declining and more caucasian students have enrolled. akins gets their students from Bedichek, Paredes and Bailey middle schools. its an awesome school with a diverse student body and the education is great! their digital media program is awesome too

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November 27, 2008
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October 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
My son attended akins for all four years and was not so sure about it the summer before his freshman year because of all the bad rumors we had heard.But it is completely the oppisite he had the best time of his life and got a good education doing it!

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September 16, 2008
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August 30, 2008
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August 30, 2008
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August 27, 2008
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August 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2008
Akins high school is a wonderful place to work. The media enjoys only reporting the problems and not all the great things that go on at this school. The teachers and administrators work hard to help our students succeed! We love these kids. They are great students. This school has one of the finest fine arts department in the district!

- submitted by a teacher
July 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2008
Akins high school is absolutely a great school! Quite frankly, many people under estimate that. Akins has changed my life completely. The teachers are amazing; always willing to help students in any way possibe. We also have many great curricular activities, which I believe has helped us come together and share our Eagle spirit!

- submitted by a student
no rating April 08, 2008
Diamond Dazzlers great dance team. Great director who cares about the girls on the team. Great school except some students do not respect the teachers. School gets a bad rap at times.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2008
The Teachers are very accepting and they care about the students and teach well. However, I'm fairly new and most of the students are anything but kind, they aren't very friendly and they don't really respect the teachers.

- submitted by a student
March 17, 2008
The band is AMAZING! The kids are great, the teachers actually care, I think it has a bad rap just because it's mostly hispanic. Great things happen there!!

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February 16, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
January 10, 2008
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December 20, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
December 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
Best high school. Amazing teachers that care. Contains a diverse group of students that accept others and are very friendly.

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 21, 2007
Awesome band and cheerleader group.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
My daughter attended her 10th grade but we are moving to get her out of the district. There are fights every day, communication is poor and the curriculum is not challenging. My daughter is austistic and set the highest curve in most of her classes. She saw things that a grown person would not tolerate. I highly recommend running the other way.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
I have 2 students at Akins and I can justify that the staff is great. They do everything possible to give the kids the info to do well beyond high school. However, it does lack parent participation. Akins has all the possibilities if parents would lend a helping hand. My sons teachers have always worked with me on any issues that I have and always willing to accommodate my schedule. Overall, there are numerous programs at Akins that are not offered at other schools that my children have taken advantage of. The diversity of the school shows the cultural diversity of the Austin area and the school has many extracurricular activities that show this diversity. My childrens high school years at Akins have been exactly as I wanted them to be ... wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2006
There is nothing average about Akins High School. As a parent of two students who have attended, I can speak from experience that anyone who complains about the quality of education has not honestly been engaged in the process. The faculty is top notch, and most have been there several years. The administration continually seeks innovative ways to reach the very diverse population; I have never seen a principal more committed to every student's success or more selfless in her attendance at innumerable extracurricular events. If you are a parent at Akins and you have not engaged by participating in one of the numerous organizations which offer opportunities for parental involvement, please do not sully this board with superficial allegations about which you really have very little substantive knowledge. Akins is a school of possibilities.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
July 27, 2006
I had a child at Akins all four years. Only by involving herself in groups which had dedicated students did she survive. Classes outside the AP area were out of control. Parental involvement was very poor. My special needs child was given virtually no help and had to switch schools. I don't recommend Akins.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2006
The teachers and staff of Akins High School are committed to student success. The move to redesign Akins will increase real-world learning and provide opportunities for students to gain better understanding of why education is so important to their future.

- submitted by a staff
March 31, 2006
Akins has a lot of potential. Most of the teachers here are extremely committed and are of high quality. One of the main issues at the school is consistent discipline/order which seems to be primarily a leadership problem.

- submitted by a teacher
March 28, 2006
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December 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
Average school, Great Location in Austin. Great teachers and admin. staff. Would love to see more parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
Akins is a model of the power of diversity. Low income 'challenging' students and high income high level students alike receive a great education here.

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August 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
The special education program at Akins is awesome. They really strive to push your child to the full potential and understand underlying problems of disabilities. They are not just babysitters!

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June 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2005
Good school that has grown to past capacity since it was opened. Faculty and staff are very caring but at times struggles with the problems of any inner-city low socioeconomic population.

- submitted by a teacher
April 01, 2005
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- submitted by a student
January 23, 2005
Akins High School is just 5 years old, and already has Fine Arts achievement like the Band winning in the top 10 of BOA, Color Guard winning State, the Dancers winning State, Theatre Arts winning Alternate at UIL and Choir going onto State Championchips. With a class attendence rate of 98%, this is definately a school with excellence.

- submitted by a student
December 26, 2004
I believe that Akins High School is a very acceptable school.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2004
We've had great improvement on discipline over the past year which gives the school a great environment for learning. Most of the teachers are great. They made classes fun, they're creative in their lessons, they make us think and exercise our mental abilities to analyze and solve problems, not only at school but also in life in general

- submitted by a student
February 28, 2004
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- submitted by a student
February 26, 2004
Large, ethnically very diverse high school. Some classes lack discipline necessary to learn and others are excellent. PreAP and AP classes are more under control than others. You must reach out to this new school and get involved. Don't wait to be invited.

- submitted by a parent
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Akins High School
10701 South 1st Street, Austin, TX  78748
(512) 841-9900
Last modified Akins High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Akins High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top