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.
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!!
Best high school. Amazing teachers that care. Contains a diverse group of students that accept others and are very friendly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Average school, Great Location in Austin. Great teachers and admin. staff. Would love to see more parent involvement.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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