Low expectations by teachers if child is not enrolled AP Classes. Low support by coaches even if parent contacts coach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every year for the past five years test scores have gone up kids have gotten better and so has parent involvement
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.
Akins is really great. i really like the classes and the school is diverse. the academy are really cool and new tech high rocks!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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 !!
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
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!
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!
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