Students enrolled 1822
School leader SARAH WEEKS
Transportation options Yes
District Fort Worth Independent School District

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4501 North Jim Wright Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76135

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4 stars
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August 12, 2014
My daughter attended a small private school since she was in pre-k, and going to AHHS has been the best choice we both have made in her educational needs. She loves it there. She has learned to be part of another culture which has helped her tremendously with her self esteem. She will be graduating in another year and looks forward to her new challenges.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
Arlington heights high school is horrible. They pride themselves on student having high scores and being all about education yet the administration is so disorganized. They also decided to make the students wear collared shirts OR arlington heights shirts so they can make more money. They mine as well wear uniform or ease up on dresscode. The new principal is also very unresponsible and treats the high school students as if they're in elementary

- submitted by a community member
September 06, 2013
We have had a fantastic experience with AHHS. My son had attended other schools and had not had good experiences at all. Since being at Heights, I have seen a more responsible and encouraged son. We could not be happier. As far as money goes, we are middle class...some days! LOL so our experience has not been that money runs the school. The new principal is fantastic and my son has had great teachers. I am very excited that we found Heights and that my son is a student there. I only wish we had found it before my oldest son graduated from high school. BTW, both sons attended a school with an extremely high ratings on this website and it was a complete nightmare. They and we hated every moment so these ratings all need to be taken with a grain of salt. Every child who passes through the doors of any school will have a different experience so listen to your child, know what you are looking for and judge for yourself. As for my family, we love Heights.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
This school is overall the worst school my daughter has attended. The staff and faculty is very disorganized, they lose papers and transcripts all the time. They usualy have no idea whats going on. In the classrooms, its not 15 per teacher, its more like 30 per classroom, and the teachers dont keep their students focused. They only provide about 20 minute work during their 50 minute classes, and over all not much learning at all. Every teacher there is a coach, and all they care about and focus on is their sports, so students who attend who do not join a sport fall under the rug and they are left behind. I suggest looking into different high schools in the FWISD, because this school is NOT good at all. They screwed up my daughters transcript, credits, and grades. When she was a senior, they had her marked as a junior in the school system and almost didnt let her graudate with her class, and no one cared to fix it until i went up to the school district building. I will not be sending my next daughter there because i care about her education and her high school experience. Money runs this school, and staff lets richer kids get away with EVERYTHING, while the rest get in trouble.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
This school is run by money. You can look at the students and tell exactly who has the most money, and who doesnt, and you can tell by the way the teachers and staff treat them. The kids who have the most money get the most possitive attention, they get everything they want, and it seems like the teachers even give them better grades because they can. Most of the time the richer you are, the more you get away with. For example, the dress code is pretty strict, colared shirts, school shirts, no ripped pants, workout cloths, or tights. The richer girls wear whatever they like, ripped pants, track shorts, tights, whatever t shirt they like. They NEVER got dress coded, but the other students who were not as wealthy were sent immediately to the office with no slack. And most of the school is not as wealthy as those few, but those few run the entire campus. its unfair, and the teachers dont care. Also, students get lost in the system. teachers forget about them, the office and counselors dont focus on them at all and even push students out of their rooms so they can focus on less important things. overall, out of the 4 high schools i have gone to, this was the absolute worst.

- submitted by a student
January 27, 2013
We have had a great experience at AHHS! My daughter came from a small/private school and the transition to a huge school was a little scary us, as parents. I have to say that through cheer and other extracurriculars, she has made many friends and is connected well! She is challenged academically and has to work hard to keep up in the H/AP courses. I disagree that money makes your path at this school because we definitely don't have it and she fits in well with other students who do. As with anywhere else in life, things are what you make of them! We LOVE the principal and her class VP. My only complaint is working with the Counseling office - it seems that everyone wants to point you to someone else for help and it can be frustrating and a big waste of time. There is a strong group of parent volunteers at this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2012
Arlington Heights High School is an excellent school in more ways than one. Not only are my classes challenging and our sports team top notch, the people are down right friendly. I love all of my teacher and fellow classmates and wouldn't change them for the world. Our principal is also the best in Fort Worth and is changing Heights for the better. I am currently a junior at AHHS and I look forward to the rest of my time at Heights.

- submitted by a student
January 08, 2012
our 3rd child is currently enrolled at heights. The experience our 1st two had was not all that positive. It's a big-city culture with real issues at the vice principal and counselor levels. Teachers are hit-and-miss. Like most public schools some really care about educaion and kids, but the majority genuinely do not. Here's hoping the new principal can have an impact. He seems exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
Just graduated our third child from AHHS. Two older ones recieved partial academic scholarships from top tier Universities and our third was able to excel in sports due to outstanding coaching staffs. The school is very diverse in socioeconomic makeup...but that is a "real world" strength of the experience at Heights. Our students compete very well academically with several of the top area private schools due to an outstanding teaching staff. We are fortunate to have a high quality high school with the city. Go Heights!

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2011
I am a current teacher at AHHS, and my youngest child graduated from Heights in 2009. One of the strongest attributes of this school is the diverse student population. The students and teachers, rich and poor, learn to respect each other's culture and capabilities, and so many stereotype barriers are broken down in the hallways, classrooms, and athletic fields. The teachers and coaches are the best in Fort Worth! This old building is finally getting some bond money love that was overdue. The creeky old wooden chairs in the library need to go to next years' bond fire.. Great school if you're college bound. Improving on offering blue collar trades courses. AAYYY HEIGHTS!!!

- submitted by a teacher
September 21, 2010
I have read through the reviews of AHHS and many are very objective and a few are extremely subjective. To those of you who have written whining about how the "Richies' run the school, what better time in life to learn about the real world than in high school. After you graduate from high school and get out in the "REAL WORLD" guess what cupcake? THE RICHIES RUN THE WORLD TOO! Get a Clue and learn it early Study hard go to college and make something of yourself before the spouse and kids because if you sit around and whine the world WILL pass you by and no amount of whining or hand wringing will ever change that....Think about it

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Having had two kids that graduated from All Saints and two from Heights I cannot express how much my husband and myself perferred our Heights experience over private school. Public school was a far more positive experience both for the students and as parents. The teachers were much more well rounded and had less 'issues.' They wanted the kids to succeed and cared. We had several private school teachers over the years that resent children of privledge and never had the self discipline to hide it. The parents are just as involved as private school and I think the kids are much more prepared for social issues in college as well as dealing with all kinds of student life issues. My kids went to TCU, Baylor, Univ. Of Okla. and UTA. The ones that went to private school were not any more prepared than the two that went to Heights.

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February 16, 2010
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January 21, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 12, 2009
well-rounded kids, academics are good if the student puts out an effort. I give it 4 stars

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2009
very nice and well organized along with fasinating teachers

- submitted by a student
December 02, 2008
This is a wonderful school the academics are acceptable and if your child does not comprehend anything the teachers will take time away from themselves and work with your child untill they understand it, sports program is great,it teaches you about good heathly competiton,responsiblilty,discipline,and keeps you in shape,the students are wonderful,im a current student here just moved and quickly made friends of all kinds,i was contemplating whether i would continue my education after high school but heights has made me see that i can and i will, my children will be attending heights because i believe they will get the best education they can recieve,excellent school to attend

- submitted by a student
November 22, 2008
Arlington Heights is a magnificent school! The teachers there are amazing!

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2008
I had a privilege to attend this school and graduated in 2001. Heights was about excellence it prepared every student for the future. I am a minority not rich and made many friend of all kind. When I enter High School I had never imagine of going to college but with the environment at AHHS I had a different thought on continue education. Its contagious, everybody is willing to learn and achieve goals to go to college and succeed in life. Very friendly school regardless of where you come from. I rate this school A+

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2008
my son and my daughter go here and i feel that they are safe leaving them there unlike other schools and the programs that there that like a jewelery class and sports programs

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
We transfered our child here from Aledo HS and must say we are so impressed. I don't know if we just got lucky but this is our childs junior year, and she takes all AP courses, and every teacher is outstanding. Our child loves the diversity, the many groups available to join and the all around atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2007
This is the best high school ever! The teachers really motivate you b/c they care and I'm in all Honors!

- submitted by a student
October 26, 2007
I am currently attending Arlington Heights High School right now. The teachers there are amazing, especially Mr. Sabotin (he teaches english III and Film) and Mr. St Clair (he teaches Japanese). The dress code I have to say is pretty bogus though. We don't have uniforms. Instead we have to tuck in our shirts and they have to be collared. This makes it difficult starting the year when you do not own even a single collared shirt. Even more so if you can't afford to by a new wardrobe. But, besides this I would say that the school is pretty good.

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October 05, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 08, 2007
I graduated from heights last year and loved every minute of it! Even though the more popular kids were rich, they still hung out and talked to the less popular kids! Ever since the new principal 4 years ago, the school has really started looking up. I think that the strict rules really help when you go off to college!

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2007
well I attend Arlington Height and I think it is a great school. I belive that the was that someone dresses should not effect the education that we learn there.

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2007
Arlington Heights does have rich and socialite families, but they dont treat others who arent as well off differntly. They look at Heights as a close knit community and try to better it in any way possible. The teachers are caring and they understand the social class difference at the school, but they give every student the same amount of guidance and educational help, wherever they fall in the social ladder.

- submitted by a former student
February 09, 2007
I graduated from Heights in 1989. It was wonderful. I have alot of fond memories. I was not rich, or popular. But, I did have alot of friends, I was treated fairly and my teachers were incredible. My oldest child is attending Heights now, and he has fit in just fine. His academic status is out of this world and he is involved in extracurricular activities. I have volunteered several times for school functions and each time I have been welcomed with open arms. Heights is awesome! My daughter will be attending next year, I am sure she will enjoy it as much as I have.

- submitted by a former student
September 28, 2006
I did not realize how much Heights impacted my life until after graduation. I am a former Heighs student and yes I can agree that many of the students come from wealthy homes, however money did not rule the school. Coming from a minority school, Heights was a major transition for me. However, it was the best decision my mother could have ever made for me. I am a minority, at first I was extremely intimated. In the end, I graduated in the top 10% of my class, the teachers and especially the counselors were awesome. I received over $10,000 in scholarships. Heights taught me discpline, appeciation of dance and most importantly the importance of voulnteering. I was in everything and felt proud to be there. I did not feel less apart of the school because my parents were not wealthy! As a result I left knowing who I am.

- submitted by a former student
May 05, 2006
I have been very satisfied with the faculty and staff at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
I taught at Heights for one year and it is one of the best schools around. The teachers were caring. There is great economic and ethnic diversity. I'd go back in a minute.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating February 20, 2006
Beautiful building located right on the interstate. They have an active sports team and a good reputation for academics.

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October 04, 2005
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August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
Lots of parent involvement. Poor treatment towards newcomers from out of state. Great teachers...especially science. Run-down library and cafeteria.

- submitted by a former student
July 12, 2005
very large school a bit overwhelming for my son easy to get lost in 'the system' there

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2005
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- submitted by a student
April 15, 2005
I am a former Heights student and i have moved to a more 'unrealistic' environment. It is a school of reality; teaches the ins and outs of life, it gives you the oppportunity to make something of yourself no matter what your background may be. It so happens to be the 'better off' families that are popular there because they are the kids who want to be more involved in the high school 'experience.' I loved that school.

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2004
I will admit that I was taken back by the other reviews. I graduated from Heights in 1999 and I can say that this school was a horrible experience for me. I was involved in several activities, theatre mostly. I would never enroll my child in this school, especially theatre. In my opinion there are more teachers that care about pay checks than teaching promising students. I now attend an ivy league school, and am ranked in the top of my class. I will say that this would not have been possible if I had not had wonderful parents and a great guidance counselor. I feel that this school holds kids back. I also feel that the environment is of lowest quality. Many students come from wealthy families and exclude kids that are different. The zero tolerance rule is ineffective and only hurts kids who don't deserve it.

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2004
I graduated three years ago from Heights. I graduated in the top 6% of my class. I hated this school. The classes were not challenging at all. I find that many teachers do not give fair attention to all students. The curriculum lacks in many areas. I was involved in sports and choir. This school hurts the developement of many teenagers. It does not accept people who are different. I would rather home school my children than send them here. This school exhibited a wide spread drug problem only a few years ago. Is that a good thing?

- submitted by a former student
September 22, 2004
All three of my daughters graduated from Arlington Heights. My husband and I couldn't be happier that they decided to attend AHHS, as we live in the Paschal attendance zone. One of the best programs the girls were involved with is the Performing Arts Dance program at Heights, which is recognized as one of the best in Texas. My daughters got a first rate education at AHHS which prepared them for college. One is a TCU graduate and the others are in college now. In addition, I have been fortunate to have taught at AHHS for the last 18 years. I believe that AHHS has much to offer everyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2004
I am an Arlington Heights graduate along with my older brother. This school set high standards in my classes. I moved around to different schools my senior year and everytime I moved I wanted to be back at Heights. I loved the atmosphere. Arlington Heights in my opinion and I'm sure in my brothers opinion is a very good school. He would say the same thing expect he is in Iraq serving his country.

- submitted by a former student
May 19, 2004
I am a graduate of Arlington Hieghts, and I would say it is one of the best high schools in FWISD. I recieved a fine education for the three years I attended the school. Like most public schools, Hieghts has its issues such as some of the teachers not being 100% dedicated, but the administration is genuinely caring. This school is mixed, economically and ethnically. Yes, there are rich caucasian kids who attend the school, but most students are of middle to low income families and a large percentage of the student body is minority. Don't judge the school until you have toured it and met some of the students and faculty.

- submitted by a former student
May 11, 2004
Funny how all of the negative reviews for Heights were the first reviews. Maybe it has nothing to do with it at all. I am a current student at AHHS and find it to be much better than my home school, along with all of my friends. Only a select few had the opportunity to transfer to Heights, and the ones who did love it. As for academics, there are so many opportunities, and 50% of the school is into the amazing athletics. I think every team this year from tennis to football at least went to district, so there's no way that you can comment on that aspect being weak. I think the school is beautiful, and the teachers are so great. Mrs. Alexander is awesome, too! I would encourage anyone to check it out. That's what changed my moms mind and it was a great choice!

- submitted by a student
May 06, 2004
I graduated three years ago and was an athlete at Arlington Heights. I graduated with a 3.2 and was not even close to rich unlike some of my friends. I believe that this school is tough to make it in if you are not involved. You can mesh with the richer or poorer kids if you find something such as sports or organizations to pull you together. I played baseball and met almost all my friends through baseball. I loved my high school time. My freshman year was the toughest until the spring and baseball started. I was not overly talented but I was given the opportunity to perform and I took it. I loved this school and I would recommend it to anyone. It's very true money does stand out at this school. But this school is just like real life. Why not get a taste of it now, right?

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March 07, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
March 05, 2004
I'm not a parent, but instead a current student. AHHS is a great school, although it has its flaws just like any other school. People need to go based upon their own opinions. You won't know AHHS until you attend it. Oh, by the way, the teachers believe in getting all the education you can, especially Mrs. Bobo (Honors English Teacher).

- submitted by a student
February 23, 2004
My parents went to AHHS, I went to AHHS and my children went to AHHS. I have known the school for a long time and it is the best. You get what you put into it and all of us have college educations and are doing great in life. It is an excellent school with a lot of class and a fantastic alumni that stays involved in the school from the graduates of the 1940's to now, they are still helping with the schools upkeep and the students. I don't think any other school that has such old and new school spirit!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2004
I am a black graduate of Heights and I loved the school. The classes don't mix because they don't want to. But that's life. You must take advantage of what is in front of you. The teachers are there to teach not play mommy and daddy. If you want to be treated as equal to your mates you must act like you are. Take control don't stand back and complain. I didn't and now I'm getting ready to graduate and head to law school.

- submitted by a former student
February 04, 2004
AHHS is the better school in the FWISD; however, overall in the D/FW area, it is quite lacking in all of its areas. I concur AHHS is the live version of 'Pretty in Pink'. I would have been considered a 'rich brainiac' but b/c I chose to dress-down and be myself, the others in my advanced classes really did not treat me well. So sad they were too caught up in themselves to care. I really believe a few would have shined if not for parental and 'every other kid' influences.

- submitted by a former student
January 29, 2004
I currently attend Arlington Heights, and I think it is a wonderful school. Mrs. Alexander, the principal, is great. She, along with the other staff at AHHS, is fair, understanding, and enforces the rules. I feel safe at school, and I love all of my teachers. It provides an excellent education and prepares you for the SAT and college. I would definitely enroll my child at Heights.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 05, 2004
I am fearful of registering my kids here after reading the comments. I pray somewhere in this school there is a level playing field.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2003
'I'm not a parent but, a current student at AHHS. Everyone is always enforcing fairness and equality but, AHHS lacks it big time. To me money, race, and who your parents are plays a big role at Heights, which it SHOULDN'T. I am very dissapointed at Heights, but I can't say it wasn't expected. I WILL be attended another school at the end of this semester....But, they sure do have a decent football team...I'll give them that.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 21, 2003
I was a student during depression years, so I can't comment on the present school. But many of my classmates were orphans from the Lena Pope Home and my friends and I certainly were not affluent. But we got a good education and I was able to go on for two Master's degrees. I would not hesitate to send my kids to Arlington Heights.

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2003
I'm not a parent but in responding to the comment posted on the screen. I'm a graduate of AHHS and it is a fine school, where I learned many things. I'm now attending a major university.Parents are usually clueless.

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2003
I think the above three people are completely out of their minds. They did not attend the highschool like I did. I think that it is the best school in the FWISD. There are no stereotypes about who has the most money. Just because certain economic classes choose to hang out with one another because of same interest doesn't mean the school is bad. This type of social classing is found in all schools.

- submitted by a community member
September 29, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
This is one of the worst high schools I have come across. One would think with all the so-called richies that go there, the school would not be in such poor shape. I would never send my child to AHHS. The teachers don't seem to care about the students, and they don't encourage them enough. They say that they mix the economical and social classes so it's fair. All this does is create tension and resentment in the students, and that's not fair to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2003
That couldn't be further from the truth. All students are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities, not everyone takes that chance. Sure, the rich kids seem to be the most popular but that has more to do with personality than socioeconomic status. I think the parents who wrote the other reviews were probably just left out of things when they were in school and are jealous.

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 13, 2003
I absolutely agree! If you have ever seen the movie 'Pretty in Pink', that is Arlington Heights to a T. You have the 'richies' and then the kids from the other side of the tracks. The rich rule. It's a cast system.

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August 10, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
no rating August 02, 2003
Money runs this school. Kids with wealthy parents or who come from private schools control nearly all of the extracurricular activities, leaving out the rest who don't have money. The school is an aristocracy! Those kids who don't have money or even prestigious social status are not treated fairly. They get snubbed unless they have an extraordinary gift such as excellence at academics or athletics. I am aware of many people who have graduated from AHHS. They have commented that this school is a joke and have feelings of resentment towards Heights. No one has the guts to stand up to those wealthy ones who run the school.

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Arlington Heights High School
4501 North Jim Wright Freeway, Fort Worth, TX  76135
(817) 815-1000
Last modified Arlington Heights 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.
Arlington Heights High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top