I couldn't have asked for a worse high school experience than what I got at Heights. Sure, the academics are solid; but that doesn't make up for the fact that the people are shallow and flat out rude. Despite coming from money, these kids never once accepted me or gave me the time of day. They never reached out, or ever included me in anything in the entire 6 years I was in Alamo Heights ISD (jr. high 12th grade). I always seeked their friendship; but they never wanted mine. It s not just the students that I'm calling out; it s everyone: the students, the stuck up parents who raised their insolent, snotty children, and the teachers/faculty who only cared about the school s reputation and not actually trying to shape their kids into decent people. They all have attitudes. If there s one word that I can use to describe Alamo Heights: it s fake. NOTE to everyone: If you didn t grow up here (your whole life), then it s difficult to fit in. I basically was invisible every day at this school. No one ever noticed me. I'll never move back to Heights nor will I ever raise a family here. It was a huge disappointment, causing me nothing but depression and grief throughout my childhood.
As a HISPANIC former student that did NOT come from a wealthy background (hard-working, lower-middle class), I will say that I am so thankful I attended Alamo Heights as it prepared me and my siblings very well for college (3 of us ended up at Top 30 universities) and the real world. I think it prepared all of us to learn to compete and not expect anything to be handed to us. My teachers always encouraged me to try my hardest and do more. Even as a kindergartener, my teachers saw my potential and encouraged my parents to have me take a test to be in the HEIGHTS program, a program in AH elementary schools for gifted students. I finally passed the test in 2nd grade, and my teachers continued to push me to do better in my GT/Pre-AP/AP classes in middle school and HS. I ended up graduating in the Top 10% of my class and got accepted (with scholarships) to a number of Top 25 universities. Socially, I had a lot of friends, and while there were definitely cliques (like at any HS), I think by Junior year, most of the groups got along. I can honestly say that if I ran into any single person I graduated with today, I would feel comfortable catching up and having a conversation with them.
This school has NOT earned the highest TEA rank which says EVERYTHING. Academics are WEAK, the achievement gap is HIGH, AP class scores DO NOT match up with AP test scores, grade inflation is ULTRA-HIGH, I suspect that most students make it into college, but CANNOT stay past their freshman year, family name and income dictate grades, punishments and advancements. Moral character is DISMAL!! When someone tells you that they are the best in SA and that you should send your child to school there, ask, "Why are they not ranked EXEMPLARY?"
I graduated from Alamo Heights High School a long time ago and returned for my class reunion and realized it is still the great school I attended so long ago. It prepared me for college and for life.
I am content with the academics at the high school; however, there is a lack of variety regarding the types of classes offered, especially languages. The teachers are EXCEPTIONAL. There is a lot of "clique-iness", so to speak, but as mentioned before, it certainly helps kids and teens to develop social skills.
I currently go to this school and I find myself sitting at a public library trying to figure out my homework. It is 11:00 AM and yes, I did skip school. It is not normal for me to do this but since I do not understand what my teachers are trying teach me, and succceessfully failing at, I give no moe effort into understandind my them since either they are busy during lunch or they never get to school on time in the morning. I never get a chance to talk to them and ask questions. Why can't the get this?!
I moved to AHISD in 6th grade and thank God every day for making that happen. The teachers are great, everyone is smart and comes from a good family, and you don't have to be scared of anyone. We are the only school in San Antonio with no police department because we have no fights or anything.
I attended Alamo Heights and it is definitely a great school. Remember, the vast majority of what kids learn is not in school, so don't depend on teachers to teach everything. As for the social scene. If you make an effort, you will find your group. Alamo Heights develops kids social skills, a very important asset in life. I am very grateful for attending AHHS and it successfully prepared me for college.
Alamo Heights is the best and you do not get made fun of for wearing the same outfit twice. All the teachers rock.
Have four kids and now 3 grandkids going thru and all seem to have good education and happy memories
Alamo Heights is all about status. They say they are the best, so everyone assumes they are. But if people took time to investigate, they would see it's just a cover. They do not care about developing good people. They just want the students to have high test scores and get into ivy league schools so they can brag about it. I think that is not just from the teachers, but the parents in the community. If you aren't rich or obsessed with GPA, you are an outcast. A few new teachers try to reach out to 'lower' students, to recognize that all students have talents, but it doesn't go very far. The administration always sides with the wealthy parents who think their kids are entitled to everything. I will not send my kids there. I want them to have a normal high school experience. Alamo Heights is totally elitist.
A school with a great tradition = bringing in 'outsiders' has hurt the academic and 'spirit' performance of the school, but it is still operating at a high level. Recent additions to the administration need to recognize more the important influence of parent participation and tradition. They must not compromise performance for an ill advised 'democratic' advantage. This school is possibly risking its history by dumbing down for a very small population and an 'outside' administrationb that takes its own education too seriously. This place can really excell!!
If you're blonde, skinny, and rich you will fit in perfectly here. The academics are strong, but the social scene is way off balance. Kids get ridiculed for wearing the same outfit twice. If your famiy doesn't make over $250,000 a year, you're considered 'poor'. Great academics, bad attitude.
I have two children currently at AHHS. While there are many teachers who don't communicate well with parents, there are also some newer teachers who take a personal (yet strictly professional) interest in the students. My daughters multimedia teacher, Mrs. Culp, actually calls on a regular basis and has encouraged my daughter to work during the summer to learn more about her interests. The teachers who go above and beyond make up for those who don't.
I am an AHHS graduate, but if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't send my child here. Socially, this school is a nightmare. Overemphasis on social standing, income, alcohol. The teachers are pretty good, but they aren't all that responsive to the individual student. My daughter (who is in all advanced placement classes) does a lot of writing in her spare time, and she never got any positive feedback from teachers when she tried to share her out of class work with them. She's applied to new schools for the fall. I plan to take my other kids out of AHISD as well. Lastly, this school has a poor track record for serving special needs populations. There are better schools in San Antonio. Look at some of the magnet programs and even a very few select charter schools.
AHISD is a ritzy school district. But in the past 15-20 years it has comformed to changing times. It willingly accepts low to middle income persons without reservations. In fact it accepted hundreds of Katrina evacuees. They are not snobs as many people think, on the contray, most are friendly and warm. The teachers are 80% Masters degreed or higher, they welcome parent participation in all area of your childs educational growth. The district does not force or instill football on all, it does encourage participation in extracurricular sports activity. I highly recommend Alamo Hieghts HS and the district.
Academically excelled, Athletically gifted, but socially damaged. Not recommended for everyone.
Yes. I had two kids at this school. Both are now gone. I was very unhappy about the poor teaching and overemphasis on football.
Vastly over-rated. There are some very weak departments. Far too much emphasis on trivial homework and time-wasting 'collaborative' assignments.
Hi i am a student at AHHS it is gret there. i have learned alot more since i have been at this school. The teachers are great.
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