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Charlottesville, VA
Students enrolled: 1,770

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2775 Hydraulic Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

(434) 975-9300
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Map of Albemarle High School address.

January 21, 2015
As a parent of a 9th grader there, I was of course concerned that the school be engaged with me and have a plan set up to make the transition an easy one. I have received neither. From summer assignments that were unclear or not even handed out to some children, to no regular access to teachers it was a shock. Since the first month though, things have gotten worse. They do not offer regular access to school extracurriculars, their school computer program is completely mismanaged, and much of the staff there have gone out of there way to demonstrate a culture of unaccountability. This school has firmed in our mind that we will be moving from the school district. Don't send your kids here.

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2014
I am a rising senior at Albemarle High School, and while I do agree that the school has some short comings, I would like to point out that no school is perfect. Hence the reasoning for my 4/5 star review as opposed to 5/5. There are a few incompetent teachers at the school, though if you bring it up with the higher ups things normally get straightened out one way or another, but overall I love all of my teachers, they're energetic but also informative, and yes, from what I have seen the extracurriculars at the school are great, and if you want to make a new club, then simply get a couple people together and get a teacher to represent you, then you're good to go, I set up a club for my robotics group this way. Yes, I am mostly an A student, so I can't speak all that much for the academic classes and it has surprised me that some years you either take academic or a college class of the subject, no honors, Also the comment about the drugs, that was only one incident, which was then dealt with swiftly, it is not the school's fault if its students decide to deal drugs on the premises, it is the school's fault if they let it continue. Which, they didn't, it was quickly dealt with.

- submitted by a student

October 18, 2013
Our two daughters, academically strong and from an affluent family did very well at AHS. Lots of AP options, talented teachers, good athletics and an outstanding art/music/drama program. Admin is so-so and has not been wholly stable. We were really very happy there. I just read many of the negative reviews. Many of these issues are true; a student who doesn't excel academically or in a club can get lost in the shuffle. We were at another outstanding school with the same problems. Parental involvement is crucial, and without it good schools are no substitute. The alternative might be to focus attention on the students who are not succeeding but that is fraught too. I suspect that a student who hates AHS, isn't doing well academically, and has parents who can't be bothered to interact with teachers would do no better at another school. The wide mix of AHS students might make this disparity more evident though. AHS will do better now that the SOL issue is diminishing, and it could use improvements in the physical plant. It could stop doing dumb things like buying iPads for (select) students too.

- submitted by a parent

August 24, 2010
I am a Highschool Senior currently at AHS. What is true about our school is we do have "wonderful clubs & athletic programs", but what about the kids who dont want to persue there highschool years in the football team, or the drama club. They get lost in the shuffle, which every guidance counselor is aware of, but will never say at a meeting. I am currently in a peer group, and we have met very often with kids that feel left out, yet i feel that some counselors and teachers that are aware of this, could care less. Or just decide that they will "find a place". We are a great school, with huge numbers! Yet we could try and show every student that we can be a great school. I have loved my 3 soon to be 4 years at AHS,and hope that every student feels the same:)

- submitted by a student

June 27, 2010
Western Albemarle High School is an excellent school compared to Albemarle High School, AHS has a drug issue & sever overcrowding & an overall terrible reputation.

- submitted by a student

June 01, 2010
I dont know what school people are looking into when writing these reviews, AHD is horrbile. they only look out for affluent rivh kids, not the common or poor child.

- submitted by a community member

July 20, 2009
Albemarle is a good school, however, the school is too crowded and your student is likely to be lost in the shuffle if they aren't A+ students.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2009
As a military family, we have experienced several school systems across the country. This school, and the community and parent support it receives, is outstanding!

- submitted by a parent

October 15, 2008
I agree with the posting of October 10th. The school climate is one that does not support the student who is 'marked as middle'. The school only offers AP, Honers and then an Academic level. This Academic level class does not support the college bound 'B' student, but is there is support the achivement gap sutdnets.

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2008
I had 2 children in Albemarle HS. There are some teachers there who are very talented. However, the school is too crowded & the student-teacher ratio is pushing the limits. There were times I sent emails to teachers & because they're so overwhelmed, they couldn't email back within the prescribed 24-48 hrs. There were a couple of teachers who never showed up for Back-to-School night or Parent/Teacher Conference night..ever. I 'loved' that one of the guidance counselors didn't even know the name of my child. Yes, AHS has 'award-winning' clubs & athletics and I discovered that communication for these endeavors are pretty decent. So, why can't the same effort be applied to academics, which are the main reason the kids are in school in the first place?

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2008
Albemarle High School is improving every day. The faculty and staff work hard to make the school experience rewarding for all students. In this day in age, high schools have many challenges and this school is meeting many of the challenges. Get involved in your child's school and you will learn a great deal about today's education.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2005
I have two children at AHS. I have been impressed with the rigor of the honors/AP courses and the dedication of the teachers, who are quite willing to spend extra time helping students, coaching them for the SAT, etc. The instrumental music program is exceptional, with 3 levels of concert bands, a marching band, and a jazz band that has won top honors in state and national competitions. The drama program has won state and national awards, as has the history program. Sports are managed by an award-winning athletic director. There are dozens of clubs, and students are welcome to form new ones to fit their interests. This is an extraordinarily talented and diverse group of students who get along well with one another. There is a friendly and energetic new principal who is trying to make the school administration more parent-friendly. The PTO has recently been re-established.

- submitted by a parent

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Albemarle High School
2775 Hydraulic Road, Charlottesville, VA  22901
(434) 975-9300
Last modified Albemarle 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.
Albemarle High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top