I am a senior and I have seen multiple changes at Arlington High through the years some good some bad. The administration has heavily improved through my 4 years at AHS . With the exception of 1 administrator who has been here all 4 years. The math program has gotten worse through the years and is just a total disaster to say the least. There's only 1 good math instructor and he's the calculus teacher. The english and art programs and both great I've enjoyed all my english teachers through the years though 1 has left. The science program is hit or miss with some great instructors and some not so great. We could use more AP classes but are thankful to have the ones in which we have. Sports have improved every year with multiple teams taking the step to state. The school's leadership is no longer ran but the Vice Principal and by someone else who does a much better job which has improved our school spirit!
Haha. lots of diversity here... white diversity, that is. We have the hick whites, the prep whites, the bodybuilding whites (they give jocks a terrible name), and of course the everyday, average students. Its about 95% white, but yet, this is a wonderful school. Great teachers, minus a few. Incredibly smart junior class (I'd say about 15-20 valedictorians coming into senior year). Top class musical and theatre programs. However, if one were to complain, it would be on how much we emphasize silly projects such as the scholarly paper and senior presentation. Some say this is college prep, but it is taking away from valuable class time. We'd be a top academic school, if it weren't for the random research and presentations wasting our time. I don't want a project to determine if i graduate either. I'd much rather be in AP calculus my junior year, but because of our flawed educational system, thats impossible. our math, science, and english advancement is sub-par. Colleges want to see top class mathematical and scientific skills, and our school will never deliver unless we get rid of the "college preparation" projects.
Outstanding High School, especially if your kids are into sports or drama. The teachers, and coaches especially are wonderful. The only downside about this school is that it's not very diverse (aka; mostly white, middle class). It's surprisingling modern for such a small town. Would highly recommend.
The administration at this school controls everything. I am currently a junior attending Arlington High School, and cannot wait to leave. The academics are good. I give the school credit for that. Plus, the teachers really make an effort to accompany all students. But the way in which we are confined to this conservative ideology that doesn't allow for individual thinking is ridiculous. Our vice-principal runs the ASB. This guarantees that the students have no voice. Slowly but surely school has become more and more of a bother than a learning environment. And no, I'm not one of those 'I hate school' type kids. I maintain a 3.85 GPA while playing baseball, leading the debate team, and hours of community service. We need change.
Grandson is doing great with your school, appreciate all the activity and learning and the rotc program
As another student said, I also found this school to be overridden with cliques. The teachers are hit-or-miss, but there are some good ones. Students do not even know the name of their principal. Faculty does set high academic standards and this school offers a variety of advanced classes. Sports are average, clubs aren't bad either. Parents are hardly ever involved... if at all. (Except for reading the report card when it comes in the mail or going to a band concert if the child plays an instrument or is in choir). Many of the students are friendly despite the segregation, but certainly not all of them.
I was just enrolled in AHS this year as a freshman, and, contrary to what some parents think, the school is extremely clique and class oriented. Freshmen are severely discriminated against (of course, I really wasn't expecting any different), and different groups do not mesh well whatsoever. I would say that the academics are, for the most part, fairly good, and sporst and clubs are very open and welcoming.
I go to Arlington, we have a great time while learning a lot. The faculty and my peers are extremely supportive.
We moved here last year from out of state, and the Academics are outstanding!
While the quality of education from teaching staff and opportunity at this high school are outstanding, I see little leadership from the Principal/Vice Principal and feel our tax dollars could hire much more strength than we currently have for the volume of students. I agree with the emphasis on wrong doing and not enough emphasis on rewarding the good.
I am a parent of a student who completed his freshman year last year. The teachers seem concerned and although overworked, probably comparible to other public schools. There is a lot of emphasis on what your child is doing wrong and not much emphasis on what they are doing right. The students do seem to all get along with each other, without much class/race descrimination. However, the school is mostly comprised of white students. Population growth in Arlington has definately impacted ability to adjust properly. I salute anyone who chooses teaching as a career. Teachers work hard at the school. But the staff needs to figure out some counseling programs to identify problems and work with both students and parents.
I find this school to be excellent...all the kids get along exceptionally and there really are no social groups. Everyone is friends with Everyone else. The academic skills of the children is great after atending this school. even though the classes are large the teachers try to get to everyone. This school impresses me.
It's a great school if your child is self-motivated and can esentially teach themselves, however I don't recommend it for kids who need more one-on-one attention because with average class sizes of 30 these kinds of kids get lost in the shuffle. They have been trying to open the Performing Arts Center for over 3 years now - ever since the H.S. opened in the Fall of 2003 - and are still trying to raise another 2 million in order to open it. There's too much emphasis on the football and boy's basketball teams and not enough on academics and the arts!
My daughter started at Arlington her sophomore year, and she will be a junior in the fall. We are very pleased with the quality of teachers. We are also pleased with the amount of extra-curricular activites available. Our daughter is a very good student, and takes challenging courses. She is not necessarily 'popular' as she is shy, but there doesn't seem to be real 'cliques' that cause social problems at the school.
Alington High School is a great small town school. I have graduated 3 students, with a fourth currently enrolled. My college bound children took all the academic ability they needed with them to succeed at the college level, the oldest (and only one finished) graduating with Dean's honors. Three of my children have participated in the music program which surely is one of the finest in the state. It is excellent, and the truest test is that the program continues to grow each year. Sports programs can be on the weaker side, but with a few exceptions I have found the coaches to be excellent mentors, and skilled leaders. Over the years we have been involved with basketball, baseball, track, football and wrestling, and only one coach has left a sour aftertaste with me. Those motivated to get all they can will find Arlington rich in excellent teachers and extra-curricular activities.
Academics at AHS are excellent. Our Hi-Q team (a trivia club) won first place in State in 2004, for example. Our bands and our jazz choir are some of the best in the state. Our sports teams are not as skilled, but we all still have spirit! And judging by the filled wall of Booster Club members' names, most of whom are parents, there is definately plenty of parent involvement. Also, since this school was only opened in 2003, the facilities are amazing! Most of the teachers are very interactive with the students, making it actually fun to learn. Also, any student who had experienced a different school district will tell anyone else that most students get along abnormally well. The 'cliques' seem to sort of blend together, and almost everyone shows an overwhelming amount of common courtesy.
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