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Alpharetta High School9

Alpharetta, GA | Fulton County

February 16, 2014

In comparison to other schools, class workload is through the roof,especially in honors and ap classes. Also, what you end up with in a class largely depends on your teacher. You may receive an 85 in a class that you could've gotten a 95+ in if you had the right teacher. There is a significant difference in difficulty of teachers that teach the same subject making it unfair to those who get the unflavored one and scoring lower in the class because at the end of the day, your final transcript only shows the course name and your grade, so the excess work and harder grading that people have to go through with the more difficult teacher is not accounted for. Also, the administration is not reliable and is very bad with dealing with schedules especially. The school is very cliquey. Overall, this school tries way to hard to become one of the top school and in doing so, puts enormous load and pressure on the students. Furthermore, there are far too many restrictions and regulations. Most people I speak with are not very content with the school as well. I am currently a sophomore and I have to say, this school needs some serious adjustments.

December 23, 2013

Alpharetta is a wonderful school with top academics, clubs, athletics, art programs and more. The administration and teachers are helpful, supportive and caring of the students.

November 24, 2013

I love AHS, but it does come with its flaws. The school is extremely cliquey, and it makes it hard to fit in. However, if you meet the right people, your experience here will be awesome. The teachers and students here are a mixed bag. There's a lot of fantastic teachers here, but there's bad teachers everywhere. I guess I have more of the inside perspective because i'm more involved in the school, but a lot of the people here are very closed minded and materialistic. Don't wear name brands? Don't have an expensive car? Don't have the latest phone? Not into the 'coolest' things? That's what causes this school to have a bad rep. The right people will come around though, so just find them. The teaching is divided. Some honors classes are less work than on level. It all depends. Some on level classes are just a lot of tedious easy work, while some are tedious hard work. If you take any honors lit, get ready to annotate between multiple classes. Overall, I love my school, but there's just a lot of baggage that comes with it.

Submitted by a student

November 17, 2013

AHS is an amazing high school with excellent teachers and administrators. The academic, athletics and arts programs are top in the state and competitive nationally.

Submitted by a parent

September 4, 2013

I've been going here for 3 yrs now, and I've lived in the Alpharetta area for a while. This school used to be SUCH a phenomenal school, especially education wise. However, the quality has decreased in the last 3 yrs. Last year, we lost about 11 teachers because they weren't happy with administration so they moved on to other schools. The honors teachers teach at very contrasting levels. Some students got a solid A in an honors sci class simply because they didn't have the super difficult teacher who gave students nothing higher than a low B. Something really important for new students to know - fitting in isn't the easiest thing in the world. Hate to admit this, but the majority of students only care about how expensive/luxurious your car is and if you have the latest iPhone or not. We lost a group of amazing teachers and so many kids are struggling now in their rigorous classes. AHS is not in its best place right now academically and students may not always be welcoming. It may not seem that important in the mind of a parent, but it means more to your high schooler than you think. Above all, I love being an Alpharetta Raider. I just hope the quality improves in the near future.

August 26, 2013

I Am Very Scared I Have No Idea How This School Is Going To Be iim Seeing Good And Also Bad Things About It ... Im Confused On What Types of Cliques There Are Is It Divided into Races Or What... but I Hope That I Have A Good Expericence I Will Be Coming In As A Freshman In A Few Days. And Im Just moving Down To Alphretta, GA O_o I Need Advise ! ... :/

June 30, 2013

I graduated in 2011 and personally did not have a great experience. School is divided racially and is very cliquish. Many students are rude to others. Some of the students act snobbish and high class like they are superior to other individuals. They academics is a hoax. Do not be fooled by the high test scores many student's parents spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars on SAT prep courses and tutoring sessions to get those stellar scores, but the school takes credit for it. If you are an average/on level student you are just a number and the teachers and administration does not care about you. They only care about the student taking 9 AP classes by the time he or she graduates. Most of the teachers did not know my name, which is why I do not bother to visit. The school would be good if they cared about all of the students well being.

June 13, 2013

Alpharetta High School has best academic classes and clubs. I like how they have all different races together in one school.

Submitted by a student

June 11, 2013

This is a great school with outstanding feeder middle schools and above average students. If the school system does not change the principal she is going to destroy it - she is terrible - in all aspects and needs to be replaced. She is the single causal driving teachers to leave.

Submitted by a parent

October 10, 2012

This school, like many others, has good, excellent, and not so good teachers. What I can't get past is the administration's mediocrity of not acknowledging the problems so that they can be adequately addressed. Like another review said, the principal is a joke. I am very disappointed. The three star rating is for all of those really good teachers. Parent involvement is only accepted as long it does not go against the administration's hidden agenda. Very sad!

Submitted by a parent

June 17, 2012

Great School. One of the best in the state. Good teachers, lots of AP's, and students get into ivies. Somewhat diverse; lots of wealthy cliques but other than that... this is a superb school.

Submitted by a parent

June 15, 2012

I will be a 10th grader at AHS next year. The Academics are pretty good, but the Honors teachers differ very much. It is all luck on which teacher you get. Some are very lenient and have less workloads. And others are extremely tough, so the academics are based on which teacher you get. The Music program is fantastic, the conductors are great and there are many students who are great, hardworking musicians. The Athletics are also another good point to this school. The dress code also depends on which teachers you have. Some do not care, while others are extremely strict about it. Also, this school is very clique-y, so if you are new to this area, then I don't recommend this school. It is hard to find a group of friends. The groups of friends, or cliques, are very prominent in this environment. AHS isn't the easiest place to fit in and make new friends. Even the most outgoing new kids have trouble sometimes.

Submitted by a student

February 14, 2012

I am so glad that my daughter will be attending a new school next year. The teachers are horrible, the staff is unresponsive and not helpful and the principle is a joke! There are way too many fights at the school and a total lack of security. Their grading system is a mess and the teachers never update the site so that you know where your child stands with their grades and where they need to improve - why even have a system when they never utilize it!?

Submitted by a parent

September 15, 2011

This is very sad that the students are so unhappy at this school. Please get organized and have more parent involvement. This is terrible. Where is the school pride. What is happening here?

August 1, 2011

A below average student doesn't get much encouragement or help from the teachers. An average student who wants to do better won't get help either. Councelors don't do a good job with schedules or preparing for college. Fitting in at AHS may be tough for some, it is very cliquish. Have self esteem and the attittude, you don't need to fit and you'll be fine. There are a few bad crowds, my advice as a parent, pay close attention to your child and address any issues immediately. Teachers, principles pay too much attention to little things that are typical for teenagers but the big things like peer pressure, obscene language and certain public display of affection is overlooked. There is a racial problem when it comes to teachers toward the student's. Black girls can't do things or wear things that white girls can. Saying all that, if your child is a good child and is an average or above average student with a strong belief is themself will be fine. Look into extra carricular activities. But don't forget to address any issues immediately.

Submitted by a parent

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