School Details

Alpharetta High School

3595 Webb Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 521-7640
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2330 students 15 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

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Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT)

In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.
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Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fulton County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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End-of-Course-Tests (EOCT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fulton County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Alpharetta High School is a public high school in Alpharetta. The principal of Alpharetta High School is Shannon Kersey and can be contacted at kersey@fultonschools.org. 2,330 students go to Alpharetta High School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 4% of the Alpharetta High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 10% of the 2,330 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 14% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Alpharetta High School is 15:1. Fulton Science Academy High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 13%
White, non-Hispanic 54% 33%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 42%
Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 9%
Asian 14% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.09% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14% 45%
Limited English proficiency 4% 5%
Economically disadvantaged 10% 36%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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 ! ... /

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

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

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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!

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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!?

  • (3 years ago)

    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?

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a senior at AHS I have mixed opinions on the school. There are some VERY good teachers (mainly in the TAG department which is dying off with the budget cuts) and there are some very bad teachers. I have even had VERY bad teachers teach AP and honors classes which is discouraging. The rules at the school are extremely strict and the administrators get worked up over small things which go hand in hand with high school life (ie. someone throwing a paper airplane in the lunch room gets taken away by the administrators). The school seems to focus on a few students over the entire population. If 6 kids go off campus and 2 other kids get in a fight they close off an entire portion of outside lunch. The counselors are horrible especially in helping to get students into college. They are useless and other students know more about getting into college than they do. The music programs are strong and there are many clubs which would love to have more members which you can join. Overall there are many things to work on but you can get a great education there with a lot of hard work and some luck with good teachers.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a 10th grade student that attends Alpharetta high school not because i'm a student saying this just to put my school down but to be truthfully honest the school is sub-par at best. the lit science and History aspects of the school are pitiful. The teachers dont support kids that are stuggling in their classes and the kids are failing because of these teachers that dont want to reach out and help the kids that don't exactly do well in school. besides the teaching the administration system such as principles vice principles etc... is just as bad as the teachers i explained earlier. Its almost as if all of the administrators are always out to get kids that make the slightest mistakes. the math department is decent. kids are based around tight cliques as some would say extremely hard to fit in.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a 10th grade student at Alpharetta High School i can honestly say that most reviews about teachers and students below are true. The science department most definetly lacks the ability to produce the amount of success that should be produced when it comes to the students. The principles are sub-par at best none of them look you in the eye when it comes to serious conditions with people or the school itself. However the musical department and art departments are top notch. Students most of the time can be harsh on one another i would have to honestly say that this school is one of the hardest places to fit in properly with the other students. when i leave this school i can honestly say i will never come back to visit any teachers..they don't even know my name.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has a lot of bad kids teachers and is an overall bad atmosphere.

  • (5 years ago)

    AHS is a great school. The facilities are good there is a great racial cultural and political diversity among the students and a great deal of clubs for all interests. For students who want to do well and work hard the vast majority of the AP teachers are fantastic. I have no doubts in my mind that at least for the top students the quality of education is comparable to private schools (without the disadvantages of private schools like expense limited diversity social elitism etc.). The school's biggest asset is the TAG (talented and gifted) department a group six teachers who are all helpful knowledgeable and brilliant teachers who truly care about their students.

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