I graduated from New Albany 6 years ago and the issues that people are writing about seem ignorant and naive. Lack of diversity is evident yes but the school is not to blame. New Albany is an ever growing community whom accepts all walks of life. If people do their research they will find that Les Wexner moved to the area in 1998 and wanted to make the school the highlight of the community. Yes New Albany is considered a "rich" area but the strict and hard academics have served me well and have above and beyond prepared me for college grad school and my current job. College was actually easy for me and I considered New Albany to be more tough! But I am not complaining when I say that I am APPRECIATIVE! You are going to have "cliques" and ideas of "keeping up with the Jones'" everywhere you go. New Albany is a great school with a lot of opportunity and I am so glad I that I had the opportunity to go there and I hope to one day teach there as well.
New Albany High School is a public high school in New Albany. The principal of New Albany High School is Mr. Richard J. Stranges, whose e-mail is email@example.com. 925 children attend New Albany High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 5% of the 925 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 8% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at New Albany High School is 15:1. Lincoln High School is one of the nearest high schools.
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I graduated from this school nearly ten years ago and felt it may be beneficial to those reading to see what a New Albany education is like down the road. At the time of my graduation Principal Stranges was the dean of students. He was incredibly involved and concerned with the students. Even students like my brother who was a "disciplinary case" were treated respectfully. When I heard Mr. Stranges was promoted to the principal position I was very pleased with the news. My former teachers who are still at New Albany have been distilled down to a group of very effective educators. Like anywhere new and less experienced faculty is expected to make up a part of the workforce. I found that my younger teachers were more enthusiastic and creative so don't discount them. Ten years down the road I have a great college education and a successful dual career as a college educator and professional. I was prepared for my courseload at college. My bosses are always impressed with my work ethic to which I partially credit NAHS. Culture may have changed since I was there but I wasn't rich and was still treated well.
Great loc centrally located bldgs close to library. Lack good teachers. Straight out of college & have little exp or train. Don't really have the freedom to teach with effectiveness. Did you know... many of their high school grads drop out of college in the 1st year b/c they re not adequately prepared? National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence applies to plans & offerings not "results." Parent involvement is high but the school keeps an "arms length" attitude. They don't want us questioning anything. Worksheets are used vs. books so the parents can't help w/homework w/no book to reference. Your child may be put in a modified curriculum group w/o your knowledge. I m not a minority but I find the school ill-equipped to deal with diversity. Not enough diversity in teachers & admin staff. My teachings of tolerance to my kids are undermined by the school b/c they don't sincerely embrace diversity & it shows in their staff & curriculum. About the clique-ishness gonna get that anywhere you go. About the hot issues on bullying these days there is a policy & there have been presentations on it at board meetings but for the most part they look the other way.
I have been extremely impressed by New Albany schools. We have one child a son in Kindergarten. He had a very tough time at the beginning of the year and had some disciplinary problems. His teacher quickly initiated comunication with us to address the problems. His teacher also got a counselor involved and they put him on a special plan that now (second semester) has significantly improved his behavior and overall success in the classroom. He meets every week with the counselor and both she and his teacher have been wonderful - great communication understanding etc.
New Albany schools were brought into the 21st century by Dr. Ralph Johnson and Dr. Gary Sweitzer by providing all students with a well developed comprehensive curriculum learning environment and teachers who excel in their fields. Their mantra is that all students count. Expectations of New Albany Schools is to provide a superior education and they do this everyday.
Current high school senior at New Albany High School. Beyond the towering brick build buildings and the highly eductaed 'over paid' teachers there is a school that is not as good as it may seem. Here are the positives. The school is beautiful a very campus like feel. Its very safe. The lunches are very well put together. And overall there hardly is any fighting ever. However this school isnt perfect. The problem with New Albany is they throw so many facts out at you to make you believe its and unbelievable high school. They try to create this impecable reputation however they fail to address the small things because the staff is incapable of accepting it and they ignore it. The seperation in this school is pathetic. Its like a car show in the student parking lot. Its all about who has what in this school. Andifyoudonthavethat yullbe left out.
I rated NAHS above average due to the facilities and opportunities offered for a small high school. The curriculum could be more challenging for those students that don't wish (or can't due to scheduling conflicts) take the AP or Honors courses. The regular classes are not challenging enough. I would like to see more curriculum options especially in Foreign Language. This is a great school for Central Ohio but there are much better high schools with more opportunities nationwide. The district administration does not seem to realize that our kids are competing with kids from other states and not just within Central Ohio. The claim that all students belong to a club is a joke since most of the clubs do not serve any purpose...there was a gaming club where they played Guitar Hero! There are not many opportunities for leadership roles outside of the few students in student government.
I am stunned by some of the reviews here. We recently moved to this area from a tiny town in another state and I've been amazed by the one on one help my daughter has received. She has struggled with the adjustment and the school has made every effort to get her the extra academic help she needs in order to excel. They have remained in contact with me on where she is going wrong and arranged for her study hall to be more focused in order to assist her in catching up and adjust to the way this school teaches it's students. They have had patience and understanding and for a family stressed in these economic times it's been a godsend. Last the opportunities they offer at this school are outstanding. We are not a wealthy family however she has fit in with the other kids with no issues.
The benefits of New Albany HS are the brick & mortar facilities and some stand-out teachers and staff who are conscientious and committed. However this school has chosen not to educate their staff on the legal and educational responsibilities of complying with IEPs and 504s and many teachers view the accommodations on these plans as optional. It is a continual battle. I concur with other posts suggesting that the administration can be inflexible and is most concerned with image-driven issues. Finally as a relatively small school (~1000 students) scheduling conflicts can shut some students out of honors and specialty classes.
I tend to agree. This school system is primarily concerned with prestige and accomplishments. If you are a student who does have an IEP an undiagnosed special need or does not fit into the New Albany profile (social status minority status) you are considered an outcast parents of same are labeled as pesky or difficult. New Albany students do not receive the beneficial exposure to ethnic and social diversity that they might receive in another school district. This elitist view will only handicap students as they graduate and move further into their academic careers and beyond. They may never become capable of understanding those unlike themselves nor be able to empathize nor socialize with others who share different view points lifestyle choices social status or ethnic backgrounds. They will be limited by their early experiences and associate only with others considered acceptable. This is the true waste of potential.
As a student who comes from a lower-middle class background I must disagree with the post dates 30 March 2008. Money is not an issue; the attitude and social skills of the student are of concern. Rather than complain about being 'poor' or flaunting my inexpensive clothes I have become involved in several extra-curricular activities and have sought to excel in academics. In this way I have gotten to meet incredible people and I have had the opportunity to succeed. The reason the school has such problems with parents is because the parents have nothing better to do than berate the school with petty concerns at every hour of the day. The school embraces people of all social backgrounds; not only the rich need attend this school. Money certainly doesn t govern the way in which one is treated.
I completely agree with the post dated 2/27. I have listened time & again to so many families sharing this same issue. If your child falls below the 'New Albany' expectations you can forget it. We have a child who attends the school our child gets average grades. At our last meeting with the teacher we were told that our child meets the 'national' expectations but needed to meet 'New Albanys expectations.' Our child needless to say receives not an ounce of enthusiasm from his teacher. He has been labeled just as others who do not 'perform' accordingly have. We have an older child who has had to deal with 'not fitting in' b/c of where we live the brands of clothing she chooses etc. After growing up in NA I am heartbroken at the lack of sensitivity & sickened at the way that money governs the treatment you receive.
If you are academically talented and bring prestige to the school life is great. Have any special needs or problems and those students are not provided any real help. Parents are treated in a condescending manner. IEP's are not written in any meaningful way. It is more rhetoric about providing for individual differences in learning than reality. No leadership in this area just keep the kids and parents quiet.
This school in my opionion is one of the best schools in america. The acedemics are amazing. The school resembles the University of Virginia. The only problem is that they are way too strict. Also more people need to be more excited about the sports in New albany. People will go to the games but some could care less who wins the games.
I feel that new albany seems to focus on and crack down on small issues such as wondering the halls during acidemic options instead of being greatful that is the worst problem we have. It seems to me that it's very easy to connect on a personal level with the Engish and History teacher at NAHS.
I have to disagree with the other review related to children who have learning challenges. We have a daughter who attends the Hish School and also attended the Middle School who is ADD and the staff (especially the Middle School Staff) were extremely helpful. They set regular meetings addressed our concerns and even emailed us daily with homework assignments so we could follow-up with our child and check her progress. They made some allowances for late assignments and were extremely willing to work with her. In High School we have not had as many opportunities to meet with the staff. They've been willing but it hasn't seemed necessary just yet. As a sidenote the Humanities course at the 9th grade level is challenging and well thought out. Wish the shool had more offerings like this one.
I graduated from this school and I honestly loved it. The teachers were great on every level. It is a very safe school also. The only disadvantage is the lack of diversity. If you aren't well off you tend to not fit in as well. However if you can get past that this school is the best in the Columbus area.
ITs a great school the kids are friendly never any fights or anything.
New Albany is a school where if you dont fit in like if you have a disorder that interferes with your learning abilitys Then NA isn't a place for you. The teachers only help the ones who dont have any problems I went to this this school and I hated it the discrimnation is very high towards skateboarders and people who live to hard music which isn't the point because none of things deals with anything bad people just discrimate against them on they way they dress and maybe if they wouldn't discrimnate them then they wouldn't have such a 'bad attitude' which none of them do.
This school is the best public school i ahve ever seen. Their teachers and programs are just as good as their private school competitor. Outstanding sports and extra cirricular programs a must see school.