School Details

Athens Drive High

1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 233-4050

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1920 students 14 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English I, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wake County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Athens Drive High is a public high school in Raleigh. The principal of Athens Drive High is Dr. James Hedrick, whose e-mail is 1,920 students attend Athens Drive High and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 35% of the 1,920 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Athens Drive High is 14:1. Cardinal Gibbons High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Asian 6% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 52% 49%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 24%
Hispanic 14% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    We have been very pleased with our sons' experiences at Athens Drive High School. I have a Master's Degree in Education and am currently a Realtor so schools are very important to me for personal reasons and for resale and home value reasons. The STEM program at Athens is exceptional! The teachers are truly caring and supportive and bring out the best in every student. Take the time to truly explore the school and programs and interview faculty and parents. We are fully confident that when our sons graduate they will be very well equipped and ready for the real world!

  • (5 months ago)

    Our son joined Athens Drive High School his Junior year-which could have been pretty difficult for a high school kid. To our great pleasure he was welcomed with open arms. There were no "clicks" to deal with and he slid right in like he'd been with the students from the beginning. The academic aspect of the school is very impressive. The teachers and administrative staff are there to support the students reach their full potential.

  • (5 months ago)

    I can't say enough about the excellence of this school. Do your research and learn more!!! STEM and Health Science Academies 20 AP courses award winning music and arts programs SMART Lunch involved Jaguar Club and PTSA 60+ clubs teacher presence during the day and easy access to administration. Caring teachers that engage and challenge students. Don't believe what others who don't know anything about our school say. Do your own research. Your child will be ready and more than prepared for college and life! It was and is the best choice for us!

  • (7 months ago)

    Athens High provides an education that prepares children for wonderful future endeavors. The teachers genuinely care for the students. The extracurriculars offered here are better than many others. My children thrive here and are setting goals for college.

  • (8 months ago)

    While there are some hardworking teachers many are demoralized and insubordinate! This school is not safe...areas that are in serious trouble regarding safety are the lunch room and school grounds during lunch period there are fights and the staff can't supervise. Partly because they have one lunch time for the whole school. Also gym activities have quite a bit of violent behavior that is overlooked by staff.

  • (1 year ago)

    ADHS is a hidden gem of a school in WCPSS. Incredible programs such as STEM Band Orchestra Theater Special Ed and incredibly supportive booster clubs make Athens a great community school. Teachers communicate and offer many opportunities for help outside the classroom. Perfect choice for our children.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wonderful school!!! Both my daughters were well prepared for college and had a realistic view of the world they were entering. Athens Drive was diverse multicultural and engaging. The teachers and administration addressed any concerns I had quickly and efficiently. They did not always coddle to me and my kids (just like the real world) but the staff always explained their decisions.

  • (1 year ago)

    Athens Drive HIgh School- We moved to Raleigh in August 2012. We have been very pleased with Athens for our son. Teachers and counselors go above and beyond. An altercation last fall ( which was witnessed by my son and was exaggerated by media) was handled wonderfully and was a .one time occurrence. We are happy to be part of the Athens Drive community. Great school!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is very unsafe and has a history of fights. Today there were a total of 10 fights in a 15 minute period at lunch. It even made the news. You can find it on search "Athens Drive High School." So glad I transferred my son.

  • (2 years ago)

    Very professional and responsive school administrators. Good course selections and attention to students who are average rather than simply focusing on the AP course crowd. Have been very pleased with the experience we've had in two years here. Parent involvement is strong and there is a full range of award-winning activities from sports to music. Proud to call this my neighborhood school after many happy years in magnets and schools of choice.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son has had a great year at Athens. We were concerned coming in from a private school that the adjustment would be difficult. Thanks to the caring staff and great teachers the change proved to be a good one.

  • (5 years ago)

    Athens is a great school. Teachers are very tough but they ultimatly do help the kids excel. Their are very few discipline problems now that redistricting has occurred and my child feels very safe. Even acdemic classes are difficult and challanging. I would send any kid that would like to learn here.

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent and professional staff. I never have a concern about safety for the students. The curriculum is excellent for college prep. Many extracurricular activities which interest most students. Great learning and yes social environment.

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff is very experienced and can handle a wide variety of students. Parents and students are involved and care about each other. Academics and extra-cirricular activities abound to challenge students. Love it!

  • (5 years ago)

    Athens Drive has just been listed on the 2010 'America's Best High Schools'. The staff is excellent and work together to provide a good learning environment. It has a diverse population which prepares students for the real world - I have had 3 children attend & have been pleased with their educational opportunities. Excellent music and sports programs award winning band and strong parent support.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter's whole outlook on school has changed since I transferred her to Athens. She was ready to drop out from her previous high school. Her grades went from straight F's at the other school to A's B's and C's at Athens. All the teachers truely care about their students and are dedicated to helping them do their best. I can definitely see why they are one of the highest ranked high schools in the state they definitely deserve it.

  • (6 years ago)

    I sub at a lot of schools and I like taking jobs for this school! It's clean the staff are friendly and the students I've encountered (even at the regular level) have been friendly and generally cooperative. I've never had anyone be defiant with me. It seems to have a lot going on extracurricular-wise and I think the administration really cares.

  • (7 years ago)

    Athens has amazing teachers and a fairly clean campus. The only major problem is the way the teachers and staff discipline the students and keep the campus safe. Fights occur often and most students have no respect for the teachers. If good students went to the school then the school would be a really nice one. With students disrupting class and not really caring about getting good grades the classes become oblivious and the teachers lose interest in teaching. As long as you are in honors and AP classes you have a great chance of learning and excelling. The athletic department is amazing and so is the school spirit. Overall some changes need to be made with safety and disipline but otherwise it is a great school!

  • (7 years ago)

    Athens Drive is a great school. Although we do have some discipline problems we are one of the top schools in the Wake County Public School System. Once you get into AP classes there are no problems in the classroom. It is a wonderful school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Lost misserably in the Science projects when competing against other regional shool. The teacher(s) seems to be disconnected and students were left alone in the process. Do not recommend will not send my next child to it. Stagnant staff

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