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 Mr William Crockett, who can be contacted at 1,920 children attend Athens Drive High and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 35% of the 1,920 students here are paying 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

  • (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.

  • (4 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.

  • (4 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.

  • (4 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.

  • (6 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!

  • (6 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.

  • (6 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

  • (7 years ago)

    Athens Drive High is a fine school with great teachers (many have been there for years) and great school spirit. It is diverse in many positive ways. There have been no real discipline issues that I am aware. There are many active clubs and organizations. There is also a public library on campus which is a plus for the students.

  • (7 years ago)

    It is just a wonderful school. Thats all I can say

  • (7 years ago)

    Athens Drive is among the top 4 high schools in Wake county now with wonderful and experienced leadership as of January 2006...just look at the scores. Changing zoning and demographics present challenges to be sure but we are impressed w/ the dedication and professionalism of faculty and staff! Our 9th grader now looks forward to school and finally he 'gets it'...what a turn-around! This school is the leader in the county for exceptional students as well. Would highly recommend!

  • (8 years ago)

    Leadership is good and getting better. Unfortunately many students are rude in most situations with most adults. PTSA works very hard and is supportive. The 'good kids' outshine the 'bad'. Teachers seem genuinely concerned about their students and arrange bend over backwards to help them.

  • (8 years ago)

    Athens is a completely disorganized massive and messy institution! I would never send my children there.

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