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Atholton High School9

Columbia, MD | Howard County

May 17, 2014

Easy transition, friendly kids, safe environment, plenty of opportunities to find your niche in sports and clubs. We are a military family that has moved often and atholton did not disappoint. Worth the higher housing costs! Your kids will have a good education and easily fit in with welcoming admin & parents. Diverse, articulate, kind, fun student body. It's been two years, one child entered as a freshman and the other a junior, two different personalities and interests, great choice for both.

Submitted by a parent

October 23, 2013

I currently have one child who is a senior at Atholton. Most of the GT and AP classes are fast paced and they expect the students to come to class knowing most of the material and all of the basics. It's not just Atholton, but prevalent among all the schools, through all the grades, that the focus is on testing and on teaching. The kids are expected to learn at home with the parents, that is why parent participation is so emphasized. The JROTC program is one of the better programs in the county. However, in many instances, it is very disorganized. Although the seargents and colonel are exemplary people, they tend to reward the outstanding performers and leave the rest alone as long as they don't make waves. Their sports program was very disappointing. I wanted my child to to join a team to learn the sport and to feel a sense of belonging but instead, they only chose the "outstanding" player. They are worse than the professional teams. The coaches only showed interest and inclusion for those they deemed are or will be stars. I must agree with some of the others in that there are many lazy teachers, (I use the term loosely). But some are actually excellent!

Submitted by a parent

September 22, 2013

I have two daughters currently attending Atholton. Both are very smart, taking full loads of GT and AP classes. Unfortunately, the teachers don't seem to keep up their end of the job. Oldest daughter was very excited to take (GT) biology and chemistry, but teachers who only read their slides every day and don't know how to explain things just totally ruined her on science. Her math classes haven't been much better. Some of the teachers must be better, but why would the GT and AP classes have such bad teachers? I hope my younger one has better luck. But AHS and the teachers should be ashamed at the poor quality teaching.

Submitted by a parent

August 12, 2013

The school has a diverse group of students that come from various econonmic backrounds. It is made up of good families who care for their childs education. It has active parent groups. Students are non judgmental, caring and driven without the the bias we may see in other schools. It is a comfortable environment that promotes education and well rounded students. People feel at home no matter who they are. Great school.

Submitted by a parent

March 24, 2013

terrible school with a biased and lazy administration and guidance staff. Teacher tend not to give students their full effort. If you are a student at this school, you will be judged on your looks and race.

Submitted by a parent

May 21, 2012

I have had 2 children graduate recently from AHS. Reading the other reviews I agree the school may overstress sports, but the students have alot of school spirit and parent are very involved! Both my children were accepted into very a very respectable university and were academically prepared to meet the challenge. They both have very fond memories of their high school years, and so do I.

Submitted by a parent

November 13, 2009

The principal and staff are exceptional. Fantastic kids overall. I volunteer to be a hall monitor and I am always surprised at how well-behaved the kids at this school are.

Submitted by a parent

February 2, 2009

I was a student at Atholton High School for a good period of time. I am now in the U.S. Army as a Cadet training to earn my 2nd Lieutenant Rank. The JROTC program at Atholton made me who I am today. My success in life was all thanks to Atholton High School

Submitted by a student

January 15, 2009

This is a Great high school! political correctness is at the bottom where it belongs and High Academics, Honor and straight forwardness are at the top, where it should always be!

Submitted by a parent

April 1, 2008

I'm a sophomore at AHS and I love it. The principal, Ms. leonard, is amazing. She's very hands on, and knows a lot of what's going on. Not much gets past her, and she's very good at handing students. Anyone who doesn't like her is just bitter because she caught them at something. As for teachers, it's about even good v. bad v. neither, like any school. You're not going to find a school with all good teachers, so whatever. It's smallish, easy to navigate, and there are no big problems. Little harassment that I see, a nice community, and the drug problem isn't on campus, unlike what we hear about other schools.

Submitted by a student

August 30, 2007

I am a current senior at AHS. I'd say that it's above the average in just about every area as far as academics and activities go, especially the music & drama departments. Most of the athletics programs are strong, there have been varied state championships recently. The building itself is old and overcrowded, and needs a renovation on the soon side. There is also a big gap between the student population (the majority of which are white and affluent, even though they may not know it) and the real world. I'm in mostly AP courses and my teachers are all excellent at what they do, but I get the impression from my friends in lower level classes that it can be luck of the draw. The parent boosters programs stay involved at the school, and the administration does what they do without any big problems. I feel lucky to go here.

Submitted by a student

August 28, 2007

this school is not a good school. it is very un organized. the way they arrange things is terrible.they put to much stress on the students who attend this school.they are way too focused on there sports team and school spirt.this school needs to come up with more easyer ways for the students to have fun

Submitted by a parent

August 5, 2007

Parents feel that it is a great school but it is not. There are few, to no good teachers. The school is to focused on its sports teams to worry about its academics. The school itself is rather dingy and dirty. It needs to be renovated.

Submitted by a student

July 1, 2007

great athletics, drama, and band... but nothing else. hardly any outlet for artistic students, insufficient racial diversity, and very few solid teachers.

Submitted by a student

July 29, 2005

Atholton High School is THE Best in the county!!! The JROTC program run by the great and wonderful Colonel McGrory and Sargeant Searcy is by far the best! My child attends Atholton and has improved in self esteem. This school is on the ball people!

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