Alamo Heights High School8

San Antonio, TX | Bexar County

January 28, 2015

I couldn't have asked for a worse experience as well. Just to explain my experience in a nutshell, I don't think I have ever seen teachers and students this lazy before in my life. Everyone who says the Alamo Heights academics and teachers are exceptional must not have been to any other schools. Truthfully, the teachers are not dedicated to helping you become better students. In addition, the academic standards are VERY low. Not to mention the social aspect of the school. Alamo Heights is easily said as a complete bully and clique hotspot, and that's the truth. I have encountered MANY people leaving not only becasue of the poor academics, but the people. This school claims to have strict dress code policies as well. I think you could ask anyone in the area and they will say that they have never seen anyone wear those short of shorts, or that see through of a top before than at Alamo Heights. VERY insufficient and lazy middle school experience concerning teachers/faculty, academics, and extracurricular activities. Eventually I switched just before high school so I could atleast try to get in to a good college.

Submitted by a student

June 24, 2014

I couldn't have asked for a worse high school experience than what I got at Heights. Sure, the academics are solid; but that doesn't make up for the fact that the people are shallow and flat out rude. Despite coming from money, these kids never once accepted me or gave me the time of day. They never reached out, or ever included me in anything in the entire 6 years I was in Alamo Heights ISD (jr. high 12th grade). I always seeked their friendship; but they never wanted mine. It s not just the students that I'm calling out; it s everyone: the students, the stuck up parents who raised their insolent, snotty children, and the teachers/faculty who only cared about the school s reputation and not actually trying to shape their kids into decent people. They all have attitudes. If there s one word that I can use to describe Alamo Heights: it s fake. NOTE to everyone: If you didn t grow up here (your whole life), then it s difficult to fit in. I basically was invisible every day at this school. No one ever noticed me. I'll never move back to Heights nor will I ever raise a family here. It was a huge disappointment, causing me nothing but depression and grief throughout my childhood.

Submitted by a student

May 26, 2014

As a HISPANIC former student that did NOT come from a wealthy background (hard-working, lower-middle class), I will say that I am so thankful I attended Alamo Heights as it prepared me and my siblings very well for college (3 of us ended up at Top 30 universities) and the real world. I think it prepared all of us to learn to compete and not expect anything to be handed to us. My teachers always encouraged me to try my hardest and do more. Even as a kindergartener, my teachers saw my potential and encouraged my parents to have me take a test to be in the HEIGHTS program, a program in AH elementary schools for gifted students. I finally passed the test in 2nd grade, and my teachers continued to push me to do better in my GT/Pre-AP/AP classes in middle school and HS. I ended up graduating in the Top 10% of my class and got accepted (with scholarships) to a number of Top 25 universities. Socially, I had a lot of friends, and while there were definitely cliques (like at any HS), I think by Junior year, most of the groups got along. I can honestly say that if I ran into any single person I graduated with today, I would feel comfortable catching up and having a conversation with them.

April 6, 2014

This school has NOT earned the highest TEA rank which says EVERYTHING. Academics are WEAK, the achievement gap is HIGH, AP class scores DO NOT match up with AP test scores, grade inflation is ULTRA-HIGH, I suspect that most students make it into college, but CANNOT stay past their freshman year, family name and income dictate grades, punishments and advancements. Moral character is DISMAL!! When someone tells you that they are the best in SA and that you should send your child to school there, ask, "Why are they not ranked EXEMPLARY?"

Submitted by a parent

February 25, 2014

I graduated from Alamo Heights High School a long time ago and returned for my class reunion and realized it is still the great school I attended so long ago. It prepared me for college and for life.

August 22, 2012

I am content with the academics at the high school; however, there is a lack of variety regarding the types of classes offered, especially languages. The teachers are EXCEPTIONAL. There is a lot of "clique-iness", so to speak, but as mentioned before, it certainly helps kids and teens to develop social skills.

Submitted by a student

February 1, 2011

I currently go to this school and I find myself sitting at a public library trying to figure out my homework. It is 11:00 AM and yes, I did skip school. It is not normal for me to do this but since I do not understand what my teachers are trying teach me, and succceessfully failing at, I give no moe effort into understandind my them since either they are busy during lunch or they never get to school on time in the morning. I never get a chance to talk to them and ask questions. Why can't the get this?!

Submitted by a student

November 9, 2010

I moved to AHISD in 6th grade and thank God every day for making that happen. The teachers are great, everyone is smart and comes from a good family, and you don't have to be scared of anyone. We are the only school in San Antonio with no police department because we have no fights or anything.

Submitted by a student

February 11, 2010

I attended Alamo Heights and it is definitely a great school. Remember, the vast majority of what kids learn is not in school, so don't depend on teachers to teach everything. As for the social scene. If you make an effort, you will find your group. Alamo Heights develops kids social skills, a very important asset in life. I am very grateful for attending AHHS and it successfully prepared me for college.

February 3, 2010

Alamo Heights is the best and you do not get made fun of for wearing the same outfit twice. All the teachers rock.

Submitted by a parent

September 16, 2009

Have four kids and now 3 grandkids going thru and all seem to have good education and happy memories

Submitted by a parent

January 24, 2009

Alamo Heights is all about status. They say they are the best, so everyone assumes they are. But if people took time to investigate, they would see it's just a cover. They do not care about developing good people. They just want the students to have high test scores and get into ivy league schools so they can brag about it. I think that is not just from the teachers, but the parents in the community. If you aren't rich or obsessed with GPA, you are an outcast. A few new teachers try to reach out to 'lower' students, to recognize that all students have talents, but it doesn't go very far. The administration always sides with the wealthy parents who think their kids are entitled to everything. I will not send my kids there. I want them to have a normal high school experience. Alamo Heights is totally elitist.

Submitted by a student

October 23, 2008

A school with a great tradition = bringing in 'outsiders' has hurt the academic and 'spirit' performance of the school, but it is still operating at a high level. Recent additions to the administration need to recognize more the important influence of parent participation and tradition. They must not compromise performance for an ill advised 'democratic' advantage. This school is possibly risking its history by dumbing down for a very small population and an 'outside' administrationb that takes its own education too seriously. This place can really excell!!

Submitted by a parent

October 10, 2008

If you're blonde, skinny, and rich you will fit in perfectly here. The academics are strong, but the social scene is way off balance. Kids get ridiculed for wearing the same outfit twice. If your famiy doesn't make over $250,000 a year, you're considered 'poor'. Great academics, bad attitude.

August 17, 2008

I have two children currently at AHHS. While there are many teachers who don't communicate well with parents, there are also some newer teachers who take a personal (yet strictly professional) interest in the students. My daughters multimedia teacher, Mrs. Culp, actually calls on a regular basis and has encouraged my daughter to work during the summer to learn more about her interests. The teachers who go above and beyond make up for those who don't.

Submitted by a parent

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