Allegany High School in Cumberland, MD - Niche

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Allegany High School is a public school in Cumberland, Maryland. It has 691 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 87% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 57 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

616 Sedgwick St
Cumberland, MD 21502
(301) 777-8110

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3.7 from 57 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: There's a popular cliché that says ignorance is bliss. If I only ever saw other schools in this county, I would love Allegany. A select group of the teachers are excellent. A small number of extracurricular activities that I am interested -mock trial for example - are also quite excellent. These are the things that have made my time at Allegany bearable, and on the whole, beneficial. However, I am not the prototypical AHS student, neither was William H Macy or Aaron Lafey. Allegany is simply the best school in an extremely economically depressed and culturally backward region. When I look out at the resources that other schools have as indicated by the facilities they possess and the even the food they serve, then I look in to AHS and see the terrible attitude and low effort of most of the students here, I understand why we are not the best overall. However, this does not excuse the terrible state of many aspects of the Allegany experience. the problem is a positive feedback loop: we have very little resources, so the students get depressed and don't try as hard, when state funders see how poorly we do, they withhold resources, the problem intensifies. Part if the problem could also have to do with the fact that Montgomery, Baltimore, and Prince Georges county of Maryland have a chokehold on the entire state politically, and they refuse to send any kind of tax money back to rural western Maryland.
    • High School Senior
    • 1
    Food: The cafeteria food is absolute horse meat at Allegany. it is honestly the worst food that I have ever had to suffer through digesting. This is not a joke. Thanks to Michelle Obama's supposed "healthy food overhaul" some of the options that made the cafeteria food bearable - salad dressing, salt, potato tots - have been gutted or severely limited.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Administration & Policies: The administration is very involved in student activities. The discipline is adequate. That being said, there is no innovation in policy whatsoever. the guidance counselors are absolutely terrible at their jobs, very mean, and difficult to work with
    • High School Senior
    • 2
    Sports & Fitness: Although the athletics at Allegany high school are very decent, and sports teams from our school do very well regionally, this is a reflection upon the athletes, not the facilities or equipment. We share a home football stadium with another high school, and we only have a small track and a very torn up practice field, which is monopolized by the football and baseball teams. The equipment and locker rooms are horrid. We have no extra fields, a pool, tennis courts, etc.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Teachers: The teachers at Allegany high school are generally very good. They put in more work than they have to, and they are very knowledgeable about what they are teaching. There are some exceptions however, as the best teachers are usually the ones who teach the more difficult or more senior classes. This means that teachers who have more underclassmen, or who teach easy classes are general not very good.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

Nearby Schools

Niche Grade Name Type
2.66 West Side Elementary School Public
3.33 Braddock Middle School Public
2.33 Bishop Walsh School Private, Religious
Beginnings - A Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten Private, Montessori
2.66 South Penn Elementary School Public
3.00 Northeast Elementary School Public
2.66 Fort Hill High School Public
2.66 John Humbird Elementary School Public
The Jefferson School at Finan Center Private, Special Education
3.00 Washington Middle School Public
3.33 Cash Valley Elementary School Public
Lighthouse Christian Academy Private, Religious
2.66 Wiley Ford Primary School Public
2.66 Parkside Elementary School Public
2.00 Calvary Christian Academy Private, Religious
3.00 Frankfort Middle School Public
3.00 Cresaptown Elementary School Public
3.00 Bel Air Elementary School Public
3.00 Mount Savage Middle School Public
3.00 Mount Savage Elementary School Public
2.66 Frankfort High School Public
3.00 Mountain Ridge High School Public
3.00 Beall Elementary School Public
3.33 Frost Elementary School Public

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.66 West Side Elementary School 1 mi. 349
3.33 Braddock Middle School 1 mi. 575
2.66 South Penn Elementary School 2 mi. 473
2.66 Fort Hill High School 2 mi. 739
3.00 Washington Middle School 2 mi. 633

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 46%
Male 53%

Student Diversity

Allegany High School United States Braddock Middle School Fort Hill High School South Penn Elementary School Washington Middle School West Side Elementary School
White 91.0% 51.6% 86.0% 90.0% 83.0% 90.0% 79.0%
African American 5.0% 15.2% 6.0% 7.0% 5.0% 3.0% 7.0%
Hispanic 1.0% 24.5% 1.0% 0% 1.0% 1.0% 2.0%
Multiracial 1.0% 2.6% 3.0% 0% 8.0% 3.0% 8.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1.0%
Asian 0% 4.7% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 27.1%
Grade 10 29.1%
Grade 11 22.0%
Grade 12 21.9%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 8 responses

  • 88% Yes
  • 12% Not sure.
  • 0% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 7 responses

  • 38% The extracurricular activites
  • 31% The teachers
  • 31% The challenging classes

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 6 responses

  • 62% The building
  • 12% Clique
  • 12% The terrible student attitude
  • 12% Poor student hygene
  • 0% THE FOOD!!!
  • 0% Very little academic effort

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 8 responses

  • 38% It is the oldest running school in Maryland.
  • 25% Our academic success.
  • 25% Pride
  • 12% The other schools in the county are sadly worse

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 7 responses

  • 57% Filled with tradition.
  • 29% Old but educational
  • 14% Mostly failures, put in effort and you will suceed

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Be you.
  • 33% Small community family feeling
  • 17% Do your work

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 7 responses

  • 0% I love everything about this school.
  • 86% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 14% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.