Athens Drive High School

224 reviews
  1. Wake County Schools
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Readiness
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Address
1420 Athens Dr
Raleigh, NC 27606
Telephone
(919) 233-4050

Athens Drive High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
80%
Average SAT
1210
133 responses
Average ACT
28
60 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
58%
Percent Proficient - Math
53%
AP Enrollment
27%
AP Exam Pass Rate
86%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Very High
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    6%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    28%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    63%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    3%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
55%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.20 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 75 responses
  • Gradman
    23%
  • Football Games
    17%
  • Spirit Week
    16%
  • Pep Rally
    11%
  • HYPHY Performances
    8%
  • Musicals
    7%
  • Prom
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,934
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.25 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.25 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.25 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$39,757
Teachers in First/Second Year
5%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.38 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.38 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.38 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$8,456/ year
National
$11,890
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.43 responses
30%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.43 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.43 responses

Reviews

224 reviews
  • Excellent
    22
  • Very Good
    76
  • Average
    106
  • Poor
    13
  • Terrible
    7
I enjoyed my high school experience at ADHS, however there were so many things that could've been better. As far as academics were concerned, I took mostly honors classes so I didn't have many problems. Despite the negative aspects, ADHS had the right programs that allowed me to jump right into the medical field at age 17. I obtained my CNA through Wake Tech whilst still attending ADHS. I would not have had that opportunity in other schools, so I am happy about that. There were fights or other behavioral issues weekly. We've had riots at our school and our assistant principals head was smashed through a glass window during one of the riots. Aside from that, I feel like our clubs, activities, and extracurriculars needs a major boost. We have expanded in the area to a degree, but in different areas like foreign language and the arts program are really suffering. However, our health science and STEM programs are really taking off. Overall, I did have a positive experience.
  • Alum
  • 20 days ago
The best and worst part about Athens drive is its diversity. I love going to a school that is not homogeneous because the world we live in is not homogeneous. However, with so much variety in socioeconomic class at Athens you have the a large variety in the parenting style which translates through its students. Some higher socioeconomic parents are very involved in Athens coming to all athletic and academic events. You also have students whose parents seem too busy to be bothered with their child's education. Failing a academic class, or the lowest level course, is unacceptable yet students fail all the time. I know this is not Athens fault but teachers should reach out to students like this. Students should have many opportunities to get involved in school and show how failing just one class effects your life and likelihood of getting into college.
  • High School Senior
  • 5 months ago
My experience at Athens drive high school has been interesting to say the least. I have had teachers who would go the extra mile every day to explain and and help their students, but I have also had teachers who could care less! I have been on only one field trip after three whole years of attending Athens. That is unacceptable especially because students learn from real life examples as well as traveling! On top of that, there are no medium level classes, either you take AP level courses and metaphorically die because you have no time for anything but school, or you take academic level (lowest level) classes where you also metaphorically die because the majority of students in academic classes do not have the ability to read!! The honors classes which are the true medium level classes are always mixed in with many academic level students which hold back the medium or honors level students. As if this isn't bad enough teachers are afraid to truly teach in fear of anything they say which is slightly controversial will get back to our principle who will then fire them! life is controversial and students should be taught how to think through harder topics and form their own opinions! Although I recognize that many of these problems stem from the school system my teachers and I are stuck in, some of these problems can still be approached and solved on the lower level!
  • High School Senior
  • 5 months ago