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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Anderson High School is a highly rated, public school located in Austin, TX. It has 2,217 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 89% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.
Address
8403 Mesa Dr
Austin, TX 78759
Telephone
(512) 414-2538

Anderson High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
78%
Percent Proficient - Math
89%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1270
403 responses
Average ACT
28
184 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$63,717
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,165
National
$949
Median Home Value
$285,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.40 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.40 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 110 responses
Report
  • Late starts
    33%
  • Pep rallies
    15%
  • The most fun is students at the football games
    11%
  • Snow days
    11%
  • Half-days
    9%
  • Basketball games
    7%
  • Our football team isn't great.
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,217
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.42 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.42 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.42 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$46,975
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.2%
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.59 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.59 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.59 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,703/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.54 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.54 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.54 responses
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I really like Anderson! It's definitely the best high school in Austin in my opinion, especially when it comes to a balance between academics and clubs/ extracurriculars. I am in choir and theater as well as IB, and the teachers are all very flexible as long as you prove to them that you are trustworthy. My only concern is safety and the administration not really understanding or connecting with the students. They have imposed some weird safety rules that appear to just be to impress the school board.
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I loved going to Anderson high school. I participated in the International Baccalaureate program and believe that the quality of education I received truly has lead to my success in college. My teachers were incredibly supportive, smart, and truly cared about the success of all of their students. Anderson offered multiple travel opportunities and I was lucky enough to participate in many of them. I traveled to Hawaii for a month on an ecology program and received a science credit. I also participated in an exchange program in Spain. It was truly amazing!
Anderson High School’s student body has cultivated an environment of shame, racism, and depression. The administration has done little to aid. Several suicide attempts have been made at the school and the administrations response is little to nothing, only putting up bars for liability reasons. All but one of the school counselors genuinely care about their students with most of them just trying to get you out of their office ASAP, 2 have blatantly lied to me. Most of the school’s funding is diverted to the failing football program that just got a dontated a $1M field. Many teachers fail to create lesson plans that engage students and often resort to “busy work”. The administration believes wearing IDs will greatly increase the school’s security, but many violent school incidents are incited by a current/old student, not an outsider. The school’s food has become practicaly inedible, I would often skip lunch now. I deeply regret choosing to attend this school.