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Overall Niche Grade
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  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 2,270 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 86% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% 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
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
86%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1270
345 responses
Average ACT
29
164 responses
AP Enrollment
25%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    B-
  4. Good for Families
    A
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$60,939
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,106
National
$949
Median Home Value
$257,800
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
77%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.39 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.39 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 106 responses
Report
  • Late starts
    33%
  • Pep rallies
    15%
  • The most fun is students at the football games
    11%
  • Snow days
    10%
  • Half-days
    8%
  • Basketball games
    8%
  • 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
2,270
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.41 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.41 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.41 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$47,226
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.9%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.58 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.58 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.58 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,710/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.53 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.53 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.53 responses
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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!
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There's a reason Anderson is the highest ranked traditional high school in Austin ISD. It's because the academics are competitive and comprehensive, and prepare everyone for a college education. Teachers are (for the most part) dedicated and enjoy what they're doing. Almost every sport makes it to the playoffs except for football. Given that football is a school's most visible program, Anderson gets a rap for being a bad sports school which just isn't true. Swimming, Tennis, and Golf have all been ranked in the top 10 in the state. The only bad thing about Anderson is the disparity between Pre-AP/AP/Honors classes and regular classes. The difference is pretty drastric, which isn't necessarily a good thing.
I was only in Pre-AP/AP/IB classes, so I think had a very different experience than others who were not in advanced classes. Academically speaking, Anderson is a great school with great teachers if you are prepared to take academically rigorous courses that will prepare you for college. I felt that clubs, outside of robotics, were not well supported and our sports teams weren't very good. Academically speaking, Anderson is great, but it is lacking in all other departments.