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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Athens Drive High School is a highly rated, public school located in Raleigh, NC. It has 1,934 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 48% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% in reading.
Address
1420 Athens Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
Telephone
(919) 233-4050
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Athens Drive High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
48%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1220
261 responses
Average ACT
27
108 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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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
$61,505
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,010
National
$949
Median Home Value
$225,000
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
58%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 92 responses
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  • Spirit Week
    18%
  • Gradman
    18%
  • Football Games
    16%
  • Pep Rally
    11%
  • Musicals
    7%
  • Prom
    7%
  • HYPHY Performances
    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
41%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.31 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.31 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.31 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,726
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.7%
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.44 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.44 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.44 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
$9,803/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.49 responses
31%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.49 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.49 responses
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Athens Drive High School Reviews

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I am a rising senior at Athens and I like this school. It has good programs and academics that are good to take advantage of. I think that the schools safety could improve as there are many ways to get into the school undetected especially because it has a public library. I also think that there need to be different ways of making sure students are involved in things that will further advance their chances of success. As an athlete, I think there should be better training facilities and/or programs for athletics. This would undoubtedly increase the overall performance of athletes but also increase opportunities for improvement and recruitment.
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Athens Drive has the potential to be a great school. Most of the teachers are amazing and it does have a family feel to the school. However, it does feel like jail at times. You’re not allowed to be anywhere other than designated areas (the library, cafeteria, or a teachers class) during lunch. If you want a quiet place to talk with friends, you can’t have it. Especially if you don’t have a car. If you have to stay after school, don’t even think about being somewhere other than the library. Not even in the cafeteria if you’re being completely quiet. Although, some may say the school has good reasoning for the strict rules. Athens is known for its fights and violence which is also a downside to the school. It also needs a remodel. It’s one of the lesser schools in Wake County. The teachers really do save the school. Health Science Academy is amazing. Without them, it’d be a 1.
Athens Drive has a lot of really amazing programs available to the students, including it's Health Science and STEM programs as well as its sports and activities. They offer various types of Advanced Placement and Honors level courses, which allows students to challenge themselves and increase their knowledge. The student body is extremely diverse, with students from many different countries, religions, and speaking different languages. The teachers and administration are wonderful and make it known that they are available to help if it's needed.