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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
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Atholton High School is a top rated, public school located in Columbia, MD. It has 1,478 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 94% of students are at least proficient in math and 59% in reading.

Atholton High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
59%
Percent Proficient - Math
94%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1260
491 responses
Average ACT
29
105 responses
AP Enrollment
33%
Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$105,815
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,687
National
$949
Median Home Value
$372,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 115 responses
Report
  • Spirit week
    32%
  • Hallway decorating contest
    20%
  • Prom
    17%
  • Homecoming parade
    11%
  • Pep Rallys
    10%
  • Homecoming
    3%
  • Spirit Week
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,478
Free or Reduced Lunch
8%
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.45 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.45 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.45 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$71,977
Teachers in First/Second Year
15%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.57 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.57 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.57 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$17,715/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.66 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.66 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.66 responses
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Atholton High School prepared me very well for college. The courses offered, such as accounting and AP Micro/Macroeconomics are classes one should definitely take if they are considering pursuing a business degree. Not only is the faculty good at teaching these classes so that they are significantly easier in college, they also set you up to pass the AP exams. The science and math department at Atholton is also very good and the only reason I did so well in General Chemistry this past semester was because of my sophomore year chemistry teacher. The school is one of the most diverse in Howard County, both ethnically and socioeconomically, and has a fantastic athletics program.
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I really the community this of students and teachers. Everyone I have met so far has been quite supportive of things I do and the people are kind. I have been loving my high school experience so far! However, I just wish there were better clubs because most of the ones I joined fell apart after a year.
Over the past four years, Atholton High School has allowed me to connect with people across different races, ethnicities, religions, and economic classes. I am fortunate to have gone to a school that has no racial majority and great overall cooperation to the point where the differences between people are not something I think about at all. Atholton is a truly diverse high school. Looking back as a senior that many of my friends come from vastly different backgrounds. We all treasure the different contributions that we have made on one another’s lives.