Averill Park High School Reviews
In the past few years, the school has been making an effort to modernize by starting to offer Computer Science classes and introducing new technology into the classroom. The library has become a multimedia hub with Chromebooks, a 3D printer, and other MakerSpace style equipment. Being a rural community, Averill Park does not have much in the way of diversity however with students being predominantly white.
Averill Park high school is in a very small community. There is very little diversity. This is probably because of it's location. It is in a rural setting in Rensselaer County. The biggest downfalls of the school is college readiness. The school offers little in the college credits you can earn prior to going to college. In terms of choosing a college or college major, the guidance counselors do very little to help the students who have average grades. The are more interested in the smart student who gets excellent grades.
Averill Park High school did not prepare students for reality, college, or provide any opportunities worth noting. Having attended all four years of high school, the academics continued on a downward spiral where by the time I was a senior in high school, I was only taking 2 classes a day because that's all that was available. There were numerous budget cuts, teachers who were let go, and sports programs that became extinct one after the other. Many of the reams I played for had to fundraise twice a year, just to be able to play. Averill Park's college prep was basically non-existent. The counselors didn't know the students, nor provided real ways on how to even begin the process. Just the simple questions of, "What do you want to do?" "What do you want to study?" etc. Also don't miss the lack of diversity. The halls were very, white...
There was an abundance of opportunities for extracurricular activities at Averill Park and all students were encouraged to take part in them. I took advantage of those opportunities whenever I could. Although there were dances, pep-rallies, spirit weeks, and a few interesting classes, which were all extremely fun, the experience at APHS was nothing extraordinary. Each year I advanced, it seemed the number of and conditions of the rules did as well. There were many teachers who gave the utmost effort and attention to their students and their work, but there were also many that assigned homework and projects, graded student's work intensely, but did not teach and left it to the student's research to teach them. I experienced both of these types of teachers.
It was a great school with phenomenal teachers. However, their no-bullying policy was not enforced at all.
I like the community involvement and really appreciate the core value/ mission that the district instills to the students. The teachers are dedicated to the enrichment of any students whom wishes to seek improvement on their skill sets.
I think there were a lot of opportunities for kids to succeed. The teachers were great and there is a lot of school spirit.
This school has pretty good academics and teachers. Also there are many electives, AP classes, and creative clubs in all subjects. This schools handles bullying very well too and is taken care of immediately. This school looks appealing on the outside but the history wing is filled with toxic mold that smells. A flood occurred in September 2015 and the school never did any remedial or anything too stupid to even think about the amount of water damage. Now people have health issues in the building because of it and the administration refuses to believe there's mold or do any proper testing.
Averill Park is generally pretty open-minded and accepting socially, especially for a small-town school in upstate NY. However, it's mostly white kids, and the school puts much more emphasis on the importance of sports than on music and the arts.
The clubs were few up until this year. They did add on a few new clubs. The language clubs are non existent. I don't think the school engages the kids to join clubs or to make them interesting.
The teachers are not very enthusiastic. They are not willing to assist kids who need help. They often refer them to look in the text book even if the child stays after for assistance. The are willing the help the highly academic or kids with special needs. The student population that is in the lower middle academic wise, they do not care to help. Very often parents have to higher tutors at a high price. This is a struggle for single parents.
The nurse is very involved and aware. We have police checks every so often not because it's needed but just as a matter of precaution. I feel my child is safe at the school
Teachers rarely think out of the box. Also, the teachers are not willing to assist students in need of extra help.
There are many different extra cirriculars that are available to students to get involved with if they choose. IT is very nice in my opinion.
Averill park is a great school. The community and tachers are funny and unique, location is great and it offers me many opportunities.
Many teachers i have had are for the most part, great. This is because they are able to connect with the students and treat them well as well as be comfortable with them but still being able to teach successfully.
no real issues regarding bullying with these things but there's not a lot of diversity in the school
It seems like there are few measures taken to protect the school
They only offer a few of the basics. What ever they do have is not well advertised or welcoming.