Arab High School

511 Arabian Dr Ne, Arab, AL 35016 | (256) 586-6026
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Student Enrollment: 739
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3.5 out of 5 | 4 Reviews
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School Description

School Summary and Highlights
Additional Contact Information
  • Principal or Admin: Mr Patrick Crowder
  • Fax: (256) 586-1948
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School Operational Details
  • Shared Time School
School District Details
  • Arab City School District
  • Per-Pupil Spending: $8,939
  • Graduation Rate: 88.2%
  • Dropout Rate: 1.2%
  • Students Per Teacher: 15.8
  • Enrolled Students: 2,474

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 739
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 46.9
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 15.8
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 410 (55.5%)
  • Females: 329 (44.5%)
Free Lunch Student Eligibility Breakdown
  • Eligible for Reduced Lunch: 41 (5.5%)
  • Eligible for Free Lunch: 125 (16.9%)
  • Eligible for Either Reduced or Free Lunch: 166 (22.5%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Arab High School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian30.4%
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Arab High School
  Number Percent
9th Grade19526.4%
10th Grade19326.1%
11th Grade19125.8%
12th Grade16021.7%
Source: AL Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

School Ratings and Reviews

Overall Rating: 3.5

3.5 out of 5 | 4 Reviews
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4 reviews for Arab High School

  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on December 16, 2009
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • On behalf of all of us, we appreciate that you would not send your child to our school, because you sound like you have a real atittude problem. As far as "not bothering to try out unless you have the right last name," judges for those things are from out of town, don't know the participants, and scores are anonymous.

    AHS has consistently scored among the top in Alabama, coming in second only to the prestigious Mtn. Brook. I am proud to say my child goes to Arab High School.

    Personally, we moved here from out of state and have found it to be like any other place: some people are nice, some are not. Mostly, though, the people of Arab welcomed my family and we are glad we're here. If you reach out and be friendly, people respond in kind.

  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on November 17, 2009
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • For decades this school has been one of the snootiest schools in the area. Strange thing is most people just driving through Arab would never guess people here would be so snooty. It is a small town in rural Alabama...a far cry from the "Hollywood Hills" attitude some of the people have there. You are either in the "in crowd" or you are not. People in this crowd act like the other 70 (rough estimate) percent of the student population doesn't even exist. The teachers are part of the problem as many of them were former students. Don't bother trying out for anything unless you have the right last name. Although, this situation might be better now as there are more activities to try out for. But I know in the past this school was bad for such things as; 18 girls always make this team or squad until oops this year it so happens that would mean someone without the right last name making it so we will just have 16 and then the very next year; oh so and so who is a coach's daughter didn't score high enough unless we have 24 and even though we only had 16 last year let's have 24 this year and so on and so forth. I would never send my child to this school.
  • Reviewed by Student on October 04, 2009
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Arab High has its pro's and its con's. I may be a bit biased, as I've been to the Arab City Schools all of my life....but here is my take on the matter.

    Arab High School is a prep school, at least for those within Alabama. Most parents of the students live in Arab due to its closeness to the Red Stone Arsenal in Huntsville, so there's an odd mixture of farmer kids and engineer/doctor kids.

    You can expect the preps, although (as of 2009) you won't be made fun of for having non-brand clothing. I'm a female who goes to school with a pair of Wal-mart jeans and random T-shirt every day and I don't have a problem.

    Teachers vary. Some have attitude problems, but almost all do a good job in teaching the material. Advanced Math and Science classes are pushed at Arab, while the others are average. Its a small school, with an average of 800 people.

    As a previous person said, it is difficult to be a transfer student and make friends. Despite students' adversity to the small town stereotype, they follow it. I had a friend that transferred from Virginia, by lunchtime everyone knew by sight that she was the new girl from Virginia. Gossip follows small towns, but so does the unconcious distancing from outsiders. People at Arab will open doors for you and wave at you as you drive by, but people don't take the time to step outside of their social group/clique to get to know you.

    Arab is very White. Back in the 70's, it was rather racist, and still carries the tint. Students, despite their desperation to "get out of Arab", have little to no clue how to handle cultures other than their own. Most are not unfriendly to other races, simply ignorant. Although ocassionally I hear a "black joke" or a "jew joke", I doubt many of the students have actually met one of the latter ethnicities.

    Most African American students that attend Arab High aren't actually African American at all, they're mixed. Even then, I can name about a total of seven black students that attend the entire school system, and about the same number of Asians. (Primarily Korean). There are more Mexican students, but they are primarily in the Primary and Elementary Schools.

    Arab's gangs are pretty much nonexistant, although you still have the "bad crowd". Despite this, I've only ever witnessed two fights. Although Meth and hardcore drugs aren't common, weed and alcohol is. Teen mothers aren't common, although becoming increasingly so. I can name about five, all but one whom have graduated, the other who has dropped out by choice.

    If your kid is intelligent, he/she will do fine here. Intelligent kids are more admired than they are picked fact, the latter rarely occurs unless the kid is dubbed 'weird'. Even so, grades are big in AHS.

    Our athletics vary. Women's teams tend to do well, although not great. The male teams tend to do poorly. We have recently won the first Football Homcoming game in fourteen years. (Although it is to be noted that the time of this post, Arab has surprisingly had a winning season, and has only lost one game so far.)

    Special Ed: Not so good. Normal classes are too difficult, the special ed classes too easy. Good for many mentally retarded kids, but not so good for the mildly autistic ones.

    Pro's: Good academics, decent people, extremely low violence, we wear shoes. :)

    Con's: Locals are a bit wary (the females even snooty) towards outsiders. Once again, people will hold doors open for you but don't take the time to talk to you. According to friend from Virginia, however, we are extremely more friendly than schools up North.
  • Reviewed by Student on November 27, 2006
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Not that great of a school people wise. Its a snobby school, i've tried to make friends but people there just stick their nose up. The teachers are the same way, they just are nice to the "preps." Take my advice, if your kid is not a "prep," don't move them to AHS.

Test Scores and Performance Information

Overall School Rating

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How is this determined?
The overall school rating shows that Arab High School performed on average much better than most other schools across the state on AHSGE state exams in the following subjects:
  • Biology
  • Language
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies

AHSGE - Test Proficiency by Grade and Subject

Grade 11 - % of students at or above proficiency

Biology Test
Language Test
Math Test
Reading Test
Social Studies Test
Science Test

Grade 12 - % of students at or above proficiency

Biology Test
Language Test
Math Test
Reading Test
Social Studies Test
Science Test
Source: AL Department of Education 2009-2010

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