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Arrowhead High School10

Hartland, WI | Waukesha County

September 27, 2014


I am floored by the comments that are being made about AHS. As a lifelong Hartland native who did not come from an affluent family and has siblings that attended all public schools in Hartland growing up, we couldn't have had a better experience. My siblings and I were all very involved in the Drama and Music programs at AHS and had the most positive experiences. The teachers were phenomenal, the environment was welcoming and the education was top notch. It is true that AHS is a "cliquey" school, but aren't all high schools?? While it is situated in an affluent part of the state, which certainly created a diverse economic group, I was never made to feel "inferior" to other students. I may have not had as nice of clothes or a car, but neither did my friends, and that's the same in any high school. We all left and attended UW system schools, on LOANS, and have all become productive members of society who were well prepared for college. The main and only issue I can even identify would be that there is VERY LITTLE cultural diversity. However, if that's the neighborhood you live in, and you choose to live in, then that's what you're signing up for. It's not the school's fault.

August 26, 2014


My siblings and I graduated from Arrowhead several years ago. I was happy to leave, and have never looked back. Most of my teachers were great (my only reason for the 2 stars), but the attitude and general atmosphere was not diverse. The school sits in a very wealthy part of the state. If you didn't wear the right clothes, own your own car, or have the right hairstyle, you were made fun of and not accepted. There were students who didn't fit in with the mold, and they were outcasts. Special needs kids did not have a place at the school; were made fun of. On one of the last days of school, one of my teachers went around the classroom and asked everyone where they were going to college - just assuming everyone was going. What a joke. My friend and I were the only ones going to a UW School; the rest were going to attend expensive private colleges. I also know there was one other kid in the class who was going to beauty school, but she didn't dare admit it. This school resides in its own bubble and that's how the community wants it. If you want your kids to possess kindness and respect for the world and people around them, do not send them here.

February 12, 2014


not fun people are mean food is green some teachers are nice others horrible its not fun

Submitted by a student

October 15, 2010


We moved to the district 4 years ago from the New Berlin, WI Eisenhower district. Arrowhead offers far more academic options and extra curicular activities as a larger district compared to a smaller one. We are very pleased with the academics and postive atmosphere at AHS. My 3 children are not varsity athletes but participate in intramurals, jv sports, music, student senate, key club and academic decathlon. The school does offer more than varsity athletics. I find the teachers to be motivated and truly seem to enjoy their jobs, especially compared with other schools that my children have gone to. The campus is large (which has pluses and minuses) and the student body is not very diverse, but overall, I think AHS is a excellent public high school with a high degree of community support . The students were friendly to my "new" kids when we moved here.

Submitted by a parent

August 18, 2010


Prepares students well academically, but too large for it's own good. Possibilities limited for too many students with sports and extracurriculars due to the overall size of school. The school (not necessarily teachers, but rather the administration and community) put extreme emphasis on boys mainstream athletics...to the point that it seems discriminatory. Over the years, discussion has occurred to break into two high schools within the district offering more opportunities, but the idea is quickly shot down by community members with the political and financial clout to do so, simply because they do not want to "water down" their athletics programs...too bad.

Submitted by a parent

July 20, 2009


My daughter graduated from Arrowhead. With the exception of a couple of teachers, I found that the staff really had very little interest in the students. As a top student, my daughter found that the teachers and counselors were ill-prepared to assist a student wanting to attend a top-notch university. Parents are not very welcome in the building - it always seemed like there was something to hide.

Submitted by a parent

May 19, 2009


I was not going to take time out of my workday, but I felt compelled to provide some clarity to the people who think AHS is a Sports Only School. I would like to let you know that AHS supports the largest Choral program in the state of Wisconsin. In 2009, AHS group Broadway Company was awarded the number one high school musical in the country. Its performance of CATS was signaled out by USA TODAY as the best performance by any high school in the country. Sports play a big role at AHS as does the Academic success of its students. Like every school, AHS is not for everyone. As a parent whose daughter will be attending a small collage, AHS did a wonderful job of preparing her for the future ahead and created uncountable memories which she will cherish the rest of her life.

Submitted by a parent

March 4, 2009


We moved when my son was in 5th grade. In high school AHS placed him, motivated him and the peers were great! This was the best thing we could have done and my son who will attend college with 24 AP credits. Great family values in this community!

Submitted by a parent

July 31, 2008


I had three children graduate from AHS. They were academically talented and athletic. They were accepted and went to very competitive colleges. However, my fourth child is in special education and we are extremely disappointed with the education that has been provided. Be very prepared to scrutinize the IEP and progress reports, and to be a strong advocate.

Submitted by a parent

July 11, 2008


Arrowhead truly does have something for everyone. Academics, athletics for sure, but so many other opportunities to participate and grow. I'm so glad my daughter is an AHS student.

Submitted by a parent

December 17, 2007


I grew up in Oconomowoc. I visited Arrowhead in 10th gr. and left feeling jealous. The kids were more friendly. Arrowhead just seemed to have a more positive peer to peer atmosphere. They have an ice area, swimming pool, programs galore! We bought a house in the district because of the school. My son had a severe speech delay at the age of four, and I asked my 5yr old's speech teacher what I could do. The speech teacher tested him, did the paperwork necessary to get him into a program. At no cost, he did 1/2 hr of speech twice every week, and less than a year later, he tested average- no more speech delay. Most schools lack in money for spec. ed. programs. Sports have a value and create a positive outlet, kids feel they 'belong'. I felt they were there for my son, no complaint.

Submitted by a parent

December 5, 2007


I am a current student at AHS and while I do not always agree with everything that goes on there, I do believe that Arrowhead is a top-notch school. I don't think you can get a better public education from any other Wisconsin high school. I was privileged enough to take a trip to an MPS school, and you really get to see just how lucky you are that you go to a school where academics are valued. It's not a matter of being supported by rich families. A good portion of AHS families are your average, middle-class families. Add in a mix of (mostly) teachers who care about the success of their students and students who care about getting somewhere in life, and you ve got Arrowhead academics. Yes, athletics are a big deal at Arrowhead, but that just adds to the high school experience.

Submitted by a student

December 4, 2007


I would rate AHS as a top notch school. Like all school not every teacher is good but some are awesome. Prepared my oldest for college.

Submitted by a parent

October 15, 2007


I am an alumni of AHS, and I thought I'd write in and tell you all what a wonderful experience it was for me. I moved into the district as a sophomore after a year at a Milwaukee school. I can honestly say it was the best move my parents could have ever made. The academics are awesome! I went off to college with a semester finished due to AP course credit. The teachers take an interest in the student's lives, I have a few I still speak to on a regular basis, 4 years later. Football is a huge part of the AHS experience, it builds a sense of togetherness not found at most schools. What hasn't been mentioned here is the great arts program, including the Broadway Company and AHS-TV. Overall, its up to the student to make the most of the school. Go Warhawks!!

September 26, 2007


Wow, from what I am hearing from some of these comments, I don't really think some people get the true understanding of Arrowhead. If your kid wants to be an outstanding achiever in academics that is 100% possible and much more possible than at any other district in the state, in my opinion. The classes range from basic to extremely challenging and the teachers are truely amazing. You won't find many better Advanced Placement (AP) teachers in the state. And all this about athletics; yes athletics are extremely popular at Arrowhead, and rightfully so, Arrowhead was ranked the #1 sports school in Wisconsin by Sports Illustrated. People come here because they are interested in allowing their child to play at a big-time athletic high school. The academics also give the school national recognition though. You don't have to be privileged to succeed at Arrowhead High School. Many have done well here.

Submitted by a parent

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