Certification][Background & Demographic
Statement] [Learning Centered Schools
AllenISD Blue Ribbon
School Award Application
Lovejoy ISD students starting with the
graduation class of 2010 will no longer attend Allen High School
Lovejoy ISD will open it's first high school Fall 2006
NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON
PART III. SUMMARY STATEMENT
Allen High School, nicknamed "A-Town" by its
students, is situated on the northern border of the Dallas-Fort Worth
Metroplex in Allen, Texas. Success in reaching the potential of every
student is the primary expectation at Allen High School. AHS has maintained
and implemented new instructional programs. The International Baccalaureate
(IB) Program at AHS, one of only 19 such programs in Texas public high
schools, provides students with the opportunity to take college level
course work that requires a public service component of 150 hours per
year. Programs are aligned with community, state, and national standards.
Benchmarks and evaluative measures help keep its programs rigorous and
relevant. As a result of increasing test scores and graduation requirements
above the minimum required by the state, AHS was awarded an Exemplary
rating by the Texas Education Agency after having been a Recognized school
for the previous five years.
Allen Independent School District was founded in 1910 and included grades
one through ten. Students in grade eleven or twelve went to McKinney or
Plano, two larger towns nearby. In the 1930s, an additional grade was
added, but it wasn't until 1959 that Allen High School opened. In 1969
there were 20 AHS graduates. In 1978, the number of graduates per year
reached 100. As neighboring districts grew large around our city, parents
began looking for a new community with new boundaries and new visions.
A place where their children could belong and become a working part of
a new plan was a critical attribute for a move to another town. Allen
provided that stability. Since the mid-1970s, the numbers increased at
a rapid rate. The greatest number of families that moved into Allen included
children of middle school age; hence, the growth began for new middle
schools and the development of the Lowery, Freshman center. A new high
school building opened in 1999 with grades 10-12 and grade 9 being housed
in the old high school building, the Lowery Freshman Center. The new AHS
facility is an integral part of the city of Allen as the building serves
as the venue for many school and community program programs. In the past
15 years, the city of Allen has shown substantial growth as evidenced
by the 1100% population increase and an even greater growth of business
in Allen. AHS still epitomizes the "small town" atmosphere,
maintaining a large and diverse high school student population. In 2001,
the graduating class reached over 600. The expansion of the facility next
year will allow even more interaction with the community.
Allen High School's mission statement is: "Each student's potential
shall be revealed, respected, and fulfilled." It is upon this mission
that AHS has built its foundation. AHS is convinced that the only way
to ensure a brighter future is to strengthen the intellect, the spirit,
and the body of each student. Three key initiatives support the mission
of AHS. Dual credit in conjunction with Collin County Community College,
implementation of the International Baccalaureate Program, and starting
all students on the Recommended or Advanced High School Program. The success
of achieving the mission has resulted in the enhanced lives and spirits
of young people - our future.
One of the greatest strengths of Allen High School is its high quality
staff of dedicated professionals and paraprofessionals. At AHS teachers
win awards for their innovations in the classroom, from one teacher who
is the only person to have won the prestigious Texas Outstanding Biology
Teacher Award on two occasions to the Broadcast Journalism Teacher of
the Year in 2000. Teachers maintain their skills by attending refresher
courses during the summer and professional conferences throughout the
year. Not content to attend conferences, AHS teachers lead workshops at
the local, state, national, and international levels in diverse curricular
areas such as art and science. From biology to business, it is not unusual
to find AHS staff holding office in professional organizations or serving
on committees within their professional areas of expertise.
Another strength of AHS is its emphasis of technology. Technology, a major
part of its increased focus on the needs of students in an Internet-based
society, is more than a set of computers sitting idly on desktops. Technology,
from computers to pH probes, and from laser disks and scanners, is infused
in every curriculum area of AHS so that students can learn actively. KGLE,
the award-winning television station housed on campus provides students
with the opportunity to learn skills in broadcasting and television. The
broadcast and journalism program has remained among the top in the nation
for several years. Additionally, students have consistently won awards
with their innovative designs in robotics. Students graduate from AHS
prepared to meet the rigors of a society becoming based on its technology.
The number of students who graduate early from AHS is increasing. Students
are prepared for post-secondary pursuits including university studies
and entry into the job market. Partnerships with such companies as CISCO
Systems and local hospitals provide training and experience increasingly
demanded by major corporations.
The large number of military academy scholarships was more than one million
dollars. When university scholarships and private scholarships are taken
into account AHS students received more than six million dollars in scholarships.
This accomplishment, by far greater than in any previous year, is the
direct result of all students accepting the challenge of a rigorous curriculum,
with most students graduating under the Recommended or Advanced plans.
The new AHS campus, designed with staff, community, and architectural
input after an extensive self-study, is unique for a variety of reasons.
Opening in 1999, the school contains a set of programs and amenities not
found in most schools. All classrooms have connections to the Internet
for every student, and the Cyber Cave and Livewire are three computer
labs open to students and the community for extended hours six days per
week. Collin County Community College (CCCC) has partnered with Allen
ISD and has a 30,000 square foot satellite on the AHS campus, allowing
students to take college and high school coursework in the same building.
Additionally, the cafeteria features a food court that has partnered with
Subway, Pizza Hut, Chik-Fil-A, Smoothie Factory, and Taco Bell, as well
as foods produced in-house to supply students with nutritious and well-balanced
meals. The Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium, scheduled to open in early 2002
is a unique facility in the AHS complex that is shared between the City
of Allen and AHS.