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​Fact Sheet - Albemarle High School​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Albemarle High School (AHS) is a learning community that inspires all students to pursue their dreams and to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens in a global society. We promote the values of diversity, relationships, mutual respect, learning for all, and enthusiasm.

School Highlights

Albemarle High School, the largest comprehensive high school in the division, is focused on developing relevant, engaging experiences for all students. This focus can be seen in many different school programs, including the new American Fusion class, in which 11th grade students are taught using an interdisciplinary, team-teaching approach, and the Pathways program, which allows students to pursue their passions in multiple arts and letters and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) offerings. In addition, the school’s Math, Engineering & Science Academy (MESA) is developing some of the most successful students in the nation. Newly-developed Team programs are offering students a chance to experience high school through an interdisciplinary focus rather than a traditional eight-period day. Albemarle’s dedication to doing things differently also can be seen in its replacement of final exams with course culminating student projects in over 75 percent of its classes.

Albemarle embraces its diversity as it works to build a strong school community. Students at AHS speak more than 30 different first languages, and they come from more than 50 different birth countries. To build a strong sense of community, AHS focuses on creating a wide range of student activity options, including a varied sports program and more than 50 different clubs. A portion of the school day is set aside on a regular basis for these clubs to meet, so that all students have the opportunity to develop a sense of belonging. These programs and others offered through the Fine Arts department have led to Albemarle being named, for many years, a Blue Ribbon School for the visual and performing arts.

Albemarle also is dedicated to providing real-world learning to its students. The number of students participating in internships or other types of work-based learning has grown exponentially in recent years, thanks to the dedication of the school’s career specialist.

Assessment Data

Aggregate SOL Pass Rates (Percent)


Aggregate SAT Scores


Facility Information

​Built in 1953

350,103 square feet (including 2009 MESA addition of 12,800 sq ft)

40.0 acre site adjacent to Greer Elementary and Jouett Middle schools, and the
Ivy Creek/PREP facility

AHS has undergone six renovations and three additions over the past 50 years. The school is currently undergoing a renovation to eliminate the use of trailer classrooms, expand science lab availability, refurbish the auditorium, and provide additional cafeteria and athletic/PE spaces, while relocating all administrative and support services to the front of the school for greater accessibility and safety. 

2012: Auditorium light replacement

2013: Roof replacement (main gym and athletic wing); flooring replacements; Design 2015 renovation work

2014: Media Center upgrade, including furniture and electronics; flooring replacement

2015: Classroom modernization with LED lighting, locker renovation in Foreign Language Wing; HVAC replacements; solar photovoltaic array installed on roof

2016: Partial HVAC replacement and modernization of 19 classrooms; installation of modular classroom pod (8,400 sq ft); window and exterior panel replacement; casework refurbishment/locker removal

Albemarle High School is the final destination of all Northern Feeder Pattern middle and elementary schools.​​​​​


Jesse Turner Jesse Turner,
Kasaundra Blount Kasaundra Blount, Assistant Principal
Melissa Hankins Melissa Hankins, Assistant Principal
Craig Smith Craig Smith,
Assistant Principal
Megan Wood Megan Wood, Assistant Principal

Principal History

Jesse Turner

Jay Thomas

Matthew Haas

Lawrence Lawwill

William Raines

Benjamin Hurt

Lynn Moore

Student Demographics

​​(as of September 30, 2016)

Total Enrollment: 1,987

Male: 52.4%

Female: 47.6%

Black: 15.0%

Hispanic: 11.5%

White: 60.0%

Limited English Proficiency: 10.4%

Disadvantaged: 26.5%

Students with Disabilities: 11.7%

Gifted: 14.4%

"Disadvantaged" students are those who receive free and reduced price meals under the federal program. "Students with Disabilities" are those identified for special education services, from speech pathology and learning disabilities to severe and profound disabilities. ​​