Hi 'monsoon' ... my friend's DD is going to SHF in September, they preferred it as their DD is very much into dance/drama and felt this school suited her more.
For my DD, she felt SHF was too hip and trendy for her
(she prefers not to be in the spotlight - dance/drama not her cup of tea), loved the atmosphere at AHS and that it specialises in languages, something she is keen on - so for us we went with AHS.
However, DH and I had already discussed what to do if DD didn't get a place at AHS, and that would have been to send her to SHF (leaving her on the AHS waiting list). Happily for us DD did get a place at AHS
so we didn't need to go down that road!!!