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Huntsville, AL
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7901 Bailey Cove Rd
Huntsville, AL 35802

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March 03, 2014
If you are looking for a great learning institution in Huntsville, this is the place to go. Above all are the academic standards, which push students to do the best they can and will put you through rigorous work to get your diploma. Many teachers and alumni will tell you that college is much easier once you've been through Grissom and I am inclined to agree. The choice in classes and extracurricular activities is one of the best in the state. The Army JROTC is one of the most acclaimed battalions in Northern AL, and the Theatre department has become famous in town for its large production value and immense talent its students put out. The school offers advanced classes for college credit, more in fact than any other in the city, and the teachers are some of the best you will find. While it is crowded and the building is very old, they are about to lay new ground on a replacement facility across town that should address both of these problems adequately. If you have a student entering or in middle school and need to decide a place for them to go, there really is no better High School in the Huntsville area.

- submitted by a student
October 23, 2013
Grissom students and teachers have earned the honor of being the only school in the city of Huntsville ranked in the top 10 schools in Alabama! Go Tigers! Thanks teachers!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2013
I'm a graduate of Grissom High School many years ago. Fortunately, I attended this school and it prepared me to think outside the box and for the rat race that is college. I believe that the many options in the curriculum of Grissom prepared me for a successful future. I'm now approaching 50 & have fond memories of participating in several AP classes, having unique PhD'd teachers who were willing to discuss theory and challenge me, and of all the band opportunities I was fortunate to be involved with. It is a college-preparation dream for students. I was able to clep several college courses which was a time and financial advantage. Most importantly, I've been a self-supporting female in a professional workforce for 28 years. That's from a good foundation. Go Tigers!

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2011
My daughter was in top private schools before we relocated to Huntsville but I received recommendations from the private school principal to consider the SE Huntsville public schools. We bought a home in the Whitesburg/Grissom district and were extremely satisfied for the most part. She was a solid honor roll student, involved in extracurricular activities and JV sports, and was very well prepared to succeed at a big out-of-state university for undergrad and then at prestigious schools for her master's and PhD. Her comment as a college freshman was that it was very little different from Grissom.. SO many kids come from small schools to a big uni and just cannot handle the feeling of being "lost in a crowd" or the myriad distractions. As others have said, even the "second tier" Grissom student is well equipped academically and maybe even more importantly, socially and emotionally, for college!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
I am a graduate of Grissom and have moved back and purchased a home in the District so that my son will attend Grissom when he goes to high school. I had a B average when I was at Grissom but when I went to college I was light years ahead of my peers. College was quite easy after attending Grissom. We had many faculty members who had their doctorates and taught college during the year and summer break. Grissom will give your kids a solid foundation for achievement if they want it. There is so many organizations to get involved with while they are enrolled. There is absolutely no reason that your child should not fit in other than they dont want to go to school. Grissom will give them what they need to succeed in college.

- submitted by a community member
December 04, 2010
This is my second year at GHS, and my grades aren't very good. I have doubts that I'll go to the schools of my choice. This is mostly my fault but also the fault of the teachers. 99% of the teachers seem uninterested in the students. Absolutely none of them will confront a student about their performance in class. This is due to GHS's policy of preparing students for college, but they overlook the fact that they have to get there first. Teachers have admitted that they don't care, and say "I still get paid whether you pass or not." GHS's academic rank falls each year. Teachers announce their policies only once, and if you don't obey then they will not compromise for any reason. They never understand why their students fail. Each year the administration corrupts more. Superintendent Moore gives GHS the LEAST amount of money out of any other school even when it is the highest performing. But the school is good for those who try hard. The principal is a good one. Extracurriculars are very good. But those teachers. I mean, look at how flawless and beautiful my vernacular is. Tell me how I have a 64 in Honors English. GHS's main problem is the teachers, everything else is pretty good.

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2010
I am a current freshmen at this school as of 2010 If you are moving to this town and are zoned for grissom district be prepared, BRING EVERYTHING teachers will not tolerate not having your supplies, (i learned it the hard way) our school is a very hard school and the majority of the teachers are strict and do lots of test so you will most likely be doing homework for 2 to 5 hours a day, our sports are very good so if your a football player than go ahead s and join (it is hard practice) we did not do well this season but every school has there up's and DOWNS......our school would be better if it was better designed and maintained better but the education matters and grissom education is diffidently college hard level (BE PREPARED)

- submitted by a student
April 27, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 19, 2009
I have a senior and a freshman this year at Grissom. Grissom is a challenging school. The teachers your child gets greatly influences how well they do. My senior had a non-preforming teacher here and there. My freshman not so lucky this year. He had three such teachers - that means nothing is gotten out of class time so you are teaching yourself! Yes - he did ask questions when he needed help. That said there are some excellent teachers that go beyond for their students. If you are an incoming freshman take heed to what the 8th grade teachers say about classes and teachers at Grissom. Your child does NOT have to be in honors classes as a freshman to take honors the following year. You need a good grade and teacher's signature for any honors/AP.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2009
I had two children attend Grissom and I was a substitute teacher there. It is a large school but there are many opportunities for every type of student to become involved. The education provided is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 12, 2009
The school population is staggering, the staff is rude, short, and have a horrible problem with misunderstanding, they ignore everyone, and they assume you know everything about them, what their expectations are, and where to go and what to do. The building it s self has a bombarding and oppressive feel to it, I believe, that was purposely designed to create a hostel working and learning environment, but other than that, this is by far the best school in this state, believe me, it doesn t get any better. It s quite sad. The rest of the school is simply outstanding!

- submitted by a student
January 13, 2009
Great School. Would not be where I am right now without it

- submitted by a student
November 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
I'm proud that my oldest son is attending Grissom for his second year. He has always been an excellent student, and I believe that the atmosphere at Grissom is allowing him to achieve at a very high level ... in a school where there are lots of high achievers. He takes Band and has very much enjoyed the comraderie there. He is involved in outside interests that we handle as a family (sports, etc.). We purchased a home in Southeast Huntsville to give our children the opportunity to attend superior schools and we have not been sorry. Grissom is the icing on the cake. I am thrilled that our youngest son will be attending next year as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
Hello! I am a proud Grissom grad currently at the University of Alabama at Birmingham working toward a dual degree of a BS in Biology, pre-med and a BA in Theatre. Grissom was a challenging environment, yet geared for success with dedicated teachers that cared about students getting the best education they could. Students don't quite realize how great their school is until they get to college and realize they are more prepared than every student they meet to deal with further education. I loved Grissom so much that when I start a family (and hopefully emjoying life as a successful surgeon), I want to move back to Huntsville so my children can attend Grissom! If you want your child to be motivated, educated, and above all have a love of school and involvement send them to Tiger Country! Krystal Hsu, class of 2005.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 20, 2008
i currently attend grissom. i like the school, the main downfall is the overcrowded hallways, people sometimes have to push and shove to get around. some classes are even in portables outside. but there are tons of classes that you can choose from and the school spirt is great(if you go to any games..football,basketball, anything...then you will see a sea of orange and brown in the stands cheering).there is a dance,rotc,and band and choir programs. they even have classes such as photography and parenting. the councelers are nice also. there are also lots of clubs you can join. they deffently try to get you ready for college which is good. and of course there are a few bad teachers like any other school but there are a lot of good ones too. over all i would recomend this school the most out of any huntsville school.

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating January 03, 2008
I have a senior [at] Grissom. He has ADHD. He has been more sucessful at Grissom than Mt. Gap, and especially Challenger. I dont believe that Grissom leaves behind less than exceptional students.

- submitted by a student
November 27, 2007
I am a parent of 2 GHS students and also a graduate. Students are completely prepared for college after attending Grissom High School.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 24, 2007
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June 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 01, 2007
I am a Grissom grad, now working on my masters degree at The University of Alabama. I was never the outstanding student there (graduated with 3.3 GPA). I strongly believe the school does not just focus on the top students. Because of the tough classes at Grissom, I was able to maintain a 3.9 GPA in my undergraduate degree. If you don't like to be challenged this school is probably not for you, but they will set you up for success. There are a handful of schools that stick out in the state of Alabama, and Grissom is definitely one of them. Although Grissom is large and overcrowded, students get opportunities you wouldn't get at other schools: large arts programs (outstanding band), dance program, and numerous large academic and social clubs. I find it unusual if a student cannot find fit a place to fit in. Parental support is outstanding.

- submitted by a former student
May 29, 2007
I have become very frustrated with Grissom. If you have a child that excels in studies and a solid study foundation they will progress.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2007
I am not a parent but a graduate of Grissom. I have to disagree with the parents who say that if your student is mediocre then Grissom is not for them. I was not a A student and did not take AP courses but I am still proud of the education that I had available to me. The counselors and teachers that I had were more than willing to help me get the best education I could get. I highly recommend the school to anyone who is looking for a school that will give their child the best education that they can get in the City Of Huntsville.

- submitted by a former student
May 10, 2007
I believe this school to be among the very finest in America. The teachers here are amazing. The only catch is that your student must be willing to work. Grissom has an ultra competetive environment where the top studnets in Huntsville compete at the highest levels.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2007
Grissom High School can be a good school for students who need no help whatsoever. My daughter struggled there and we had to take her out and homeschool. They have a don't care about the students attitude.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2006
I found Grissom a school not made for the average high school student. I have two students who attended Grissom one of average standing in the class the other on the lower end. The teaching method at Grissom is staggering for those who are not focused on the top level of the graduating class. The counselors are not helpful the teachers are overwhelmed by the size of the the school population and lack of discipline.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2006
My oldest child is a Grissom senior. It has been a learning experience with ups and downs (no school is perfect) but all in all it has been worth it. Grissom is high achieving and even if your child is not the best in academics they will learn a lot and be better prepared for college. There are so many activities, even an Origami and Chocolate Club, that every child should be able to find a place to feel worthwhile and fit in. With a school of over 2000, your child needs to get involved their freshman year. I found that being involved is just as important as your student and there is always a need for volunteers but you have to ask -the groups won't know unless you speak up. I would not send my child to any other Huntsville school. Grissom is a great beginning to a great future.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2006
I agree with some of the reviews that Grissom is a good school, but that only if your child is a highly motived, self-achiever. If your child has any learning problem or if your child is for example leaned to arts, then they are not very helpful in working with them. They seem to be focus mostly on kids who are good in math, schiences and athletics. I think every person deserves an opportunity to be taught according to his personality, learning style and interests.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 22, 2005
Hi there! im not a parent but i am a current Senior at GHS! (GO TIGERS!!) i just want to let those who are interested in grissom to have a chance to get an inside scoop on where they want to send their child. overall the school is GREAT! the only bad part is the over crowded hallways and the fact that there are only like 6 windows in the whole school! (sorry for those who like to daydream out the window hehe) the students here have AWSOME! school spirt and enjoy the many different activities provided to them! we have a wide variety of clubs and many different sports! as for the academic levels...HARD! grissom is a VERY good school to send your child if you want them to be truely ready for College! Also, Grissom is known by many schools as one of the BEST in everything they do!

- submitted by a student
July 19, 2005
I love Grissom High School. I currently attend the school although some parents are right about how if your not loud, outgoing and all that good stuff that you are going to fall through the crack. Grissom is a tough school and if you cant handle it go to Huntsville. Lets not forget our performing arts. We have the best band I's liek to say in the state of Alabama. I think the administration need to become more involved I have been in the school for two years and still havent met any of the principals. The counselers are amazing. They have helped me alot! Band Booster Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a student
May 24, 2005
Grissom is a school that is for the highly focused, academic achievers. If your kid is a high achiever, this is the place! I have had two children attend this school - one who was very mediocre and average academically, and one who was focused on academics and athletics. The child that was not focused academically, became lost and adrift at this large, windowless facility; I am sorry to report that I found a general lack of interest, support, and compassion to help my child and/or his parents work through our academic performance issues/challenges. The counselor for his grade was indifferent. My other child, that had a strong academic focus, did great. In my opinion, the school administration/culture is focused on building its academic reputation at the cost of letting its average and below average students drop through the crack. If you have average students, I'd stay away from this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2005
I'm a Grissom graduate of many years ago and now have children in Grissom High School today. It was my experience at Grissom to enjoy the best of the best, but not recognized what I had until I went off to college. My Grissom academic study demands on my life as a young teenager were not appreciated during those years until after graduation. As I entered into Samford University following my graduation at Grissom I then discovered my Grissom roots. I could not have been more thankful to my parents who knew the benefits of a Grissom High School education and the teachers and faculty within Grissom that professionally prepared me for a college education which came rather easy. I simply continued my academic routine I developed at Grissom for 4 more years at college and graduated at the university of my choice, Samford University. I highly recommend for any parent.

- submitted by a former student
August 25, 2004
Grissom is a good school, but only if your child is a highly motivated, self-achiever. When my daughters had problems the counselors were not helpful in working with us, nor were they helpful at all with a friend whose mother was not active in her daughter's education. They seem to focus mostly on kids who lean toward sciences, math, and athletics, and let the others fall by the wayside. My 2 daughters did poorly at Grissom. One later went to nursing school & graduated near the top of her class. My other daughter later went to the Univ. of Alabama and did not do well her first year, dropped out and went back 2 years later when she was ready and made the Dean's List her first semester back. She later continued with all A's and B's, at a time when she was ready to achieve in her own way.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2004
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- submitted by a student
April 03, 2004
After living in the mid-south, Illinois, Europe, and New York, we moved to Huntsville so our daughter could attend Grissom High School. Although graduating nearer the middle of her class of 600+, she tutored in college and is now an aerospace engineer. Our son will likely do the same. If you want to be a Grissom parent, be prepared to give: Time, Money, Resources, Talents, Work. There are many well-organized and well-funded parent organizations supporting Grissom programs with elected officers serving 1-3 year terms. They support band/choral, several academic areas, and all athletics. Grissom is different - more like a city-subsidized private school than a public school, and we love it. Leadership works with parents toward high achievements and quality education, and these parents are Extremely Demanding. Teaching is on a higher plane. No wonder college admission directors call it University of Grissom. Rewards are absolutely huge.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2004
Actually, I'm not a parent, I'm a current student at Grissom, and I just wanted to say that this school is great. I've really enjoyed my 3 years (so far) here, and am looking forward to senior year. If you're a parent looking for an excellent, top-of-the-line school in this area, choose Grissom. We have an outstanding curriculum that even at its lowest equals the highest standards at the other area schools!

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Virgil Grissom High School
7901 Bailey Cove Rd, Huntsville, AL  35802
(256) 428-8000
Last modified Virgil Grissom High School is a Public school that serves grades 8-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Virgil Grissom High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top