December 11, 2003
I am a graduate of GHS (class of 2002), as is my older brother, and my younger sister is there now. For everyone's information- the IB program was given to GHS in the hopes that it would improve the school and it's reputation, *not* because it was so wonderful that it was the only school that deserved it. The teachers and administration have become so caught up in the IB program that the majority of non-IB students feel ignored, left out, and resentful. The administration when I was at GHS was very difficult to talk to, for students and parents. Miscommunications were frequent, and often had severe results. The principal has changed, but as far as I can tell from my sister's current experiences, the administration as a whole is still the same way. I was fortunate enough to have several very good teachers at GHS, but like every school there were those who had no business being in the profession (why be a teacher when you clearly dislike children and parents??). Giving students 'busy work', or listing the page numbers on the board and sitting at your desk all period is no way to teach a class. As far as extracurricular activities, the school put a great deal of support (financially and otherwise) behind the sports teams (even those which never won), but the band program was often ignored, despite the awards and successes it experienced. Safety and discipline were about average, although the miscommunications mentioned before were often in regard to discipline, causing it to be irregular, too lenient, or too harsh. Overall, students who have graduated from Gateway and have gone on to further successes did not get preparation for the real world and college and the 'tools they needed to succeed' from GHS- they had it in themselves all along.
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