From my experience as a student in this school, and one who puts forth maximum effort and tries to be involved, I have had, like in any place, good and bad teachers. There's teachers that are inspiring and everyone knows who they are. There's teachers that are ok;they get the job done. Then there's teachers that really don't know what they're doing, and like the good teachers, everyone knows who they are. Make sure that when selecting your classes you inquire about the teachers and the challenges you may faces. Overall, most teachers will be in the "ok" spectrum, an you will then have some bad and a few good. Thinking of it in positive terms, some of the schools that current students of TERRA try to escape, mostly have bad or poor teachers, very few that are ok, and barely any that are good. It never gets too bad or impossible to deal with!
As a freshman here, I have to admit I despised this place. Being involved in a few clubs and with the challenging classes I was taking, I felt disappointed thinking that this place was not meeting my expectations. The first few months took adjustment, and sometimes I would go home crying or stressed. I must say you should give this place a chance. It does get better once you give it the opportunity.
The kids here are some of the most outstanding I have ever seen from any school. They are constantly pushing themselves and each other to go farther and farther, and they are always succeeding. It's a lot but in the end, I think it's worth it when you're accepted into Princeton, Georgia Teach, Stanford, NYU, UPenn, etc.
I have had my fair share of teachers here, some GREAT, most good, and a few bad. Most of the time, kids here are spoiled and have always had everything handed to them. It's different in high school; especially a high school as prestigious as TERRA. Most kids fail to see the teacher's side to everything, and I know because I've done it too. A lot of these teachers live for their students and strive to give them the best education. I know more teachers than I can count on my fingers and toes combined that come early and leave late, just to go home and continue grading essays, tests, and papers all through the weekend so that the student can have their paper back within a day or two. I have come across many teachers who are always going out of their way to help a student succeed. They'll even call home and talk to a parent if something is wrong because they ACTUALLY care, believe it or not. I guarantee you will not find that at Killian.
All in all, students most of the time are the ones that are wrong when it comes to teachers/workload. I know because I have had a lot of the teachers that students talk bad about and I actually think the world of them because I know how hard they work to do the best job they can possibly do.
Okay, to the parents complaining: You should know many teachers here are the fairest I have seen. While some are absolutely ridiculous, the 2 or 3 that assign crazy amounts of homework don't make up the entire staff here at TERRA. It all depends on what kind of classes your child is taking. Also, most teachers that assign "ridiculous" amounts of homework give the kids plenty of time and the students just wait until the last minute to fall on their face and blame the school. If your child is taking an AP class, THERE WILL BE WORK!!! Do not be mistaken. This is a tough school but it's what you child signed up for. Also, there are NO regular classes offered here; only Honors and AP.
The kids here can be downright cruel. Since most kids do come from private school, they are rich and popular. Since I'm neither of these, it was a little hard for me to fit in for a while. You just need to stand up for yourself. DON'T count on administration to do anything about it!
I think this school/administration sets a terrible example for all of the above, but if your child is in high school you as a parent should have taught them all of the above by now. If they don't have it now, they probably never will.
There's a lot of good and bad with TERRA. The worst of the worst about it is BY FAR the RUDE administration. Not only the counselors, but especially the APs and Prinicpal herself! It's embarrassing how terribly they treat the students. Since the school is the superintendent's baby, they pretty much get away with anything and are able to easily cover any scandal up, such as their multiple drug busts and arrests that have occurred this school year alone. There is one AP who doesn't show up to his job EVER and when we are graced with his presence, he is extremely rude and disrespectful. The same goes for the principal. To say there is no bullying at TERRA whatsoever is ridiculous, since the bullying here is some of the worst I have seen in my years. Sure, there may not be physical issues here (fights) but the kids here are downright CRUEL. I would know because I have experienced this. Keep in mind most kids that come to TERRA come from private school, so some will be rude and snotty! The school is ridiculous on many levels and over hyped, but there is still a lot of good to this school. I couldn't find another school with so many graduates attending schools such as MIT, Stanford, Duke, NYU, and every Ivy League school. To say this school is not a "sports" school would be a radical statement considering we are back-to-back district champions in both Girls Swimming and Girls Volleyball and GMAC champions in Boys Bowling (this year alone). While I will agree that some teachers are downright AWFUL, we do have some of the BEST there are. Honestly, my freshman year was one of the worst years of my life. I was absolutely miserable, but I'm so happy I stuck around. It has gotten SO much better than I ever thought it would. If you're a freshman/parent, just know this: IT WILL GET BETTER. Don't get hyped up and have a miserable freshman year and leave. I was more excited than anyone to come to TERRA and had one of the worst years. But I stuck around and found my niche and while sometimes I absolutely hate it here, I couldn't be happier than I am now.
My advice: If you are a freshman and hate it, stick around for your sophomore year. If it doesn't get not even a LITTLE better by then, just go to SAS. My sophomore year wasn't great even though it was a little better, but my junior year is where high school really picked up for me, so just give it some time!