Bullying happens in our school, but it's discreet. The teachers are unable to see it and students as well have a hard time seeing it because they can't tell whether it's a joke or not. The most people do if they ever manage to get caught are once again only have a talk with _____ and get off the hook for free.
What leadership. If our principal were to call someone out or reprimand somebody, nobody would care and probably follow the footsteps of the person who got reprimanded. Role model 'clubs' (student council, NJHS, Beta club, and so forth) are a mix of non-role model kids and people who could be considered a role model. NJHS especially, does absolutely nothing to contribute to the community and it's just a meaningless title to everyone. All we do is meet for meetings and talk about ____ and never do anything.
There is not a punishment for rude behavior or disrespect. Kids who act this way are only called out on by the teacher and they don't really care too much about that because they normally dislike the teacher anyway. We do not share compassion as a school, but we only show compassion to those in our cliques. Kids make jokes about serious events that happened (Holocaust, 9/11, murder, suicide, etc) and give no respect to other kids outside their clique. These people are smart though and I'm not talking about book smart. They make enough distraction on daily intervals that it doesn't count as being reprimanded. They commit acts of bullying towards other kids but they space out when they are doing it so it doesn't really count as bullying.
There are times where a teacher gives too much homework or not enough. The purpose of homework is to practice topics and sometimes we only have a day to partially learn a topic and the homework is due the next day. Ever since someone bought IXL for the school, the school pressures us to finish these lessons with ridiculous requirements. They expect us to finish our homework but they do not take into account those who take extracurricular activities (though that technically is the student's fault) but everyone has a different learning pace and while I have no problem with the homework (because I have no extra curricular activities) there are students out there who can not get the help they need in completing their homework so they give up and don't turn it in. I take geometry but I also heard Algebra students still have to take math nation and those videos can take hours (I'm not joking) to complete and these videos normally do not have an effect on the student's learning other than staying up late being forced to watch 30 minutes - 1 hour worth of one video (where we normally have to watch an entire section) and only have a short time span to complete the packet they give them for math nation.
This school is alright, nothing special. Sadly there are not a lot of diverse clubs here, there's a lot of sports clubs, a 'book club' (I'm not entirely sure if it even exists) and that's about it. They once had an art club but they also took that out. Some of the teachers here are really good at their job but some should not be working here. There is a certain curriculum we should be learning and some teachers in this school do not follow it too well. ***This school no longer has the problem of lockdowns due to students bringing contraband to school, the students are now privately being apprehended (referrals...). However our school now faces a bunch of kids who sell/ scam candy, toys, and other items to each other. *** Kids are too easily able to join IB and Honors classes and most of them should not be there. There are a bunch of people who cheat, slack off, and have the worst of disrespectful attitudes towards students and teachers. These people should be placed in Advanced courses. You can make it into IB with a 3 out of 5. 2s and 1s are placed in advanced or standard. The teachers are between being overly strict or being a complete push over and do not take the time to reprimand those who cause a distraction in class, bothering other students.
Our daughter is in 6th grade and she has had a fantastic experience this year at Glenridge. The orchestra teacher is outstanding and the rest of the teaching staff is very helpful and caring to the students. The only complaint that I have is that there are no lockers so the kids have to carry all of their belongings around in their backpacks all day. I am shocked by some of the previous reviews because there have been no lockdowns or weapons at school since she has been there.
I am an alumni of GMS and I have to say things have really declined since I've been there. There are many lockdowns due to students bringing weapons to school. The school is cliquey and there seems to be a problem with bullying. The IB program is the only salvation a from an otherwise mediocre schoo; the problem is that too many children are allowed in the IB "honors" program who don't deserve to be there. In my opinion the only good part about GMS is the arts dept. Brian Sullivan is an amazing band teacher and I had him for all 3 years at Glenridge and he still recognizes me in public.
The rules of bullying are making to help the bully in this school. If there are no witnesses, they do nothing, the children are afraid to speak. That is why they have so many problems of weapons. It is terrible! I have no idea how it is A class.
This school is labelled an IB school, but you will find that many teachers are not educated on how to teach and IB curriculum, There are very weak teachers here in the math department, and they do not get replaced. The academics are watered down in the honors classes and too many average students are accepted to these classes. Would not recommend.