Gentian Elementary is a great school, the staff, teachers, parents, & students.
This is my son's first experience in a Georgia school. I must say that there is a big difference. The parents seem more involved here and at the end of the day when I pick my son up from school, there are a number of parents in the lobby waiting for their little ones. At other schools, the office personnel would have cleared them out in a heartbeat but I feel really welcomed at Gentian!
My daughter began her first year of kindergarten at Gentian. Overall, I would have to say that the teachers, staff, and programs are just middle of the road. My daughter is the only reader in her class and is quite advanced academically. The kindergarten teacher had a hard time meeting her where she was. She was subsequently transferred to a first grade class for part of her day. I think the school lacks in quite a few areas: challenging academics, varied lesson plans, extracurricular activities, etc. I was somewhat disappointed with the kindergarten experience.
I have 2 children and my oldest went there k-6 and my youngest now in fourth grade has been there since pre-k. I have nothing but great things to say about this school and most of the staff. They are very devoted to the needs of what each individual childs needs on an individual basis and I am very thankfull that there is a place that my children can go and I feel they are in more than capable hands.
It has been great up until this year. It is fine as long as your child doesn't ask for additional help with a subject. Hopefully Gentian will take notice to this before too many children are affected.
I have worked at Gentian for the past four years. I have found the faculty and staff to be very supportive. They ALWAYS SEEK the best interests of the individual child. Good behavior is expected from children because the faculty understands that appropriate behavior makes the classroom environment more conducive to learning. The faculty is cohesive, and works hard to promote student achievement. The school motto, 'Out of many, one family,' truly is the order of the day. I feel privileged to be a member of this family.
My children have attended Gentian for their entire elementary school career. Until this year, it was great.When we encountered a problem, there was no support for us.It seems that as long as the student does not require any additional assistance, things are fine. I am all for high goals and achievement but I believe that Gentian is well on the way to losing sight of the individual child.Everyone wants the very best for the child.However, they shouldn't be damaged in the academic process.I sincerely hope that they give more consideration to other families when their is a problem.
if i had to some it up gentian is what i would call family !!! , the principal takes the time and know each child by name , and is very supportive of the pta , i have held office for the pta , and the school is a special place , from the principal on down to the custodial staff
I have worked at Gentian Elementary for the past 8 years. I have worked with students and teachers from the first to the sixth grades. I believe that the administration is very supporting of the faculty, parents, and students alike. Students are expected to study hard and do their best in a loving and nurturing environment. Even though teachers have high expectations of their students, they still allow them to enjoy being children. I would recommend Gentian Elementary to anyone in search of a quality school.
I taught first grade at Gentian for 3 years. I could not have aked for better leadership or support. The faculty and staff at Gentian are like one big family. They really care about each individual child and their development. Children are expected to achieve but they are also given ample amounts of support and guidance.
Gentian is a wonderful school! My two children went to Gentian from K-5th grade and the education they received was outstanding. Gentian prepares students emotionally, socially, and academically for middle school. The counselor does a marvelous job relating to and helping all the students. The teachers and principal hold the highest expectations for all students. I know my children received the best education possible in a safe and nurturing environment.
Gentian Elementary turned out to be a huge disappointment. Our daughter attended first grade at Gentian until we pulled her out before the end of the first semester, it was that bad. Standards at this school are set so high that the children are not allowed or encouraged to be children. The principal himself told us, my husband and I, that there is no time for fun. There is so much pressure put on the teachers, that the students do not have time to be kids. The kids are expected to sit down, shut-up and study. The principal was not at helpful when we went to him for advice. He flat out told us to deal with it or homeschool. He would not consider changing classrooms or working with us in anyway. I was an active member of the PTA and the PTA President is doing an excellent job!!
Gentian has some wonderful, caring, skilled teachers. There does seem to be a grade level where the expectations for the students are too high and the consensus of parents whose children have attended fourth grade there is well known throughout the parent community. It has resulted in parents choosing to remove their children from Gentian before reaching that grade level. The administrative leadership at Gentian could be improved upon.
My children attended Gentian Elementary Kdg. through 6th grade. There are not enough words to praise this school. The teachers are wonderful, caring, understanding and nurturing. They are able to bring out the best in each student, find what that child excels in and then help that student to develop their skill. My children went on to College and are presently on Dean's list. They continue to visit Gentian and their 'old' teachers often to thank them for all they did!
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