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2360 River Rd
Ellenwood, GA 30294

(678) 874-4002
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September 22, 2015
I recently graduated from cedar grove high school. The teachers are fine with the exception of a few. One British literature teach whose name I won't mention is mediocre. I will admit she knows her stuff and is very knowledgeable there is a huge BUT in this.... She is nothing but a BULLY she will publicly embarrass students. I've witnessed her punish one of my classmates by writing mean things about her on the Promethean board. As well as giving "random A's" for students who would chant " you've got to know when to hold them" to embarrass one of my fellow classmates. She would also tell us " your parents don't care about you if they did you wouldn't go here, that's why my "ladybug" is in private school. There's many things to mention but not enough characters left in my review. I can't forget to mention the principal , she only makes an effort to get to know the athletes and will offer special treatment.

- submitted by a community member

June 16, 2015
My family and I moved to Dekalb County last summer. One of the first comments we heard was Don't enroll your children in any school starting with Cedar Grove. Because of our location and the timing, our children attended Cedar Grove middle and high schools. BIG MISTAKE on both accounts! Administration is a jokh and parent-teacher communication at both is non-existent. They had a few real teachers but the majority were only information exchangers. Emphasis is placed on everything but actual learning, especially at the high school. They are attending schools in Stone Mountain next term. Hoping and praying the next school year offers opportunities to learn, grow and thrive.

- submitted by a parent

July 07, 2011
I am a frustrated involved parent of children that attend Cedar Grove High, while I know that there are some great teachers there I have experienced some horrible ones. (What a dis-advantage to our children!). The Mission Statement of this school speaks about turning out future leaders of tomorrow - I don't see this happening if Cedar Grove High leadreship continues to allow there teachers to operate below standards. - Parents if you are not concerned, and at worst scared for the future of your children - YOU have put to much trust in these teachers. I agree with the student - If you are in a situation where you have No choice, lets hope your child get a good one. Good Luck!

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November 09, 2010
I currently am a sophomore here at this school. I agree with one of reviews saying that this school is mainly interested in sports. Here you have good teachers and you have bad teachers. You should hope your child doesn't get the bad teachers.

- submitted by a student

October 12, 2010
I have been an active PTSA member for the past year and have observed a tremendous increase in parent & teacher involvement in the PTSA. My daughter is thriving academically and socially and enjoys CGHS a great deal! I am looking forward to making a difference and being a part of the great things about to explode at CGHS.

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January 02, 2010
This school is horrible! I moved into the Dekalb Co. district last year. I attended cedar grove middle(awful!) & this year I Attend Cedar Grove High. Im a freshman here. The only thing the school is interested in is sports. We dont get exposed to other after school activities. & the teachers are horrible and so is the classroom setting. My teachers never have enough time for me the student. Im a smart girl who usually loves school but this school makes me want to drop out!

- submitted by a student

October 03, 2009
I like the competent staff and teachers. My daughter also attends this school.

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September 29, 2009
I think the school has improved a lot and will give a score of 4 out of 5. My son grades has improved a lot over the past two years.

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July 21, 2008
I have been a teacher at Cedar Grove High School for 8 years. CGHS is not perfect, but no school is. If you a looking for a school that stresses academics, career education, and moral development, than CGHS is the school for you. Most of the teachers are truly concerned about the education they are providing to students. We often us our own personal time to provide free tutorial for students, and our own money to help students who don't have school supplies. Student achievement is our primary focus. Our administrators are great, and they work very hard to provide a safe environment for our students.

- submitted by a teacher

July 01, 2008
I am a veteran teacher. I have been with Dekalb County 22 years and at Cedar Grove High School 1 year. I have visited with a lot of elementary, middle and high schools within my 22 years. Cedar Grove High School is not a perfect school but it is a very good high school and it is on its way to greatness. The teachers and the administrators work very hard. I am so proud of Mrs. Williams-West she is a great role model. I am especially pleased with the 9th grade assistant principal, Mrs. Payton-Edwards. She is really holding her own. She is working with a great team and has big plans for the rising 9th grade students. I get great parent support and I make sure I let parents know they are a major factor in weather their child meets success or failure during their high school years at CGHS.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2008
Overall, I like the school and what's going on there. (Aside from the minor problems that are occurring at many of the metro area schools). I think that the parents could participate more in the activities provided at the school for the children. Also, parental involvement is always encouraged for PTA, parent/teacher conferences, sporting events, etc. but some parents don't support their children once they get to high school and this is sad.

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March 08, 2008
As a parent that is very involved in my childs education, i'm disappointed in what I have encountered at CGHS. I feel as if there is not enough effort on the parts of the teachers, for those parents who are involved. I email teachers constantly, because be it as it may, my son is not putting in his share. But it takes days to get a response(not from all though). But if i don't email and constantly follow your child, you will never know what is going on. Why not inform the parent that the child is doing nothing. It takes us all to be involved the student, the parents, and the teacher. I feel it has been a oneway road. I just feel no child would ever sit in my class and not turn in class assignments, and never inform the parent. Children are just that, children.

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September 12, 2007
I had 3 teenage boys that attended Cedar Grove. The experience was very frustrating. In my eyes this school failed them. They where more interested in suspending kids for outrageous things than keeping them in school to get the education. The level is so so low. One of my sons is still a student there and I just do not think he is going to make it in the real world and One of my sons dropped out the other one is going to college, but I just do not think he is ready. A handful of teachers where great and kept you informed, but the majority just did not give a care.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2007
I am a Reading Specialist at this school and the improvements being made by the new prncipal, Ms. JoAnn Williams-West indicate that it will be, indeed, a premier school!

- submitted by a parent

March 19, 2007
This school is absolutely horrible. It very is unorganized, the building is run down, and the quality of education is just downright unexceptable. The administrators and staff only care about one thing. Let me give you a hint...it's green. There are a FEW good teachers, but the majority are not fit to teach at the high school level.

- submitted by a student

June 25, 2006
I am currently attending Cedar Grove High. It has had its ups and downs but your experience is determined by your individual effort. Since I have started I have had all accelerated courses, most of the teachers I had were pretty good. I have been taking AP courses is what prepares for the'real world' if you don't push yourself how can anyone else push you. The principal I believe is not professional enough. But everyone only brood over all the negative stuff, two students who both received the Gates-Millenium scholarship which is the highest level for all scholarships. So instead of hving a tunnel vision, only seeing the negative open up your mind and look at the positive things. Class of 2008.

- submitted by a student

November 28, 2005
I have had two students to graduate from Cedar Grove High one in 1994 and one in 2001. I must say that the academically Cedar Grove prepared both of my children for college as both of them have excelled in both their undergraduate and graduate studies. I was particularly impressed that the teaching staff was more diverse during my second child's matriculation. The extracurricular programs at Cedar Grove gave my children an opportunity to travel, experience new and exciting things and network with those in other areas. The band grew tremendously under the direction of Mr. Decuir, but I hear it is struggling badly because of lack of student interest. The only improvement Cedar Grove needs is a committed principal that will work for many years to rebuild the school spirit within the students. Academics are great the FB Team and Band need new leadership.

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2005
As a graduate of CGS, class of 2002, I give a different approach to my feelings on the schoool. Currently, I am a junior at Florida A&M, and I have learned that the opportunities that you create for yourself are what determines how successful you will be. Therefore, if you, the student, or you, the parent, do not take an ACTIVE role in education or the experiences that you stand to learn from, then you have wasted your time as well as those who attepmt to help you. If your child presents his/herself as a person who is willing to absorb all resourse that a teacher has to offer, you will do well regardless what school the school. 'The teacher didn't care' is no longer an excuse. As many of us know, there are other sources as long as you make the attempt.

- submitted by a student

March 15, 2005
Cedar Grove really isn't that bad. I use to think so until this year when I started to get more involved in activities. No, not all the teachers are there to support students and there are those who want to care but they have these big classes full of students who do not want to learn. Every school has their down falls just give us a little time we re working on know educational programs trying to prepare students for college. With the help of students and parents more AP classes can be put in place and you know with a little money our sport teams could probably be better. I m not sure about this year, but I know last year our principal had to pay out of his pocket for food for our awards breakfast due to the fact we did not have a sponsor. Like I said before all we need is a little time and money and we could be on top.

- submitted by a student

March 15, 2005
The AP Literature classes are the best. The Art program is pretty good; the Academy of Information Tech. (AOIT) is really good for those who can get in. And for those who can stay focused and aren't bored by lectures AP U.S. History is a good course. I m a junior right now and since I've been at this school I've had all advanced classes, which always look good on your transcript, and mostly all of my teachers have been outstanding. I can t see how so many people can complain about something a make little effort to make change.

- submitted by a student

January 08, 2005
I am a graduate of Cedar Grove High School, and I personallt think that Cedar Grove is not a bad school but the teachers do NOT prepare students for what to expect in College. I took advanced English throughout HS and was placed in remedial english in College. This school just doesn't prepare students for the real world at all. PERIOD.

- submitted by a student

January 05, 2005
I'm a current student at CGHS.Since my 9th grade year things have for the better in most cases.We have a better principal who knows how to handle himself and a few campus improvements.However there is no school pride,no community support,or parent involvement so kids feel like what's the use?You have some teachers who really care and those who are just there to get a paycheck.The overall student body seems to really want to overcome the surroundings the negativity.Which I think is very good but of course you are going to have the bad ones who mess it up for everyone.Also extracurricular activities are on the rise such as band(all season),footbal,etc.This school isn't as bad as they say.

- submitted by a student

September 30, 2004
I actually attended this school, and I can tell you first hand that it did me no favors in terms of preparing me for real life. The teachers and administration are content with status quo, and the entire county school system needs to be overhauled. Parents: do not send your child to this school.

- submitted by a student

July 30, 2004
Horrible, Horrible school! I have a 15 year old sister who attends this school and I have been very displeased with this school. The focus is not placed on the student s academic progression, or performance, but instead emphasis is placed on passing the kids through the school system. My sister has learning difficulties, but she does not have a learning disorder, instead of working with us to develop a curriculum that will improve her understanding, the staff is insistent on her not being held back and passed through the system. Have called the County school board, and the School Superintendent, but no one was available nor will respond to emails, or voicemails. Am currently searching for other resources to assist her.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2004
My son is a ninth grader at CGSHS. I think the staff is very good and even though it is an old school they put a lot of effort into keeping it in good shape. I am concerned, however that the students are not challenged in a way that will prepare them for college. Most of the work that my son gets is very simple and seems to be below grade level. I don't think the kids are getting a true taste of what to expect in college.

- submitted by a parent
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Cedar Grove High School
2360 River Rd, Ellenwood, GA  30294
(678) 874-4002
Last modified Cedar Grove High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cedar Grove High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top