As a senior graduating from Johns Creek, it has been a wonderful school. Being an honors/AP student, I have had mostly great teachers and have felt the curriculum is challenging but manageable if you use your time wisely. I am graduating with 6 AP classes and a 94 average, and I have had time to get involved with sports teams and clubs in school. Communication is an issue at JCHS, and the counseling department is pretty scattered. Otherwise, it is high school so communicating with the teacher is the child's responsibility, and teachers are open for parent conferences. The school itself is beautiful, and other than a few shortages of textbooks I have had a great experience with the facilities/supplies. At every school there are some great teachers and some horrible ones, and it is no different at JCHS. Hopefully the new principal will implement some changes to evaluate teachers more thoroughly. Coming from a private Christian school, Johns Creek is on a similar level, especially in advanced courses. I feel that I am prepared for college, and am thankful for the wonderful education I have received. Parental involvement really increases the learning and supportive atmosphere.
I graduated from this school and am now at a top 100 University. The teachers that I had (some) required a lot of independence yet were very available for office hours when approached. It is a great preparation for college life, where people will not spoon-feed you the information. Granted, there are teachers that are not as good as others however, making the generalization that ALL the teachers are incompetent is not accurate.
WOW! I am so surprised by the negative comments! I have had one child graduate from JCHS who was an "on level" student. She did beautifully at the school and recieved extra help when needed. Other daughter is an "All Honors" student. Doing very well too! All teachers offer Help Sessions in the am or pm. My children took advantage of help when needed. At one point I needed help from the Admin&Counseling office. I recieved excellent attention and action to my concern. Both my kids have great friends with good manners. Most kids come from great families and therefore there are very few problems at the school. This is a GREAT SCHOOL DISTRICT to purchase a home. You will be pleased with all schools! There is a large parent involvement which speaks highly of the school. I got to know the counseling office, admin staff, many athletic coaches and many teachers. I have NO COMPLAINTS. This is a wonderful school!
I agree with other reviews in that if your child is "middle of the road" they are easily lost. Communication is horrible and the admistration does not hold teachers accountable. I contacted administration about the horrible communication and got no answers! A horrible school if your child needs any extra attention or help. I think they want to pretend that all students fit into the mold of "extreme over acheiver" so that they can discard the rest. The counseling department is useless. When I addressed the fact that no one returns phone calls or emails, I was told that they have too many students to serve! There is also a horrible drug problem at this school and it is totally ignored by administration. My child tells me that there are students visably impared in the classroom. Do teachers not see this??
I agree with all the other reviewers. JCHS is a frustrating environment for students and parents. My daughter has hours of homework ever night because the teachers can't control the classrooms so nothing gets covered. Trying to communicate with teachers is frustrating. There is no uniform method of communication. Some teachers use Edmodo, some use the hub, some use text and some use nothing. They put all the responsibility on the student for communication which makes it impossible at times. Considering how great of a school AMMS was, JCHS is a severe let down.
My feedback is similar to the other reviewers: if you have an honors student they will get through JCHS with no problem, if you have a middle of the road kid they will suffer from too much homework, quality of teachers varies, and teachers who should use better methods of communication other than swear words, belittling or embarassing the students. The office and counseling staff are useless, some of them very nice but you'll just get sent in circles anytime you have a question. I brace myself every time I have to call because I know person answering phone is automatically on defense before I've even opened my mouth. Kids not treated as individuals but as a page number in a county manual.
The school may have a state of the art facility, but that doesn't change the fact that John's Creek High School suffers from major failure of multiple departments. Like another reviewer said, it is a bureaucratic brick wall. I have two kids that both attended Johns Creek - one an honors kid who has been in TAG and advanced classes since the start of the middle school, and then I have my other child who is a fantastic kid but is more middle of the road and doesn't take any honors courses. While my honors kid was able to tough it out - my son, who was enrolled in normal classes (not advanced ) was destroyed by excessive homework in multiple classes , dysfunctional classes where teachers couldn't keep the class under control, incoherent teachers who seemed to not be able to effectively communicate lessons, and lack of support from counseling. It seems JCHS does not hold their teachers who teach on-level normal classes to the same standards as their honors classes. After consulting with parents from my son's on- level classes - it seems their children suffered from the same problems. I do NOT think this school is run well and would advise you not to get persuaded by the nice campus.
The school is beautiful, but the quality of teachers varies drastically and the office staff have no knowledge about anything going on at the school. When you call with questions they always put it back on the parent to go figure it out, even when it's a question of about who to contact about their website. My daughter's teachers are listed incorrectly and she cannot access homework assignments and no one seems to know who handles that. She has been incorrectly marked absent and when I call they tell me I have to contact the teacher. It's their mistake, why do I have to do more work to get it fixed. It's like the lottery on if you'll get a good teacher. There are some really great teachers or ones that don't seem to know the curriculum or care if their students succeed. It would be nice that in such a high income area we would have all great teachers. This year was the worst because many students didn't have books ready for them and some actually ran out!! No one seemed concerned that they had no books, no agendas. They had to sign for books before they got them so they couldn't notate horrible condition.
The TAG program is decent, but the school's offering is lacking. Students are overworked. My son is doing homework all night. There is no communication between teachers and too many think the kids have it "easy" in Johns Creek and are attempting to compensate. My son is an excellent student and is drowning in hours of homework. He does it, but his family life and extra curricular volunteer time is suffering.
JCHS appears to have received a lot of weak teachers when it started. From everything I hear the Principal is aware but doesn't seem to be willing to do anything about it. The sports programs are great. The booster club would never tolerate coaches as weak as some of these teachers. Don't let the great test scores fool you. They are a testament to great demographics and excellent middle schools.
Recent Physics project - students needed to build a Hover Craft - written report required - calculations required - significant number of the students were unable to have their crafts actually get off the ground, primarily due to air source - surprisingly class average on the grade for the project was an "A". Does not speak too highly of the integrity of the project or the class.
Coming out of Autrey Mill school, going into Johns Creek----you need to be rreally prepared to see a totally different school. While Autrey Mill is like a private school: the teachers are great and so are the administrators; Johns Creek High School is the opposite. MANY of the teachers are either incompetent, or pure lazy, or both. Your child would be really lucky if he or she gets a decent teacher. And the administrators have a totally different mentality: do not care! If you try, you would feel like you are hitting a stone wall there, and would feel very frustrating and helpless. Horrible school
Autrey Mill is like a private school: they cared about the kids. At JCHS the teachers don't care, counselors never get back to you in a timely manner, you hit one bureaucratic wall after another. If your kid an honor student they'll get by but a middle of the road student could drown here and no one would notice or care. I do admire that there's so many activities, clubs & sports for kids to choose from.
AP Program still in need - apparently budget constraints will not allow full offering to students' AP needs. Counselor services too little and way too late.
Ninth grade Math teacher is abysmal - pulling my son from this school. Really sad because Autrey Mill was an excellent middle school.
My child graduated from this school this year. This is a horrible school. The facility is beautiful, but the administration and counseling department are terrible. It is hard to contact the counselor. If you send email or call they will not respond. The principal is arrogant and the administrators do a poor job managing the school. My daughter applied for three colleges - 2 in state and one out-of-state. Fortunately she got accepted in both in-state colleges. Later we found out that her transcript was never sent to her choice of out-of-state college. She paid the fee for sending the transcript, but dysfunctional counseling department did not sent the transcripts. The same thing happend to few other students. I will not recommend anyone to send their kids to this school. STAY AWAY from John's Creek High.
The ninth grade Math teacher is horrid. The students doesn't know what the teacher teaches. Looks like the teacher self doesn't know the correct answers for the math questions. Strongly recommend the school district to evaluate the teacher's qualification as soon as possible and fire the disqualified.
this school needs more qualified teachers that actually love the teaching career and do not treat this job as "just" another job. this school also needs better administrators, and better counselors especially for juniors and seniors.
The school facilities are great, but the administration and math department are the worst around. Someone should remind them of the County Tag-Line "Where Students Come First."
The Math department at JCHS is horrid, I am told it is bad on all levels, but the team-taught math classes are very very poorly taught. The kids are always complaining that their 'assistant' math teacher spend more time focused on yelling at the students than teaching them. Fulton's integrated math program is part of the problem, but these teachers are simply not teaching. Of course, not all teachers or all departments are bad - but most of the team-taught assistant teachers are not worth their salary. And the other poster was correct about the lack of interest by teachers and administration to respond to parents inquiries and/or to provide any information. Great things were expected of this nearly new school, it is very disappointing to see so many so dissatisified with it now.
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