As an alumni, the school is great if you are AP or Honors classes. If you are not, your screwed. The kids in AP and Honors classes tend to stick together even in the lunch room. The values and interests of the students in College Prep classes are completely different.
I have 7 children and they attended Central Gwinnett 6 years ago. I am a single parent and I have a MASTER'S Degree in EDUCATION. I see Central Gwinnett hasn't changed much since it moved out the district. I had the same issues as the April 24th comment. I had to go to my daughter school because she had to use a friends phone to call me because Teacher/ Administrator wouldn't address a bullying issue. Eventually, the girl followed her after school with another group and she attacked my daughter. They both were put out of school. My daughter was an Honor a Student. She had another incident in Middle School where a young man slapped her out her seat and she fought back and got detention. So because of the previous incident she had to attend Give East. If I could home school I would. Teachers have a negative mindset about children/families so this doesn't help. The better schools you have to deal with racism. The most important thing is parents talk to your children and make phone calls and send emails often if you can't make it to the school on a regular basis. Good Luck.
I would like to respond to the April 24th, 2014 commenter. How is commenting about the students and parents of the school going to benefit the school as a whole. The teachers and staff cannot control who they teach. We can only do the best with what is given to us. Instead of openly criticizing, why dont you volunteer at the school as a parent and help us change the culture? Teachers and Administrators cannot do it on our own. Every school has these problems you mention. Yes, even the sacred cow known as Brookwood High School has issues with gangs, drugs, and fights. Be a parent at the school, support the teachers and you can be a part of the catalyst to turn the tide against the very items you openly criticize us for.
The downfall of this school is that the majority of students come from low income homes, and they dont push education on their children. This school also has a high rate of fights, gang activity and lots of drugs, not a place for upper middle class students, Brookwood is another world compared to Central.
If you are a prospective teacher considering working at Central Gwinnett, trust me....don't. Teachers can't get out of here fast enough. It's like trying to escape off a sinking ship.
Some of the assistant principals who were hired last school year are poor leaders. They lack social skills. A Doctorate does not mean anything if you do not how to treat employees fairly and respectfully.
CGHS is a great school - the teachers have been extremely helpful and responsive to my student this year. Thanks for making the 9th grade experience a really good one!
The New principle Mrs. Grimes has this school moving in the right direction and will be at the top of the schools cluster in the very near future.
i went to central my 9th grade year and it is a great school. The school offers tutoring and when it come to sports grade come first. The school id always looking forward to bettering itself. The school now has it where the 9th graders are separated from the upperclassmen until tenth grade. For lunch the school has a big variety of different foods for example veggie.
hi, i am a freshman going on to my sophmore year at CGHS, i think the school is good academically and has some challenging courses, but its the other parts of the school, that are the reason i wont be attending next year. Central is very un organized sport wise and expect any team your child plays on to be full of choas. there is a huge mis communication between parents and faculity. plus the school is heavily populated so many children get left on the back burner. but if you have a pretty normal child that doesn't need a personal connection with the staff then central is great for them.
"The staff and leaders are rude, disrespectful and what to be respected. I was raised that respect is due when respect is given. They handled any situation especially personal unprofessionally. There is little effort in response to concerns and complaints made in regards to staff behaviors." I handle all matters as professional as I can, but the same can t be said of this school or its personnel. They target children and make them uncomfortable in the atmosphere. They talk about children and then hide behind the administrators like little children instead of being adults and owning up to what they have said. This is an awful school and if you want your child to soar in their academics, this is not the school for you. I am taking my daughter out of CGHS after this year.
"The staff and leaders have handled personal situations unprofessionally. There is little effort in response to concerns and complaints made in regards to staff behaviors." I totally agree with the above statement. I handle all matters professionally but the same can not be said of this school or it's personnel. I am taking my son out of CGHS after this year.
I'm sure all schools have their share of problems. My daughter came to CGHS in the 10th grade. She was bullied in the 9th grade at another school. I watched an excited person who loved school go downhill. My husband and I were involved with her teachers and the administors. I do believe there are too many children for the administors to handle. All the children that are doing well in CGHS I applaud you!
I'm a freshman at CGHS and so far I love it. The teachers offer tutoring and they have a good sense of humor and are not boring. I am in the new P.R.I.D.E accademy which is for freshman only and it puts them in teams similar to how a middle school has teams. I don't have to worry about being in classes with upper classmen and the only time I am able to come in contact with them is transtioning throghout the campus, in language classes or art like classes, and at lunch. All of my main classes have only freshman in them. The teachers do not allow student distruptions and don't waste their time yelling at the top of their lungs to their students. The only thing I wish Central Gwinnett had to offer the students is another language class like Chineese, Japanese, or Korean. Everything else is great. The school is clean, their are working servailance and we have an awsome castle since we are the black knights!
Central Gwinnett is a great school with very supportive caring faculty. I have three sons who attend school here 2 are seniors and I as a parent have never had any major problems neither has any of my three sons. The school has a large student population but it is situated in the heart of the county in historic Lawrenceville. Show me the scool in Gwinnett county that is not bursting at the seams after it has existed for as long as Central has. I am frankly tired of the parents who post and say negative comments in my experience they are usually the parents who are uninvolved, and or use an unprofessional approach when having to interact with faculty and staff regarding there children. Central is a Title 1 School of excellence and has made the top 1000 schools in the United States of America list. It is no worse
Parents now like the new principal because she is telling them how to be a good parent. The so called New informal newsletters have been going out for years. The issue comes in the son or daughter of the parent not sharing them. The parents can check up on their children's status now. They could do that before the parents were unwilling to go up to the school and ask for a meeting with the teachers. The graduation is now regulated by ticket number. Central Gwinnet is a great community school and issuing out tickets is going to separate it from the community. Thousands used to go and watch friends graduate. The school is great but I think it is very wrong to say the new principal changed it to the better.
I wrote a 2-star review on April 28, 2008, and have come back with an update. Central has a new principal this year, and she is fantastic!! Many of the behavior issues this school had in the past are no longer tolerated. The kids know there will be consequences for bad behavior or for disrupting a class. As a result, behavior has improved markedly. The new principal is also holding the teachers to a higher standard. The teachers are expected to communicate with parents in a timely fashion and grades must be updated on the 'parent portal' every Friday. Also, the new principal listened to parent complaints, and now teachers are required to have a background in the specific subject area they teach in, ex. a physics teacher is required to actually have a physics background, a chemistry teacher required to have a chemistry background, etc. This is a huge improvement!
I had hoped that Central Gwinnett was going to be a good experience for my son. Unfortunately, for the past two years it has not been. The staff and leaders have handled personal situations unprofessionally. There is little effort in response to concerns and complaints made in regards to staff behaviors. Good students have suffered because of this, mine included. I have chosen to remove my student from this school his third year. I have had to go above and beyond the leadership to have unresolved issues dealt with because of the lack of support the staff and it's leaders have shown us.
Great leadership brings out the best in everyone, and Central Gwinnett has great leadership! Central has a principal who exhibits a high level of professional integrity and cares about teachers and students.
Central Gwinnett High School has been ranked in the top 5% of high schools across the nation. It has a caring and wonderful Principal who cares about the students and what goes on in the high school. The teachers are wonderful people who give as much as they can considering it is a school with 2500 kids all needing their attention daily. You make a school what you want by being involved and helping out teachers. They see over 100 kids a day and do the best they can..they all have their days just like everyone else. It is a strong school with strong leaders. You have an opportunity at Central in every area with it being a 'smaller' school compared to others in the area. I am a proud to have a child attend Central and will support the school in every way..conflict or no conflict. Get involved.
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