Students enrolled 1610
School leader Tom Smith
Transportation options Yes
District Henry County School District

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120 E Lake Rd
Mcdonough, GA 30252

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(678) 583-8502
(678) 583-8850
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4 stars
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October 24, 2013
I graduated from UGHS in '05. I have moved on to earn a B.S. I didn't receive much attention at this school. I taught myself nearly everything. I don't know if the teachers that I had are still working at this school, but the ones I had really didn't show any attention nor did they try to help. I received more help from professors at the University I attended. I really hope that it has changed.

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2013
Awesome teachers and staff! Always going above & beyond for their students! UGHS is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2013
I think this school is very overrated. It's superficial. I came from a disadvantaged school towards the end of the year knowing the good status and high standards expected of me and was ready to be pushed to better my GPA. However, when I arrived nobody gave me any information. I never met any of the staff, never got a rule book or agenda, and was constantly scolded for things I knew nothing about. It was a complete shock and nobody made me feel welcome. The students looked down on me, or just blatantly ignored me. My grades plummeted and thanks to no help from the teacher, even when sought out. I was made to feel stupid and inferior to everyone. Disgusting and disrespectful.

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2013
As a parent I have a few issues with this school, granted it has been years since I have been to high school, but when does it become acceptable to lock bathroom doors or suggest to a child that if he/she does not use a pass to the bathroom, locker, etc there lowest grade can be dropped. According to history using the restroom to relieve bodily functions is natural and normal and should not be discouraged. Also, what is going on with online classes? My child was homeschooled for 3 years, I made the decision to matriculate her into a public school to interact with TEACHERS and students, not online classes with no assistance. How was it possible for the school to have French last year with a teacher and this year no french teacher?? If a child wants to take 4 years of this language should it be acceptable that the child has to do online for 3 years. My child was referred for Honors French, surely that implied with a teacher, she is not in Honors French though. I don't even want to talk about the PE class, I can't mention how many times I was told, oh we didn't do anything today. And my child receives little assistance from counselor.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2012
Pretty great school. Graduated from there in 2011. Sports teams are pretty up and down. Football team was not great while I was there. However, the Naval Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps is one of the best in the entire nation. Consistently competing in all areas in national competitions. Also, academic are pretty good. Constantly getting pushed to achieve more and take AP classes.

- submitted by a student
December 19, 2011
I am currently attending Union Grove High as a Freshman. The school as far as academics is good but when it comes to problems with teachers the counselors tend to get defensive and not look at the situation from the students point of view. Union Grove isn't all that and if i had known the school would be the way it was i would have asked to go somewhere else. I plan to transfer to a different school for the last 3 years of high school.

- submitted by a student
November 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
Union Grove High School is an excellence school. It is in the top 5% in the nation according to Newsweek magazine. The teachers are fantastic and have a wonderful relationship with the students. They make their subjects interesting and challenging. The honors classes and advanced placement classes are a worthy challenge for any student who wants to learn and reach high for their future. The principal, counselors and staff are always available for students and parents. This school is a '10' with 5 stars.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2009
I like Union Grove because we're one of the best schools in the state. We have a great sports team whether in football track, cross country, volleyball, and basketball. And not to mention, Union Grove High school has been in Newsweek Magazines Top 5% of AMERICA'S high schools, not just Georgia. We just have a great overall school.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 21, 2009
Union Grove is great because it is probably one of the most well rounded high schools in Henry County. They are committed to excellence academically as well as through their athletic progams, down to the clubs offered at the school. GO UGHS!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
While there is still entirely too much focus, money and efforts being spent on the athletic department and not enough on the fine arts, the academics at UGHS are hard to beat. The education I received is top notch, and now that I am in college with people from private schools and boarding schools alike, I can see that my education was equal to theirs, if not better.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 15, 2009
The teachers are very caring and helpful for the students and the students want to flourish in their academics

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
My grandchildren go there and the teachers, staff and principal Mr. Smith give them the best education and training.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2009
Everyone is competitive on an educational level. All of the teachers, and even the students are so helpful when someone needs it. Union Grove never strays from working towards being the best.

- submitted by a student
October 08, 2009
The teachers that my son has this year (9th grade) are some of the best and really have a passion for what they do. I am so grateful that they will and are a part of his High School years. I just wish others took the job they had with a life passion as these teachers have expressed.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2009
i love our school! im proud to be a part of it.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2009
I am curently a sophmore at UGHS. It is a very hard school; teachers expect many positive things to come out of their students. This school has the best NJROTC unit in the nation and I am proud to say that I am a part of it. The staff and administration works very hard to exceed the expectations of all the other schools in the state. The Friday night football games are amazing plus we're good. I can proudly say that I go to the best school in the state, south east, and nation.

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 07, 2009
i currently go to union grove high school. im a junior now and i have had an ok school year. the teachers are really sweet and super cool. they make sure you know your stuff before taking a graduation test. they have helped me and my peers alot. councelors are awesome. :) especially ms.stone.

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July 26, 2009
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July 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2009
There is no more racial tension at union grove then there is in everyday life. And as far as African Americans not receiving equal treatment by teachers that is completely untrue, also you cant assume there is racial tension or a 'race war' because your race is outnumbered that is just how some schools are demographically. Union Grove is the best school in Henry County no doubt, we continually have the best test scores, most students sent to programs such as GHP, and good athletic teams.

- submitted by a student
March 16, 2009
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July 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2008
I have just finished my freshman year up at ughs. I thought that the teacher are great and give you opportunities to talk to them and ask questions. They are very nice and also the conselors are always there to help with any situation that happens to be going on. I honestly didnt have a problem this school year with the way they handled events or anything. There was a couple of stupid fights at our lunch but you learn to ignore it and move on . I think that my next 3 years going to ughs will be great considering that im going to a great school which people would rather be going to than the other henry county schools. They treat everybody fairly! Ughs is a great school and im glad i will be going there the next three years!

- submitted by a student
May 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 19, 2008
My son has been at UGHS since his 9th grade year and is now a Jr. This HS has become a school of politics when it comes to sports (baseball & Football). I have witnessed kids playing in a certain sport on grade levels much higher, simply because their parents are Booster Club parents. Very sad!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2008
I am a senior at union grove high school and have been attending the school for two years now . The teacher support at the school is wonderful , parent involvement is also great . We have the best of the best . However racial tension is still a major issues in the school seems to be a on and off war between the different races and sometimes Administrators arent as strick with as they should be. Overall it is a great school and prepared me greatly for my ACT/SAT, GHSGT and college .

- submitted by a student
no rating August 13, 2007
I'm a junior at Union Grove, and I love it, it could be better about the population though, I personally think, that it is too crowded even though they opened a new high school. The academics are good though, and it's safe, it is by far one of the best schools in Henry County.

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November 01, 2006
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May 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2006
This is an excellent school. It excells in academics, athletics, and is clean and safe. By far, it is the best school in Henry County and quite possibly the surrounding areas as well.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2005
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- submitted by a student
October 10, 2005
I am s a senior at Union Grove and I love it there. I think that it is with out a doubt the best high school in Henry County. We have the best teachers and the highest standards.

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September 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2005
I am a sophomore at Union Grove. I love my school. The teachers are awesome and do a great job teaching. The school is safe and clean and is a wonderful learning enviornment

- submitted by a student
August 23, 2005
I am a 2004 Union Grove High School graduate, and I am also African American. While I was enrolled in the school I felt like there was a racial war between the race groups being that we were outnumbered, not only by other students but with the faculty also I felt as though we always lost. I had teachers make some comments to me I didn't find appropiate and when I reported it nothing was done about it; therefore, I felt like I should have dealt with it myself. The school is great academic wise, most teachers did a wonderful job teaching. I just wish the administration did as much for us the African Americans as they would for the Caucasions. All in all I still graduated and it was an experience I will never forget. I wish Mr. Bowler dealt with us more than the other pricipals.

- submitted by a former student
May 24, 2005
My children are African American. They are above average and work really hard. Administration has much work to do in being able to relate to race issues. Decisions for awards, sports and teacher selected academic awards are many times made based on whether the kid's parent(s) work at UGHS or whether the kid's parents are in the pockets of administration and teachers. At times the good ole boys/girls rule. You must be a very commited parent and not afraid to speak honestly about concerns...Even those that deal with race relations. Your child must know who s/he is and be ready to excel despite some of the obstacles put in place. My children have done well academically and the challenges they face at UGHS (real world) have made them stronger. UGHS can prepare African American students for the real world, but parents must be there to support and deal with issues.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2005
To parents: I have taught at Union Grove, Henry County, and Eagles Landing High school. I know all three schools' strengths and weaknesses. Union Grove has a better English department and better non-Honors and non-AP classes than the other two. They also have (for the most part)a better athletics program and a gorgeous building and campus. Eagles Landing, on the other hand, has a phenomenal math and science department, and easily has the best Honors/AP teachers of the three, but the non Honors and non AP classes are horrible and the non Honors and non AP teachers are unmotivated and well, ignorant. Henry County High- the worst in everything, the best in nothing. I would recommend sending your kids to Union Grove High if they plan on enrolling in non-Honors/non-AP courses and Eagles Landing if they plan pursuing a more challenging course load.

- submitted by a teacher
February 28, 2005
I have a special need chid at this school. It is his second year. I think this is a wonderful school with a wonderful program.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2005
I'm not a parent, but a 2003 graduate--so I do feel as If I know what this school is like. This school in my opinion is superb...the best times of my life were spent there. The administration can be rather strict, but the students have an underlying appreciation for this, because they know it is best. Some teachers there, changed my life forever..The principle was great..Rodney Bowler, they have a superb arts department. I would go as far as calling it the best high school in GA. I went to Henry Co. my freshmen year, and it does not hold a candle to the excellence of UGHS...WHen I have children I hope they have the pleasure of attending such a great school.

- submitted by a former student
November 17, 2004
UGHS is wonderful. I am an African American living in the Henry County School District and I am pleased with the Administration and Teaching Staff this school represents. The school has treated my child with fairness and respect. One thing I am particularly pleased with is the relationship the children have with each other, they really seem to get along well. I also like the fact that discipline is high on the school's list. They even have Henry County police officers present on the campus, not due to violence, but to assure our childrens safety. I love the McDonough area.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2004
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- submitted by a student
August 09, 2004
What a great school! What a great Principal! Mr. Bowler is a wonderful example to his staff and the student body. As for balance, no school is ever equal, but Union Grove truely reflects the growth in the population in the area. My daughter is now a Senior & has spent the last four years growing with the school and staff. Words cannot express the gratitude and admiration my daughter and I have for Mr. Bowler.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2004
The school administration is excellent. I moved to this school district just for this school. Parental involvement is often encouraged. I have had 2 kids go all 4 years through this school with the 2nd child graduating in 05. I highly recommend this school to all in question!

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2004
Great school! One teacher my son had wasn't that great, but overall very good. As for the previous review, the school student balance is predominately white(80%). Even with this stat the mix is good and there is plenty of minorty teachers, and with 2100 students there is no issue with the diversity of this school. The athletic program is strong with just as many female sports as male. So to any one interested in moving into this school district don't hesitate because not only is it the best school in Henry county it is one of the best on the south side of Atlanta!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2004
The reason why UGHS' minority population is low, is that it reflects the neighborhood it is located in! There are numerous minority staff members, however, and this speaks more towards the diversity issue. Since bussing is no longer legal, this 'imbalance' is logical, when taking the neighboring community and ITS population into consideration. ( I do have two multi-race children who attend the school). Excellent school; above average quality of instruction. If you put your stock in test scores, this school also fares well.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2004
Discipline is high. Every time I've visited the school, it has been clean and quiet. I have two kids in this school and I'm very pleased with the teachers they've had.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2003
Union Grove High School needs more minorities. The school is not balance proportionally. They have a great administrative staff.

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Union Grove High School
120 E Lake Rd, Mcdonough, GA  30252
(678) 583-8502
Last modified Union Grove High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Union Grove High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top