First, I would like to state that I am a student who attends Norcross. I am graduating this year with a 3.5 GPA and I'm also accepted to UGA. Almost all of these ratings refer to the IB and AP programs at Norcross, however they do not speak of the other academics. It is a terrible school from my point of view. The majority of students are very uneducated to be honest. There are constantly fights in the hall ways, gym or any other area of the school. My freshman class was nearly double my graduating class (little of 40% dropout). It's impossible to be in elective you would actually like. The counseling office is a joke, it is nearly impossible to get any schedule changes. Out of my 4 years here I can also say I have only had 3 or 4 good teachers out of roughly 28 that I have had. If you have the opportunity to send your kid anywhere else in the Alpharetta/Johns Creek area I would strongly recommend it. They may not have the "high AP and IB" scores but your child will receive a better education.
Caters to the children! Awesome school! Students walk in the school with a smile! My son attends this school and he loves it! The teachers are so caring and I believe the students are spoiled. The academics are also great (World School) and my son is an honor student. If you are a good parent and you stay connected with the teachers/school - this school may work for you.
Great experiences with all three of my children. All were not on the AP/IB track, but have received all of the devoted attention from their teachers and administrators that we could ask for. Facilities are terrific and improving even more, thanks to the Foundation. Don't think that being a Title 1 school is a bad thing, when the money is invested as wisely as these administrators have used their resources. Crowding and class size could use some help, but then everyone wants to be a Blue Devil!
Another great Gwinnett County School! This school has the best teachers and administrators ever! It has everything a student needs to succeed. Diversity, clubs, sports, band and much, much more!
Norcross is one of the greatest HS in Georgia. Great administration, great teachers and a great student body not to mention its supported by a great community!!! Go Blue Devils!
I have 4 children that have all gone thru the system, from Simpson Elementary, Pickneyville Middle, and Norcross High. I can say the quality of education they received has been fantastic. Each in their own were challenged by the classes, teachers, and the work. All received help from the teachers when needed, and I might add when requested. The staff at these schools are there, working hard for the students to make sure they are successful not only in the classroom but in the world. Administration takes Education very seriously and it shows in the feel you get when you enter the Schools. The programs offered are state of the art along with current technology. Let us not forget, we as parents must also, help educate our children in order for them to be successful in life. We as parents, must support the schools and volunteer when they need assistance.
I have been going to this school for almost a year. They are always boosting about how good of a school they are when in fact it's only the Honors and other higher classes. The CP Classes are trash, There Nothing compared to my old high school where there CP classes are at the same level or higher than the Honor Classes here. I'm passing all my classes with A's without putting any effort . I hope the Honors classes will be better as all my CP class teachers think am some genius and recommended me to Honors. Also I didn't like that the consoler didn't let me take the classes I wanted they force me in electives that I wasn't interested in. Also 6 class schedule is ridiculous they should switch to a block schedule of 4 classes so you get to take more classes in a year.
Amazing to read such a negative review. My son graduated in 2005 and my niece is currently in the tenth grade at NHS and loves it. Last year at a basketball game I ran into my son's senior year math teacher who told me that seven NEW kids had just been placed in his class...all from the $15K a year private school across the street, a result of the bad economy. He shared that none of these transferring kids were up to speed in math and really had to play catch up. We did not expect teachers or counselors to do parenting of our kids...we did that ourselves. When we were involved with NHS, the counseling was great, and I never had a problem getting an appointment. My brother and sister in law don't have any complaints, and they could afford private school!
My child just graduated from Norcross High, class of 2009. This school has done nothing but turn for the worst within the past four years. The schools administration is all talk no action. They constantly threaten students with disciplinary action and turn around and don't do a thing. Kids are constantly roaming the hallways and these are upperclassmen! They talk to teachers and administrators any way they want as if they're friends. This school went from a descent well know school to a ghetto cry for help. Its not even about the school being mostly black, they just simply do not care. I wouldn't recommend this school to a soul until they turn themselves back around.
The average rating only has to do with the administration and counselors at the school. It takes two or three weeks to contact or get a call back about any issue. Our children were promoted to NHS from a feeder middle school; the set schedules were all messed up and it took several weeks to even get a response. One counseler even said he had 1,000 students and didn't have time to discuss the issue.
I cannot be more impressed with the quality of education at NHS. The IB program is very challenging and the variety of activities is very extensive. I have one student in the Band program and one who plays football. Friends have children in the drama program and in student leadership. The extension of the IB program into the feeder middle schools and, more recently, into Peachtree Elementary will only enhance the academic experience for students. Submitted by a parent
I cannot be more impressed with Norcross High. I have a total of 12 years' experience with NHS (3 daughters, 4 years each), and can testify to the dedicated teachers, the highly responsive administrators, the quality of the curriculum, and the preparation they received for acceptance to Ivy League colleges. The IB program is the gold standard of high school education, and Norcross pioneered it in the state. It is now a part of the middle school, which will make kids even better prepared to maximize their learning experience at Norcross. Another big plus is the sports programs, with teams often ranked #1 in Georgia. There is so much fun to be had at Norcross. It is a very focused, challenging, and satisfying school. Whenever an area of weakness is identified, it is promptly addressed. This school wants to be the best in the nation.
We have had a top-notch experience through all the Norcross schools - Simpson Elementary, Pinckneyville Middle and Norcross High. Our daughter graduated in 2006 at the top of her class with honors, and received a scholarship to college. She remains on the Dean's List due mostly to the top quality education and preparations she received through the years. The band program is the best in the state! There is something there for everyone, and all are encouraged to be involved. All through the Norcross schools, parents are the most involved I have ever experienced. Norcross keeps raising the bar, and the students and parents rise along with it. Our kids have received many compliments over the years for their academic successes, and their respect for themselves and others. We are so glad we were steered towards this area when we moved here from the Detroit area back in 1993!
My son started attending Norcross High School in Fall of 2003. I was so pleased with the attention that he received from his teachers as well as the coaches.(They wanted him to succeed). I was able to rest when my daughter entered into the 9th Grade in 2005 because of the quality of service that was given to my son. Norcross High is an excellent school. I'm quite sure they have flaws but what school doesn't.
School has excellent opportunities available for the top students including an effective IB Program and AP, Gifted and Honors courses. Extracuricular activities are on a par with other schools. Parental involvement is adequate and more heavily weighted towards the top students.
My 2 daughters both graduated from Norcross High, one from the old building class of '98 and one from the new class of '04. I can honestly say that they both recieved the best education as well as high school experiance. Please don't confuse 'big' with over crowded. The school offers something for every child there, it is up to the students and parents to take advantage of it. My daughters were both in the band program and I was an active band parent. Being at the school and interacting with the kids proved to me that an excellent public education is not only possible, but a realality at Norcross.
If you want to see a crowded school go to Dacula. Norcross is still several hundred students under capacity. The administration is great. The principal and athletic director are equally supportive of every extracurricular that goes on at Norcross. It's no wonder our athletic director was the state's Athletic Director of the Year for 2004-2005. Norcross truly lives up to it's motto, 'Soaring to excellence on the wings of diversity.' I am currently a senior at Norcross and can honestly say I am so glad I spent my four years at such a diverse and successful school.
I'm not a parent yet but I am a Graduating senior tonight! 'Class Of 2005' I moved to Norcross when I was 5. I started kindergarden here in the Norcross cluster. Norcross has bought me in the city and taken care of me. Norcross has the best community ever. The family, students, teachers are wonderful. I will never forget my experices going to Norcross High. If you have never heard of Norcross, Georgia it is a very historical place. It was one of the major train stops and really big on baseball. There are many historic sites in historic Norcross. I am actually lucky to live in Historic Norcross. I got to learn a lot about this city. The mayor is amazing and has made this city a wonderful place to live. I wish Norcross the best!
In my 10 years of teaching, I have never been more proud to be part of an educational community. There is much unity to be found in the diversity at NHS. The leadership is motivational, supportive, and most importantly, pro-active with any issue in regard to discipline and/or academic success. There is a sense of collegiality among faculy and staff. Despite the socio-economic gap among the student population, every student is afforded the opportunity to be successful- both inside the classroom and with a myriad of extra-curricular activities. I am sure you will find that NHS exceeds far and beyond public expectation, despite any AYP report.
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