They are not about the children. Teachers speak in slang. Uniform policy is ridiculous and dated. Hallway rules and lunch room rules disrespect the individuals. Help for special ed is fought against. No sports. Low ratings nationally.
I am moving to the area in two weeks and my twins will soon be transferring to Georgetown. I am excited to read (by the complaints) that this school believes in discipline. I will have no problem with my children having to be silent as they walk in line and also having to be quiet so they can eat their lunch. School is a place for learning, not for socializing. It teaches the children respect. Too many children are growing up now thinking that it is okay to have an opinion, etc., when in reality they are not being taught to behave and listen to adults. I am excited for my children to attend this school and the primary focus is their education.
Clearly this school is divided because of the turmoil over the last couple years involving changing of principals. Some people love the new principal and some don't. Regardless, the teachers do their best to ensure that kids receive a great education at Georgetown. The principal is very focused on doing what is best for the kids even if that means inconveniencing some parents. She seems to have the best interests of the students at heart, and has made some improvements. Teachers are encouraged to be innovative in the classroom. One 3rd grade teacher was recently honored by Governor Deal for her excellence in STEM teaching in her class. Our PTA is very active. The gifted program is excellent. One improvement would be to somehow get more parents involved with their kids' education at a young age, as some kids enter Georgetown unprepared due in part to the home environment, putting them at a disadvantage. Teachers are limited without parents' support. It would be nice for people to focus on the big picture of the school rather than publicly air their own petty issues. If you have a problem with the way something is handled, try engaging in constructive conversation to find resolution.
The school is NOT a good school. The principal is rude and does not appreciate parent involvement. I feel sorry for the students who have to attend this school. This was once a good school but not any longer. If you have a Middle School child I would not send them to this school, the school is not prepared for Middle School. I would give this school a negative star if I could.
There is a reason students are asked to be quiet during the lunchroom...so they can eat. It seems like the last 'parent' who posted of having issues with kids being quiet has not being in the school for a while. Students are able to whisper for 15 min., be silent for the next 15 and so on. When you have a cafeteria of 50 plus students, it would be nice for kids to whisper instead of yelling across the table. Do you encourage your child to talk loudly at the dinner table? Also, some middle school students are rude, obnoxious an disrespectful towards teachers who are not their teachers. I have heard students say 'you are not my teacher I don't have to listen to you'. We enforce quiet hallways so learning is not disrupted in other classes, because every little minute counts. If you are worried about your kid being a mindless robot, and believe that our procedures are ridiculous, home school your kid. We arenot here to provide a social environment, but to provide your kid with the tools to suceed.
Terrible school, they don't give the kids a chance to be kids. While walking in the hallways the kids walk in lines (no big deal there), with their arms crossed, looking strait ahead, and air in their mouthes so they can't talk. Seriously who does that? I do believe in discipline, but this is sick. There are no sports fields (soccer, baseball, track n' field, football) outside at the school. There is a basketball court, but that is far from the playground and almost off school grounds, so I don't think kids can play there during the school hours. During lunch hour kids must remain quiet and can't even talk there. I ate lunch with one of my kids there once and the teachers were walking around with trash cans rushing the kids to eat and throwing away their food. Let the kids eat. The fact that this is a kindergarden through 8th grade school makes me nauseous. My kids will be stuck there until high school unless we sell our house and move to another area. Don't move to Georgetown and punish your kids. Serious consider another section of Savannah or even in another school district. This school makes a potentially bright child and makes them into a mindless robot.
My children have been at this school for 7 years I was very excited when they got a wonderful principles by the name of Mr . Thomas , but since his retirement we have 2 new principals who I really dislike my children had no problems until this year , the principal very unprofessional she had a issue with my son had him call me when I arrived at the school to speak with her she wouldn't cone out and speak with me I'm really considering leaving this school. The teacher where great i really loved all my kids teacher except one 5 grade teach who came from Bartlett middle school .
Parents have a choice to OPT out of the school uniform policy. Just ask for the form and the school has to provide it. Sign the form, ask the school for a copy, and have the school keep it on file and forward the appropriate information to all necessary teachers and faculty. There are options for parents, and parents need to start speaking up and voicing their concerns to the right people. Hope this helps!