My oldest daughter is in 6th grade and is having a wonderful experience at Griffin! From the open houses when she was a 5th grader and the orientation camp last summer, her enthusiasm for this school has only grown. We are very happy with the teachers and the parent engagement is really making a difference. Principal Gillihan is a great administrator, and handled the only "issue" we've had quickly and with common sense and compassion. My daughter participates in after school clubs, enjoys intramurals before school, and is involved in every possible chorus experience available to her (Ms. Rabun, 2015-16 TOTY is AMAZING). I've been impressed with the creative assignments that she gets and believe that her teachers are balancing classwork, homework, and projects in a way that is making school both manageable and actually interesting to her. She struggled in the past with some of her more advanced classes. We would love to see the community see how much these kids are thriving at Griffin - the spring musical, fall talent show, International Night, open houses, the Haunted House fundraiser, and so many other events offer opportunities for future parents and community leaders to get a real view of the school.
Ms. Tracy Efaw has been amazing for Griffin. She was my oldest son's Language Arts teacher and influenced him greatly. Her passion for ensuring all the students succeed is unsurpassed. To this day, they remain close and he considers her a valuable mentor. She is now an Assistant Principal which is well deserved. She truly leads by example.
Mr. Paul Gillihan, the Principal. He also leads by example. His passion for makine Griffin great is contagious!
The middle schools schedule is rough in general. The kids do not get out until 4:15 and so by the time they get home, it is usually around 5 pm. There is some homework, but not so much that they cannot still participate in an afterschool club, or other activity and still get homework done in time for a decent bedtime. As part of the public school system in Cobb, parents can check on their school work and homework regularly online.
Griffin uses Positve Behavior Intervantion System or PBIS, and all staff and faculty are trained on the system. This system strives to recognize those students who are respectful, responsible role models. Again, leading by example, it encourages all students to do the right thing.
YES, yes, yes, again by example, the faculty does this and we have service clubs at the school where the students can join in to help others. There is also a food and clothing pantry that was started by students and faculty and now it feeds and clothes families that attend Griffin in need. Griffin kids are taught to think about others.
I believe that the teachers and administration at Griffin role model those characteristics in their everyday behavior which in turn sets a great example for our kids. I have seen teachers take money out of their own pockets to ensure that all students at Griffin get opportunities to some events that perhaps they either forgot to bring their own money or they cannot afford. Their compassion and love that they have for all the kids is heartwarming!
I have had two children graduate from Griffin Middle School and both had incredible experiences there. My oldest son was in all gifted classes and he more than excelled there academically and socially. He was constantly challenged by his teachers and he made such great friendships there. He is now a senior in the IB program at Campbell High School. The caliber of teachers at Griffin is very high. My son still remains close to many of the teachers there. My second son was not in gifted classes when he started at Griffin, however by the time he graduated, he was in all advance classes. Those teachers truly inspired him academically. He is now a sophomore in the IB program at Campbell High School. Griffin's teachers do an amazing job preparing the students for the rigor of the IB program and many of its graduates enter magnet programs around the county. In fact, Griffin has one of the highest acceptance rates to magnets in the county.
I now have a daughter attending Griffin and she also was not in gifted classes when she first began at Griffn. She was not in Target at the elementary school either and she has a slight learning disability, yet, she now she is in 7th grade and has been able to get into all advance classes. Again, I attribute this to the amazing teachers and administration at Griffin that TRULY care about our kids. The school also has a robust, dedicated PTSA and an equally committed Foundation. I highly recommend anyone zoned for Griffin to visit the school, meet the Principal, attend some functions. You will not be sorry and you will save tons of money by not choosing private!
The administration emphasizes that children should be given a manageable load of homework. Our children are able to participate in demanding extra curricular activities while maintaining their class assignments.