My son is very advanced in some areas and on grade level in others. He has been given the ability to take classes at his level, even when it meant accommodations had to be made by administrators and teachers.
Griffin's diversity is it's greatest strength. The ability to interact with students from all socioeconomic, racial and religious backgrounds has led to an increase in compassion and empathy in my son.
My son has been at Griffin for a year now and loves it. He is in gifted classes and gets to learn in ways that help him reach his potential. He is surrounded by all kinds of people and is in daily contact with children from all over the world. I value that he is able to succeed and be in an environment that truly reflects all of society. Griffin is working towards STEM certification and has a variety of after school programs geared towards students interested in such topics. They have partnered with the Atlanta Braves to offer a design challenge program, they have a group headed to Washington DC because of their participation in GA Tech's INVENTURE Challenge, they participate in Future City (a city planning contest), along with Science Olympiad, and Math Bee.
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.
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.
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!