I am very excited about this school. The teachers are excellent and attentive to the needs of the students. My kids love high school and look forward to going to school every day. This school as an excellent college focused curriculum. They also have excellent sports programs. Two of my kids are honor students and soon two more will be joining this school.
I graduated from GCHS in 2009 and am proud to say that. I understand people's frustrations with the district and will also admit that sports play a huge role in the school system, which isn't necessarily a good thing if it hinders the educational process. That being said, I recieved a quality education from k-12 with the exception of having a few teachers who were pathetic. You can find that anywhere though. I now attend St. Louis University, one of the most prestigous Jesuit institutions in the country...and I would add that I was fully prepared for it with the education I recieved from GCSD9. Yes, there are some bad politics in the district, but I blame mostly the students and parents for our lackluster academic standings. The best teachers in the world can't make a student learn if they don't want to or if their parents haven't instilled a sense of importance about education. Let's look at the where the real problems lie.
I have attended this school for two years, my freshman and sophomore years. I had a lot of fun in this school. The teachers in this school are fantastic. I have move to California now and I attend Castro valley High School, which is rated 9 out of 10; But Granite City High School is better. There is a lot of stupid people in this school, who do not want to learn, but the teachers are really doing their jobs. I have been in all the accelerated classes and I have learned way more than what I'm learning in my AP classes. I wish that granite City High School has Advanced Placement classes, that would count as if you have taken them in college.
I hate this school! THey care nothing for the kids but to push them through and get them out!! There are a few good teachers but the rest just treat you like your a problem when you are trying to help with their child!!
I used to attend GCHS but unfortunatly have moved to another school district. While attending GCHS I did not understand some of the rules such as dress code and banning some hairstyles, and piercings. At my new school those things are allowed and i now understand the poind of those rules. Those a GCHS are lucky, and are getting a fair and great education. At granite education IS fair and doesnt dwell on being a jock or prep.
How terribly sad that so many people are dissatisfied with this school district and no one has made any attempts to change it. Parents who complain and do nothing to help matters have no right to continue voicing their opinions. Four of my children have attended school in Granite City. I have not been the most involved parent, but I am certainly not one to pay no attention to what is happening there. My children are represent every type of student there is, from straight As to barely passing and they have all had equal opportunity to do well. Blaming the school or teachers is the easy way to explain failure. I choose not to do so.
I'm currently attending GCHS and I believe I am attending one of the best academically challenged schools in the area. SOME students tend to blow school off and don't realize how much education would be if it wasn't provided publically. For the students that do care, like myself, we take advantage of the hands-on classes, industrial classes, and friendly teachers. The only students that have problems with teachers are those that misbehave, sleep in class every day, and don't ask questions when teachers give them plenty of time to. Most teachers are even willing to help students before and after school, which proves that they DO care about us. Also, I'd like to point out that parents do get involved. For students that are in plays, do sports, or school related activities, without parents or family there would be no audience. Some students don't have families, period.
As an educator and former student at GCHS, I believe that any motivated student can earn a top notch education at this high school. Discipline is enforced to allow those who want to learn to have the opportunity for a good learning environment. In a school of this size, students who need special counseling seem to feel comfortable asking for help. Teachers who are aware of a student who needs individual help provide it. There are many recent grads of GCHS who have been quite successful after graduation.
Pretty stict discipline in place. I like that. Teachers vary in their requirements of the students, some requiring very little in terms of participation, quality of work turned in, and neatness. Web site for the school is very good and most information can be attained there. The size of the school makes for less personal attention and students who are not outgoing tend to get left in the dust. Lots of extracurricular activities for about any interest a student might have. Parental involvement is encouraged but feedback seems to be less than thorough.
This district is a nightmare. I have children with special needs in the special education program, as well as children who receive a regular education in this district. The special education program is unorganized, inadequate and stone age. Educators in this district may blame lack of parental involvement on the quality of our children's education, and to those who do, I sentence them to an IEP or a day of parent/teacher conferences on the middle school/high school level. I attent the meetings, but the people I sit across from sure aren't on fire about my child's education. Strikes, lack of interest in my children's success, little to no guidance from counselors, and I'm expected to trust their judgement and opinion of what's best for my child? Stop blaming the parents for lack of parental involvement and take a look at the district employees genuine interest (or lack of) in our children.
I love Granite City and the schools here until my son started high school , as a educator myself, I think that the teachers at the high school level don't want to take the time. All children have a different learning style that needs to be addressed. I have had my son labeled as a bad kid because he did not understand the material, and a teacher announce his grades to his class. The other schools in the area however aren't doing much better at the high school level. Even though they are growing up does not mean they do not need guidance any longer. Educators need to take notice and help the kids.
I went to GCHS and as a former student, I would say stay away from this district. There are only a select few teachers who really care about their students, the rest could care less. If your child is in the sports program, they will have a great education. If they like anything else, they will miss out. The faculty and staff are more concerned about how well a football game can be seen rather than pay attention to education; which is the whole reason they are there in the first place. I would not recommend Granite City School District.
My daughter attends GCHS, While she was at Coolidge my parental involvement was completely shot down. I noticed a big differance after the teacher strike of 2001 The attitude of the teachers changed dramaticly, I am Thankful to say that my child is doing great. she has won a place on the National Honer Roll and brings home great report cards. My daughter makes me a proud parent of a GCHS student, not the Teachers.
I am VERY pleased with the education my children have received in GC public schools. I credit their teachers for always pushing them to do their best and finding things that keep students wanting to learn more. I have found that perhaps the reason my children were so successful in school is that we spoke about education often at home. I didn't tell their teachers to call me. I TOOK the steps needed to insure their success in school and I made it each one of my children knew I would be in contact with their teachers. High school teachers have 150 students they teach in a day. During the one hour they have free, they are copying papers, grading, and preparing for their next class. If a parent wants to know how their child is doing, try a note or e-mail. These take less time for a teacher.
If your child is a jock or prep you will have a chance for a fair education. If he or she is not in the click they will not be welcomed by most of the faculty. I am appauled by the blantent disregard for student civil liberties that the Granite City School District has taken from their students. They control their hair styles, they ban piercings, long coats, tattoos and anything else they are able to take away from a students right to express themselves. The books they are to carry around all day weigh almost 30lbs. I have heard many complaints by students of being treated unfairly if they do not dress and express themselves the way the faculty wants them to. Our state test scores tell me something is wrong here.
We moved here three yrs. ago and before I did I'm sorry to say I had many people tell me not to because the school district is horrible now. I now know I should of listened. I have a child in each of the schools and its been a nightmare. There is no control over the kids what so ever! They say parent involvment is the key but when you try to become involved the teachers act as if your stupid. Heres my final word to anyone looking into this district...dont.
I graduated from GCHS in 1985. The high school has took a dramatic turn for the worse. As a parent, I feel that the administration attempts to blame the schools shortcomings on lack of parental involvement. However, I have made numerous calls and visits to the school to voice some of my concerns only to be transferred to a voice mail with no return phone call, or asked to wait an extraordinary amount of time to see who I came to visit. I have asked the teachers to please notify me, or my wife, if my childs classroom performance drops below a predetermined level. I gave them our home phone number, our work numbers, and our cell numbers. My daughters grades dropped below what is acceptable to me in every single class and I did not receive one phone call. When I asked why I did not receive a phone call all I got was that they are overworked. It is 2004 and every company in the USA is doing more with less, that is not an excuse. They blame their short comings on lack of parental involvement, but here is one parent that is attempting to be involved, and all I am hearing is excuses why they can not perform their jobs.
I graduated from GC High School in 1980. My youngest of 4 is now attending. I have witnessed the school go down hillL. Education is not a concern of the High School. It is sad to see how a once 'great district' has fallen to one of the most undesirable districts in the region. When I am asked by potential home buyers of the district, I recommend they do not locate in Granite City unless they intend to send their child to private school.
My 3rd child is now a Senior at GCHS and has had a wonderful experience with every one of her teachers. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council, which she was V.P. of in her Junior year. She has had some exceptional teachers that have molded her and taken a interest in her achievements. She has also been a cheerleader throughout her H.S. years. When I have went to the school the security is EXCELLENT which makes me feel very good with my most precious daughter there. The principals that I have talked with are also exceptional. I know that Laura will have a memorable Senior year that has partly been possible because of he wonderful direction of her teachers. I do wish that we could find other ways of fund raising especially for the cheerleading squad. The cheerleading clinic was excellent. I also graduated from GCHS in 1973. Thank you......
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