Center Grove has nice academics but that's about all it has going for it. It's very white washed, barely any diversity, and many of the students are either racist or homophobic. Bullying is a major issue at the school and the school does nothing to fix it. The students are very snobby, materialistic, and cliquey. The teachers can be nice, but there have been some instances where staff members do some no no things. The academics are good, the Early College program is a fantastic opportunity. But the school focuses way too heavily on sports. In fact, most of the funding the school receives goes to sports; primarily football. The school could definitely use some more diversity in the meals. If your student is vegetarian, I would suggest you pack their lunch. Or else they'll eat nothing but salad and PB&J all year.
Awesome school, incredible staff, great athletes, world class musicians. Support both athletics and the arts. All schools are under budget stress so help the schools by being present for your student's and neighbor's events. Especially support the Arts since they involve such a broad spectrum of student involvment. The Arts are truly the producers of our most interesting and diverse future leaders ranging from the most creative leaders of corporations to world class musicians, artists, photographers,...etc. All students, no matter what interests they have deep inside need an avenue for growth and expression. We as a community can definitely benefit from proud students that have a sense of ownership within their school. As long as everyone gets along and shows support for one another, there will be no need to worry about our future as a society as long as God, respect for one another, and pride in our accomplishments are present in everything we do.
I hated my time at CGHS because the students are very arrogant and ignorant to life outside their perfect bubble. Most students are very spoiled and self-centered. The school has no diversity (it's 96% white), religion, or background. Academic funds are lacking and programs get cut a lot. Thy considered cutting the school nurse and cut seeral language prorams, but the football team got a multi-million dollar locker room so they would not have to walk from the locker room they already had inside to the field. Administative staff is very rude. There are a few good teachers but it is a cold enviroment where you are a number, not a person. If you are not white, an athlete, from an upper middle class family, and spoiled to have the best cars, clothes, and electronics without having to work for them you will fit in great here. If you are like the majority of young adult and have to work you will be outcasted as poor. I actually come from an uppr-middle class family, but they don't hand things to me and students found that abusive because they have no idea what reality is. I am at a prestigious 4 year university now and spend most of my time unlearning what I was taught at CG.
Most people at Center Grove have a 'better than most' mentality. The school is dominated by sport-fanatic teachers and parents, and while the sports teams are among the best in the state, the education and the experiences that teenagers should be getting in high school are an abomination. Anyone that doesn't fit the 'jock' mold is looked down upon by the school's many cliques. If you decide to send your children here, I hope they want to be a professional ahtlete, because otherwise you are wasting your money.
My kids like CGH because they think it's a lot of fun, but I love it because of the high quality education they're getting.
My kids love CGHS. I love the fact that they will graduate with an associates degree.
The average CG student is white and comes from an upper middle class conservative family. He/she is probably involved in 1-2 sports in addition to a club. Center Grove is an excellent school. Cliques are plentiful and many of the kids come from very 'well off' families. The affluence does not foster many 'snobby' kids. Most of the kids there are friendly. Athletics as well as extra- curriculars such as band and choir are taken very seriously! CG enjoys one of the premier athletic programs in the state and nationally reknowned music programs. In my opinion the academic achievements of the school can be misleading. I believe they are the result of good parents pushing their kids towards academic goals rather than specific teaching methods implemented by teachers. Nonetheless, Center Grove does an excellent job of preparing kids for college. There is a place there for everyone.
CG has grown to be enormous in the last decade. The area has taken off & is full of money along with parents who push their kids to the limit. If you have money-it will not go un-noticed & your child will excel. On the other-hand, the acedemics really are great & the block scheduling is rewarding to the students, since they have only 4 periods per day to concentrate on. Although it used to be known as the school in the cornfield & in fact is quit large now, the diversity has not caught up. Sadly, it seems many of the teachers there are very much behind the times, especially techology wise & not aware of what really is going on out in the real world, both in technology and diversity. 1 of my children did not care for CG schools, but the other enjoys it immensley.
I am suprised by the reviews I read. My sophomore child has 'special needs', does not participate in sports and has had exceptionally caring and involved teachers and guidence staff. I feel the needs of children come first. Acedemics is stressed, as a re co-curricular activites( and that is what colleges expect). I attended school in several states and college in yet another. While I believe the curriculum could be more challengeing, the problem lies with the federal government and not Center Grove schools. Parent involvemnt opportunites are enormous, and not limited to sports. A happy parent.
CG is dominated by its sports culture, especially boys sports, and the marching band. Academics run a poor third in the hierarchy. The administration has very low academic expectations and this mirrors the views of the local community.
This is a very 'clicky' school, but everyone usually stays to themselves. The teachers do give individual attention, and are more than happy to help if asked. You are being challenged everyday and at times it can be overwhelming. Now living in Florida, I wish I was back at CG. CG is by far the best school and I am honored to have attended there!
I have been in the Center Grove School system my entire academic career, so I know a few things about the school.I always felt challenged because there is a standard for the most part here that if you aren't in honors classes, you are an underachiever. So whether or not you are in a particular type of class, people are pushing you to do well one way or the other. Compared to other high schools, Center Grove has numerous core classes as well as electives to choose from.It is a very large school at first and it is extremely easy to get lost in the crowd. But they don't coddle you in college, why should they in high school? There is an emphasis to get involved in extracurricular activities, but the students would most likely need to take some initiative as far as joining. --'05 grad
This is a very impersonal high school, unless your child is an athlete. In the eyes of the entire staff your child and you do not exist unless they make a team. There are over 2500 students in the building, the staff does not have an opportunity to get to know your child to give them a sense of belonging. Academics are on target for the state, but they do not go out of their way to accommdate needs of those who need to be challenged or those who are struggling. Administration is very unorganized and have clouded vision/swollen egos as to how the truly rank among other districts. Block schedule is outdated and does not meet the needs of every student. Things are not always done in the best interest of the students. But the Center Grove community really enjoys/praises the sports.
I have some good things and bad things that could be fixed in this school system. The emphasis is mostly focused on the student athlete. Alot of people forget that first word 'student'. Every child in this school system is suppose to be a student but if you are not an athlete then you almost feel not welcome to some teachers. I think they focus to much attention to the students who parents donate several hundreds of dollars towards its athletic programs. I can only hope that educating every child is the first thing that comes to mind when a teacher at center grove walks through the door in the morning. I learned how to overcome those downfalls in the school system and have been very succesfull with a millitary career. I hope this school comes online soon.
center Grove is known for it's high academic acheivements, sports and band. That is it. CG's teaching methods are more left-brained oriented and true creativity is not appreciated there. Creativity is discouraged. 'You must do the same-routine school-work to succeed,' is preached at this place. If you play a sport, specifically football, you are treated as if you can do no wrong and the discipline level for the athletic students or band students is curved around their own needs. The dramatic arts program at CG is a mockery of dramatic arts itself. Drama club does't exist although it's advertised as being there and the orchestra program is one that is being suffocated by the more 'note-worthy' clubs and organizations.
The school system has major organizational problems. Seems to be a high school that really pats you on the back if you are athletic or musical. If you are interested in a solid education you may not find it here. Guidance staff is uninformed. No flexibility! The kids are 'normal' high school kids. It is the staff and the administration that have issues. It would help to build another high school in Center Grove-with the very high population 2 high schools would really help. Hopefully the new principal can make it a better school- The staff is over confident since they are listed as a 4 star school system-it still needs lots of improvement.
I personally think center grove is the best school in the state. We get just as much private teaching as you would get at a private school. The hallways contain very diverse students: everyone can find a friend. I am part of the cross country team and the seniors treat even freshman with a great deal of respect. I love this school and so will you. -Wade sophomore
Being new to the system is difficult they all assume you know how 'they' work. Very, very sports oriented, academics rate low on priority list. Teachers take great interest in students if they are in sports/music programs. Not enough praise of academic achievement. Staff is unorganized. Block schedule is odd, difficult to sit for 85 minutes and stay focused on material. They do not always do what is in the best interest of the kids. Check them out carefully if considering attending here, wish I had had more time to do just that.
We have been extremely pleased with the quality of education and the availabilty of diverse courses at the high school and middle school levels. We have ha 4 children in this school system & have recommended it to others. The music program is renown nation wide. Three of our children are in college now. They were well prepared and stimulated by their high school courses and teachers.
Center Grove is an excellent High School. We have two daughters, one now attending college and one attending Center Grove. This school prepares students for college success as well as any private school I know. There IS an emphasis on athletics and the arts which teach skills not learned in the classroom. Both girls were/are athletes and have credited much of their classroom success to their participation on one of the top swim programs in the state. (Arising at 5:15 each morning and practicing 1 1/2 hours before school makes those 8:00 classes in college seem like 'sleeping in'.) Those who would say athletics are not important haven't witnessed the impact of life-long lessons learned through hard physical work. This also goes for the arts. Center Grove's athletic department contributes to a childs overall education and growth. This basically conservative high school has gained much respect throughout the state and country for their educational and athletic successes. I would send my children there again without reservation. Any negatives I hear about Center Grove are problems that occur in ALL high schools and seem in comparison quite minimal.
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