Greathouse is great...simply the best! Runs like a well oiled machine. The teachers have high expectations and they expect parents to do their part at home. We were told up front at orientation what exactly to expect.
Greathouse is a dream school! Our daughter is in the first grade and thriving! She comes home with so much to tell me each day. Although it is strict, that doesn't mean they don't have any fun. She has had many "hands on" activities to learn. The staff is wonderful--I appreciate that so many of them know my daughter by name. They also have a very involved PTA, after school activities, and several evening Family activities each year. My daughter tells me all the time that we better not ever move because she wants to go to Greathouse clear through 5th grade and wants her younger brothers to go there, too. We are waiting to hear if our son will be selected to be a Kindergartener next year and are praying he gets in! We love Greathouse and couldn't ask for anything better!
I have two kids and Greathouse both polar opposite. For those that have knocked the school and taken their kids out...good riddance. It is challenging and offers great structure and a learning environment. It does not offer "AP" classes but the gifted are grouped and taught at their level. I'll take the free public education Greathouse offers over any paid private school or anything else Jefferson County has to offer.
My third child is still at this school-both older ones already went through. We did not have any issues whatsoever with this school. We got what we told we were going to get (the principal told everyone at orientation and she doesn't mix words or play around) We got a free public education that could give any of the private or parochial schools in this area a run for their money. My kids were extremely well prepared. I do not understand why some people let little things build up rather than addressing the issue. If you don't get something from PTA that you paid for then for heavens sake have the good sense to speak up and ask where it is! We have found over the years, and we've been here for a decade now, that those who don't "fit" are the ones who don't have the commitment to making academics the #1 priority in their home. Yes, you have to work and study to meet the high expectations in this school but the end result is worth it.
This school gets great test scores because they only want a certain type of student - those who do not fit their mold are forced out. My child had great academics but a big personality and was marked down on behavior so much that he was labeled a behavior problem. He was even called out for asking questions appropriately! Other teachers started calling him a "bad kid". There are plenty of other schools that have great teachers, good scores and encourage well rounded personalities while respecting differences in learning! Also had massive problems with the cliquish PTA!! Gotta love when the PTA steals money from you and never delivers t-shirts and sweatshirts! Glad we are out of there!!!
Your child will be forced to learn at this school and their statistics are great, however keep in mind that they get the test scores they get, not through a nurturing supportive system but one of fear of being "exited" from their program. Incidents of violence or bullying are not reported and handled poorly internally. Several children in my child's class were attacked physically and verbally and then were only "talked to" by the guidance counselor, who will tell you there are no problems with these things at Greathouse. Middle of the road kids who do not mind hours of unnecessary homework will do great in the environment here, but if your child is gifted or struggles this is not the school for them. I personally loved the structure of the rules, however they are inconsistently and prejudicially enforced.
Great place for children to learn and grow? Our third child is attending now! I am hopeful that our 3 year old "wins the lotto" and is admitted in two years.
It is the best in Louisville area. The kids get the best education in a traditional way!
Hello All, I am a parent of a fourth grader and she is currently waiting on her results to see if she will be admitted into a gifted program. However, we do live in the district for GSTE. I would like to know if anyone can give me any tips or suggestions in getting my daughter transferred to this school. We are not satisfied with her current school and there lack of quality teachers and teaching curriculum. She was also bullied several times and the situation was not handled very well by the school staff. Please let me know anything you can share to make this process a success. Thank you in advance!
My child is in kindergarten at Greathouse and I couldn't be more satisfied with what he is learning. My son went to pre school for two years and his first month at Greathouse he had to adjust to some of the rules about behavior. He now knows what to expect and is enjoying school every single day. I enjoy hearing him tell me about his day at school and what he is learned. Just the other day he told me why there are 50 stars on the American flag and 13 stripes. Greathouse is a great school.
My student left this school extremely well-prepared for middle school. I was told upfront what to expect in this program and it was my decision to buy in and to support the philosophy of the program. Academics are number one in the school, but all of my child's needs were addressed. I was concerned that there wasn't an advanced program, but she was definitely challenged. Caring teachers, great administration-greathouse is a great school, but like others have also said it is not for everyone!
This is my first year at Greathouse and my children love it! I have a daughter in 4th grade and a son in kindergarten, and I have been very impressed. My daughter learned more in the first six weeks here than she did the whole year at her last school. It is definitely not just sitting at a desk doing papers. They do many different things, and both my children have so much to tell me when they get home each afternoon. It is true that your children have to behave, or they will get in trouble. It allows the teachers to teach rather than spending time trying to control the class. I volunteer at the school as much as I can and every time I am thanked by many staff members. When I volunteer I see happy, well-behaved children. Traditional school may not be for everyone, but my children feel secure, are learning a lot, and are happy to be there.
My son, who is considered "active" by those who know him, is currently enrolled at Greathouse and we love it. He has thrived with the routine and structure and we are very happy with the teachers, principal and staff. Yes, this is a structured environment, but my child is by no means sitting in a chair for the entire day. He loves it and I know that we made a great choice for him. I also enjoy that parents are encouraged to volunteer at the school, so I feel like I can volunteer and get a "behind the scenes" look at the school which I am always impressed with. I am a firm believer that not every school is for every child, but Greathouse has been a wonderful choice for us.
My child attended this school before we couldn't take it anymore and moved him to another school. Greathouse is a great school if you hope to raise a narrow-minded, non-thinking, but mostly well-disciplined child. Many of these reviews say the school is not a great match for those with learning disabilities. I agree with that. It is also a poor choice for those who are at the other end of the spectrum. Greathouse focuses on extreme discipline, lots of homework that is mostly busywork, rote memorization, and standardized test prep. They do not allow gifted children to get ahead nor do they do much by way of encouraging critical thinking. Having different ideas or beliefs is discouraged. It is a great school if you're child is average academically and you would like them to work unnecessarily hard and get yelled at so much that they stop asking questions -- even the ones that would allow them to grow their brains.
My child was enrolled at Greathouse from 2005-2009. Although she made good grades and tested well, she was not thriving in the school. The school strips children of their individuality, tends to focus on negatives rather than strengths, lacks diversity and is strict to a fault. The teachers are incredible but they are stifled by a militant principal who is not supportive of teacher, student and parent needs. If your measure of success is test scores, send your child to Greathouse. We moved our daughter (she was not kicked out or asked to leave) and we are now seeing her grow into a well-rounded student and citizen. Her love of school has returned and she is much happier.
My daughter is a student at greathouse and we LOVE IT!!!! The school had a meeting before the school year even started stating that this is not a school for everyone. This is a tradition program and it is optional. The reason parents put there child in these types of programs is because they do not want them to have to go the school and be disrupted by the students who are not acting correctly at school. As the other reviews stated this is a strict school....which to me is great...why should my child have to suffer because your child needs "individual attention"??? If you are not a parent that is willing or able to have a structured home and lots of rules for your child then this is not the school for you...if you are a parent who wants this for your child then this is the best school!!!
My daughter is finishing kindergarten at Greathouse and I have very pleased with the quality of her teacher, the school facilities, the PTA, staff and principal. My daughter loves school and is already looking forward to first grade. I have the read the unfavorable reviews and am surprised by them. This is not a Montessori school, this is a traditional school - expect it to be very similar to what it was like when we went to school in the 80's. There goal is to take an average group of kids and help them reach their full potential. I would not send my child there if they had any type of learning disability. The principal had a meeting before school started and set very reasonable expectations on how she ran the school and how things were done. I felt very prepared for the school year and simply obeyed the rules.
I feel that Greathouse is like a military school. Way too disciplined and structured. Learning here is about sitting at a desk and writing. Very little hands on learing. They don't make learning fun for the kids. The school also focuses on what the children do wrong, not on how they can improve.
Greathouse prides themself on test scores, but where they lack is in helping the children that need a little extra attention to achieve. Their extremely strict rules and guidelines are not suitable for all children. If your child falls behind, they may have trouble catching back up. i felt that my child did not recieve enough individual attention to fully get ahead and learn. As she fell behind, she was teased by the other children. It was very difficult for her to make friends and to feel welcome. She grew to hate school and had to transfer.
I felt this school is unable to handle the needs of children with disabilities. Their overly strict structure does not lead to condusive learning for all types of children. My child did not get the hands on attention he needed to strive. After transfering schools, his grades improved and is now an honor roll student. He no longer cries when it is time to go to school.
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