My daughter goes to Greathouse for two years and we have to leave the school because we moved. Its a fantastic school, rigid but necessary as kids need the dicipline in order to advance. But my daughter still have fun at the school and she is very sad that she has to go to a new school. Also, the teachers are caring and they are willing to work with the kids that need help if the parents are committed it.
My daughter just started Greathouse and so far we love it! We chose Greathouse for a few different reasons. First being the great academics and Second because they are so strict. Our daughter is not one to get in trouble, but it's good to know that other children that are prone to will be dealt with right away....and if the behavior or actions continue the child will no longer be able to attend Greathouse. With these types of policies in place I know my child is getting the most out of her classroom time because the teacher doesn't have to continually stop class to reprimand students with habitual behavioral issues.
Greathouse has very high standards for everyone involved from the staff to the children and it truly shows. They do strive for high tests scores as does every other school in JCPS. They have very high expectations which I have set at home for my children as well. I agree that they could be a little more nuturing, but as far as education goes, there is no other public school that matches its quality. As previously stated, it is not suited for everyone, and you do have the opportunity to take your child out of the school if dissatisfied. There are 200-300 kids waiting to fill each vacant spot!
Greathouse is not for everyone. My child really loves the school and the challenges. If your child has academic issues or behavior issues, Greathouse may not be the place for you as you can see from some of the other comments. The administration makes these points very clear from the beginning. Families with little discipline and structure in their homes should not be surprised when their child struggles with discipline and structure at a school such as Greathouse. One of the benefits is that it feeds into Barrett Middle School which is one of the few middle schools in the county that excel.
I agree with the two prior reviews. I feel like the school is teaching as though it is an advanced program - which it is not. They are very good at telling you what is wrong with your child but not how to solve the problem. I wish I had not based my decision to go there on the tests scores. Although, the school gets good scores, they are so lacking in most areas. Its true. All they talk about are the tests scores. My children used to love school but since attending Greathouse, they now hate it. I have found this school to unnurturing and rigid. It is their way or the highway and you are constantly reminded of this.
School administration is obsessed with standardized test scores. Mandatory homework Mon-Thurs. Strong discipline. This is a traditional school.
Greathouse is a military school. They teach our way or no way. I believe in structure and discipline but you need to know when you've gone to far. I am pulling my child from the school. They have destroyed his self confidence and individuality. The only thing the school is worried about is academic scores not the care of the children.
Not only the quality academy in this school, but also the behavior and discipline training program is restrict, which meets our philosophy of educating children. We think kids, especially bright ones, can learn a lot of academic things both at school and at home, or by themselves; then, the most important thing that we parent need to do is to help them establish responsibility and good habit to everything.
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