I used to go to GNG. I went here for 5 years. And most of it was terrible. The bullying policy's are terrible and I don't think/reccomend this school in my opinion..
The high school has recently added the IB program and is changing to a standards based system; this should greatly increase the academic challenges for the students and raise the expectation levels. I've seen a change in the overall attitude for the better in the last few years, for an example the Community Service Club has over 100 members and they have done some remarkable things. My only issue is that my son just graduated and will miss out on many of these positive changes.
Wow, if you are using this website to determine the excellence or failure of a school..you are crazy. Besides the latest entry being over 2 years old, it sincerely does NOT reflect what type of education your child will receive. I truly believe that all schools have their flaws and that some are better at hiding them than others, but a student and their parents are what make an education a positive experience, and a student's and their parents apathy are what make it a negative experience. My child is a sophomore at GNG and he is a successful student. Why? Because his father and I are parents that are partners with him and with the school to make sure his education is the best. There are great teachers and maybe some not so great..that is EVERY school in this country. It is a parents job to make sure that your child knows how important an education is and to make sure that your child is working hard in each and every class. In addition, his parents have participated as classroom helpers, coaches, board members etc. This school has made fantastic strides in the past few years and I believe it will continue to make even more! Making your decision by visiting the school.
I am a graduating senior, heading out into the world in two months. It's a great school that's made gargantuan strides recently in athletics, academics, and pride. The teachers are highly qualified, with almost all of them having graduate degrees (either M.S. or PhD). The recent implementation of the IB program gives parents something to look forward to if they have a student coming up through the system who seems qualified for such a challenging course of study. The new alternative education program also keeps students who may have served only as a distraction out of other classrooms and in an environment with councilors and constant attention for their individual needs. Beware that the lunch program is expensive, ouch! It's going great at GNG. Now if only the district's middle school can keep up the supply of articulate and flexible students. I, however, don't foresee that happening.
Not only is the office staff welcoming and helpful, but the teachers are dynamic and enthusiastic and will take the time to discuss issues one-on-one. They seem to truly care about the students. The guidance councilors make special efforts to assure that students are taking classes of the appropriate level - I have experienced this first-hand. This is a school where things are always improving. Soon, they will be offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) program! And since they renovated the building a few years ago, it is really a pleasant place to be. Also, the cross-country ski trails are INCREDIBLE!
I was a former student at this school and am now a parent of a child in this school. The bullying is ridiculous! Nice to see that things haven't changed one bit in years. The school has a anti bullying policy but fails to enforce it. If buying a home in this town look for homeschooling or private school.
Good school, learned a lot while I attended. Good HIGHLY qualified teaching staff and efficient use of technology.
I have one child in GNG. Though the school has made great strides with respect to acedemics and sports it still lags way behind. here is an idea... Atheletic achievement is good!! support that! Acedemic achievment is good! support that! Way too many pot heads! No school pride! Just a general lack of enthusiasm all around.. Not everyone, but you know who you are. To the kid who thinks they get too much HW... R U Kidding me? Spend a day in the life of a Bates college student.
I am the parent of a senior who has had a good high school experience. She has many friends, plays 3 sports and excels in her academics. The teachers & coaches at gng(with a couple notable exceptions) have always been helpful, very supportive & instrumental in her development as a player and a person. A.D. Mel craig is wonderful! my sympathies go out to her for having to deal with some of the parents who think their kid should play more, their kid is not being treated fairly, blah, blah, blah...Not an easy job! i wish her luck with future ventures. Principal penna is the reason for the 3 star rating (other than him, it would be 4 stars). He has his favorites and his not so favorites, which is blatantly obvious. Luckily i have only had to deal with him once in 4 years!
This school never ceases to disappoint me. The school is built on old fashioned teaching methods but the world is changing and GNG just cant keep up. As the world changes there is less and less time to do homework, but teachers still continue to hammer us with it. The Principals promote the ideas of white collar jobs and practicaly drive it into our heads. I went into guidance the other day with the complaint that i do not have enough time to do my homework around my growing scedule. I tried to explain that my scedule was packed but all I got for an answer from assistant principal Springer was 'you will have homework in your job when you are an adult'. 'I plan on being a welder when I graduate' I replied. the reaction I got was nothing but attitide and discouragement.
I would like to comment specifically on the athletic dept. Our new A.D., Melanie Craig, has been wonderful! Whether enforcing strict academic criteria for athletes, instilling school spirit via rallies and new uniforms or updating the community about our athletic/athletes, she has provided a pride in our students not seen for a very long time!!
GNGHS has an educational program for everyone. Many students struggle with academics year after year. Some have learning disabilities, others have temporary set backs in one subject or another every now and then, The parents have an opportunity to be a part of the team working together with teachers, ed techs and others to assist their child in whatever way necessary to provide a positive learning experience.
All 3 of my kids Graduated from GNG and now I have a Grandson in the GNG School System. Without the tireless help and commitment of the teachers and help that they give to all the kids that pass through the doors, our school system would not be a wonderful as it is today and into the future.
Having recently left GNGHS I have to say that most of the teachers are simply wonderful. The administration, on the other hand, is tyrannical and very disorganized. The principal continuously undermines teachers and goads students, such that behaviors of 'favored' students become unmanageable in the classroom. Students roam the hallways, and the 'RTI' plan is a joke. I just read the most recent entries for 2009 and could not agree more with the comments. Penna serves only himself and does not recognize the talent available in the school. Penna should be fired.
I just recently moved from another school and have had a broad experience of schools. GNGHS has its flaws and its ups, but still makes the bottom of my list. The students are treated poorly by administration and staff and other students. Bullying is a huge issue and the school does nothing unless it is one of the 'favorites' that are being bullied. There are teachers that are amazing and easy to talk to but other than that the Administration is very hard headed and is not organized. I am so glad that I am going to be a senior next year!!
I'm a graduating senior at GNGHS. Mr.Penna, our head principal, made a comment about students being 'very disrespectful to administration'. I ran a Gay Straight Alliance group in GNGHS- At it's peak, we had 25 members. Mr. Penna decided at the start of this school year to integrate GSA with the Civil Rights team, and it has since ceased to exist. We couldn't organize a Day of Silence this year because the other kids in Civil Rights thought that was 'stupid & gay'. I'm currently fighting to be recognized for the 3 years I spent in GSA trying to promote understanding & acceptance in the high school & our community. Penna's excuse was that GSA wasn't a 'school-sanctioned groud' even though we had an advisor that is on the GNGHS staff payrole & administrative approval. This school is disorganized beyond belief, & I am GLAD to be getting out of it.
Great curriculum and teachers are really nice and teach the students a lot about life. They prepare us very well.
It's plain obvious that this school has it's problems. Sure, the facilities aren't in perfect condition, and some of the students ruin the experience of others... but that is true in any other school. Since 2007, this school has gone through a major change in environment. It has since become safer, the teachers are now doing more toward the students' education, and more higher-level education/advanced placement classes are being offered than ever before. I walk the halls every morning and I see people that actually enjoy being there. The students know how to take in their high school experience and live it to its fullest. Schools are not to be judged on what they can't offer, but what they can and do. Gray-New Gloucester High School has a Class A Drama program, known sports teams, absolutely no cliques, and a positive learning environment for students on the right track to success.
All schools are challenged with juggling funds/resources, state requirements, national requirements, parent/student expectations, and student/teacher ratio. At GNG High School the staff, parents, and students work hard to do the best they can with what they have. Can there be improvement? Of course, as is the case in any school district. People are not perfect. However, no one person is single handedly changing anything or will. It takes the dedication and cooperation of everyone. There are a lot of hard working employees, students, and parents that contribute to that equation and to suggest otherwise is a serious insult to all of us who have dedicated ourselves to educating our youth at GNG H.S..
I feel very strongly that this school is in a very big rut that I am trying to single handedly change. The students here tend to be very disrespectful to administration.
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