If your child doe not fit the "mold" whether advanced or disabled, this is not the school for the child. There is a lot of talk but little action. Both the budget, and NYS law make things difficult. This is a school with no immagination or inspiration. Collaboration with the parents is one-way: the parents must collaborate. Personally, I found both the academic and support staff to be unprofessional at times, and there to be a culture of "us" versus "the parents".
I have to say that as far as public education goes,high schools dont come any better than this.John Glenn is a fitting pinnacle to a child's education which began with the former schools in the chain. Very often,faculty the student has had in Primary and Middle School is purposefully transferred to the High School to create an immesurable continuity for the student.The fact that the faculty is trained enough to revolve in this way also speaks well for the administration,who have personal knowledge of the students in this High School,and the ability to encourage them to seek the correct college. I have had a daugther graduate from this school and attend Geneseo and graduate with honors. She had a wonderful High School education,full of not only academic pursuits but also extra curricular drama and music during which they helped her compete to be the best on a county level,with exciting results.This school is not insular.It is involved with its community and its students are frequently seen in the surrounding neighborhoods promoting their various programs and running track in groups. Many a productive human being has graduated through these doors,and the principal is wonderful.
The primary focus of this school is to maximize salaries and minimize output where students are concerned. Administration's main focus is the budget, not dealing fairly with students. Administration does not want to be involved with student's problems and paints everyone with the same brush to avoid responsibility.
After reading the other reviews, there are somethings I'd like to address: there's a lot that goes on that parent's don't know about. The staff doesn't work all that closely with the students as you would like to believe. The special education program is also lacking, as most people forget that special education is supposed to apply to not just those who don't reach a level of capability as most, but those who exceed this capability, this is where the school is seriously lacking. As well as excellent teachers, there are a few but not many. The school district overall is fairly good, but there are spots where it could do for improvement. Local politics and poor budget planning are also noticed by everyone, they're annoying and excessive.
This school is great. The faculty and staff treat everyone with respect and have the students best interest and education at heart. The quality of education is excellent and challenging. The administration works well together and communicates effectively. The principal is knowledgeable and student centered which helps create a caring but rigorous program of study for all students. This is a five-star high school.
The school used to treat all students fairly until the last few months when they have new building administrators.
Absolutely wonderful! The small size means that teachers and guidance counselors really get to know the kids. This really helps with the college admissions process. Lots of AP courses, and a real 'small town' atmosphere. Sports teams, especially volleyball and girls' basketball, are tops! Plenty of opportunities for kids to get involved because the school is so small. Safety is a number one priority; I feel really confident in sending my kids here. No gangs, very little fighting, and the administration has a really good handle on the student poopulation. Parents are super-involved, even at the high school level. There is a volleyballathon each year where the kids play round robin games for charity, a big homecoming parade and dance, plenty of community service work, and a large PTA presence in the community. We wouldn't live anywhere else!
I've just graduated from Elwood and it has been the best four years of high school I could have ever gone through. You meet great teachers who will help you through any problems. You'll also make long lasting friendships that will help you through any situations whether they're thick or thin.
In Reply to the April 2004, I do have a son in special ed. He was classified as ED. and for 8 years all I heard was we're doing the same thing next year. Resource room and inclusion. I'm speaking from experience. I'm not just blowing smoke. I have done my homework. I'm sorry that your child who has a learning disability isn't getting the help he/she needs. But that's just Elwood's way of not analyzing the individual needs of the children in their district. The teachers they do get once in a while who show some concern about their students, soon realize their fighting a losing battle and soon leave the district. That has happened on 3 such occassions that I know of. Sorry my feelings and views differ from yours, but that's what makes us unique. Good luck to you and your children.
I'm a Junior at John Glenn High School and I've had three great years here. Being somewhat talented academically, what I find most attractive about this school is that the teachers are excellent; understanding and intelligent, they enjoy challenges. Although of course there are some students who resist authority for whatever reason, the majority of the students are warm and caring. Because of the small size, some students may wish to attend a larger school but I've found lasting friendships and familiar faces. Lately, security has been very tight so paranoid parents would like the school too.
I am 100% satisfied with the involvement of all the teachers with the students at this school but I am extreamly satisfied with the science teacher Mr. Lafferty. He follows up on missing homework, labs etc. and he is very involved with getting in touch with the parents. They try hard to make the school safe.
I have recently entered the school district so at this time I am unable to rate the hhs. I would however like to address the entry dated march 2004. I will assume from the negative remarks in regards to the special ed program that you do not have a child with special needs, because if you did you would be better educated as to how the system works. They do not take the cream of the crop and place the rest in special ed you need to exhibit specific disabilities to be classified and I have seen many children turned away! Take it from a parent with children from both ends of the spectrum you do not want your child classified unless it is absolutely necessary as that is a label that will always follow you, and their lives a hard enough without negative comments.
This is a small school where the administration knows who to watch. There is not much that goes on without everyone knowing about it. I have 2 kids in the school presently.
This was an absolutely fabulous school for students to attend. Most have gone on to ultimate success after graduation.
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