We recently moved to the area after hearing how wonderful the schools are and how they are the best in the county. If you are looking at test scores, yes they are higher than some other schools, but that comes with a price. This school runs an extremely tight ship and literally spent about the first week of school going over all the rules/ punishments. My kids were scared to death, to the point where they were afraid to turn in club applications or AG testing papers in the morning because they may get in trouble for not going straight to their class. It has been very difficult for them to make friends due to all the rules and lack of any type of social time. They even spend lunch at assigned seating with teachers. There is no PTA or PTSA at this school which is a red flag. I don't feel they are very open to parent involvement and honestly don't care about the emotional well being of the kids, only the test scores. I'm not impressed by the administration and feel that only a handful of teachers are actually teaching the children. NC by far doesn't have the best education system. I wish we had looked elsewhere and will be pulling our kids out. Way too overcrowded!
Great academics....but some of the teachers disregard anything a student may say (even the good students), some teachers forget to collect/grade/record work assignments and are very quick to give a "zero grades" on progress reports. Some teachers even act worse than the student for example..getting and putting hands in students faces. I regards to the 8th grade class this school only validates the student that earned straight "A' ALL year...so if you earned a B at any point you do NOT receive an End-of-the-Year Award Ceremony. As a parent that is very disappointing that this school only values the academic aspect of a student and not the student moral. Glad she is of to HS.
This is an excellent school with great teacher quality. One of our sons attended a few years ago, and we have one attending now. The academic program seems to have improved, and parent involvement is encouraged. The environment is positive, and students are provided with good direction. This school tops the test standards in many areas, and is above the state and county averages which speaks for itself.
This school needs improvement in all areas especially when it come to bullying,instead of charging students under cumberland county policies and given them Iss or suspending them they need to retrain all staff how to deal with bullies and address the issue before it get's out of hand.as far as academic I can't say much because while there has been improvement in some areas my child still continue to fail.the principal seems to care however his staff are the problem.so my stars are for the principal
I go to JGMS now. This school is crowded but for the most part everybody gets along and learning takes place. The best part about this school is my computer teacher, Ms.Mercer is the coolest teacher ever! She is like a mom to most of us and she really cares about our education and safety.
I recently finished school at John Griffin. I went there from 6-8 grade and now heading into 9th grade. It's a great school to attend for academics and sports and everything else. Just about every year JGMS beats the county on EOG scores and even my 8th grade year we beat the county on EOG scores with the highest science scores. So I'd say that's pretty good. But when it comes to bullying and fights they kind of just trow it under the carpet. Also, you have to walk in straight lines going down the hallways but it's some what of a good thing to keep it organized. There are many rules,but thats what keeps schools in line and clean.
Honestly, the academics of this school are great, the school is fairly clean, teachers are nice, and no gangs or violence. But, being a student, I found the atmosphere to be cold. You are not allowed to talk when you enter the school, or enter the hallway, or in the classroom, and sometimes even at lunch. So many cliques were formed, and if you weren't there in the sixth grade, it would be hard to make some friends. But, you come to school to learn and if that's what you need to do, this is the perfect school for that.
This is a very good school, so it may seem strange that I transferred my daughter out of this school after her sixth grade year. The school is great in academics, athletics, and most certainly extracurricular activities, but when it comes down to it, the school is much too crowded and overly competitive. Plus, after trying since it's been open, the school is good, but just cannot beat Seventy-First Classical Middle School, which is right down the road, which is why I transferred my daughter there. They have had many failed attempts to take the lead, and as the old saying goes, 'If you can't beat them, join them.' That's exactly what we did here. So overall, the school is very good, but there's a better one, in fact the best in the county, right down the road, if you know what I mean.
I was @ jgms in 7th grade on the navigators an it was awesome the teachers were great an they made sure you knew what you were doing i loved it
two of my boys went to John Griffin Middle and the teachers were sooo awesome! They had a great experience, and my boys loved the experience! It's a great school. We bought our house so my boys would go to John Griffin and Jack Britt..
My son had a great experience at John Griffin. Many great teachers and wonderful opportunities with extra-curricular activities (not just sports!!)
My child's reading grades have suffered since attending this school. His testing score has gone from 75 percentile to around 17. If things don't improve radically this year, next year will be a home-school year. Overcrowded, several poor teachers, it's really a shame for the few great teachers who are overshadowed by the negative aspects of this school.
This is the best school ever! the teachers are awsome, and so helpfull, also they wer verry interesting so it wasnt likely to fall asleep. They acted like actual humans and not stiff cranky teachers =) i love this school and miss it verry much. Wish i could go back!!!!
this school is a wonderful school, but there are so many fights and when something goes wrong with the teachers they tack it out on there students, also the food can use some upgrading! :)
This is a wonderful school. The staff is very supportive of the parents and is willing to help the student. Class A act at John Griffin.
I am disappointed with this school and will most likely be pulling our child from this school for the remainder of her middle school years. It is overcrowded and the administration seems more concerned with test scores than what the kids are actually learning. The teachers can be quite rude to the kids, including telling them to 'shut up' and that their parents are 'stupid'. My child went from loving school to begging me to pick her up early due to the negative atmosphere and bullying by other students. She has managed to maintain her 'A' average but is not excited about learning. We are actively looking at other options for the remaining middle school years. Very few extracurricular options for 6th grade and the students are degraded by the bullies for being part of anything outside of the regular school day. Not a positive environment for such a sensitive age.
although one of the best in the district, the amount of bullying allowed in the school and the lack of response from the administrators really hurts the quality of the school. as a parent you'll have to fight your way for the administrators to solve any conflicts. some of the teachers are just plain rude, and tell children to 'shut up' on a regular bases. as a parent,confidentiality is something you would expect when talking to administrators or teachers. however, in this school, whatever you tell them will get around, no matter how much you ask the administrators to keep it confidential. my son will be going to private school next year, as i don't intend to deal with the school for 2 more years.
Being from a state where there are almost 30 students per teacher, we were quite happy with the student/teacher ratio. The level of parent involvement is up to each individual, this varies from school to school. My family is happy with John Griffin, we especially are impressed with the facility. The only thing we would, perhaps, change is that they add a nurse station for the children to rest when they are sick.
quality of academic programs depends onthe teacher's ability, some good, some outstanding, some poor. Availabilaity of music, art, sports andother extracurricular activities is very good. Level of parent involvement-is up to you.
My son attended John Griffin for a year before moving up to HS. He had the best teachers in all the areas. The administration is great, always visible and the school is a organized, clean and appealling facility. My daughter will attend John Griffin this year and I'm sure it will continue to be the superior school I know.
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