The most talented children in the county spend their first two years completing worksheets at ECG.
This school looks great by the numbers, but be aware that it is not just "a lot of work". It's a ridiculous amount of work. My child is often up until 2:00 AM doing assignments. This school definitely values quantity over quality. It also places very little value on creativity, and technology use is practically non-existent. In addition, it has some lazy teachers who value busy work. One of the teachers on staff - also one of the highest paid teachers in Guilford County - does not teach; she gives students tons of books and articles to read and worksheets to complete; she even lets upperclassmen grade a majority of student assignments. The same teacher is pretty clueless about technology, and even though nearly every student has a laptop, she requires them to turn in handwritten note cards and to keep up with and turn in reams and reams of paper. While this school has some very appealing qualities, they really need to reevaluate their mission. The 9th & 10th grade years are much more difficult than any college experience I ever had. There is too much emphasis put on volume of work and too little emphasis on problem-solving, technology, creativity and depth of thought.
This is the high school we'd been searching for. Yes, it is academically challenging. Yes, the students are independent thinkers and are given the opportunity to push themselves and to experience college courses. But something unique about ECG that isn't often pointed out is the supportive community. Students say they feel as if they've finally found a place where they fit in, where academics are celebrated and encouraged. Upperclassmen support and mentor underclassmen. You'll see seniors who are friends with freshmen, which doesn't often happen in other schools. Rather than competing against each other, students mentor and tutor other students in an encouraging way, rather than trying to outscore each other. Since it is a smaller school, everyone knows everyone else and the clique atmosphere that you see in so many other high schools is missing here. It's an amazing school, both for academics and for socialization.
This school is a dream come true for the right students. Finish most HS req's the first two years, take college classes the next two. Get dual credit. Work really hard. Extracurriculars are available, but varsity sports are back at the 'sending' school. The school maintains a dynamic balance between college and high school cultures. Students have more freedom and a lot more responsibility than in a 'traditional' high school. Parents are very actively involved. Teachers get better every year as they and the school gain experience.
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