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Grimsley High School

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Posted September 23, 2013

Grimsley High School has been a great choice for my children. The academics are strong (one quarter of the senior class this year is International Baccalaureate,) and there are many ways to be involved, as both a student and a parent. The PTA is strong, the principal is energetic, and most of the teachers are very good. My children are very different, yet each has found many ways to shine here. Grimsley is one of the oldest schools in town, with many loyal alumni and a longstanding reputation, so the expectation of its success is part of the community. It is consistently ranked as one of the top public high schools in the country - compared to private schools who can choose their clientele - and has instant name recognition among top colleges, in our experience. Families from many ethnic backgrounds all come here and seem proud to be GHS students, parents and alumni.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2013

I truly enjoyed my time at Grimsley High. The teachers, for the most part, were great and worked with the students to get the best education possible. They are underfunded and the staff underpaid, but that is the unfortunate reality of a secondary school in North Carolina right now. The student body was very diverse and very representative of both Greensboro and the diversity of a state college to prepare them for university life. I was a football player and a member of the orchestra, as well as an AP student, so that shows that Grimsley has many different options for anyone who wants to do virtually anything. I read a couple of reviews about drugs in the school and that is true. However, most of the drugs are low-level users doing pot, not students using heroine or hardcore drugs. Also, find a city school that does not have some sort of drug problem. Ours was a very small issue. Bottom line, the vast majority of students who go to Grimsley come out prepared and ready for college and life beyond. I would be happy to send my own children there if I am in still in Greensboro at that point. Whirlie Pride from '09.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2013

This school is awesome and I'm glad to say the last of my 3 children will be graduating soon. Each child has had the opportunity to succeed in their own way. Grimsly has prepared each child to be prepared for college and beyond. Their college like campus is just the start. The teachers care about the success of each child and go out of their way to help them succeed. The traditon in the school is also a plus. I'm proud to say I'm a Whirlie parent and my children are graduates of Grimsley High School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

This school is terrible. They cater to the kids slacking off instead of helping parents push their children to succeed. Thei do not value attendance, communication, or honesty. They also do not abide by Guilford County School Code. They would rather push a dropout through the system to graduate than to deal with the issue another year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2012

Class of 2013: I am in the IB program at Grimsley and it really challenges you to your maximum potential. Grimsley has the highest average number of graduates from the IB program. The student populaton is full of energy. The teachers are well-trained, I speak for the IB teachers because I have only taken IB classes. I think the only thing that I don't like about Grimsley is that alot of the students have drug problems. Meaning that many students "get high" and even come to school "high" and they like to boast about it. But what really "ticks" me off is the fact that the police officer and staff at our school are aware of this, but do absolutely nothing about it. Besides this, I really love Grimsley because our student poulation is diverse and we don't have the stereotypical "cliques" at our school. Go whirlies!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2012

I hate this school, my kid goes here and gets bullied by teachers and students, no fair advantage, thats why i sent him to page instead
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Great spirit and history. people who care
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Some of the greatest spirit and academics in the country. Colleges like Duke, Chapel-Hill, NC State, Emory, to name a few know our school and the high level of students that leave it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Grimsley has great traditions and allows students to succeed with programs like the International Baccalaureate program and Advanced Placement classes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Grimsley High School educates over 2000 students, offering a variety of curriculum options for college prep, advance placement, honors and vocational students. It has over 100 clubs and student organizations and enjoys an active student body. Its athletics programs are recognized for excellence and high standards of accountability. Grimsley is a great school and I'm glad my son attends there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2009

My son graduated from Grimsley and received an excellent education there. He went on to graduate summa cum laude from NC State and then from Rice University in Chemical Engineering. Grimsley is an urban school with a mixed population and has all the advantages and problems associated with that status. Overall, I believe the advantages far outweigh the problems, and the problems seem to be well handled. More recently, my Goddaughter is enrolled at Grimsley. She finds the academics challenging and the social climate welcoming.


Posted August 24, 2008

I find it quite peculiar that everyone here is just raving about Grimsley. The faculty is overworked and underpaid, the buildings are in horrible shape and the students are so preoccupied with their athletics and social status that the academic community of this school is practically non-exsistant. I also feel that there are some serious sociaological problems that need to be addressed at this school. For instance, why do the mentally handicapped students have to pick up all the garbage? Probably because the school is so underfunded that they cant afford janitors. I know many of my peers feel a tremendous amount of pride when they see a 'whirlie', but all I can think about is the tornado from the wizard of oz and I'm dorothy. Take me to another world, I'll leave my red shoes behind. C/O 2009.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 31, 2007

I have been around Grimsley since about the time i was born. The traditions and pride at the school are the best in the whole county and the state. We have phenomenal swimming, soccer, baseball, football, softball, and tennis teams. GHS offers manymany courses and an IB program that has been highly praised. The teachers are the highest quality and help ensure your success at this school. Iam very proud to be a GHS Whirlie c/o 2010!! GoWhirlies!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2007

The quality, level, and variety of academic programs at Grimsley is very high. It is known for its AP and IB classes, and draws students from throughout the county for its academics, as well as for its diverse student body. The school has built a long tradition of student pride and excellence that does not depend upon its sports program. The size of the school allows it to offer a variety of social groups and clubs for students to join. The students who come here are very talented, and are encouraged to develop their leadership skills and individual abilities in many different areas. The parental involvement and community pride in Grimsley is very strong for an urban school, and it speaks to the long tradition of excellence maintained at the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2005

This is a great school that gives students different opportunities to succeed and achieve their goals. The staff and especially teachers are very helpful and friendly!
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2012.

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The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

427 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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12%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
53%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 82% in 2011.

599 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

502 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%
Civics and Economics

The state average for Civics and Economics was 80% in 2011.

377 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%
English I

The state average for English I was 83% in 2012.

438 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

430 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 77% in 2011.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%
United States History

The state average for United States History was 82% in 2011.

349 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students12%
Female11%
Male12%
Black6%
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Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White17%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students12%
Limited English proficiency10%
Proficient in English12%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant12%
Academically giftedn/a

Biology

All Students58%
Female59%
Male57%
Black34%
Asian67%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students63%
Limited English proficiency13%
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Academically gifted87%

English II

All Students67%
Female75%
Male59%
Black38%
Asian68%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial91%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities13%
Non-disabled students74%
Limited English proficiency6%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Academically gifted94%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 50% 52%
Black 35% 26%
Hispanic 6% 14%
Asian 5% 3%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Gregory Newlin
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (336) 370-8194

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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801 Westover Terrace
Greensboro, NC 27408
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Phone: (336) 370-8180

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