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825 East Washington Drive
High Point, NC 27260

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(336) 819-2870
(336) 889-4841
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June 02, 2015
PG administration ( principals, guidance counselors, and support staff) have no concern about the middle school students. They have created positions for staff that does not benefit the students. They have a hard time keeping teachers. My daughter had 2 math teachers first years, 3 science teachers her 7th grade year. Her 8th grade year she have had several sub's in Math for the past 3 months. The school is in a very bad neighborhood. The school have mold. School is not well kept and nasty. My daughter refuses to use the bathroom. We dealt with bulling for 3 years had several meetings with the staff. i was finally told by a teacher to go Guildford county schools main office if i wanted to have something done.

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May 03, 2015
The high school gets great ratings only because of the students that are accepted. It has nothing to do with the teachers or administration.

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March 31, 2015
Terrible experience. Expectations at the high school level are that students should be robots and not human. Teachers are more concerned with petty issues such as a tardy, clothing (that isn't even bad), running, taking cell phones even during lunch and after school hours and they are absolutely not interested in academic progress. Most of staff is hateful and refuses to hear parent concerns and literally shuts them out. They grind and grind of small useless rules until GOOD students are miserable and hate school and even life. The power hungry adults do not respect students and are not concerned with student educational experience, but rather forcing students into their own demands. PG High School is counter productive. The only thing positive whatsoever is the arts program itself, but it isn't worth it. Take my word for it and move to the Weaver area or settle for HP Central.

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June 09, 2014
My child has absolutely blossomed at Penn Griffin. It has been very challenging academically and all of the art programs (dance, chorus, etc.) are excellent. The kids here are very talented and very unique. There is great emphasis on academic excellence and there is more homework here than at other schools. I have found the teachers to be engaged and supportive. Class sizes are small and it is cool to be unique and different. I highly recommend it for serious students who want to also focus on the performing arts. There was absolutely no middle school drama, either. You fit in at PG by standing out. It is a wonderful school.

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April 21, 2014
Me and my daughter went to visit Penn because she is a rising 6th grader. As soon as we got to the school the staff was so warm and welcoming. I am so looking forward t my daughter starting here.

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November 13, 2013
I visited the school to enroll my child which is in 6th grade. I actually moved into the school zone and I refuse to allow my child to attend that school. I don't know what happened there but someone needs to do something. I felt like I was on the set of east side high. WOW is all I have to say. My child will stay at Welborn Middle because I haven't had any issues there with her and her grades are great. Even a teacher at Penn Griffin told me how bad that school was.

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November 08, 2013
I will not send my child to this school. It is in a horrible area , the school goes on lock down atleast 3 times a month. I sent my kid here because of the ratings. Some of the teachers do not care about the kids education. In two years my second will not be attending this school.

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September 06, 2013
This school's over all experience was so awful, every thing about it from the principal's horrifying rules to the unhappy staff. In all this is the worst school I have ever been to, it flat out sucked. And on top of all that they didn't even follow state regulations and refused to talk to me about my issues.

- submitted by a community member

September 06, 2013
Wow, just wow. I have never had such an unpleasant experience from any establishment, if one could call it that. the school was so disorganized it was hard to even call it an establishment. Oh and one other thing the staff were one of the meanest and angriest I've seen in my life and refused to talk to me about my concerns.

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June 05, 2012
I am a student at the Penn Griffin middle school and have been attending here for the past two years. I personally think that this is a very good school. It has very good arts programs, the chorus program is exellent as well as alll the others. My grades are perfect, straight A's, and if your child pays attention and does their work they will have good graades as well. Some of the other reviews mention that there are a lot of bad children that cuss a lot. I won't lie, there are some students that behave badly, but then again there are kids like that everywhere you go. Also, what they are doing doesn't need to affect what your kids are doing. Like I said, they just need to study and try their best. Hope this helps, and this school truly is great.

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June 02, 2011
My son, who is completing his junior year, has attended this school since sixth grade. He went having never had a single music lesson and has developed solely under the instruction of the school into a gifted guitarist. The high school offers a strong academic program of honors and AP courses. There are few discipline probelms in the high school as students want to be there and have strong desires to succeed in their chosen discipline. Small class sizes assure that teachers know their students well. There are great opportunities for involvement in student govenrment and clubs. I was reluctant at first to send my child here, but he has loved his time at Penn Griffin and I have become a ture fan of this school.

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February 20, 2010
I'm a senior in the class of 2010 at PGSA. My class (15 students) will be the first graduating class. I've been here since my 7th grade year. The first thing you need to know about Penn-Griffin is that the middle and high schools are separate. We sometimes do collaborations in our arts, but we are in separate buildings and we have different teachers. The middle schoolers who are districted for PGSA are mostly rambunctious and sometimes out-of control, with exceptions of course. The high school is simply amazing. Admissions include audition, and my classmates are all SO talented! we have few disciplinary problems and outstanding test scores. Our teachers are passionate, our class discussions are insightful, our school spirit is powerful, and it is a great place to learn and make friends. My classmates are my family. I will be so sad to leave my amazing school in June!

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October 01, 2008
This is my son's first year at PGSFTA, and so far I am unimpressed with school organization. He has had three schedules assigned to him in as many weeks, none of which were what he was supposed to be in (art major). We did get him into the Art program, but wonder how the preEOG scores will look, seeing as the kids were going to different classes the first month of school. And yes, the counselor said it was all the grades with schedule problems, not just 7th. They do have new Principal and vice Principals this year, and had several come and go last year, which may be why there is so much confusion this year. PTA is going to become PTSA, and has many dedicated PTA volunteers from other schools, who have built PTAs successfully elsewhere, so that should improve this year.

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September 28, 2008
I am a parent of a 7th grader attending this school for the second year.Great academics and arts program.But too much unnecessary control almost threatening to the kids over their clothes verses the learning.I let her attend because she wants too,was not my first choice for her.So far she still does well.

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July 27, 2007
I am a currently a rising 9th Grader at Griffin and I've attended Griffin since 6th grade. In the last couple years our school has changed dramatically for the better. The focus in the arts is outstanding and I am very pleased. The high school program is more dedicated to the arts and our program is progressing.

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July 08, 2005
Penn-Griffin is an awesome school for the arts. My son attended two years there and not only enjoyed it but his grades improved, as well. The music programs are outstanding. However, I was disappointed with the drama department. Lack of stage productions was blamed on lack of student involement and/or poor student behavior. I feel the young people in the drama program were bored and not challenged. Better scheduling of daily activities on the teacher's part is where I, as a parent, saw the fault. Overall, it is a very good school.

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February 03, 2005
This is my daughters 2nd year attending Griffin & things are not as promised. The teachers spend more time trying to control the kids instead of teaching the kids. My daughter is on her 3rd math teacher as of Nov-04. No notification from anyone letting me know about the teacher leaving until after they decided to re-shuffle the classes. They used a teacher within the school. The holiday dance concert was not acceptable. Way too long & very unorganized. Students created their own dances & most of the dances were very nasty, what you would expect to see on MTV. Teacher should have used better judgement. The 1st year my kids attended the school I volunteered to help w/ several PTA projects but was never called. Not a good school!

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August 04, 2004
My son has been going there for 1 year and the EOG scores are bad and he says he can't really learn anything because most of the time the teachers are trying to get the class to be quiet. Also there are alot of fights lots of cussing lots of bad kids who jsut don't care. I would not request this school for kids who care and want to learn.

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May 20, 2004
I was disappointed with the inactive PTA to which both my husband and I paid membership fees. Also, the students' inability to use the locker rooms all year (therefore no true PE activities were conducted and parents were not kept informed as to the progress of maintenance) was disconcerting. The teachers did not display initiative in ensuring parents were made aware of academic concerns in a timely manner. When feedback was given, the constructive comments offered specific examples of challenges the child encountered, but positive comments were very general. Finally, students were not taught accountability in completing work according to assigned due dates for credit. When the students transition to high school, it going to be a challenge. Going into next year, I would recommend the administration take a close look strengthening communication and project management skills across the board.

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August 26, 2003
My daughter has attended Griffin for 2 years now and since she has been there her grades have improved and she is more confident about the work that she does. Overall I am pleased with my daughter being a part of Griffin Middle School.

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August 14, 2003
It is the forth day of school and neither of my boys have gotten text books yet. We had a accident in this district yesterday and their are several children standing on the bus each day. The boys leave to get the bus ontime @ 7;15 and don't get home in the evening befor 4:50. I think someone should look into this.

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Penn-Griffin Middle
825 East Washington Drive, High Point, NC  27260
(336) 819-2870
Last modified Penn-Griffin Middle is a Public school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Penn-Griffin Middle Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top