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William Penn - Alfred J. Griffin School For The Arts

Public | 6-12 | 640 students

 

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Posted November 8, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 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.


Posted September 6, 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.


Posted June 5, 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.


Posted June 2, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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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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 39% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
53%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
55%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

37 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%
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

Math

All Students39%
Female45%
Male27%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracial46%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students44%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Academically gifted85%

Reading

All Students48%
Female54%
Male38%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracial64%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities15%
Non-disabled students54%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Academically gifted92%
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.

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

Math

All Students28%
Female32%
Male23%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students33%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English29%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant28%
Academically gifted73%

Reading

All Students43%
Female51%
Male31%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students51%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Academically gifted82%
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.

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

Math

All Students36%
Female40%
Male29%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities9%
Non-disabled students39%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant36%
Academically gifted69%

Reading

All Students48%
Female52%
Male40%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities9%
Non-disabled students51%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Academically gifted86%

Science

All Students70%
Female65%
Male80%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities27%
Non-disabled students74%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Academically gifted-95%
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.

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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%
English II

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

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%
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 II

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

92 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%
Civics and Economics

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

72 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
>95%
English I

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

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%
Physical Science

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

2011

 
 
n/a
United States History

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

25 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
>95%
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 Students65%
Female62%
Male73%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students66%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Academically gifted78%

Biology

All Students72%
Female70%
Male82%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students74%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Academically gifted83%

English II

All Students71%
Female77%
Male61%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students73%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Academically gifted83%
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
Black 44% 26%
White 38% 52%
Hispanic 9% 14%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian 1% 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 57%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr Shelley Nixon-Greene
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (336) 889-4841

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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High Point, NC 27260
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