Many of these review are several - ten years old. In the past two years, both the High School and the Middle School have reflected on past practices and begun a focus of improvement. The teachers are caring and the students are the focus. With any school, the more the student and / or parent is involved does influence the educational experience, Garden Spot is now focused on ALL students, making their success the priority.
The high school has the most uncaring teachers I have ever met. They are there only for a paycheck. What happened to the teachers that actually enjoyed teaching they aren't at Garden Spot that's for sure. When you have meetings with them they seat themselves in front of a laptop and look over the top of it at you instead of really interacting with you. What's that tell you exactly what it tells the students they don't care.
I agree with most comments. If a student is a good student and self motivated, it is a great school. But, if they have any problems with classes, forget about the help. There is not willingness from most teachers to help those who don't really care about being there. It is the teachers responsibility to help motivate and be positive with the student. Most are not like that unless the student is a 'good' student. I have one good student and the other three struggled. No concern from the teacher or guidance counselors. Just push them through or send them to Washington Education Center, this is their motto.
I move all the time so I have went to Garden Spot, Ephrata and Govenor Mifflin and out of the three school Garden Spot was the best I went to garden spot middle school and High school only for one year but the school is great everyone is so caring the teachers actually care for and help the students when needed, and the student are all very caring.
As alumni and parents of alumni, I think that GS tends to let you get what you put into it. Parents who are at the school, involved and participating will have students with a better HS experience. There are good teachers and not so good, just as there are good parents and then there are those who want the school to do all the work for them. Both of our students had good experiences. Our daughter is now an honors student at a state college. While no school is perfect, GS is better than many and I am glad my students had the opportunity to attend here.
I didn't know that this site existed, or I'd have posted a long time ago. My son graduated from Garden Spot in 1999. His entire way through the school system was a struggle. My son has ADD, and did the entire way through high school. He took medication up until he was in 10th grade. All of the teachers labled him as lazy, unwilling to learn and participate in classes. Even if this was true of a student in one class, does this have to be 'written in stone' and pinned on him? Doesn't he get a clean slate everyday, every class? It seems if kids are children of the 'beautiful People' they will succeed!
My oldest graduated with honors in 2002. My youngest was struggling both academically and personally with the kids... pulled her out into cyber-school. only to find out the credits she earned the first 5 months of 9th grade did not follow her into cyber school. She should be in 11th grade but because of the credits she earned but was not put on her transcript she is considered in 10th grade... what happened to no child left behind? she is ready to quit any school all together. Come on Garden Spot. all other schools give credits where credits are due. open your eyes to the kids!
I agree with the last comment made about this school. The rudeness and I Dont Care attitude toward parents when asking for help with the child is just not supportive. Parents need help from the school on issues too.
Poor experience...had to pull my kids out and send them to a private school this year! If a child is gifted or learning disabled there is all kinds of help but let a kid be average and start to slip there is no help, no concern and no desire to help!! I graduated from GS...what disillusionment and dissapointment! We tried for 3 years...7th through 9th grade to make this school work for our family but even with our continued pressuring and involvment nothing was ever done to help us out....a few conferences here and tehre to apese us is all that ever happened, no REAL results!
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