I am one of the Choir Directors at South Garland. I was noticing that the reviews are a little dated, but I wanted to let parents and students know that the Fine Arts are STILL strong here. We are continuing to build on a strong program based on skill and involvement in many extra curricular areas. We perform a Musical every year, which some schools don't. We also pride ourselves on upholding a superior level of excellence when it comes to our End of Year Showboater Big Show. The students fundraise here like I've never seen before. We typically sell over 4,000 poinsettias in order to pay for their Choir Trip (also taken every year). As far as parental involvement, I have a solid Booster Club who will do anything to help our less fortunate kids be successful. We offer Senior and Private Lesson scholarships, and more. I love this school!
South Garland is an excellent school with many great extracurricular activities. We have an amzing Fine Arts Program with a very well known choir, which I am a member of. We also have great teachers who will do anything to help a child. AS for the parent involvement, I belive it is excellent. My mother in the president of PTA and they are always doing something for us. As well as the booster club for every organization. As for the poverty, maybe being in all AP classes shelters me from that. I had no idea there was any at all. South Garland is an excellent school.
Have had 1 graduate from South and one currently attending. Parental involvement is very limited. Staff and most of faculty are top notch and do very well under not always the best of circumstances.
In response to Steven Freemans post I would like to clear up that most students at S. Garland do not come from poverty, in fact there are many wealthy families whose children attend this school from the Eastern Hills C.C. area. As for gangs they are not much more of a problem here than they are elsewhere in suburban schools. I attended South and graduated there in 2003 and overall had a great experience there. Most extracirricular activities are good and the fine arts program is top quality with an outstanding choir and rebuilding band program.
My Child went to private school for first 2 yrs. of high school. He has been MUCH happier here and has thrived in their theater and music programs.
The kids that go to this highschool are trying but most of these kids come from poverty and are use to the hard life. There are gangs and heavy drug relations. But it's the best these kids have known.
This school has a great tradition and excels in creating a diverse learning environment. The band program is rebuilding and balanced and fun. The teachers in the honors classes are great and challenging to the students. It is a school that has high achievers and those that don't care. But that is life. This school has a fanatastic fine arts department and parent involvement is stellar.
If you would like your child to learn uniformity then this would be the perfect place for them. Stepford Hgh is what it should be called.
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