I've been at Grady for 3 years (6-8) and I love it. Grady has a great mix of students and with its small size it's easy to make friends. It has offered many different extracurricular activities to me, and I've participated in sports, Student Council, Yearbook staff, and National Junior Honor society. The acedemics are great, and I've learned so much here.
My son is in his second year at Grady and enjoys it very much. I'm very please with the teachers and the staff.
My daughter attends Grady and I must say she does enjoy the school and as a parent I do too. The Principal and the Staff are wonderful.
I say Grady is an excellent school for my child. She has been given a great opportunity to join many extra curricular activities. Such as choir, pre algebra, yoga, drama, Spanish, art, and more! Grady is an excellent school to be in, with great teachers and great oppurtunities. I hope that even more students will go there, and see that it is one of the most excellent schools ever!
I thought grady was a fairly ok school. Some of the kids there are nice and some mean just like in other schools. It made the kids focus on school and not anything else. I went to another school and I prefer Grady better.
Both my children attended Grady and liked the school and the teachers (in most cases). My son was very involved in sports and participated in the football and basketball programs. I liked the way the coaches took time to help my son develop his skill, particularly in football. My daughter was involved in the choir and the school play for both 7th and 8th Grade and she enjoyed both. I felt like the courses for both my children were challenging and the writing program, particularly eighth grade, outstanding. Both of my children have moved on to Lamar High School IB program and I think that the Pre-AP classes at Grady helped prepare them. I liked the fact that Grady families may choose from Lamar, Lee or Westside. I think the best thing about Grady was its small size. It really feels like a neighborhood school.
We were not satisfied with Grady, though others liked it. Perhaps it depends on the nature of the child in question. Better suited for 'tough' teens, rather than sensitive ones.
It's not what they promised it would be. Some faculty don't teach effectively and even hold back grades from the students (very bad when you want a progress report and need to know where to improve). A severe lack of communication between the school and parents (some staff even avoid making appointments with you). The administration is just as bad. Rules on dress code and identification make me feel more like the staff is more interested in making things easier for them than on the welfare of the students. That's just the tip of the iceburg. I had an instance where my daughter was about to be stranded alone at an after school sports function just because a school official didn't want to wait 15 minutes after the event was over. Grady promises advantages in preparing for high school, but instead the school acted more self-serving and lax towards students.
Grady is a good school. I have 1 son that goes there, and he is in the advanced academics program there. Truly, Grady is only a good school if your son/daughter is in the advanced program. At Grady its called Pre-Ap, in the District (HISD) its called G/T (gifted and talented).
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