Extreme focus on sports ( a county wide issue) which effects discipline during athletic season. Focus on core subjects and they do not care as much about the arts. It has improved greatly in the last 5 years due to new administrative leadership.
GHS enjoys a talented teaching staff in Art as well as music. As far as band is concerned, the lack of interest is due primarily to a lack of student interest. This has been caused paradoxically by the success of the AP Program. Most of the band members were students who scored in the top 10% of the student body academically. With those same students now taking up to four (4) AP courses each semester, they simply do not have the time to devote to band. However, the band teacher is in the process of rebuilding the program from the elementary school upwards.
I think the Science Department and its instructors are the top of the line. My child never enjoyed science until he started at GHS. He loves the AP classes and now plans on studying medicine. Thanks to MS Arthur and her staff, he now has a future
Among the Honor's and AP programs are some of the finest teachers you will find anywhere. Standouts include the math program (3 gifted teachers), the history program (2 gifted teachers), the English program (4 outstanding teachers) and the science program with 2 exceptional instructors. The overall discipline in the school could use some improvement, but considering the near Title 1 status of the student body and the exceptionally high SOL scores which the student body wracks up year after year, it is obvious that there is an exceptional teaching staff in place and at work. With regard to the discipline problems, these seem to originate more from a lack of support from the Central Office of the county than from the leadership of the school.