If your child is musically inclined, Grafton High School has one of the greatest band programs ever. Several former students have gone on to be band directors. They are all doing well. The academics when my children attended was great. I thought they were being worked too hard, but they did well in college. In fact, they found college easier. We are proud to say they graduated from Grafton High School.
I have had 2 children in this school and have been happy with the school. I think communication could be a l little better, especially from the Guidance dept. I do think the parents need to hold their children more accountable then the teachers and not expect them to be spoon fed which seems to be more the way in the US then Europe sadly..
It is no longer the excellent school it was in the past. Non communicative teachers, flippant attitudes, political through and through. The morale is horrible with the staff, they pick and choose who they are "nice" to and treat most students like numbers, unless you are amongst the "chosen" few. YC teachers are so angry about not getting raises that it shines through, nobody cares anymore. The few that do are amazing to remain and hang on in such a poor environment. Many seem like they are just "doing time" there. So sad, it used to be a great place. :( They seem to focus on how things "look" instead of making things happen and improving. Not holding staff accountable for being lazy and not doing their job well is a major problem. The Students are "allowed" to treat others unkindly, the students that are kind are overlooked unless they are "politically special" and in the "know". There is so much wasted education time with teachers who do not care. The teachers that do care are struggling. I will say the guidance counselors are amazing! Friendly and helpful. Awesome music program! Good sports teams,some really awful coaches, chosen politically, not for their ability
I wish I would have known how bad the environment was before sending my children there.
My son graduated from Grafton last year. It is not a school that I recommend to anyone the does not have an over achiever unless you can buy their way to success here. It is very cliquish. Your children will have a difficult time at this school unless they excel at sports, or scholastically. This is a school that is concerned with prestige. If you cannot add to that, you are a hinderance in their eyes. Choose this school based on what your child can add or go elsewhere.
After attending Grafton for all four years, I would have to say overall that my experience was negative. The school places too much emphasis on athletics, and students involved in the arts or other types of activities rarely receive recognition. Being in the band and having several excellent teachers throughout the years was the only parts of Grafton I have fond memories of. Most of these teachers have moved away now. Over time, the staff has become more apathetic and less caring.
I'm a freshman at Grafton and I have to agree there are alot of stuck up people but if you get involved in activities that you like, you will find true friends here. Majority of the stuck up people are the "popular" groups but they don't amount to much of the school. the rest of the school is very nice. But you have to be tough to make it through this school.
i was very disappointed in GHS after good experiences with GBES and GMS. All of a sudden teachers dont communicate with parents, dont respond to phone calls or problems. My child has a problem with a 10th grade English teacher and we were pretty much ignored on it. Staff just seems not to care much.
I am a freshman, and i love this school. I like the people i am friends with but if you havnt moved here from middle school, than your going to find a hard time making friends. People are so clique orientated and no one really talks to new people. The teachers are okay, but the guidance counclers rock! If you were every bullyed you could talk to anyone and they would help.
I have 2 children in Grafton High. I have to say most of the teachers are wonderful but we have experienced several that going the extra mile was not what they signed on for. One of my children is continually made fun of, put down, etc. Staff has no problem promoting "no bullying" but does not intervene themselves. "Look the other way" seems to be the policy. Students who don't have everything going for them need to be helped up instead of raising those at the top even higher. Grafton needs to pay more attention to those in the gutter - they are not a lost cause and want success and acceptance even more than those it has been handed to gift wrapped. It is sad that many teachers at Grafton "just want to put in their 8 and go home". Check out the staff parking lot 20 minutes after school is out.......no problem finding many open spaces.
I am a student currently enrolled in Grafton. I believe the teachers are amazing, except some teachers if you need help, you have to work hard to get help. The Athletics are superb. Various extracurricular activities. Also, a huge selection of courses, the largest in the district. Furthermore, I have heard comments from students from Grafton, Tabb, and York; actually one of my friends recently transferred from Tabb. My friend said that the teachers and the choice of courses at Grafton are way better. I'm a army brat and came to Grafton the second semester of last year. I have read some of the reviews and I understand how some people get the impression of people being "stuck up" or not so friendly; however, the majority of Grafton of are truly friendly. I may have not made friends the first day, but if you get involved with clubs/sports and find true friends you will really enjoy high school.
We moved from Poquoson and my daughter started Grafton. I find Grafton to be more advanced than Poquoson. This is especially so because it is more like a junior college rather than a high school. I believe they really prepare students for a more college bound life after high school. Also I believe they offer more courses and more variety in sports. Just a top notch school all the way around.
I am entering my sophomore year at Grafton and overall I am happy with my experience so far. The teachers are all friendly enough and they offer many different classes that will keep you challenged. The athletics at Grafton are also great. I do have to admit that Grafton is one of those high schools with the stereotypical high school cliques. You may feel lost in the crowd at first, but most students quickly find someone that shares their interests.
I started high school at Grafton, mostly because of it's Band program. Since I joined, they have had 2 grand champion marching band years, and i watched the alma mater be written (13 years after the school was built.) I also was in the Naval JROTC program, which meets at Tabb High School. So I can say from experience that Grafton is much better than Tabb. Although the building may seem daunting and it's layout confusing, most everyone (Staff and Students) inside were open and kind to each other to make friends. Too bad the same cannot be said for the whole year, as students get weary of School and others.
I started at Grafton my junior year & graduated there. It was the most depressing year of my life. My high school years are not something I can look back on and say it was a happy time. I was a military child and the kids just didn't welcome me in. There are a lot of 'rich' kids around there and everyone is just stuck up.
This is a terrible school - it fails to educate properly and the students are extremely rude and clique-oriented. The school is probably the worst in the district in terms of socially accepting new students and minorities.
We are a military family who moved to the area. I was new to the American system having been in Europe all my life. The school were and still are wonderfully supportive of both myself and my son. If emailing staff with concerns or questions I always recieve an email or phone call back the same day. They are very pro-active as regards education. I love the AP classes which really give students a foot up for college and introduce them to a wider variety of subjects. The Music Department is wonderful and a huge sense of pride for both students and parents alike. I think parents also have plenty of information available to them concerning the school activies and events and this is due to an excellent web site. I am so relieved that we are here in Grafton and could not recommend it highly enough to new parents to the area.
My son also entered Grafton in his Junior year and has been treated horribly by the staff. I have had conversations with the attendance and the guidance staff with no results. The attendance 'older women' has been constantly rude and ill mannered. We have been a family that has moved from several states and many schools. We were told that Grafton was a high ranked school. I don't see that at all. It is a school that treats you in accordance on what you wear and where you live. I would never recommend that school to anyone. My son has been transferred to another school at his request.
I think that Grafton High School is a good school education wise, but if you do not wear Hollister, American Eagle, Aeropostale, etc...then you probaly not fit in because it is full of preps. There are hardly any black kids...and if you dont wear the namebrand that blacks wear then your a little nerd.
Had 2 sons graduate in 05 & 07. School is not perfect but I was satisfied. I stayed involved and email communication is great. Basnd is superb in both HS & MS. Fantastic directors that care about the kids. Only 2 poor teachers in 6 years, the rest average to great. Stay proactive & involved & there should be no major problems.
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