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  • South Gwinnett High School6

    Snellville, GA | Gwinnett County

    November 14, 2014


    I am a senior here. The whole academy thing is not working out well. The only significant difference I see is with the counselors. No one knows where to locate the counselors now that the counselors are no longer located in the counseling office. All of us need recommendations, transcripts, and to know about our graduation requirements, but the counselors make it so difficult for us. They try to have senior talks with each individual academy group of seniors. But they have not been successful. Why can't they just have a large senior talk after school? Seniors who actually care about graduating would stay after school to get information. Some of us go to Maxwell or Grayson-Tech, and usually the academy senior talks are during lunch. Thus, some seniors are unaware of information that is necessary for graduation. I honestly feel that the counselors are helping the students who aren't on the track to graduate more than the students who actually are going to graduate. Why am I penalized because other seniors don't and didn't care about passing their classes? Our motto was "college not if, but where," but now it seems more like "just trying to get you out of here."

    Submitted by a student

    September 26, 2014


    Where does one begin? My daughter is a 9th grader at South and is very unhappy there. She is an Honors student and is a great girl however this school is eating her alive. She has seen 5 kids beat within an inch of their lives...just this week!!! There are girls that pick on her and her friends and call them names for no reason and her teachers are not challenging her enough. Her accelerated algebra teacher just write problems on the board and tells them to copy it, not walk them through it. She is so frustrated. Since we bought our home, the school has hit a serious decline and I will not continue to submit my children to this school. We are selling our home ASAP and moving to North Gwinnett or Forsyth county. They really need to fix this school and quick. NONE of our neighborhood high school kids go here and that's just sad.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 26, 2014


    This is a response to the parent post from earlier today....my family was in a similar situation with one son entering South Gwinnett and the other a rising freshman. We moved to a different school district midway through the school year last year. It was the best decision we could have made. My children (both of whom are AP Honors students) are finally being challenged in a school with other similar students. The extra attention the teachers are able to provide allows for the kids to really learn. Both of my sons are thriving once we removed them from the Snellville school systems.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 21, 2014


    This is one of the worst school in Gwinnett. The administrative staff is clueless and have no idea who is responsible for what. Trying to contact the school by phone is a parent nightmare. No one answers the phone and if an when they answer you are either transferred to someone else's voice mail or disconnected. Forget about leaving a voice mail because your child's so called counselor will just not call you back. I wish I had to means to send my child to another school.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 5, 2014


    South Gwinnett is way too easy. Recently they have been pushing students to be in AP classes, so now AP teachers have to accommodate for the students who are taking AP classes and shouldn't be. I am currently in 4 AP classes and each class is filled to the brim with students (except my AP Physics class). Teachers give students way too many opportunities for extra credit because about half the class fails the tests they give. My classmates are failing because, I hate to say it, they lack academic capacity that is needed to take these AP level tests and classes. Even with the 10 points we receive at the end of the year, most of these students are still failing which in turn makes the teacher feel bad, so they feel obligated to give out extra credit. Therefore, with AP teachers giving less challenging assignments and tons of extra credit, students like me who have been in the gifted program their whole life aren't being challenged in class anymore. I don't even remember the last time I've done homework and some how I got all A's last semester. I found myself getting 101's in two of my classes at the end of the year and having a 101 in an AP class just sounds unrealistic.

    Submitted by a student

    February 23, 2014


    I am amazed too about the last review that was written. Let me begin by saying that we are in the minority however, my son has done very well at South. He is currently a Junior. He takes AP courses and honors classes and he is an A student. He did awesome on the SAT and ACT and will start dual enrollment next year. He really has done well in classes. He does tell me about things that go on at the school with the kids.I do believe that happens at all schools. Some more than others. Administration had changed a good bit. However I do believe that most teachers and staff over there care about keeping the kids out of trouble and focused on college. The few that I've dealt with in the administration have been very helpful and fair. They stay busy and stay on top of their game. I would never give this school lower than a 4. I am pleased with the teachers and staff. They are not perfect, but they do a great job. As parents, we have to do ours too.

    Submitted by a parent

    January 25, 2014


    wow I am amaze how some people on here down talk this school my son has been there for 2 years and we have been in GA for the last 5 years and I can definitely say this is a great school teachers as well as the administration stay in contact with the parents and for that last review it sounds weird that person saying things like that because for me and many of the parents I now this is a great school

    Submitted by a parent

    January 5, 2014


    South Gwinnett is a terrible school. I think because it has gotten bad reviews in the past the staff there is now over the top with discipline. My child was a straight A student all of her life until she attended south then it was constant petty phone calls from the school. The nee principal Mr. Thigpen is clueless and their lack of proper communication will cause your child to get lost in the shuffle if you allow it. If you want what is best for your child choose Grayson or Shiloh or anywhere other than south Gwinnett.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 9, 2013


    I dont know what to choose south gwinnett or shiloh. I would like yo go to shiloh mainly because of the IB program but i am zoned to south gwinnett and they have alot of AP classes please help me choose!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2013


    Meh.I'm a senior at south and its not as bad as everyone tries to make it out to be. Yes,south has issues undisciplined kids ,Drugs,Fights,Sex the whole spleel. But,Dont act likr brookwood "Gwinnetts Prized school doesnt have that too. South my last four years has been good.Nothing truly OUTRageous has happened to warrant that much negativity to our school.South offers ALOT of AP classes mpd most of which i have taken.The teachers sybsouth a great for the most part,amd they ALWAYS work with you. Even though as a High-school senior i wasn't stoked about getting a new principle Mr.Thigpen has not been bad his one and only goal is to put on back on praise and turn south back into the shining star it once was. GO COMETS

    August 5, 2013


    South Gwinnett high school needed. Mr. Hunter is an outstanding principle. Best principal in Gwinnett county

    Submitted by a parent

    June 30, 2013


    My daughter graduated in 2012 with Honors from South Gwinnett. Parents need to be involved in their childs school and have their child get involved in their school! You always see the same parents. The saddest part was going to my daughters games and NEVER seeing parents of certain girls. Stop pointing fingers at the schools, RAISE your child. By the time they get into high school the parents should have done their job. . . but in far to many cases they have not. If your child is proactive and has a good attitude about school they can adjust to any school they attend. I was glad my daughter was able to attend such a diverse school with Mr. Hunter as princepal. College. . .not if but where! Go Comets!

    Submitted by a parent

    February 26, 2013


    My daughter is a 9th grader at South Gwinnett and has not been doing well at all. She has been failing since last semester and I have not had any help or notification from the school. I relocated to Gwinnett so that my daughter would have a better chance at a education but to no avail at this high school. They do not provide any support to freshmans or freshmans's parents. I have reached out to the school on numerous occasions and have actually been told that there are too many students enrolled here to be able to reach out to parents. The portal that is available is not up to date and emailing teachers using the portal does not work because you do not get any response back even though counseling office advises you to use it to communicate with the teachers. Overrall I am not impressed. My daughter has always been a B student and is now failing makes no earthly sense to me. We will be relocating this summer.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 20, 2012


    South is in decline. In the early 2000s, it was ranked #11 in Georgia. Today, it is ranked #70. SAT scores are trending down and the most recent average score was 164 points below the national average as well as below the Gwinnett County average. Students are not as safe as they once were. The school failed to make AYP this past year.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 10, 2012


    I was not impressed with this school when my child attended in 2010-2011. My teen was in gifted classes and was always an A/B student. She barely passed last year! I did use the parent portal to keep up with her grades and work, and she did pass. However, i was very surprised that no counselor or teacher ever asked for a conference to discuss the grades and to perhaps offer my child some support (teaching time-management and study skills? Isn't that part of counselors job). Good kids are invisible here because the focus is on remediation and behavior issues (which cause a lot of distraction in class). Needless to say, we pulled her out to do online school and she is now back to a's and b's.

    Submitted by a parent

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