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Old 06-07-2010, 08:30 AM
 
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I wouldn't call leaving an iPod unattended in a public place having something stolen. Your son left his iPod, and someone came along and "found" it.
Thanks for pretty much summing up the culture of a lot of young people at Grady these days. That I've got to "gets mine" and anything I want is mine for the taking, regardless of whether it belongs to someone else or not.
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:35 PM
 
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AS a parent of a boy going into his sophmore year AND that I just accepted a job in ATL from the suburbs of New York, the orginal poster voiced my EXACT concerns as I walked through the school today since I just signed a lease in the Grady School district. I have to agree I was taken aback when I walked through the metal detectors at Grady-since my son's current school doesn;t have them and as a product of the school system in the Bronx, NY- we didn't have metal detectors then either ( albeit it was the late 80's- early 90's and I went to Catholic school) BUT I did happen to bump into a group of girls on the campus and I spoke to them about their experience and voiced my concern of taking my 15 y.o. from a suburb to an urban public school. They were bright, friendly and assured me that yes there were issues with some kids being "mean" or "snooty" but then said there were great kids and that my kid would be fine as a NY'er and an Athlete. they told me that they feel challenged in their classes and that they felt that their teachers REALLY cared about them and helping them succeed. I immediatly felt my fears fade- as I took into consideration that my son will "grow up"- he will have to ride public transportation (they give Marta cards to all the kids ) instead of the "cheese bus" that he's used to and like a previous poster said the HS he currently goes to was filled with all the kids he went the middle school with- no variations, no real diversity.

I spoke with my son about it and everything that I was concerned with- he took in stride and said to me that he was okay with the "new"challenges- it would be exciting at the very least. My advice- know your kid and trust them. you know whom you've raised and understand that the world is different place than it was when we were in school, your involvement in his schooling no matter what school he goes to- will make all the difference.

one plus for me- Grady is walking distance from my new job, so my son and I spoke about him walking to my job after school and then we go home together. This way, we get to talk about his day every day when it's still fresh and I can combat any issues he has with school if/when they happen.
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Old 06-25-2010, 05:31 AM
 
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While children shouldn't steal, it is beyond me why students bring expensive tempting electronics and other toys to school. We also told our kids that if they took it to school and then it was stolen, they were on their own.

I think Headinwest has a great attitude and it sounds like your son is a keeper.

Make sure he gets involved in a sport or other extracurricular. This is the absolute best way to meet like minded kids. (In my experience cross country is one place that attracts the smartest and nicest kids, and requires mostly persistence and a willingness to sweat rather than real talent.)
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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i go to grady and i came from paideia and there are occasional fights but nobody walks around fearing they may get beat up or *gasp* a bloody nose. its really not bad, the school is what you make it. fact of the matter is, if you dont like violence, you should have stayed at paideia
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Old 07-17-2010, 02:29 PM
 
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While controversial with some, I'm a bit of a fan of the SAT. I think it helps gauge schools and universities. Naturally the data can be skewed if weaker students can be convinced not to to take it. Anyway, here are the top 100 from 2009. Georgia Department of Education - AP, SAT, ACT and PSAT Unit (http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/ci_iap_satap.aspx - broken link) Sorry, but aligning the columns would be time consuming. Grady ranked 81st at 1498 (we'll just say 1500) with 173 taking the test with one site listing total enrollment of 1338 (so maybe 300 seniors?). Although their Wikipedia page claims an average SAT of 1580. Georgia public schools average was 1450. So GHS scores above average with maybe half taking the SAT. Not exactly stellar in performance but the best among the Atlanta City Schools.

District School Test Takers Reading Math Writing Total
Richmond County John S Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School 79 588 572 584 1744
Cobb County George Walton Comprehensive High School 521 575 589 558 1722
Fulton County Northview High School 555 558 600 564 1722
Savannah-Chatham Savannah Arts Academy 153 587 560 564 1711
Muscogee County Columbus High School 231 569 568 560 1697
Fulton County Riverwood High School 186 562 566 560 1688
Fulton County Alpharetta High School 351 554 571 561 1686
Fulton County Chattahoochee High School 399 551 581 546 1678
Fulton County Roswell High School 397 545 567 559 1671
DeKalb County Chamblee High School 236 558 563 541 1662
Cobb County Lassiter High School 402 555 567 536 1658
Fulton County Milton High School 411 552 560 545 1657
Cobb County Alan C. Pope High School 381 550 568 538 1656
Catoosa County Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School 31 553 542 556 1651
Cobb County Wheeler High School 234 550 555 535 1640
Fayette County McIntosh High School 283 540 559 533 1632
Fayette County Starr's Mill High School 338 540 565 527 1632
Gwinett County Brookwood High School 618 532 559 534 1625
Forsyth County South Forsyth High School 426 542 552 528 1622
Fulton County Centennial High School 372 534 549 531 1614
Columbia County Lakeside High School 257 534 542 524 1600
DeKalb County Lakeside High School 254 538 532 528 1598
Cobb County Harrison High School 491 536 541 519 1596
Gwinett County Parkview High School 467 529 547 520 1596
Trion City Trion High School 27 523 553 520 1596
DeKalb County Dekalb School of the Arts 40 557 495 537 1589
Cherokee County Creekview High School 162 529 540 519 1588
Floyd County Armuchee High School 33 525 532 531 1588
Rome City Rome High School 100 535 535 515 1585
Decatur City Decatur High School 131 541 523 513 1577
Oconee County North Oconee High School 126 522 538 516 1576
Cherokee County Woodstock High School 250 524 531 518 1573
Gwinett County North Gwinnett High School 475 517 549 507 1573
Bryan County Richmond Hill High School 187 531 537 504 1572
Cherokee County Sequoyah High School 215 525 529 518 1572
Gwinett County Duluth High School 259 513 543 512 1568
Walker County Ridgeland High School 19 526 513 525 1564
Fulton County Connected Academy 27 532 506 525 1563
Jefferson City Jefferson High School 66 515 542 505 1562
Gwinett County Norcross High School 392 515 535 508 1558
Oconee County Oconee County High School 212 516 527 512 1555
Gwinett County Peachtree Ridge High School 528 512 536 505 1553
Cobb County Kennesaw Mountain High School 472 523 523 505 1551
Floyd County Pepperell High School 27 523 516 512 1551
Cherokee County Etowah High School 197 514 532 502 1548
State Charter Charter Conservatory for Liberal Arts & Technology 15 553 496 499 1548
Fulton County North Springs High School 192 521 514 510 1545
Coweta County Northgate High School 160 522 522 498 1542
Forsyth County North Forsyth High School 201 520 515 507 1542
Gwinett County Mill Creek High School 569 510 529 503 1542
Floyd County Coosa High School 31 516 515 508 1539
Henry County Eagles Landing High School 56 519 512 508 1539
Richmond County Augustus R Johnson Health 71 507 531 501 1539
DeKalb County Dunwoody High School 231 513 514 506 1533
Floyd County Model High School 35 525 509 499 1533
Bacon County Bacon County High School 18 521 514 494 1529
Gwinett County Collins Hill High School 565 508 528 493 1529
Forsyth County West Forsyth High School 152 515 517 496 1528
Cherokee County Cherokee High School 136 512 523 492 1527
Columbia County Greenbrier High School 317 513 517 496 1526
DeKalb County Druid Hills High School 195 515 502 505 1522
Houston County Northside High School 96 508 519 494 1521
Coweta County Newnan High School 130 510 515 493 1518
Social Circle Social Circle High School 19 528 497 491 1516
Carroll County Bowdon High School 25 493 542 479 1514
Houston County Houston County High School 279 513 517 484 1514
Lumpkin County Lumpkin County High School 104 514 507 493 1514
Marietta City Marietta High School 237 504 517 493 1514
Oglethrope County Oglethorpe County High School 59 512 498 504 1514
Bartow County Cass Comprehensive High School 85 511 507 489 1507
Gwinett County Dacula High School 280 501 515 489 1505
Forsyth County Forsyth Central High School 225 505 500 498 1503
Polk County Cedartown High School 50 501 514 488 1503
Dalton City Dalton High School 130 503 502 497 1502
Fayette County Sandy Creek High School 199 507 504 491 1502
Fayette County Whitewater High School 290 504 506 491 1501
Cobb County Carlton J Kell High School 248 502 512 486 1500
Houston County Warner Robins High School 210 508 509 482 1499
Pulaski County Hawkinsville High School 33 502 505 492 1499
Whitfield County Northwest Whitfield County High School 125 495 522 482 1499
Atlanta City Henry W. Grady High School 173 511 482 505 1498
Coweta County East Coweta High School 207 504 511 479 1494
Gwinett County Grayson High School 402 498 508 488 1494
Hall County Chestatee High School 102 485 522 487 1494
Glynn County Glynn Academy High School 161 505 501 487 1493
Richmond County Westside High School 85 491 511 488 1490
Harris County Harris County High School 139 499 500 489 1488
Pike County Pike County High School 93 506 498 482 1486
Houston County Perry High School 98 497 501 487 1485
Hall County North Hall High School 129 500 500 484 1484
Bleckley County Bleckley County School System 61 497 509 477 1483
Lee County Lee County High School 156 498 496 489 1483
Catoosa County Ringgold High School 132 500 504 478 1482
Henry County Union Grove High School 197 502 491 489 1482
Commerce City Commerce High School 48 512 478 488 1478
Hall County West Hall High School 108 498 498 481 1477
White County White County High School 90 507 485 485 1477
Cobb County Campbell High School 260 498 491 486 1475
Gilmer County Gilmer High School 87 497 499 479 1475
Gwinett County Central Gwinnett High School 242 492 504 479 1475
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Old 07-17-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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i go to grady and i came from paideia and there are occasional fights but nobody walks around fearing they may get beat up or *gasp* a bloody nose. its really not bad, the school is what you make it. fact of the matter is, if you dont like violence, you should have stayed at paideia
I knew a kid who went to Grady (20 years ago). He said he wanted to go to Grady over other academically better schools because he thought those schools were "boring". And no, he didn't aspire to the Ivy League schools, but rather repairing cars. He decided to straighten up when he turned 18 because he knew his arrests would no long go to juvenile court.

I think the "best schools" are in north Atlanta or choose private or even home schooling.
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:04 PM
 
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Grady is way different now than it was 20 years ago. And... north Atlanta schools may also be way different in 20 years than they are now.

What's your point?
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:51 PM
 
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Grady is way different now than it was 20 years ago. And... north Atlanta schools may also be way different in 20 years than they are now.

What's your point?
Best schools are found in North Fulton and in Cobb. Grady is about as good as Atlanta schools can get and Grady is pretty average. Maybe there is a demographic shift going on but for parents sending their kid to school, better to see how things are right now.

If I lived in an Atlanta city school district, I would send my kid to private school or home school. We should have school choice so schools would have to compete for students.
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Old 09-01-2010, 01:04 AM
 
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What I know of Grady High School is there is a lot of tagger's who go there .... Ask the members of the neighborhood in Mid Town they will tell you ......
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Old 09-11-2010, 08:00 AM
 
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hi im a student at grady high school and i am a sophomore. grady high school my mom thought that the exact same things as you but since all my friends went there i really wanted to go, so she placed me in the magnet program which allows those children to be placed away from more of the violent ones. grady high school is one of the record breaking school, its so good that it even was on a tv show. we have newspapers that have been rated one in the country. and the students there range from the nicest neighborhoods to the not so good ones. to tell you the truth there is fighting every once in the blue moon but for both the two years ive been here there was been no weapon bringing or fight that werent broken up immidiatley. the school has students that go on to the highest up schools for example harvard and ucla. Our school for the past four years has been under a system where if you fight or do anything in that manner or bring any type of illegal things to school then you are automatically expelled. so most of the violent students have all been kicked out. theres really nothing to worry about and not to mention if you bring your son to a private school he might get involved with the wrong crowd and start doing higher up drugs due to the amount of money.
if you send your son to grady high school i guarantee he will love it.
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