Sherwood Githens Middle
Durham, NC | Durham County
June 12, 2014
I am a student at Githens Middle School and have been going there since 6th grade. I'll be in 8th grade after the summer is over. I previously took the Common Core Math 1 EoC in 7th grade and everyone in the class got a 90%+ and passed. My class actually did better than most high schools in the District and we were only in 7th grade. The fact is that only the AiG groups want to learn and that's only 20% of the school. The rest of the classes don't want to learn and goof off such as fighting, skipping classes, doing drugs, talking back to the teacher, playing on phones. So since these people don't want to learn, the teachers can't teach them the skills that they need for the EoGs. So if 80% of the school doesn't want to learn and don't know how to solve questions that are going to be on the EoGs, the school average is going to go down. I suggest you not to come here as to how the environment is.
May 20, 2014
I live near this school. The lower test scores may be due to children being bused in from some of the more socioeconomically challenged sectors of the city, as well as because some high-density multifamily housing is located nearby. My own children attended public schools that were not the most highly-rated in the area, but they were nevertheless recognized as National Merit Scholars and were able to compete with the best in our urban county in combined classes with those who attended the supposedly better schools. Every public school has some students who are far ahead of the average student, as well as those who are far behind. In any case, there are plenty of affordable private schools in this area for those who would like their children to attend a school that is more competitive overall. Another option would be one of the local magnet schools. This district includes some of the priciest real estate in the city, most of which needs updating, by the way, but also includes neighborhoods where one can purchase an equally nice home (I know because we looked at both types of neighborhoods), with nice neighbors, and use the savings toward education, including college expenses.
April 7, 2014
the school is great my kids love it bob love it to and my self
January 13, 2014
Githens is a school trying hard to improve its academics and reputation. My son has had issues with bullying and the administrators have been highly responsive. The principal is involved, responsive, and enthusiastic. They have s a PRIDE system that rewards positive behavior and I hear it's made a huge difference. We've only interacted with 6 teachers - 2 have been good. Academically, his workload (homework, tests, and projects) is surprisingly light and not particularly challenging. I expected more - maybe it will pick up in the second half of the school year. There are a number of activities in which students can participate and there seems to be a fair amount of parental involvement. The majority of the kids there are GOOD KIDS. The biggest issue I see at Githens is mentality. Unfortunately, there is a large enough population of teachers and students whose mentality holds the school back. These are the people you hear about... If DPS can keep the current administrators in place, improve the quality of instruction. enhance the rigor of the academics, and continue with the positive behavior program, Githens will be a school to watch in the next few years.Submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
Yes, I know my school has a bad reputation. But people are only seeing the outside of my school. If you want to see the best school in Durham from the inside, in the heart of the school, Githens is the school to enroll your child. If you are spreading rumors about MY favorite school than you better check what you wrote before you post it. Because of our new PRIDE expectations kids (and I) have gone above and beyond every student in other schools. If you only had a heart to enroll your child here and look profoundly into your heart and realize MY school is exquisitely made for children to learn. It is perplexing to me why students/parents and/or teachers would go and tell the world that the school they enrolled/work for is the worst one yet. Go to this school no matter what the rumors say you will enjoy going to this school and you might as well be writing a comment to protect this school as well. And I am in 6th grade sharks AIG and I love this school already. - By shark student , Carolina Tebalan Morales
September 19, 2013
This school really does suck. I am a student here and everyone treats me in the worst way possible. I was insulted by students using profane language. The food is highly dis-tasteful and the teachers are barely teaching anything and overall, the school itself is bad too. They only have about 12-20 electives, and most of them are not worth it. You can barely find any diversity in children here, most of them I see are the same. The classes are very bad and you probably wont learn anything at all. I would highly suggest you don't come to this school and try a different school, any other school.
June 10, 2013
This is the worst school and administration ever. My child was strangled unconscious in his classroom with the teacher and 30 kids present. Do not let your child go to this school!Submitted by a parent
June 5, 2013
I have been a teacher in this school for the last 6-7 years. Middle schoolers are a very diverse, energetic bunch. Over the past few years we have made great academic strides and this year we have added P.R.I.D.E. traits - ask any student and they can tell you how PRIDE is a way of life! We are continuing to grow and will be implementing Service Learning through Leadership, raising the bar toward greater excellence! We have over 1,000 students and a staff dedicated to student success. Come see us, turn off the rhetoric coming from nay sayers. Students misbehaving is a factor in every school - we focus on the positive behavior and try to redirect through encouragement those that make poor choices. I am proud to be a member of our staff. Our parents are very supportive and our PTA the greatest - and that's saying something - most PTA's are not as involved at the Middle School Level. Raider PRIDE growing strong!!Submitted by a teacher
January 13, 2012
If you are a parent or student considering this school, I would like to point out that how well you or your child does depends on YOUR child/YOU. Stop trying to always blame the teachers and the school. The teachers at this school continually go above and beyond and reach out to kids in need. I am physically handicapped and I could not be more inspired by the support these teachers have given to me. No school could be better providing me for the world. -A Student
September 8, 2011
The new PRIDE motto is great! It stands for Punctual, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence.Submitted by a parent
June 25, 2011
Ok, to the person below me. Yes, our school has a bad reputation. Kids fight almost every week, they don't really respect some teachers, and half the kids from this school come from a bad background. But I think you went to far to be saying that kids have sex in the bathroom. o.o In average the kids there are very nice (Even, yes the intimidating ones that cuss out the teacher.), and most of the teacher there CARE for the kids. (I have to admit though not all are very good at teaching) We also have a awesome principle, and a good amount of sports and clubs after school. You sound like a 6th grader that's going to this school next year. Don't listen to the rumors. We're not that bad.
June 14, 2011
okay, if your thinking about moving to this school district consider the following: in the classrooms there's a lot of profound language and no respect to the teachers at all you can count on a fight happening almost every day on the bus kids are usually running up and down the isle and jumping over seats and screaming and sometimes the kids have sex with eachother the bathrooms usually are disgusting at lunch, don't even get me started unless you like what i've written and are in to that sort of thing.... come to this school. if not, move somewhere else i'm pretty sure the other positive reviews are fake... there's no way what the other reviews said is true
March 29, 2011
My daughter has had an excellent experience at Githens so far. I am impressed with the teachers and school organization.Submitted by a parent
April 10, 2010
I am a student at Githens Middle school and I would recommed this school to a friend. Githens is a very friendly school and the teachers are very nice(sometimes). One thing i cant stand is that it is very unorginized!!! And our acedemics are not very pleasing. The students there a pretty friendly. But the staff is really working hard on making this school a more acedimic and friendly school.Submitted by a student
March 12, 2010
We are approaching the end of 5 great years at Githens! My high schooler was very well prepared by her 3 years at Githens and my eighth grader has also had a great experience. Caring teachers/coaches, great administrators, solid arts classes, lots of athletic opportunities, involved PTA, . . . I could go on and on with the positives. Advanced academics allow middle schoolers to leave with high school credits. Science fair, Battle of the Books team, Spelling Bee, Gingerbread House competitions- there is something for everyone. The school has a diverse population and that diversity is a strength. Githens is a great place to spend your middle school years!Submitted by a parent
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