• Glen Allen High School8

    Glen Allen, VA | Henrico County

    January 5, 2015

    I graduated from Glen Allen in 2014, and I was not zoned to attend this school, however, I applied to the specialty center program (Center for Education and Human Development). Throughout my years spent at GAHS, I was challenged with a daunting courseload with rigorous classes (countless APs/honors courses) while also being a part of honor societies and extracurricular clubs. I was a strong advocate for the arts in schools and I was able to be a big part of building Glen Allen's music programs from scratch. Glen Allen's state-of-the-art technology and facilities allow students and teachers to collaborate in ways unimaginable -- the teachers at this school have completely changed the face of secondary education in the 21st century. These teachers are the most enthusiastic and passionate educators I have ever known, and they are always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that their students succeed AND surpass their expectations. (Also, the random "negative comments" that exist on these reviews and are untrue and false. This school has a culture which accepts diversity. Furthermore, the teachers are incredibly inspiring and the most amazing people you will ever meet.)

    Submitted by a student

    November 18, 2014

    My school is has been able to balance diversity and a excellent learning environment immensely well. All of my teachers are fantastic and are able to make class as interactive as possible. They alone are enough to make me enjoy school but when you add a state of the art facility and a great student body, having a poor experience is nearly impossible.

    Submitted by a student

    September 15, 2014

    This place is great. I remember as a freshman there was no school spirit and now in my senior year everything has changed. Students get excited and show up to sporting events. Academically the school is very rigorous. Many students take 5 or more AP's their junior and senior year. The teachers are good at their jobs and enthusiastic. I am proud to be a Jaguar.

    Submitted by a student

    June 1, 2014

    the school is terrible and racist. The teachers don't care for your education. The classes are hard. The students bully other students

    Submitted by a student

    May 31, 2014

    The school is wonderful and my child is very happy here and has made so many new friends and loves all her teachers

    Submitted by a parent

    April 20, 2014

    Too many of the teachers think that group projects and the flipped classroom is the only way to teach. If I'm going to class, I want the teacher to teach. They have the degrees and are the experts. Plus, the students are as smart as some of the teachers and principals make them out to be. Some of the students are really stuck up and their parents will support them even if they are cheating. One student cheated on a paper and the teacher had to give a passing grade! One of my teachers has been great, but was singled out because they don't teach like the other teachers. Students spend more time on social websites than paying attention in class. I don't want everyone to think this is a terrible school, but there are certain realities about this school that are kept quiet about. Don't believe all of the hype about how great the school is. It's got a lot of flaws. Some students will get away with a lot of stuff because their parents make a bunch of noise when things don't go their way.

    Submitted by a student

    December 14, 2012

    I have been teaching at Glen Allen since it opened in 2010. It really is a wonderful school, like many others in Henrico County. Its strengths include: (1) A surprisingly varied student body. I expected GAHS to be more white and affluent than it really is; many ethnicities and economic levels are here. (2) Creative, enthusiastic teachers. Our vision was to create a learning environment that is student-centered and focused on fostering 21st century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and technological competency. Much of what we do strives toward this outcome in a tangible way. As such, the kids moving here from other schools felt like GAHS was too different and too difficult for them, but I think everyone has gotten used to it. Unlike other schools I've been at, the faculty and administration at GAHS love being there every day. (3) Great kids. Sure, some can be a little bratty, and there are some tensions between some student groups. But on the whole the student body is pretty cohesive, and I've seen so many step up in leadership and service roles. (4) Our head principal sets high standards, keeps us accountable, and doesn't micromanage us.

    Submitted by a teacher

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