Which school is best?
I KNOW

United States

#42 Jun 26, 2013
mama bear wrote:
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You are very convincing, but it just isn't true.
40-50 kids walking in at one time should still have to hand a ticket to someone. Kids were literally dropping flasks and brown bagging it. There is simply no excuse.
Did they check everyone for alcohol, or only address the sloppy drunks? If the sloppy drunks took shared transportation (party bus) were all the attendees on the bus checked?
Was there a thorough investigation? How did the children get the alcohol? Did transportation providers allow this? Did they get in trouble for allowing it? Were any charges filed?
If all of this did happen and everything was dealt with so well, why hasn't it been communicated? This could have been communicated without divulging personal information.
It seems the only time a thorough investigation into this kind of thing happens is when someone is injured or worse. Let's stop waiting and nip it in the bud and communicate that this behavior is unacceptable and can be very dangerous.
And yes, I want all the attendees parents notified - not just the drinkers. I want the issue addressed. How many kids were kicked out of the their prom this year for being under the influence county wide? What was Alexander's percentage of that?
A culture that deems drinking and partying a "right of passage" is very subtly pervasive.I made a different choice for my child because the problems other schools have are obvious, they are dealt with and policy is enforced uniformly.
You can have your opinion, but the truth of this matter is really ugly. And I am not going to name the drunk kids or the admins that looked the other way so hard they embarrassed themselves. Covering up this ugly and pretending Alexander is perfect is the worst thing that can happen for the students. It is time for Alexander to step up and be who they say they are for their students.
. THERE WAS NO COVER UP!! I have no clue what u r talking about all students that were caught drinking or drunk were punished at school. That night all parents or the drunk kids were called to come pick up their child. As for transportion that should be handled by the parents if indeed they allowed. Charges the prom was in ATL I guess they should have turned them over to APD and not call the parents !!!!!!
I don't know the last time u went to prom there is NO TICKET THEY GIVE THEY WALK IN GIVE NAME AND ENTER!!!!!! Again get your FACTS STRIGHT !!!!!! Why Complain on here if u don't like the way it was handled call the school or school board!!!! WAS IT THE SCHOOL FAULT SOME KIDS MADE BAD CHOICES I THINK NOT IT SHOULD FALL BACK ON THE KID AND THE PARENTING OR LACK OF IT!!!!!
mama bear

Atlanta, GA

#43 Jun 26, 2013
I KNOW wrote:
<quoted text>. THERE WAS NO COVER UP!! I have no clue what u r talking about all students that were caught drinking or drunk were punished at school. That night all parents or the drunk kids were called to come pick up their child. As for transportion that should be handled by the parents if indeed they allowed. Charges the prom was in ATL I guess they should have turned them over to APD and not call the parents !!!!!!
I don't know the last time u went to prom there is NO TICKET THEY GIVE THEY WALK IN GIVE NAME AND ENTER!!!!!! Again get your FACTS STRIGHT !!!!!! Why Complain on here if u don't like the way it was handled call the school or school board!!!! WAS IT THE SCHOOL FAULT SOME KIDS MADE BAD CHOICES I THINK NOT IT SHOULD FALL BACK ON THE KID AND THE PARENTING OR LACK OF IT!!!!!
The school is doing something wrong if students think it is ok to go to prom drunk and bring alcohol.

If there wasn't a cover up, why doesn't everyone know about it?

If attendees had to give their names to enter, why weren't they stopped at the door? Wasn't it obvious they had been drinking??? You said they weren't stopped at the door because 40 or more were entering at once, but if they had to give their names, it really wasn't like that was it?

I see that you think you know...but it is more and more apparent you are just making it up. And I think you want me to take it somewhere else because the truth hurts. My point wasn't to complain on here - it is to point out Alexander isn't the best and really needs to nip this nonsense in the bud if being the best is what they want...
mama troll

United States

#44 Jun 26, 2013
Were you there?

If not, how do you know that your allegations are true?

Because your teenager told you? That is a reliable source.

Why don't you tell us the outcome of your discussion concerning this issue with the principal?

Or do you think that posting this on the internet anonymously will get the administration to expose this "cover up"?
mama bear

Atlanta, GA

#45 Jun 27, 2013
mama troll wrote:
Were you there?
If not, how do you know that your allegations are true?
Because your teenager told you? That is a reliable source.
Why don't you tell us the outcome of your discussion concerning this issue with the principal?
Or do you think that posting this on the internet anonymously will get the administration to expose this "cover up"?
I was there. My child wasn't, as I stated, I made a different choice.

Again, my intent is not to expose cover ups at Alexander, I am not Randy Fox!!! My point is to say that Alexander is not"hands down" the best high school.

I do hope Alexander will stop pretending everything is peachy and address the problems. Perhaps, if parents of Alexander are reading this, or if a parent is considering where to send your child for high school - they will do their homework and check things out for themselves, which includes a teenagers perspective.(BTW - I do trust/know my teenager)
mama troll

United States

#46 Jun 27, 2013
So you were there and your child was not.

While all this alleged alcohol-related behavior was going on, you - as a responsible adult - did nothing.

Good job.
Kids go to Bremen

Norcross, GA

#47 Jun 27, 2013
move to Bremen City schools. Far better than anything Douglas County has to offer. Sure the drive is a pain but the schools are worth it.
observer

Mcdonough, GA

#48 Jun 27, 2013
Supervisor wrote:
It is not just Alexander, as far as preferential treatment being given according to who the parents are. It starts in the elementary schools with the Mommy's wanting there kids in a certain class, and goes on through high school. By high school it is looking the other way when the "connected students" get into trouble, or who gets on teams, etc.... However, it is not all the schools fault. Parents need to stop being helicopter parents and trying to protect kids when they make bad decisions. Let them suffer the consequences of their actions, better they learn now than at 30 in a jail cell or rehab.
As far as teacher requests from these parents, I think it is stupid. Unless,you have reason to believe the teacher is immoral, or unqualified, it is detrimental in the long run to request. Your child is not going to get to request who their boss is, or who their professors are. They must learn that guess what, you may not always like someone, but guess what you have to learn to get along and do the work. Part of the problem I have as a supervisor with todays generation is that they have entitlement issues. They think they are entitled to have it all, and then some. The real world does not work that way. I have actually had some of my younger adult employees parents call me to complain about their child's schedule. I have received phone calls from parents wanting to know why I did not hire their little darling.
Parents, teachers, administrators it is past time to start teaching todays generation individual responsibility. If not, they will not succeed in the REAL world. There are no ribbons and medals given out just for showing up. Hard work, persistence, and planning is what will get you ahead in this world. Hopefully, it will get you ahead. Which leads to another point, let your child fail. Let them fail, stop protecting them from every failure. Stop going asking for second chances in the form of retest, you didn't study for the math test...and you failed...oh well.
I don't disagree with you but I will tell you that privileged folks in the county, including administrators at schools and the county office, are able to get their children placed with the best teachers on every grade level. Parents with no connections have their children placed with the least competent teachers. And there are amazing disparities between teachers - even at the best schools. This routinely happens at South Douglas Elementary, Fairplay Middle and Alexander High (the best schools in the county).

Probably not a situation that's unique to Douglas County - but it is much more commonly done here than most of the public realizes.
mama troll

United States

#49 Jun 27, 2013
observer wrote:
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This is not a situation that's unique to Douglas County - but it is much more commonly done EVERYWHERE than most of the public realizes.
Fixed that for you!
kimb

Atlanta, GA

#50 Jun 27, 2013
mama bear wrote:
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If it doesn't work out at chms - consider Brighten. The middle school usually has openings and it is much smaller.
I would LOVE to get him into Brighten. They aren't accepting 6th graders. But I turned in an application in May, for him. He has been on the waiting list since he was in third grade. I just wanted to try again.
I KNOW

Douglasville, GA

#51 Jun 28, 2013
mama bear wrote:
<quoted text>
I was there. My child wasn't, as I stated, I made a different choice.
Again, my intent is not to expose cover ups at Alexander, I am not Randy Fox!!! My point is to say that Alexander is not"hands down" the best high school.
I do hope Alexander will stop pretending everything is peachy and address the problems. Perhaps, if parents of Alexander are reading this, or if a parent is considering where to send your child for high school - they will do their homework and check things out for themselves, which includes a teenagers perspective.(BTW - I do trust/know my teenager)
. So you were there ad your child was not. So it sounds to me that you are a TEACHER OR VENDER THAT WAS A THE PROM !!!!!

Again TAKE IT UP WITH THE PRINCIPAL AND ASK HIM WHAT HAPPENED TO THE KIDS. SOUNDS LIKE U R PISSED AJOUT YOUR JOB OR SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED AT YOUR JOB!!!!!

NO COVER UP PEOPLE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THEY WERE PUNISHED!!! And I'm sure thing will change for next year prom.

Or you can just keep stirring the pot!!!!!! Not going to get anywhere on here!!!!!
Beentheredonetha t

Villa Rica, GA

#52 Jun 28, 2013
kimb wrote:
<quoted text> I would LOVE to get him into Brighten. They aren't accepting 6th graders. But I turned in an application in May, for him. He has been on the waiting list since he was in third grade. I just wanted to try again.
Brighten middle school is the worst school to place your 6th grader in. They can't keep their middle school teachers because the administration is lousy and not set up for middle school student needs. 6th grade especially. Since the "6th grade academy" opened, the teachers leave fairly quickly for county schools. That many leaving in 5 to 6 years makes the common factor the school/administration, not the teachers. Check into it, and you'll see. The elementary is still ok, but the middle school is horrible.
lewholt

Atlanta, GA

#53 Jun 28, 2013
Chapel Hill
Beentheredonetha t

Villa Rica, GA

#54 Jun 28, 2013
lewholt wrote:
Chapel Hill
Yes! Chapel Hill and Fairplay are two of the best middle schools in the county!
Elliemae

Douglasville, GA

#55 Jun 29, 2013
Don't consider Arlington in Fairburn. There on the verge of closing. Everyone has left, leaders, teachers, students. It used to be a good school. Not anymore. Not really Christian either. Unless you count teaching bible verses.
NASCAR

Douglasville, GA

#56 Jun 29, 2013
Any many miny moe, just close your eyes and pic a straw.

DC schools are the pits, especially the "diversified" ones.
observer

Lithonia, GA

#57 Jun 29, 2013
NYC718 wrote:
I donít think Douglas County schools suck. I think all public schools have been on a downward decline for some years now. Too much time being spent on behavior issues. I feel unless your child is in danger of failing or donít have behavior problems you are push to the back of the line. As for parent portal it only gets updated when a progress report is due. If thatís the case I can just wait for the progress report. This one size fits all way of education in this country needs to stop. Children need to be separated by ability and behavior.
Separating students by ability and behavior was done for decades in public schools. It was called "tracking" and it worked. There's no need to ruin the education of students with potential by placing them next to chronic discipline problems who are functionally illiterate.

However, as our country came to focus more on shared misery under the guise of equal opportunity, this logical practice was ended.
DC Mother

Tucker, GA

#58 Jul 1, 2013
FMS has improved since they got a new principal. The old one allowed the popular kids to get away with all kinds of nonsense. Now if the administration at Alexander would grow a spine it might be a better school. There is way to much preferential treatment given to the athletes and cheerleaders. The admin at AHS seems way to concerned with being liked by the important people of the community than it does about teaching. These kids need to all be taught at home and at school that to be a success in life you must give it your all. That often times there are no do-overs.
PARENT

Ashburn, VA

#59 Jul 2, 2013
Every high school in Douglas County has their own problems some worse than others! You either take what you can and have your child do their best or you move out of the county. We have raised two children in the public school system in Douglas County. We are on our third and last and have thoughts of moving away. I want the country feel again, not the city!

Alexander is good for having higher test scores, that will change soon I'm sure. They are good about letting the kids have fun while learning also.

Chapel Hill is good for disapline, the principal and administration there doesn't put up with anything. Test scores are coming up and getting better and stronger. Great teachers, and administration.

Douglas County for the IB program and also the learning ability there, I have heard is wonderful for those who WANT to learn!

Lithia Springs had better get a STRONG principal in there and get a new administration staff! If not they are going to end up losing the battle.

New Manchester is a beautiful new school, with great teachers, staff, and administration. I hope that the kids that are lucky enough to go to this school will learn and do the right thing!

Regarding middle schools to be honest I think that there are two that are the best, Chapel Hill and Fairplay! Chapel Hill has the best scores and AWESOME administration, staff, and principal. They care about the kids and learning and if your child isn't doing what they are suppose to, you as the parents recieve a phone call!

My thoughts and prayers are that all the children of Douglas County - no matter what school they attend end up with a wonderful education and experience. Everyone deserves to have the same education no matter what as LONG AS IT IS WHAT THEY WANT. Do I think that all kids want to be in high school (NO). Most don't no matter which school it is. Good luck to you all, I hope that your child has wonderful experience like we have had for the past two kids of ours.

Since: Mar 11

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#60 Jul 2, 2013
observer wrote:
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Separating students by ability and behavior was done for decades in public schools. It was called "tracking" and it worked. There's no need to ruin the education of students with potential by placing them next to chronic discipline problems who are functionally illiterate.
However, as our country came to focus more on shared misery under the guise of equal opportunity, this logical practice was ended.
I'm glad I'm not the only one that feel this way. It's just common sense to me that would be the solution.

Since: Mar 11

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#61 Jul 2, 2013
To All

I was able to transfer to Chapel Hill. We will see how this workout.

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