Giant City Elementary School
Carbondale, IL 62902
About This School
In 2011, Giant City Elementary School had 17 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Illinois average is 16 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Giant City Elementary School Reviews
School in decline
All my children attended Giant City. Due to a decline in student population and funding, several classes are being combined to create multi-age classrooms with two grade levels per classroom. This tactic increases classroom size and complexity. I believe it hinders learning for some students. It also makes it harder on those children who need extra attention to keep up with class. The 2013 tax referendum did not pass, and the school is financially stressed. Last school year, the heat in the school was not turned on until December. Students and teachers wore coats in the classroom. Families are leaving the district to go to schools with better teaching and extra-curricular opportunities. Many are leaving because of the politics. It is my opinion there is a serious lack of leadership with the new [position retracted].
I have been a part of this school for many years and the last few have been heartbreaking. A new administrator may help, but many of the issues there are too far gone. One very serious issue is that the school is ran by the school board and their children--not the principal. The morale is rock bottom and it's a very cold and backstabbing place. Academics take a backseat to school board members wishes and kids. Sad.
So many things have happened in the last few years to cause this school to loose its vision. There are hopes for the new superintentent, but the board is a lost cause--some of them don't even have children at the school, but continue to be controlling micromanagers. Good luck.
My daughter attended this school since Kindergarten and is now going into 8th grade. I would highly recommend this school. We have great teachers, staff and parents. Our academics are rated high and we have a very active PTO and Booster Club doing some great things for the school community. I'm so glad we made the move into this school district.