To many students for the teachers, many many students bussed from all over the city. Culture clashing, bullying and large ratio of Student learning abilities. Mixing 6th graders with 7th and 8th graders presents a challenge the staff are not trained to deal with. The city is predominantly middle class Whites, and next Blacks, and Hispanic.
NO WINDOWS IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS and LOW CEILS create an atmosphere that is compressive to the learning environment. They server garbage all processed fast food for lunches NO NUTRITION. Also; many overweight and out of shape students create an atmosphere of misfits that lag behind in everything. The Office Staff are almost just plain RUDE or stupid with no sense of courtesy. I am not sure they are able to fire inept /incompetent teachers due to tenure and they have a powerful UNION call the AEA alabama education association. They do not understand how to keep class room enthusiasm because they are required not to discriminate so they have a LOW learning level of students which set the pace or ambient learning curve to be very slow. Students with quicker abilities are lumped into the group unless the parents are within an in the Affluent Group of People that live in Decatur. Their are too many clicks of kid in the school and this a direct emulation of how the parents act and their children learn this attitude and it reflects in how they treat other kids. I will be good when all schools are Vouchered Private schools.
Bullying, Non professionalism at all levels. Lazy Teachers. It's a fake uppity school. Students get merit if there parents are in the upper class.
The MIDDLE SCHOOL concept does not work.
I have had 2 of my own children that went through the HELL of the Decatur Middle School system. Then grandson that was bullied. They System does not work. Should be k-6 7-8 then 9-12 THEY DO NOT HAVE WINDOWS IN CLASS ROOMS at OAK PARK.
This school is filled with poorly rounded students who have been led to believe they are better than everyone and that there mommas will fix everything when they mess up. Also the girls dress is totally inappropriate with daisy duke shorts and mini skirts with low cut shirts. I am really ashamed to have to go to this school.( would have picked 0 stars if they let me)
I give my school and above average rating for the many activities it has active robotics. chorus, band, and many sports including track, football, basketball, volleyball, and more. We also have IB Experience which involves Spanish and learning about other places such as Mexico and many more. We have Computer Tech. to learn more about computers and how they work. I am currently in 6th grade getting ready for Football Spring Practice and we are going to whoop Brookhaven as well as in basketball. Our crosstown rival haha. Hope the review helps. This is from a student by the way.
I think the school is great. I love my school and appreciate everything they do for us. We have very many club opptions that we can choose, from to sports to clubs. I am in the spanish club and loven it.
For me cedar ridge was a home but also a horrible place to be at times. they are so focused on IB and other things such as band and football we were not learning the stuff for what school is suppose to be!
Be careful. If your finances permit you to do so, do not move into this school district. Send your children to private school if you live in the area. The principal and other administrators are the BIGGEST problem. They spent millions of tax dollars on an IB program to disguise their incompetencies--including a lack of discipline, lack of respect for their teachers and support staff, and lack of sanitation in the building.
Overall, Cedar Ridge is a good school. There are relatively few students who are in special education classes or whose native language is not English, so the classroom teachers can dedicate more time to mainstream students. There seems to be a low incidence of bullying and major discipline problems. Nonetheless, if one's child is a special needs child who is not outwardly affected (as in crippled or Down's Syndrome), don't expect all the special education people to go out of their way to help. Some will, and some won't. Expect a lot of discipline forms coming home for rather trivial things if your child is not a 'cardboard kid'. Fortunately, the principal and assistant principal are fairly approachable. We have had good teachers in the academic areas. The building is well maintained and there is a sense of pride from the faculty, staff and student body.