I'm very disappointed. The first meeting with the parents a few weeks ago was a shock for me, no one from all of the first grade teachers could speak himself, they just were reading some prepared document displayed on the wall, one by one, nothing from the heart, just a formal reading. The first impression was: 'I don't like this job but I have to do that.' If you want to meet with the teacher for some reason you can't do that and have to wait for a next meeting in a month or so. Most of the teachers never say hi or smile when meet with parents or children. In the very beginning of the school year we signed a paper who can pick up our children from the school. What happens every afternon? They leave the class alone, the teacher disappears, so there is no control. Is it really safe?
The teachers are wonderful. They truly care about the children and their success. I am glad my child attends Bologna and I am looking for to many more fantastic experiences!
After two years at this school, I am looking for other options. My child is is at the top of his class in reading and math, however no challenging work is given to him. Everyone in the class does the same work, no matter where they are at. On the plus side, most of the kids I have seen do read pretty close to grade level.
Mr. Estes and all of the teachers at Bologna are skilled and caring people. Bologna is a quality place for children to learn.
My 5th grader has been at RGB since all-day kinder with Mrs. Shaw and I couldn't be more pleased with the school. The teachers are awesome and they have high expectations for the students. Mr. Estes has brought together a great staff of teachers!
I feel that Mr. Estes has done a wonderful job with my son. He has given him a great sense of worth, and self esteem. Also the office staff this year is the best. Thank you Bologna
Overall, Bologna does an excellent job of educating the students. My son attended all-day kindergarten with Mrs. Shaw and Mrs. Burke, and he couldn't have recieved a better education in a private school. This year (1st grade) with Mrs. Jenkins my son has made HUGE strides in reading. In this the school has exceeded my expectations. I would like to see more parent involvement and more encouragement of parent involvement, which I think would turn this good school into an exceptional school.
Our grandson is in kindergarten, and has Mrs. Angel. We are from PA. and while visiting AZ. in Dec. we scheduled a visit, and had the privilege of sitting in on one of his classes. The office staff was very friendly and helpful. His teacher, was everything he told us she would be, a good teacher, caring, and helpful. We saw that she has a good relationship with her students. She sends a positive message to them, included with organized structure in the classroom. Which we believe provides them with a good foundation for their coming school years. We liked the way the school was laid out as far as classes, library, and the courtyard. Our grandson was proud to show us his school. He has a positive outlook about his teacher and his school.
I have had children at this school since it opened. I feel that they have a great staff of teachers. The teachers all seem to be very caring as well as talented and dedicated. The PTA, FTO, parent site counsel, or whatever they are calling this year is a joke! As a parent it is difficult to continue to volunteer because of the clickish environment that has been allowed to continue. There are no elected officers, which allows the same self-chosen few to make all the decisions and then act extremely put upon because they feel they do all the work. Donations and volunteers do not receive acknowledgement let alone a thank you, donations (including tax donations) do not receive receipts, and don t expect to be repaid for purchases you are asked to make on behalf of the FTO , without a huge fight. Great Teachers are wonderful; a great school community would be even better.
Overall, very disappointed with Bologna. Minimal exposure to science, history, music, art. Class size 29 is common. No real PTO, no classroom 'open houses' except 'meet the teacher' 1st week of the year, no school open houses, one 15 minute parent/teacher conference for the entire school year (which ocurred without privacy as other parents waited in the classroom for their 15 minute conference), hard to access teachers, and inaccessible principle. Refused to offer any guidance for our ADHD child despite our verbal and writen requests.
Wonderful teachers however my interaction's with the Principal, Mr. Estes was not so wonderful. He in my opinion brings the school's value down.
A quality school. They have a very diverse population and meet the needs of all students. Their extra curricular activities are outstanding. Ranging from tutorials to sports. Mr. Grimes does an awesome job with many students involved in running club and the Hershey Track program. My children look forward to joining his running club and track club each year. I am very pleased with all the teachers my children have had over the last couple years. Bologna teachers, keep up the good work! Thank you!
My children have attended Bologna since it opened. James Estes and his staff are top notch. Having served on the PTO and interacting with the staff on a one-to-one basis, I have been and continue to be not only satisfied but impressed with the quality of education my kids are receiving. Bologna will be hard to match when the time comes for them to move on to Jr. High.
Three years ago my husband and I enrolled our children into Rudy G. Bologna elementary school. It seemed like a pretty good school. I asked many people about the principal and staff, it was all positive feedback. Unfortunately, this year has not been good. Mr. Estes is a very laidback principal who doesn't want to have to deal with problems. I would love to see a new person come in and put this school back on top. Every teacher that I have met or know are fantastic people with great attitudes that seem to love what they are doing.
Could use a principal who actually looks and acts like he wants to be there. He doesn't seem to want to help with problems, rather just act as though it really is no big deal.
Bologna is a good school but as all, could use a little improvement. With the current Principal there is no good Parent Teacher Organization. He prefers his P.L.T. with only very few who actually enjoy this type of meeting and are active in it. Could use a Principal who is more active and not so easy going and laid back. Would love to see more parent/teacher activities. Some really good teachers to be found at this school and some wonderful students who are a joy to see at the school every morning. Mr. Breen is especially wonderful to meet and he is very active with all the programs both safety and arts with this school. Make sure you look him up!
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