This school is wonderfully run with many teachers out on duty. Whenever there is a problem, it is quickly fixed
As a parent of a RS student I am concerned about the way school is managed. There are some excellent teachers but there are some 'not so good' teachers as well. There are teacher who are highly stressed out and are not particularly bothered about improving students. They do not treat students individually but expect them to fall into a 'stereotype' or 'profile'. This can destroy a child's confidence specially when they are beginning school at lower grades. There is a lack of good visionary leadership as well and this school definitely needs help.
I'm very concerned about the special education class. I don't feel that the students are getting all each one needs.
This school has tremendous parent involvement and wonderful teachers who go way above and beyond for the benefit of the children. Everyone at this school views it as a community. They have support from every angle and are completely focused on results.
My son had a wonderful year in Kindergarten. Mrs. Norman was more than we could ask for. It's looking good this year as well.
My children attend Running Springs for past 4 years and we are not happy about how they investigate and discipline students. They failed to notify parents when something happened at school / recess / school bus immediately or even never take action unless parents bring it up. Academically, school does OK job even though children are frequently taught by substitute teachers. (One of my daughter was taught by 75% of the school year by numerous substitutes on year! ) As parents, I support the school my children attend as much as possible and I don't want to wish my time away, but I can't wait until my children moves up to El Ranch Middle School.
My daughter has been attending Running Springs for 2 years. She started kindergarden and is now in 1st grade. We have been happy with the school so far. We've been lucky to get a good teacher. The campus is well kept and updated. The PTA seems to be strong, there is a lot of parent involvment in this school's functions. My daughter is safe and happy to attend everyday. I'm almost afraid to move out of the school's coverage area. We are adjusting to the new principle Mrs. Roach, she seems ok but not as on top of it as Bowden was. Overall I give Running Springs an A+.
I have had three children attend RS and they have had some good teachers and some fair teachers. The school does a good job with average to above average kids but there is little enrichment offered for the A student. For the below standard the administration does not help the teacher and will deny assistance. Your child has to fall two grade levels behind before the child will get official help, and the school offers far to few assistance/tutoring classes. On the good side the parent involvement is great and puts on many fun events. The school has not improved its rankings for many years which may be caused by the changing of staff. The principal has changed every 4 to 5 years, so there is little long term incentive on his/her part for improvement. Teachers have switched grades dramatically teaching 2nd then 5th, this is a great disruption.
My family moved into the area 14 years ago and had the opportunity to chose between Canyon Rim Elementary or Running Springs Elementary school since we lived on the border line between the two.We chose Running Springs. Both of my children have been afforded an excellent education and character building experiences courtesy of the excellent staff provided by their school! My daughter was heartbroken when her favorite teacher left for an opportunity to advance his career at another school mid-semester. To our relief he was replaced with an excellent substitute for the remainder of the year who was able to engage the students with his personality and computer skills(he also supervised a student run cable show on his own time for the school). Greg Bowden has done a fantastic job as Principal and I wish him luck in his promotion to Principal of Canyon High Elementary.
Daughter transferred into RS for the last quarter this year. Principal G. Bowden is a super guy who really cares about the kids. Her teacher Mr. Detling has loads of experience. Nothing but priase from our family on this school!
I love this school. I have to disagree with all the other reviews that say the principal isn't good and isn't concerned about the kids. He has been a great asset is helping my son have a great school year. I just cant say enough about his wonderful teacher who is kind, patient, and really concerned about my son. I am very grateful to have my child in such a wonderful school.
The school has great teachers for the younger grades. The principal has no concern for the children welfare in my opinion.
My son has attended R.S since kinder and is now in 6th. Each year being better than the last. The teachers go above & beyond, whether pregnant or not. We considered moving but could not bring ourselves to leaving R.S. The principal has done a great job. Running a school is a business but he has makes us feel all like family.
Wonderful Community! Great parents, teachers, administration, and most of all ... the best children!
This is a wonderful school full of learning and fun for kids. The teachers are great!
The teachers are wonderful, the district just needs to do something about the Principal.
Great neighborhood, great students, great parents, great teachers...just wish the principal made it all feel like it was a family and not a business.
When we moved from Irvine three years ago, we considered our home here in Anaheim Hills because it was right next to Running Springs. We find the leadership at Running Springs to be superior to many other schools in the community (The principal is very hands on and very involved with the school). We are pleased to see the dedication our son's teacher has shown and appreciate the learning invironment in which he is growing in.
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