Berkeley has a lot of great elementary schools in my zone, they are all great but Rosa Parks really stands out. My son is now in 1st grade. The principal, teachers, staff and parent community bring together a really positive learning experience for my son. The campus which is very atypical for most school provides a great atmosphere. There is a lot of parent involvement including having parents come in to lead song sessions and Yoga demonstrating that it takes a community to help our children grow up strong. and for those of you who look closely at test scores. Rosa Parks had some of the highest increases within the state of California. I can't wait for my daughter who will be in Kindergarten at Rosa Parks next year.
My child is a Kindergartener at RP this year and we LOVE it. I have felt nothing but welcomed by the teachers, principal, and other parents. This school is the best kept secret in the Berkeley Public School System! (Oops ... Did I just let the cat out of the bag? Lucky for us ... we're in!) Your family will be happy to be a part of this community if you are picked in the lottery system. YAY Berkeley Public Schools! ~ A proud RP Parent and Berkeley Native
We are so lucky to be a part of the RP community. A 5? Really? Rosa Parks is sort of like an amazing vacation spot that hasn't been discovered yet. :) It will be soon ... and we get to be there. So fortunate. The teachers and administrators care about the children beyond their "standard testing". These kids get prepared socially and spiritually as well ... while developing conscious minds and caring personalities. Kudos to RP!
I am so excited to be a parent at Rosa Parks. The teachers are amazing, the support staff meets weekly to strategize on how meet the needs of all children and the campus is calm, respectful and safe. I am the parent of a child in the english only program and he has had amazing science classes, art and cooking. There are monthly assemblies
Rosa Parks has been a quiet kept secret in Berkeley. It has an amazing teaching staff that is supported by an energetic literacy coach all under the direction of a strong, but realistic principal. The principal can be seen on the school campus interacting with the students and parents daily. The students are engaged in their learning and develop the skills necessary to respect their peers and the environment. And the science teacher she is stellar. Keep up the great work!
We have been very happy with the quality of education and the overall atmosphere at Rosa Parks. Class sizes are small and the facility is beautiful. Our daughter is in the bilingual program in kindergarten, and her reading is excellent in both languages. The Spanish/English immersion program that BUSD offers is fantastic, and it is alive and well at Rosa Parks. Other benefits include the science program, gardening and cooking, and the strong after-school program.
My older son is now in middle school after all six elementary years at Rosa Parks and my younger son is in the fourth grade there. Nothing is more important to me than their education, and I've been very pleased with the quality of the teachers and programs at Rosa Parks. Both of my sons are really interested in school and challenged to achieve at high levels. The science program is engaging and interesting. The teachers really fo teach to all the children, including the high achievers. The district-wide music program has also enriched their lives greatly one of them even practices without being asked, he's so passionate about his instrument. Keep up the great work, Rosa Parks and Berkeley Unified School District!
Rosa Parks made significant gains in 05 on the state test, this is reflective of the restructure and focus on quality instruction. The school has landed an experienced principal and is excited to begin a new school year. Progress is definately on the horizon.
Many of the teachers at Rosa Parks are excellent, and the facilities are certainly above average. However, there are intractable problems at that school that the best efforts of the staff and the PTA have been unable to address. Proceed with caution.