I went to Rancho last year, until my family moved us up north. I actually had a fun time there since I knew most of the people and grew up with them ever since elementary school. However, I did see a lot of kids being bullied and many were lonely. I would hear a lot of girls talking behind each others backs, and fights happened. Don't get me wrong, there were only like 2-3 fights last year, but there was bullying nonetheless. There's just a lot of people there that think they are superior to others, and there is definitely a separation of the popular and the "nerds". The academic portion of this school was okay, although they could have pushed me a bit more. The school I'm going to now is definitely better- academically and socially. Overall, it was an okay school it just had a lot of bullying.
My child is now in 8th grade at Rancho and LOVES it. The teachers are amazing. Office staff & counselors are friendly, respond quickly to phone calls - even "off hours" - and have always been there to help in any situation. While she was bullied in elementary school, she has not had any problems at Rancho. She says the kids are nice; they are smart; and she actually enjoys going to school! The accellerated classes are excellent. The school is beautiful, clean, grounds are gorgeous. This place has its act together. Can't recommend it highly enough. Feel so blessed that we are able to have our child attending there. 3 class on/3-class off is a great schedule & allows the kids to spend more time learning vs. running from class to class all day. My child comes home with stories each day about things discussed in class & her teachers. She LOVES the teachers! That says it all. She works hard because they've have helped motivate & challenge her, & I can see the confidence & pride this has given her. I hope high school is as wonderful an experience as Rancho, & look forward to the same excellence in education at Rancho for my other children when they enter 7th grade. A+!
I love this school. Teachers really helped me throughout the year. There's clubs and different things you can enjoy here. The campus may be big, but I've never gotten lost and I like the block schedule. 123 on one day and the next day is 456 day. I was bullied in elementary school, but in Rancho I wasn't. It changed my life because I made new friends and I did really well in this school. So Rancho is a wonderful school in my opinion.
Rancho really helped me throughout the year. It's an excellent school because teacher's are there to help you and you make a lot of friends. The year has been really great
This school is ridiculously overcrowded and the staff only wants to pass the children through -- like cattle. They don't care if your child fails, they just want to pass them along so the next wave of children can come through. Unfortunately, my child did really poorly the entire time while he was at Rancho Del Rey, although I BEGGED his teachers and administration for assistance. It's a shame because this was his "transition" school from being an elementary school kid to a teenager; the lack of concern from his teachers really destroyed his self esteem and did not prepare him for high school. I really, REALLY wish I had enrolled him in another school.
My child started out here and was bullied, tortured, and made a fool of even by teachers reading her work Outloud and mocking her. We are now looking into enrolling her in Pilgrim Lutheran. We are in the middle of getting tuition assistance application done. This new school will be safe, willing to work with us financially (trust me, we can't afford it but they are so helpful.) and will just be a better place for my daughter. They principal even takes calls on her cell on weekends...where will you find that?
Horrible!!!!! My son was bullied, teased and treated horribly at this school. The staff and teachers aren't friendly. School has waaaaaaaaay to many kids, this makes it hard for kids to adjust here. The kids at this school are very cliquish and not very welcoming to new students. My son did well at every school he attended but not at this school!!
My daughter moved to this school for 8th grade, and she has been bullied to the point where she cuts herself and cries in her closet. Sometimes she comes home from school happy, but it doesnt last long, in a few days she'll come home with no emotion and wont eat.
I feel that Rancho is a great school. They offer accelerated classes if you want your child to be challenged. The teachers have always returned my e-mails within 24 hours...even on weekends. I do wish that they had more teachers participating in online grading, but we do have a few and it has been super helpful. Our principal is very approachable and has a "coffee with the principal" monthly to update us about Rancho. My son has a new councelor this year who has been extremely helpful. She has even set us up with a 6year plan to prepare for college. They do have a PTSO where parents can get involved. Rancho is always trying to recruit parents, so I am very surprised to read about how they are so not welcoming. I receive an e-blast weekly that tells me of all upcoming events. If you are not receiving them, then call the school and they will get you on it. Get involved...go to meetings...go to the parent workshops when they offer them!
Both of my kids have gone there. My daughter had no problems except for some bullying and my son who is there now, I have some complaints about how the school runs and the teachers who have not helped him. I never received a phone call regarding any problems yet I find out later he is failing 3 classes. They mention tutors on their website but when I asked to get my son a tutor they told me that they didnt have any. I called any spoke with his counselor Mr. Miguel Mendez-Bautista and he was of no help. All they said was he can go to Saturday school. Saturday school is just like detention - you work on your own if you bring homework, there is no help. The school is very overcrowded, the teachers are not much help either. I am considering taking him out of this school and doing home schooling until he reaches highschool. Very disappointed at this school. The school should try to get parents more involved, I think that would help a little.
I was not impressed by this school. Is overcrowded and untidy. The staff, not friendly at all and as a parent, if you ever want to get into the campus to help, see the place or try to deliver something to your child, forget it, they won't let you in. The teachers they don't care if the students can give more, they would not bother to ask for projects or something extra to complete their learning, they teach for a test. My daughter is now doing her 8th grade in another school.
This school is TERRIBLE. I've had numerous issues with admin as well as faculty. They are completely incompetent and I am convinced this must be the school in the district where baboons. There are inconsistencies when dealing with grading criteria. Be sure to follow up to individual faculty change grades based upon subjective criteria. If I could give this school a zero, I would.
I cannot speak for everyone but I loved the school. I had one child attend Rancho and one attend Bonita. Rancho is superior in academic rigor.The teachers of the accelerated classes have extremely high expectations of the students. The teachers are young and enthusiastic for the most part.This attitude rubs off on the students! If you are undecided about which one of these two schools to send your child to,pick Rancho and make sure you get them into accelerated classes!
I was not impressed with this school and I've dealt with plenty of schools ...this is the first bad experience I had ..all I can say here is they definitely dropped the ball in my sitution.
I worry about my son every day he goes to school; between the racial comments from the students as well as teachers and the rude and borderline bullying behavior. I am currently trying to get a transfer or possible home schooling. If you want a good piece of advice...spare your child and take them elsewhere
Junior High is such a tough time for the kids....I don't think it matters what school you're at, you're never going to have a perfect experience during these years....however, I can say that overwhelmingly, the teacher's we had were amazing. They truly cared about the student's achievements and what they were experiencing emotionally. High achieving students were clustered together and my child was challenged and performed exceptionally well academically in that environment. I hope they continue this program. There were some issues with bullying, which were handled adequately, but I believe that the best thing that could happen to that campus would be much more parent involvement. If parents would just volunteer to be present during nutrition break and lunch times, it would make a huge difference in behavior during those times that there nearly 2000 kids with very limited supervision. The district/school needs to make it easier for parents to volunteer by removing some of the roadblocks and really making an effort to let parents know they are welcome rather than treating them like they are an inconvenience. Parents, partner in your children's education and volunteer!
take it from a former 7th grade student, the teachers' way of teaching the academics was helpful but honestly, MANY other students and i can agree that the staff was rude and most of my teachers complained to us on a daily basis about how they can't handle all the stress of so many students. WOW. I've heard it way more than once from the students and some parents there. also, the campus is so huge it's hard to get around and theres way too many students, so they don't give you much individual attention. so, it's not the best school. . .
The teachers were very good in keeping up communication with me. Most teachers post their grades on MyGradebook.com which is a big help for those of us that keep track of our children's assignment completion and test scores. The school is very big on safety and I was contacted immediately when I left a voicemail on the 'Bully' hotline. I'm not sure about parental involvement, but I know that I received a recorded phone call every Sunday evening from the principal, providing information on upcoming events and important dates to watch for.
i love this school is a great school and it is easy for students it has a very big campus and very fun teachers it is better than bonita
Excellent school. My daughter loves it and has even improved overall. Teachers are mostly like close freinds to the students. Could promote more on sports and excercise. I am glad to have my daughter in this school.
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