Royal Oak is in the middle of a changing environment,three principles in three years do to actions taken by the district board that has greated instability and professional uncertainty causing tension in the school community.However parents along with some dedicated staff teachers have stepped up to insist that problems and concerns be delt with and managed. This is a large middle school but with the quality teaching staff your will recieve a quality education.The school has programs to enhance your childs education such as traditional sports, an outstanding music program and video studio prgram.
Over the last four years this school has struggled do to unstable administration,(three principles in three years). Staff with no contract-unhappy teachers. Lack of or poor student supervision, Overcrowded student population.
The Odyssey Program at Royal Oak is one that should be supported by the principal and the district. It is a great program that teaches students how to be life long learners not just in school but also in life. The founders of the program are superb teachers and people. How wonderful to know that my child is learning virtures and how to use them in life. The whole school could learn from this concept.
Royal Oak Intermediate is a school in a crisis right now. The administration seems to be in turmoil. My child is in 7th grade. Although the school is having some problems, my son's teachers are excellent, qualified teachers. I'd say right now, the teachers are holding the school together.
Student body and class sizes are too large. Availability of music, or accelerated learning programs are needed.
Academics are not up to par when it comes to california guidelines. The availability of extracurricular activities is good, though I never really see too many parents around. The level of pay for the teachers is evident as their enthusiasm towards the children for learning is minimal. I just wish they would pay attention to the childrens work as much as they do enforcing the rediculous dress code.
This school is vey disciplined and really good. You always have an adult to talk to for things and its also very fun because the teachers know how to connect with the students.
Teachers actually give children extra credit for conforming to Islamic religious standards but they don't allow prayer in school. This is absurd.
Severe lack of discipline. Some of the teachers are ecxellent, others are not motivated. There is a lack of leadership. Parental involvement is only by a very few. No sense of 'community.' Sexual education is a disaster. Drug use is very common. Administration does not respond to any type of crticism or concern. 'Good comments' are welcomed and talked about, negative comments from parents are usually brushed aside. Academics can be very strong for those who choose that direction. The vast majority of student body are malcontent and underachieve.
My kid's gets A's on papers that have no quality at all. The more you spend on a project the better the grade. This is a rich district and such a disappointment. I hope these 'teachers' send their kids here. I never had faith in the teachers but when my GATE child/student can't make a paragraph in junior high, what is going on?
I was very pleased with the academics at Royal Oak. We have just moved back to Louisiana and I am already missing the school system in Charter Oak. I had 3 children in school there and in the 3 1/2 years they were there I feel they learned a lot more than in the previous several years here. I also was impressed with the fact that the few times I felt I didn't get answers quickly enough from the schools that I was able to contact the School District directly and my problems were handled immediately. Overall I was really happy with the entire school system there. The band and choir programs were amazing!
children not challenged, too many teachers not motivated or motivating. Parents complaints not taken seriously or given consideration. 'Don't rock the boat' attitude by administration
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