I agree with the previous 2 comments. When we moved to the area, I was looking for a school similar to the one my child had went to previously. Initially, everything was good however I now see that it doesn't matter whether your child is gifted or not as long as you can afford to pay the tuition and all of the extras associated with the school. Also, the lack of diversity is very apparent within the student population. This will be our last year as I want my child to be truly challenged and to learn how to interact with others from different backgrounds.
Completely agree with July 30th post. Coming from the Bay Area where they have schools for truly gifted and profoundly gifted children, professionally tested to qualify, this school is a definite disappointment. This is a school for parents with gifted wallets, not children with gifted minds. Run like a corporation, administration cares about profits and limiting liability. Tuition goes up consistently, annually. School has a bully problem, and there is no character education past kindergarten. They put signs up with phrases like "kindness" but nothing further. While they say they differentiate in subjects, material is not taught to gifted standards of depth of understanding. Kids are picked on if they are smart, and a "you need to be cool" attitude permeates the place. Often parents do the work for the child. Save your money for high school, or college.
Rhoades is an above average school, but the value proposition is misleading. It claims to be a school for "gifted" kids. In reality, the school actually caters more to kids who can use a little extra attention, and parents who don't mind shelling out college tuition for elementary school. Teachers will be similar to any above average school - some great, and others just OK. Same with administration - remember that this school is owned by a Private Equity firm, so they have to balance education with profits. Facilities are just ok, both in cleanliness and spaciousness. While there are some genuinely nice folks (parents and staff), there are also many with that fake pretentious vibe...you know the type. Anyways, our kid did fine for a couple of years here, but we were not all that impressed. Academically it did not live up to the hype, and he had a hard time making friends since most people don't live close to the school, and "scheduled play-dates" can only do so much. So, if you think that your kid needs the special attention, and like feeling like you are back in a sorority/fraternity, and actually want to pay for all this, then it will probably be a good fit.
Someone mentioned there have been three heads of school: This is misleading. The head of many years (one of the three) retired, and a new head was hired (two of the three). The new head didn't work out, and the school found the current head, who fits well with the school's needs. That's hardly unheard of, and I appreciate that the school was able to find a perfect match in Dr. McDuffie after the amazing Ms. Kittle retired. As for the school itself, it's wonderful! The teachers are fantastic and caring, and the curriculum is creative and vast and defined and teaches the children to think. Of course there are going to be spoiled rich kids. Those are everywhere! In public and all private schools. But there are many kids with good heads on their shoulders, too, and the teachers and administration do a wonderful job of listening to social issues and working with the kids to address them and learn and hopefully become better people. Of course it's not perfect, no school is, but Rhoades provides an environment that allows kids to be who they are, and excel to the best of their individual abilities.
Our daughter has been at the Rhoades School for many years since Kindergarten, and she still looks forward to going to school every day. As parents, this is priceless! We have been very pleased and look forward to middle school here at Rhoades. In addition to the challenging curriculum, Rhoades has the most dedicated, passionate, and intelligent teachers we have ever met. Coming from a family of many outstanding teachers and professors, we know we are giving our daughter the best education there is. The school does keep the students busy with homework and projects, but they are always meaningful, challenging, and fun. We are glad that our daughter is learning the value of hard-work at an early age and we would not want it any other way. We also welcome the occasional take-home projects, where we as parents have the opportunity to guide and assist. We are extremely thankful for the Rhoades School in preparing our daughter for a bright future!
I attended the Rhoades School from 6th to 8th grade, and I had a great experience there. I am currently an honors/AP student at a public high school in Vista, and I feel that Rhoades has prepared me very well. I would especially like to acknowledge the science, history, and literature teachers. These teachers provided the students with great opportunities such as science fair, a trip to Washington D.C., and many fun history projects. With its supportive staff and students, Rhoades creates a great environment for academically talented students.
My granddaughter has been at The Rhoades School since kindergarten, she is now in the 2nd grade. We've had 3 wonderful teachers, each different, yet amazing in their dedication to the students. We feel our money is well spent at The Rhoades School.
I am now an eighth grader at The Rhoades School, and I have nothing to complain about. The students are like family, the teachers are fun and engaging, and the school has the best academics in San Diego, as far as I'm concerned. I will be going into AP precalculus honors with an A in math, AP english, and Spanish 3. Also, practically all students eligible to participate compete in the San Diego Science Fair, and place in first (myself included), and continue on to the California state science fair. The school has won national acclaim many times for both science and literature, and the academics are on average, three years above grade level. If you want your children to be in a welcoming environment which nurtures their gifted intelligence, listen to me. The Rhoades School is the school for you. I can also say that it is expensive; field trips, and extracurricular activities put a dent in the wallet. But the field trips are the best field trips that you can possibly send your kid on, Trust me. So if you are willing to pay for an immaculate education, and do not mind shelling out a little extra money for the "icing on the cake", per se, The Rhoades School is for you.
My child attended Rhoades for one year. He was awkward, verbal, and smart, and I thought a pivate school for gifted children would fit his needs. His class was full of the spoiled, wealthy children of second marriages. He was bullied. Additionally, the assigned projects were way too advanced for the grade level - as others have mentioned, I think mom and dad or maybe the nanny were doing a lot of the work. We took him out after one year and put him in the local "ghetto" school where he was accepted, made a ton of friends, and was challenged academically. He is now thriving at an Ivy League School. Caveat Emptor.
Rhoades provides a well rounded, challenging academic program for gifted students. The teachers are fantastic, and my children truly love the learning environment. The teachers (and staff) are also caring and loving toward the children and know each of them personally. We are so thankful to be part of such a wonderful community. Sadly, the children that do not excel at Rhoades are generally not a good fit for the school. It's not for everyone, as yes there is a lot of extra work surrounding take home projects. But if you see a special spark in your child, Rhoades is certainly worth a detailed review.
I am an 8th grader at Rhoades, and have been attending since kindergarten. Rhoades is perfection and always has been, always will be a safe haven for everyone. My entire grade has always been a family, and I feel that even after we leave Rhoades we will stay in touch. I feel the same of my teachers. Two teachers in particular have impacted me forever, "the history teacher" and "the literature teacher", who are really much more than that. In 6th grade, I had no direction. But when we were studying ancient Egypt with "the history teacher", she inspired me. I am now a 13 year old who has found her passion. Not only has "the history teacher" showed me the way, she has supported me always, emailing when I am in cool cities and museums, talking outside of class, and getting to know me as a person, not just a student she has helped and guided me. Now, "the literature teacher" is "fabulous", and "just beautes". (Her favorite phrases) She loves her job and her students. She literally gives out her cell phone number so that if students have trouble with anything, they can just text or call her. She is so supportive and a wonderful teacher and person. I love Rhoades!
Beware of these ratings - I've noticed that some of the poor ones have been removed. This school is far from perfect, and has had three Heads of School in the past year. The academics are generally very good, at least for elementary school grades. I've found other aspects of the school disappointing but I'm afraid that my review will be censored if I provide specifics.
I am an 8th grader at the Rhoades School and I have been at Rhoades since kindergarten. Rhoades is like my second home. I have Mrs. Stanley, or as one person calls her the "literature teacher", for math, history and literature and we enjoy every day we have together. In math, if I don't get something she will explain it to me 5 or more times until I get it. Math is one of my worst subjects, but I would like to let everyone know I have an A in math right know and it isn't just me. Our entire math class has a class average of an 88%, which is AMAZING! All the teachers and students are caring and nice and are always willing to help. I have been at this school for 9 years and had barely any drama with the other girls. If you are even thinking about going to Rhoades, listen to me.
I am a current student of The Rhoades School and a student of this so called "literature teacher" and I have nothing negative to say about this amazing, heartwarming, and the nicest teacher I have had the privilege to have as a teacher for the past three years. The difference between this teachers and any other teacher out there is, she truly cares about her students leaning the material and she is there every morning. My proof is in her actions and not her words, when a child is sick she makes them tea, when a student is injured she is willing to do as much as she can to ensure they will end up in good health. I know I can speak for all of my classmates when I say, the literature teacher is the best math, history, literature, and English, teacher I am blessed and lucky have had the opportunity to call my teacher and partially like a second mother to look after me.
Rhoades is a small school with a close-knit group of students and some great, experienced teachers. The students like learning and want to do well. Teachers didn t always listen to our student, but we felt that overall people there cared and had the students best interests at heart. Our child was doing well. Music, field trips, summer camp, and good friends made it great. We heard other parents say Rhoades was not the best for middle school. We kept our student at Rhoades and sadly found out for ourselves. Most of the teachers are good. But we no longer believe The Rhoades School is most concerned about the students or even cares. How sad to be so happy our student is no longer there!
I was very disappointed with the middle school math program. There is only one math teacher. Students break into different classes for math. One class has the math teacher. The other math classes are taught by the literature teacher or writing teacher. One year the math teacher taught algebra. The next year geometry. My student was in the writing teacher's math class one year. We expected the "math" teacher the next year. Instead our student had the literature teacher for math. The median grade for students in algebra was 72. Algebra is a big leap from earlier math skills. It needs to be taught by someone who is very knowledgeable, adaptable, and able to teach well to all students. The Rhoades School needs to invest more in their middle school math students!
I was a student at the rhoades school for many years. I would like to start of this review by saying, the elementary school was great... the middle school? not so much. When I transferred to this school in 2nd grade from Aviara Oaks Elementary, I was delighted with challenging curriculum and friends who were intelligent like me. I had a great time at this school up until 5th grade. I noticed the bullying got really bad! Girls would all talk about eachother behind their backs and there was a clear cut "cool" group and "freak" group. Same goes for the boys! I was surprised because aren't private schools supposed to have less bullying problems than public? Apparently not, because when I moved to Diegueno Middle (I moved because the math program for middle school at Rhoades was horrid and there weren't enough people in my grade) I noticed there wasn't really any bullying. There wasn't a "cool crowd" or a "nerd group". People could just be who they wanted without getting labeled. So if you're thinking about sending your child to this school for social reasons, I would think twice.
With the state of public schools in San Diego, thank God for the Rhoades School. My son won 1st place in the State Science fair and is now onto a very bright future in high school. My daughter is thriving beyond our imaginations. This is truly a school that provides first class gifted personalized education. We are so blessed to have Rhoades available to us.
I give this school a 4 star rating, due to the fact it has an excellent Elementary School program, but subpar Middle School. In Elementary School, I was able to accelerate ahead in the Mathematics and Sciences, as well as develop crucial writing skills as all these were taught at a young age at the Rhoades. But when Middle School came around, I realized its history curriculum and literature curriculum were quite basic. We only covered 3 topics of the Ancient World during our 6th grade studies in history, and literature proved to be no more than the reading of prosaic novels. The mathematics at the school is advanced during Elementary school, but proves to be awkward during Middle School, as it slows down after years of accelerating. The Sciences at the school and the Spanish being taught are both excellent and informative. The Science teacher is probably the best I've ever had, and I would like to say best in the state. The Spanish teacher was also very devoted and an excellent teacher. But with the curricular aspect aside, the school has excellent Music program. The fact students compose music as an added part of the curriculum is a great. I'd go here for elementary, not middle.
Our daughter is just finishing her first year at The Rhoades School and had a great year. I'm a bit shocked by the March 15, 2011 review because it does not match the school we have come to know. The school is academically rigorous and, if anything, is becoming more so. Part of that rigor is giving children project-based assignments to complete outside of class. The younger kids are expected to have help from their parents; however, the older kids are expected to manage their time and complete the projects on their own. From what I've seen, most are able to do so without undue difficulty. There is definitely a problem with middle school attrition, but it is mostly caused by the fact the desired private high schools start at 7th grade. I have not seen any disrespect between teachers and students and the faculty seems very close-knit. Although the school is not perfect, it is certainly far superior to public school where unimaginative curriculum and perpetual testing is the norm. We are very happy we're making the sacrifice to send our daughter here and every other parent we've talked with feels the same way.
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