I have been a Teacher at Ribet for almost 10 years. I love teaching at Ribet for 1 main reason, the Students. The Students are nice, respectful and interested in learning. We have many excellent Programs such as Science, Art and Debate which have achieved exceptional success at the County, State and National levels. Our seniors have been accepted to universities such as Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, UPenn, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Pomona College, USC, Syracuse, Purdue and that was just the last two years. Every school has things that need work and Ribet is no different. Whether Ribet has a pay scale or not, results are achieved. I am confident that after a student has passed through my classes they have been exposed to the material in a way that has well prepared them for college.
I have had a very disapointing experience as a faculty member at Ribet Academy. Though Ribet promises class sizes of under 25 students, I had several classes of over 30 students, making it very difficult to provide students with the individual attention that parents are promised. Additionally, most teachers here have more than four classes to prep for daily which makes it necessary to make sacrifices in teaching and curriculum on a daily basis. Students are thought of and refered to as 'customers' by the administration, and though I do believe that everyone on the faculty and admin genuinly cares about the students, the mindset of the administration is mostly on making and saving money. Teacher turnover rate is shockingly high because teachers are paid at the poverty line, there is not a pay scale, they are not given benefits, and are given very little support and guidance from the administration.
We left Ribet to send our child to a local public school and found this to be a mistake. In comparison to other private schools, Ribet's tuition is much more affordable for a similar curriculum. The principal and staff are very friendly and helpful. The Kindergarten teacher is one of the best one could come by. Children go on several educational field trips and the curriculum is balanced with art, music, PE and spanish starting in PreK. These subjects are not offered in public school. I have found myself running around all over town supplementing all of this when my child could have stayed at Ribet and experienced these subjects with his classmates. As someone said previously, there is some teacher turnover, but there are many that have been there for a long time as well. Mr. Daly has been there for quite a while and is EXCELLENT.
Ribet Academy does not have their administration in place. They always seem to be trying to do the right and impressive thing but fall short. I wish they had been more selective in their student admissions. It seems like everyone who wants to pay for it can get in. I'm not sure that the academics are much better than a public school. Teachers change all the time only a few have been there for a long period of time.
I am impressed with the good energy I feel at Ribet as well as the diverse student population which reflects real life in Los Angeles.
My child has been attending this school for two years now. The teachers have worked one-on-one to help my child be her best.
The debate program was very good. Class size was good. Web site to keep parents informed was excellent. School assignments due and past assignments with grades was available on the web.
The tuition is quite high. The extracurricular activitites (sports and performing arts, especially the band) is lacking. The building is old and in need of a remodel. There a a handful of very qualified teachers but the majority is very average.
Ribet Academy provided a temporary haven from the bureaucracy of public high school. Ribet has a very strong history and science dept but is very weak in the English Dept, unless if they will have improved miraculously in the next few years.
I have been working as an independent counselor for many students at Ribet Academy for about 6 years. I am so pleased with the school's administration and staff. The administrators are so willing to work with and for each student that I have represented and the teachers really care about their students. I am planning to send my daughter to Ribet in the Fall.
I went to this school from preschool-12th. The academics for elementary age children are wonderful. It is not a school I would recommend, however for Jr.High-High School. You don't get the quality you would expect for what you're paying.
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