The teachers that my son had were all terrific. They care about the whole student, not just the academics. Especially would like to recognize the fantastic music/band teacher (I was in bands for over 12 years while a student). Even down to the custodial staff who are very friendly. Mrs. Dodd is a good leader for the school and is very innovative in pushing the school further.
We have never met a more supportive staff than at RHMS. It is obvious that they care about their students. We have had especially good support from Heather Wood (the school counselor), Cynthia Dodd (the Principal) and Jamal Splane (the Vice Principal). Patrick Meyers (one of the Special Ed teachers) has also been a fantastic mentor for our child. The teachers have also given extra time and effort to help our child succeed. They have all gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Not a good school for a kid that doesn't fit inside a box or has disadvantes of any kind. If you ask for anything, or make waves of any sort, you will be viewed as uncooperative and controlling. Don't expect the staff to own up to mistakes or take responsibilty for their actions. Instead, expect to be blamed for advocating for you kid. If your kids attend this school, talk to them, listen to them, and believe them. Don't blame them if they are struggling. They are struggling for a reason, help them figure out why. It's the best thing parents can do for their kids. Don't think the school will, they will let your kid slip through the cracks and let future schools deal with the mess. The kids are the only ones that suffer.
Rolling Hills has had a much deserved reputation for excellence for a number of years. Last year the principal who had shepherded the school through growth I in population and diversity retired. Her replacement suffered some negative press, as anyone would trying to fill huge shoes. But she has shown herself to be an excellent fit. She knows the needs of her students, has added several activities, and has lead the school to even more growth. The population, waiting lists, and scores all continue to rise. It is a great school.
Rolling Hills earns 5 stars! My two children attend RHMS and it is a wonderful student environment on all levels. The academics are well balanced to meet the needs of my son who needs constant challenge, and my daughter who learns at a slower pace. The Administration is wonderful this year -- students are treated with respect regardless of whether they are being acknowledged or guided to make better choices. The after-school sports program offers a variety of sports for the competitive athlete, or my son who wants to participate but is not a high-performer (track team does not have tryouts -- everyone gets to participate, and other sports too). I have read some of the negative reviews on here and suspect the few who have posted those comments are the few bad apples in the bunch who want unrealistic or unfair accommodations for their child. Middle school is just that -- it is the middle -- between elementary education and the high school environment. It bridges the gap between the two and prepares the child for adolescence and beyond.
If you have any choice- don't let your children go to Rolling Hills Middle School. It is a horrible school. The teachers are indifferent and assign huge quantities of homework so that your child will be working for hours every evening and weekend. There is no oversight or consistency between teachers, so some give almost no homework while others assign so much homework they make enthusiastic kids learn to hate school (as mine do now). And don't bother to approach the principal- she doesn't return parents emails or phone calls. Do whatever you can, but don't send your kids to Rolling Hills.
We have had a very positive experience with Rolling Hills. We moved to San Jose from Cupertino and my son started at Rolling Hills as a 6th grader Fall of 2012. He had a 4.0, then a 3.85 (one B+), has friends, loves the teachers and is even doing track and field. We had a bully incident - the vice principal and the teachers dealt with it very well. My son also had an asthma attack and needed assistance. The teachers and the principal talked to him, reassured him, etc. and he is doing fine now with his inhaler. They acted above and beyond as far as I am concerned. Even with these 2 small issues, my son is still getting A's and thriving in this school. I think Rolling Hills is a great environment for him and less pressure/more balance than I felt in the Cupertino School District. I also liked the honor roll assemblies and was very happy to see how many 6th graders received certificates and recognition. Friends whose kids attend our Cupertino counterpart, Lawson Middle school, said they did not do any assemblies for honor roll. I hope that these kids continue on to Westmont High - that school ranking has me concerned.
Rolling Hills principal and PTA priorities appear to be dances and sports which is great but it would be nice to have a school and parent group more focused on better academics, for example, more in line with what Cupertino schools are doing. The 6th grade advanced math students are being taught math by a computer instead of a teacher. In at least one of the 6th grade science classes, the teacher mostly teaches through a computer program. He gives the kids a work sheet and says, "Go off and learn on your own." This is what I hear from my child. It's a great place for a child who is headed for a community college or who wants to be a professional dancer. Academics could use a bit of a boost. The principal's weakness, despite what she says, is guiding teachers in instructing children in math.