I am a former parent and I am surprised yet encouraged to see the discussion in the previous posts about the Foundation. I believe my child would have had a far better education had there been no parent funding. It sounds like a great idea but the money ends up compensating for poor teaching, bad curriculums and weak administration. They have more money than most schools in ca without the foundation help but just can't seem to deliver. We are much happier in private school. As for the previous post, the things listed are provided at most public elementary schools in North County and if those parents are even required to contribute financially it is a much, much smaller amount. I think every Rowe parent needs to ask themselves why they give this amount of money to the school. What are they expecting in return? Obviously parents feel they get something - why else would you give over $10,000 a year - but it is not for what the Foundation advertises as these things can be provided with little if any additional money.
I AM IMPRESSED. The staff and teachers are amazing. I had my child in a private school $15/yr. To switch our child to this school - It was decided with much research & examination. The academic program, reading- writing program is impressive. The enrichment classes & lunch clubs offered are fabulous. The children are taught to be responsible for their actions & their work at a young age. Children are very prepared academically for the future - the results (via scores & where children go on for HS & College) speak for themselves. The school goes above to enrich: Nasa engineer speaker (last month) etc. Partner with the Scripps & Birch programs - being taught by marine scientist. Academic competitions, DRAMA, ART, PE, MUSIC.. even the lunch program is modern-forward thinking - a recycle bar for kids and the garden! The school works hard to promote KINDNESS thru various programs other schools do not. What impresses me the most is to hear or see kids that see another not so nice act, and the KIDS step UP and say - hey thats mean - thats not OK. That and those kids will make the difference and I want my son to learn in that environment. There are bullies everywhere in life.
There are some great things about the school but they certainly waste our money. If you don't donate to the foundation at least fair share you are ostracized and your children may suffer.
The school is good, but I question why the foundation asks parents every year for their "Fair Share" of $1,709 per student , when this Basic Aid district receives annually over $7.6 million dollars of taxes levied for General Purposes and another $2.1 million dollars levied for Debt Service (school bonds) for approx. 662 students. The good news is, State funding is expected to increase over the next 4 years. So will parents "Fair Share" be less? I'm not a big fan of publishing the names and amounts every parent gives either. It just makes the parents who can't give feel bad and the one's who do give feel superior.
Academics are first rate. Very responsive teachers and administration. There is a bullying problem on all levels that hopefully the school will address. A major problem is that there is a full handbook of specific rules for the school that just isn't enforced in any manner whatsoever. Teaching the kids it is ok to ignore the rules. To be fair, many of the parents act in the same manner. Many of the children are a bit unruly, unchecked by parents that don't care or have no idea what is going on. You wouldn't know if by meeting most of the kids, they are well schooled in putting on the respectful face for elders, only to turn around and be quite different in reality. A school full of Eddie Haskels. Of course this does not apply all the kids, but there is enough that it rubs off on many off on many.
Bullying going on...nothing is being done. Kids are scared, parents are in denial, and there is no policy regarding zero tolerance that is being practiced. Disgraceful!
We had an incredible experience at this school and are very familiar with staff and administrative personnel. My shy, incredibly bright and backwards socially son blossomed here. His talents were recognized and rewarded, his intellect stimulated with Mr. Warmer's awesome physics, the math program was superb, we were given advanced placement, the writing program helped him to learn to expand his writing and gain immeasurable skill in composition, the fun educational activities like the greek olympiad, egypt studies, American Indian studies, Colonial days, etc. made learning fun. On the other side, I love that the school has a real coach and full gym for sports and athletic activities. I saw my son make friends, establish good relationships with peers and teacher alike to become a well-adjusted, secure individual. This school offers what other schools can not. It has programs which enrich and teach, fantastic facilities, and a great administration that cares about the students.
We have 4 children and all have attended/graduate from this school. This is an amazing school and I was shocked not to see 5 stars by its name. Then I noticed there are 2 reviews from 2006/7 that are totally NOT reflective of the school as it exists today. Longtime Admin/Teachers and fresh new faculty make it a point to get to know every student/family. Many faculty members are also school parents. Differentiated learning is offered at both the advanced and remedial levels. Education Foundation, led by parent volunteers supplements the District budget with close to $1mm each year-this school is unlike any other public school in the county and rivals or beats other private school options.
With our four children, we have been in several private and public schools in different states. Hands down, R. Roger Rowe is the best at having high expectations for everyone and pushing everyone towards excellence. They also believe, in the best of ways, that education is a partnership between the school admin, the teachers, the parents, and the child.
Love this school! Kids leave here with a great attitude and really prepared for high school. Students from this school have great study skills, advanced curriculum which rivals high school science and english. While they have to work hard here, this training makes them high achievers and good students. Kids have great friends and are very confident, able to converse with ease with teachers, peers and other adults. The superintendent is connected to the students and highly involved in the school. There are some really great teachers who inspire students to learn and now with a new school being built and a state of the art performing art center it will be incredible. All this in a K-8.
This school is moving in a very positive direction with lots of thought toward preparing children to learn in an ever changing world. We are fortunate to have a school that is looking to teach children to think critically and to love to learn. Getting beyond the judging of a school by test scores alone is a huge step and one to be applauded.
Wonderful School! Small classes, lots of parent involvement, high performing students who are nice, good families, great teaching staff who are stuck with the old ways, innovative staff/curriculum/administration, a great place to see kid's grow up in a safe environment. District is small so everyone knows eachother and is involved in school.
Great School! Lots of parental involvement, community awareness program, character development, community programs on top of innovative academics. Students have lots of opportunites to learn, excel and grow with small class sizes and enrichment, literacy, Columbia Univ. writing, advanced math, music, art, language, science, drama, robotics, rocketry, sports, band, chorus, imovies, computer graphic design, etc. Small class sizes, incredible parent-adminstration partnering, community and strong parent involvement make for nice kids and a nice school.
Rowe School is wonderful. My kids love this school. They have lots of friends and lots of activities, as well as, a great academics program. We have found many great friendships as well and are happy that we can be part of a school with small class sizes, such wonderful parent involvement, and an inclusive community program--a 'caring community' focus. Both the teachers and the administration listen to parent concerns and because there are only 750 students total at both campuses, the staff know my children by name.
I was not impressed with this school. I moved to Rancho Santa Fe, and removed my child within his first quarter. The school is overcrowded for one. And he came home on hid third day enrolled at Rowe asking me if we were 'good because we have money.' School totally does not know what 'good people' are.
Totally bizarre school, will teach socieconomic values of elitism, but not much else. Much more focused on land acquisition now than on education. Encumbered by poor teachers with tenure and awful board.
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