August 20, 2005
I am so glad to have this chance to share our experience with roosevelt middle school! My daughter attended 6, 7, and 8th grades there and had excellent, highly dedicated teachers who continually went above and beyond to help their students academically and emotionally. I feel my child was challenged to improve her writing, critical thinking, and organizational skills and was thrilled to see her excel in math for the first time, after years of being strong only in the language arts. This is solely due to the extra work mr. Brock put in tutoring students after school her 7th grade year. She went from failing pre-algebra at the beginning of the year to testing into high school algebra at the end of the year! (to be taken in 8th grade) thank you, mr. Brock!! Personally, I have found the teachers at this socio-economically disadvantaged school to be much more dedicated than the teachers our children have had at more priveleged schools. They know and truly care about their students. While parent involvement is low, I feel it's rarely due to a lack of caring on the parents part and more due to a lack of resources; be it having to work, childcare, esl issues, etc. The truth is, poor parents want their children to be successful in school and go on to college just as much as rich parents do! I went from being concerned about roosevelt from the negative feedback we received when she started, to vehemently defending it when parents at our younger kids school look at us cross-eyed when they find out our oldest attends roosevelt. No, it's not scary... The kids are not gang-bangers, they're kids! As for the low api scores, I can assure you that the principal and staff have been working like dogs to improve the school by going for the I.B. Program and bringing onto campus a whole family resource/counselling center that is prepared to meet the needs (tutoring, mentoring, mental-health counselling, etc) of not only any students in need, but their families as well. Kudo's, roosevelt! Roosevelt also offers the best 6-6 program of all the schools we know of! Year-round: san diego junior theatre; fern street circus; guitar; ballet folkloria; karate; and my favorite, girls in science at the san diego zoo! These programs were really enriching and a lot of fun. I do wish the school had a smaller student body. Thank you, roosevelt, for doing such a fine job preparing my daughter for high school!
- submitted by a parent