Fox Ridge strives to provide gifted and talented students as well as all students with the rigor they will need to succeed in high school. Emphasis is placed on teaching critical thinking skills as well as a curriculum rich in problem solving, writing, reading and technology. All students are provided the opportunity to grow, for those who need additional support we offer intervention classes as well as support from teachers at lunch, before and after-school. Our teachers are dedicated to each of their students learning their content and igniting a love of learning.
October 03, 2011
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My daughter has had a very positive experience so far (currently starting her 2nd semester 6th grade). The teacher are very communicative and open. I am very surprised about the negativity towards the principal, Mrs. Thomas seems great in my opinion, as well as my daughters. She is very accessible and encourages an open dialog with parents. No issues with bullying that we have observed. It is a shame that these sites attract people with an axe to grind.
Bullying is a continuous problem and the dean and principle do nothing about. They have not returned any of my calls or emails. My son's lunch is stolen from him by a bully a few times a week and the school does nothing. The same bully that we have constant problems with has been reported by a number of other parents as well. Another parent witnessed and reported that student waving a knife around at the bus stop and saw him trying to start things on fire at the bus stop. Every reported incident by students and parents went unanswered and that student is still free to bully other students and put their lives at risk. The zero tolerance policy doesn't seem to exist at this school.
There are definitely some very good teachers at this school (although the math department suffers from a serious lack of resources which they blame on common core) and I would like to give the school a higher rating but for the poor leadership and our continual experience of having nonacademic agendas pushed in our faces. At back to school night the principal displayed some visuals and quotes by Nelson Mandela which , to say the least, as leader of the MK armed branch of the ANC that used violence as a means to an end, is a controversial topic for middle school, especially during these fragile times when our community leaders should be working toward unity. Mandela was no Martin Luther King: why didn’t she choose King to quote at back to school night? Other teachers or counselors who, in apparent complicity with the CCSD, are vigorously pushing their own special agendas in the classrooms such as indoctrinating young children with GLSEN -style propaganda. There seem to be deliberate steps by a secretive admin here to hide things from parents and communication is blacked out. Is it a safe environment? We have to debrief our kids when they come home from CCSD schools like this one, so that depends on what you mean by safe...
Administration is AWFUL. The principal's focus is not on education, but rather brainwashing about the "horrors of white privilege" and ensuring that her favorite teachers (not necessarily the best teachers, just the ones who will keep their mouths shut) remain year after year. The good teachers are either fired after a year or two, or just quit to find a more satisfying employment opportunity. This school needs new administration to empower the good teachers, control the "entitled" students, and refocus on educating children. Readers will notice that Fox Ridge's ratings have been dropping over the last few years...that accurately reflects the declining state of the school. Our kids are fighting hard to perform well, but their success is often DESPITE the school's culture rather than BECAUSE of it.