my child is struggling at Rockwell. she is a slightly above average student, but gets zero attention in class. I used to think Rockwell was an above average school, but it is going downhill fast. the academics are way behind public school in neighboring towns, even the Danbury public school are ahead of Rockwell in terms of the quality of education. the majority of my child's day is spent doing worksheets with very little active learning. I would suggest looking for an alternative if you are thinking about sending your child to Rockwell.
I have to agree with the previous comment. Our family moved here from NJ from what everyone said was an "ok" school system. we were excited about what we heard about Rockwell, but have been greatly disappointed. Our "Ok" school in NJ was head and shoulders better than Rockwell. Our child is unchallenged, parents are very difficult, and teachers have zero focus on disciple and academics. For my third grader, the Rockwell curriculum is basically a repeat of what he learned in 2nd grade in NJ. He has straight A's with zero effort and is bored stiff in class.
This school is horrendous. There is a severe lack of discipline and the academics are below average. my child is an average student, and is bored to tears with the constant "busy work" and worksheets. Most parents are not involved in the school at all, and the ones who are think they run the place. I am considering pulling my child out or moving to a neighboring town where he can get a decent education.
My son has flourished at Rockwell. He has had an amazing elementary school experience so far. I cannot believe the progress that he has made in the last 2 years. He also is really interested in the work and a great deal of that motivation can be directly attributed to the teachers. He always talks about what they are learning at school and holds his teachers in the highest regard. I agree with all of the other reviews that Mr. Kirmil is an amazing principal. My son really enjoys all of the after school events that they offer and Mr. Kirmil is always there. It is quite obvious how much he cares. I am excited for my younger 2 boys to go to Rockwell in the coming years.
Mr. Kirmil is a great Principal. Faculty and Staff are so friendly, helpful and nice.
I have been a teacher for 18 years(not in Bethel), and I have never been so impressed by a school as I am by Rockwell. Mr. Kirmil is an amazing leader, and the faculty and staff are fantastic.
Great school!....My 3rd grader will definitely miss Rockwell school next year...Great teachers and amazing principle.
We had a great 4 years at Rockwell. Brian Kirmil is a wonderful principal and his leadership echoes down through the ranks.
We have only been at this school for one year but I have been extremely happy with the teachers and principle. The curriculum seems very demanding based on other regions of the country we've lived, yet appropriate. I am happy to be sending another child to this school next year.
To my surprise when moving to Bethel, how great is the school system. Better than any place we have ever lived.
I have to agree with the postings regarding the School and Mr Kirmil. We moved from the UK in May of 2005 and my children started at Rockwell in August of that year. I was concerned with how they would cope. They were in a village school with only 100 pupils total in England. I need not have worried, Rockwell School is a family. My kids have had wonderful teaching, nuturing and encouragement at this school. Mr Kirmil is always in the hallways, shaking students hands and always stops to say hello to any parents he may come across. In a word Rockwell school rocks!
I have to agree with the other reviews here. My daughter goes to Rockwell and I am completely impressed by how involved Brian Kirmil is with his faculty, the students and parents as well. He actually called me one day to tell me that my daughter had an exceptionally good day! I saw graffiti on the playground at the end of last year that said 'Mr. Kirmil is the Best Principal!' That in itself, is amazing. The set up of all the schools in one place is important. The older kids come down to help the younger kids when they get out for the day. Even within the structure of the same walls, the kids in the older grades help the younger grades. I've never seen such a great setup.
I have a strict parochial school background. This school is as close as I could come to offering the same for my child! I don't know how Brian Kirmil, principal, does it! He is aware, informed, approachable, available, very involved with students and teachers alike. He is at every school function!! 'Should wear sneakers to school, he is always in the hall, in and out of every classroom, in the face of each and every student and teacher several times a day. The discipline holds this school in a special place since consistency and expectations are so important for children of all ages, but particularly of importance for children who are first developing their ideas of education and the world. Each classroom is like a family- the teachers all of the highest caliber and ability. This would be the perfect marriage between concerned, involved parents and passionate teachers.
To quote part of the school song, 'What do we think of Rockwell School? We think this place is really cool!' From Principal Brian Kirmil on down, the staff (teachers, nurse, etc.) is wonderful. Mr. Kirmil visits each classroom every week, talks and sings over the intercom every Friday. He also writes a little column in the school's weekly newsletter addressing pertinent topics such as how to read to kids, creating a good learning environment and concert-going etiquette. 'Rockwell School is #1 'cause learning is so much fun!'
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