Fights happen daily. Drugs are a major problem. The staff and faculty are constantly dealing with those issues and spend less time educating. Overcrowding is an issue and you have zero input regarding which classes your child takes, including electives.
Most teachers are dealing with a lot of problems students. Teachers are either very interested in helping, or vindictive. When you find a great teacher, and they are there, it is difficult to get into their classes.
Teachers do not maintain the required Parent Portal, provided by the Polk County School Dist. to keep students, and Parents up to date daily on grades, progress, home work assignments and missed home work . If with several teachers a parent sends an e-mail requesting this required tool, be updated, they are ignored and negative remarks are made to the student concerning the parents attempting input.
In spite of all the negative comments made by other Parents of Students enrolled a Ridge Community High School, In spite of the fact that this school is labeled as a " C " School. No doubt improvements need to be made. A Student at this location can and will succeed if he or she has the ambition and desire to do so. Our daughter is finishing 10th grade and has been accepted to the Polk State, Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School. during the next two school years she will complete 11th and 12th grades, receive her High School Diploma, and also receive a two year AA degree from Polk State College. She is so excited about being on the Polk State College campus, and attending the Collegiate Duel enrollment, as she has horror stories to tell about the Ridge Community High School Campus. Almost every day she goes from classes she see fist fights, and worst. Teaches who belittle the students with remarks that are less than encouraging. Teacher that do not on a daily basis keep the on line Parent Portal up to date, and accurate. AS taxpayers, parents and residents of Polk County we should expect nothing than the best for our teachers, administration, & staff.
I have had a child enrolled in this school since it opened in 2005. The first year there was graffiti and damage done to the restrooms so they limited kids from going to the bathroom. Fights are going on all the time and it is usually the kids defending themselves that get into trouble. They don't really do anything about bullying. They don't care about educating our children. There are too many kids from people moving to the area all the time to where they can't take the time to give kids the help they need to succeed. The only thing they care about is what they are wearing which every year is more and more limited. I do not feel as if my kids received a very good education attending this school. If there is any way your child can attend a different school then do it. It will be better for them in the long run.
This school is horrible at best. If you want your child to get an education DO NOT send him or her to this school. Some or particularly one of the counselors is horrible. All you hear is how busy they are and that they have oh so many children. So you are basically told to bug off, because they don't have time to answer questions from a parent whos child is new to the school. If a parent requests some information they need to get back with them and not weeks later! The seniors don't really go to class from April till they leave in May. They sit in the gym or wherever because the school is testing. So guess what- the seniors have basically checked out. Now I know people who have transferred their child out of this school because of the same thing. The parents are not shown any respect and the quality of education is poor. Last but not least they don't review your child's classes til two weeks before school ends then they decide that he/she is not is the right class! As a educated parent I am totally appalled at what my child and I have been through this year. I hope this helps someone who is considering sending their child there to rethink their decision.
This is the most ridiculous high school. The choice program is a way to push kids out the classroom with no real consequence. They do not care about your child's education. Fights happen daily, the teachers threaten the students, lunches are horrible and there is NO education! My child's life was rocked in just one year at this school because he had to survive with in his surroundings. If you care and love your child....make sure you get them in a charter school.
I've been very impressed by what I've seen of this school, both students and staff. My daughter likes the school a lot. I keep hearing stories about fights and bad behavior though. Of course I remember some of the things that went on when I was in school so I guess these things are still the norm. So far so good.