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Ridgeview High School5
Posted September 25, 2014
- a student
The teachers are amazing and the students are diversed, there isn't just a flat out person that goes there but rather a large mixture, something less common than people realize. Which is something since I've gone to over 15 schools. The teachers will work with you if you reach out, many of mine spending most their hours trying to make us succeed.
Ridgeview High School is a hidden gem in Clay County. It is the only school in the county with an IB program and it also has a large program for autistic students. Their presence generates a strong sense of community among students and faculty. An amazing thing about Ridgeview is how they recognize academic clubs and sports equally, unlike neighboring high schools that cater more to athletes. The new administration is doing an excellent job. Although they faced some criticism for being "too strict", they have made this good school even better. Teachers who got by with doing the least possible have been weeded out and the very few students who are troublemakers get disciplined swiftly. The facilities are somewhat old, but they have started remodeling. Old facilities aside, the people working and learning inside are the most amazing. Teachers are very caring and dedicated and the students are very grade conscious and want to learn. It might be hard to believe, but there still are some schools in which students want to learn and Ridgeview High School is one of them. GO PANTHERS!
This school is overpopulated and thus over-regulated, leaving the decision-making heavily teacher-biased. The chain of authority for regulating education in this state in general is extremely biased towards progressive reform to standardize all schools and prevent teacher specialization and a more broad curriculum with more electives. The IB program is definitely dominant and works like a trade school, only there's less money in it, so students that want to specialize are actually cheated. Unless you are preparing your child for a life in a technical school, you should not enroll them here. High School should groom for a higher education and prepare students for life.
This school is NOT as great as most parents make it out to be, as they do not know what goes on inside the school. First thing I should start out saying is the ADMINISTRATION is a JOKE, the "pick and choose" deal goes on here, and the teachers are always the "victims." Some of the RULES are absolutely RIDICULOUS, such as the dress code policy, and the absense policy (miss 5 days and your child gets all 59F's!!!). The school has great teachers, but most cater to the I.B. students. Overall rating 2/5 - your child is better off at Oakleaf!
My daughter graduated this spring from the IB program where she did very well. She's on to college this fall and I am extremely happy with the college preparation and coursework offered by the school and the IB program. In addition, the students participating in the program are exceptional scholastically and as young people. I was amazed at the 3-4 hours of homework a night especially in the first couple years but if your goal is to prepare your kid for college, this is the way to go.
This school worries more about inconsequential things like dress code and cell phones than it does about academics and budgets. It needs to focus more on the students and less on what their wearing, because tightening the leash is only going to make them rebel even more.
This school is simply amazing. Weather you are in the IB(International Baccalaureate) program, which is an advanced learning program for students, or Drama, or even into Athletics, you will always find something at Ridgeview. The schools food is actually worth eating and paying for. Ridgeview is the only Clay County High School that has one lunch period which is a priveliage, and you can eat anywhere in the school you would like. School has great teachers in a decent learning enviroment. The downside(s) are that the schools students arent disiplined enough to know not to pick on each other, and Ridgeview isnt a 'welcoming' school. Everyone has there group and that is where they stay, which leads to lack of cominication.