My son started at Roland Park last year and we moved him from a top rated A school.We are extremely pleased with both the academics and the excellent extra curricular activities from languages to the arts, music and sports.He loves the school and his teachers and the communication between us and his teacher is the best we have ever had, we are totally up to date with what is going on and how he is doing.I would definetely recomment this school!
My daughter is a kindergartener this year. I can not say enough good things about this school. The teachers and administration are the key to this school's success. They truly care about the students and their individual needs. My daughter LOVES to go to school everyday. The communication between teacher, admin. and parents is excellent. The curriculum is challenging and focuses on individual needs. We are so blessed to have gotten into this school and look forward to all the new and exciting things to come. I recommend anyone interested to tour the school, and you will be sold!
This school is Great! Our children, husband and I have never had a problem with anything. or anyone All the teachers and staff have always answers all of our questions. If that person that we asked doesn't know the answer to our question they always gotten someone right then and their to answer our question. The staff in the office and the school nurse are so nice. I VERY VERY much like the new pick up after school school # tags that we HAVE to have in our window rather than saying the kid/kids name. And that we stay in ONE LINE rather than two. I love the school cop/police man as he directs the cars,get the children across the street safe. AND BLOCKS THE DRIVE WITH HIS CAR SO NO ONE CAN CUT YOU OFF.
This school is awesome! My daughter, now is 6th grade, is blossoming and learning more every day! The teachers and administrators are great and really care about the students and provide a clallenging learning environment. They go out of their way to make sure the students are taken care of and are thriving.
The AGP program for the PYP is excellent! The teachers are well supported by an outstanding administrative team, an active PTSA, and ready to learn students.
This school is great! I'm loving the fact that my son's teachers are caring, the curriculum is challenging, and the facilty is wonderful. Don't know why someone is calling the principal arrogant. He's done wonders for the school, brings the faculty together, and has the students' best interests at heart. He's 'head and shoulders' above the previous principal, too.
We have three children who have been at Roland Park since kindergarten. Out oldest is now a junior at Jefferson. They had always been honor roll/ principal's honor roll kids. Initially we were very pleased with the school but over the years it had started to fall in quality & the high level of educational instruction. Even the uniform policy was not being enforced. Since the recent changes to become an IB school, We are once again pleased. We also like the new principal. He is friendly, and unlike the previous principal, his own child attends Roland Park, which speaks volumes.
My child started here the previous year and I was quite pleased with his progression. Then leadership changed. As an active parent, I have had a variety of chances to communicate with the principal, Dr. Grantham. He comes off as somewhat anti-social and arrogant, not the type of leader who should be at the helm of a school that seeks to teach IB skills. I am most saddened by the prideful tendencies that seem to be pushing away two great young teachers who have truly made an impact in my child's life. I will continue to keep my son at the school for the programs, but will advocate through the district leadership for the removal of the principal and I would highly recommend other parents to as well.
I moved my child, a second grader to RP from our local A school as she was not enjoying school and was not interested in learning. I heard that the method used at RP was more interactive and hands on and might accommodate my child's learning methods more. It turned out to be a fabulous decision. My daughter now loves going to school and is excited to learn. We love the IB program, the teachers and being part of something that feels like it is only going to get better and better.
My child is in 6th grade and just finished taking the Math FCAT. There was material on the test that my child's class has not even covered while 6th grade students at neighboring middle schools covered that material weeks ago. I know because I asked both students (6th grade) and parents (of 6th graders) from 2 other middles schools. RP's solution to not covering this critical material (diameter, radius, circumference, area of a circle and pi) was to hand them a reference sheet to use during the test. How is a reference sheet supposed to help them with material they have never even talked about, let alone been taught? They should have notified parents in advance so students could learn it at home or learn it on KhanAcademy.com (the math teacher refers students to Khan Academy more than she teaches anyway). This was a dealbreaker for us. I didn't choose RP over our "A" rated local middle school so my child could NOT learn key material that they will be tested on and that will be used for placement next year. I am angry and beyond disappointed at the school and the teacher's irresponsibility in this situation.
We changed schools last year, from an A school to the newly established Magnet school at RP. With any change, first year was to be expected; this second year has been great. The Administration and Teachers really care about the kids and their education. The AGP provides a challenging, yet engaging curriculum. My son has really shown a love for school. I would recommend Roland Park.
I have a child in kindergarten and am very pleased with all the teachers and administrators and other staff members with whom we come into contact everyday. Communication between the school and parents is good, and the IB curriculum is teaching the kids not just the basics, but how to be inquisitive thinkers, which is education at a whole new level. We are also extremely pleased that the school provides so many extras (and even to the smallest kids!) that other schools have cut - PE, Spanish, violin, music, art. Parental involvement and enthusiasm seems high, too. This is clearly a school on the rise.
We moved our two elementary kids to Roland Park after the school went magnet/IB. We couldn't be happier. The teachers and principal are stars. This school is on the rapid rise. The discipline and integrity being instilled in the students is clearly evident after a 2 minute stroll through the school. I know a lot of people who have switched to RP, and many more who plan to make the move. Why are there still reviews here from the time before the Roland switched to IB? It's an entirely different school -- on every level -- only the building is the same.
I moved two children from an "A" rated school across town to attend this school when it switched to IB last year. It was not a small or easy decision. Are we pleased with our decision ? Absolutely!! The level of commitment and caring displayed by The teachers, principal, and parents is outstanding. Besides teaching to the IB philosophy, the students are taught mutual respect and self-reliance. Students are taught at a young age how to critically think. They also have strings and a foreign language in addition to core classes (math, science, etc.). The administration and teachers are excellent communicators, and really listen to parental input. This was truly an excellent decision for our family!
so far i couldn't be more pleased with this school. all of the reviews listed here are from when the school was not a magnet school. this is the second year that is has been ib (international baccalaureate) and what i see from the teachers and principal is amazing. my son is in kindergarten, this is just our first year but i did so much research on this school, and all the school options for us. our neighborhood school is one of the best in the county but i was drawn to the ib curriculum and teaching philosophy. i have not been disappointed. are there still kinks? yes there are but i am not feeling them or concerned by them. the teachers, administrators and principal (new for the 2012/2013 year) are excellent communicators and are really committed to making this school a success. i am so happy i made the choice to apply!
Also, seems alot of the reviews in favor of the school are before the school went IB this year.
Roland Park in my opinion is a very nurturing school. It has helped my child build self-esteem and the teachers, staff and aides are wonderful!
Roland Park in my opinion, is the best school in hillsborouh county. The teacher and staff are wonderful. Most importantly they care about the future of each and ever student. What I like most is that they work hard with our children with problems and without problems.
I am truly disatisfied with they way they handles problems to their interaction with parents. My daughter is in all advanced classes and they are way over booked. She is bored in class and very rarely has homework. They have planners but the teachers never follow through from beginning to end with them. They lack correspondence with us as parents as well. There are many issues with staffing as well as transportation to school. I am very dissatisfied with our experience at this school.
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