My son will normally be picked up by a daycare van, so thats the info i gave them. However being the first day of kindergarten i wanted to make sure i would drop him off and pick him up.. His teacher asked us parents to fill out a paper saying how they would go home the 1st day, she make sure to let us know that only applied for the first day...i put CAR RIDER,. Well i get there at 2:45pm, line was terrible! 50 mnts later i finally get to pick him up at 3:45, just for them to tell me he wasnt there, SERIOUSLY!!! They sent him in the daycare van because thats what i wrote, so i explained to the teacher what my sons teacher told me, so she said " well can u just move forward with the line, park and call the daycare TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE HIM" WOW!!! My son 5yrs old, first day of school and he was sent in a van and with people he never seen before! Where is the safety of my son? Extremely upset how they handled the situation. She didnt even care to stay by me a few mnts to make sure he was with the right ppl, Wonder if i ever decide to go pick him up and let them know, i will have the same problem. Gave them 2 starts because at least they got the right van.VERY UNPROFESSIONAL!
It was our first year at Rainbow Elementary. Our daughter went to a private school for Pre-K and Kindergarten and was above level when she started 1st grade at Rainbow. Our fear was that she wont be challenged and will be easily bored. However she got an amazing teacher who continued to push her and keep her challenged. As parents, we continued to challenge her at home as well. We have been very happy with Rainbow this year. Her teacher was amazing and the administration is great as well. I just wish there was more extra curricular activities offered.
We love this school. The teachers we have had so far has been amazing. Great PTA and also administration. Just hoping they become an A grade school again. I agree with previous reviewer about having more extra curricular. They started a running club last year which was very successful.
Honestly, it makes my stomach turn to see all the positive reviews here for this school. It's awesome if your kid is a straight 'A' student, if you are unlucky enough to have an 'average' kid, expect to be treated like an insect. I can accept that parents have a responsibility in their children's education, the attitude at this school seems to be the parents are the ONLY ones responsible for this, and their job is just to give the tests.
This school is absolutely horrible. Both of my children were bullied by other kids every day, and the food is absolutely horrible, which I am not joking about. Some of the teachers there are quite nice, but none of them stopped other kids from bullying my children. I have half a mind to sue this school. If you love your children, do not go here.
I love this school! I had two daughters go to rainbow and one is in the IB Program in highschool and the other is been taken AP/Honor courses in middle school. Rainbow challenge the kids to do a grade higher in course work and doesn't just focus on FCAT. My son is in the first grade and is on the same path as the girls and absolutely loves his teacher. Rainbow is by far the best school in the area and for kids who want to be challenged. I'm one of several parents that supports the school by volunteering for the reading sesson and super science. I HIGHLY recommend this school to any parent.
I do agree with some other reviewers that there are a few things I would like to see improved. **However, my daughter is being challenged daily, has teachers that care about her, and absolutely loves every minute of school from the time she steps on the bus to the moment she gets off. That speaks for itself.
Unfriendly teachers and front office staff. Music teacher talks to students horrible. So happy this is my daughter's last year and this school.
We had a VERY disappointing experience for a school that is so "highly rated." They do maintain strong FCAT scores. However, for a child that is above grade level, little flexibility to deviate from the "average" State Standard curriculum is available. My child was placed in an "advanced' reading group, but it didn't utilize any above grade level materials (???) and there were no acceleration opportunities offered for math, science or social studies. I requested more than one conference to discuss this, but nothing changed--I just don't think they have the resources. I feel fortunate that my child qualified for the gifted program, but it only provides enrichment one day a week. Very sadly, my daughter's high achievement scores appeared to become quite a nuisance for the regular classroom teacher, who communicated to me that it was creating "extra work" for her to keep my daughter challenged and frustration over her being bored. I volunteered in the classroom weekly and offered any assistance needed, having been a faculty member for many years in a neighboring county. I was discouraged enough by the end of the year that we will no longer be attending Rainbow.
We love this school! It is our final year at Rainbow, which makes me very sad! My kids, for the most part, have had fabulous teachers. The staff is helpful and encourage parent involvement. Rainbow is a friendly school.
This is a wonderful school,with fantastic teachers, staff and students. It's been 11 years in a row an A+ school !!!!
This school is the best because they are willing to over and beyond their teaching duties to help all children.
Ultimately your child's success depends upon parental involvement and teacher quality. This school has EXCEPTIONAL parental involvement (people move to this area specifically for this school). The teacher quality is good but various significantly between various grades. Improvements could be made in the healthy meals & physical activity. Comparatively speaking this is an excellent school.
Rainbow Elementary is an excellent public school. It is the only elementary school that has received an 'A' rating since the system began 7 years ago. The principal runs a tight ship but is total earns the respect of all parents and staff. When there is a staff opening at Rainbow they get a huge response from the most qualified teachers in the area. She beleives that all children have the right to the best education possible. Parent involvement is highly encouraged not just in your child's classroom but wherever your talents may best be used - media, super scientists, math, reading,.. My children are consistently happy and challenged at Rainbow Elementary.
My son is in an ESE class for 'emotionally handicapped' children the teachers and assistants are well trained and very helpful. The staff at Rainbow Elementary is very friendly.
Horrible! In class they eat unhealthy snacks instead of teaching them about healthy eating habits. The principle is not well liked and the teachers seem unhappy.
Rainbow consistently scores high in the FCAT tests, and has been an A school for at least 7 years. If you want your child to have the opportunity to excell academically, then this school is a good choice. Unlike some other Seminole county schools, Rainbow uses unit studies, which my children really enjoy. Unfortunately, last year's rezoning was detrimental. While the quality of the education is excellent, I feel that discipline is now lagging in areas. With the addition of many new teachers and students, there no longer seems to be a uniform plan in dealing with discipline issues. Parents are very involved in this school. Chorus is very good.
Class sizes are smaller than most. Teachers have a real concern for their students. Parent nite activities are always packed. PTA membership is almost always at 100%. Both of my children have received phenomonal teachers who genuinely care for their students. Not much in the form of extracurricular but they are working on it.
I believe that Rainbow Elementary is one of the best schools in Seminole County. However, I am disappointed in their P.E. program (not enough physical exercise; students left to their own devices) and I feel that the principal has been there for 12 years and I don't believe this is in the best interest of the school or its students.
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