Great teachers, diverse group of kids, wonderful academics with 1/4 of students in TAG program, awesome extracurriculars - makes a well-rounded student!
Communication from the school is often confusing and disingenuous. The school website and numerous school publications state that joining and paying dues to the PTA is required of all parents. This is not true; the school and district cannot force a parent to join a private organization to attend a public school. Emails from parents to the principal often go unreturned, and communications from her are confusing and full of academic buzz words. It seems to us she is more concerned with impressing her district supervisors than running a high performing school. The IB/MYP continues to be an utter failure at teaching students basic middle school material - as evidenced by another year of under performing GA state averages on most CRCT tests, but the curriculum does excel at one IB priority: creating 'compassionate global citizens'. 'Global' is such a priority that classroom learning shuts down for three days every year while they run the RCS Olympic games and make students parade with foreign flags and cheer for foreign countries. Sadly, the USA is not invited to the Ridgeview Olympics. If we could afford a private school we would leave.
So they have recently added new administrators theirs this on guy who just gives iss or OSS for the dumbest reasons. The new school system is really messed up. The 8th graders had gotten silent lunch and that administrator went in the lunch room and said "if y'all talk say goodbye to your crct chances because your gonna get OSS." So the student went to get his lunch. He said thank you to the lunch lady and the administrator said "hey when your done paying for your food go to the wall and stand there." He also said "did I not speak Spanish?" The student said "wow really your gonna give me oss just because I said thanks to the lunch lady?" So he asked her and she said yes. He said "of my apologies." Like who gives iss or OSS for talking at lunch like at least give them detention.
RCS does have wonderful arts and sports programs - music, drama, chorus, and all types of athletics are a big part of each day and most communications sent home, but theses items seem to take a priority above core academics. The standardized test scores for RCS are usually at or below state average, so there is plenty of room for improvement and it is a real shame the more important subjects are not the dominate priority. There is also an over emphasis by the principal on school uniform and adhering to every little rule rather than focus on teaching the students. A Charter is supposed to provide a school more flexibility to teach in more creative and effective ways than state laws typically allow. It seems the charter at RCS is being wasted and so far we are disappointed.
I do not know how well this school teaches their students as far as classes are concerned, but I went into this school to complain about the filth all around the school and the grounds. It appears that the adults and staff allow these students to throw their junk food wrappers, water bottles etc. everywhere. It is discussing. When I complained the secretary said " I am sure things were perfect when you were young " how sarcastic! Keeping our enviroment picked up is as important as math. The message is, I am not responsible. We spend all sorts of our government money on being green, but this school allows the kids to trash their school and the message is, it is ok!!!!!
Don't let the great schools rating concern you. This public school offers more opportunities than any other public or private school in the area. With almost 70% of the students involved in a music program (yes, there are multiple choirs, band, orchestra, jazz band and a percussion ensemble) and sports offered to ALL grades through a non-profit foundation, the extracurricular activities only enhance the academics. The leadership is outstanding, instilling a culture of celebrating diversity and supporting one another. A middle school where every student can find their place.
I am pleased with Ridgeview Charter school. My granddaughter is a new student to this school and already she is excited by what goes on there, she is excited to get up and go every morning, she made friends easily and is finding the teachers and staff to be very helpful and the students as well. I will enjoy working with the staff to ensure the children are getting the best quality education. Thanks for the opportunity to give my opinion.
My eighth grader's educational experience at Ridgeview Charter Middle School has been a disaster. Meetings with teachers were not logged, learning plans and his IEP were not followed, and general anarchy is how it works there. Unfortunately we don't find this out until the end of the year. All they are concerned about is that the children wear uniforms - how pedestrian. This charter school is a failure. I hate that because we live in the charter school district my child is forced to go to one of these poor excuses for an educational system. Charter schools have simply brought another level of awful to the public school system. It's beginning to look like I'll have to home school another of my boys to undo the mess this charter school has made. Argh!
Outstanding teachers!! I am amazed by the passion and strong caliber of the educators at this school, especially science, math, language arts and french subjects. Most of the students particiate in the music program which is stellar!!
I am now a 6th grader at Ridgeview and i was scared to coe to the school from the reviews. It is actually a great school compared to what it used to be. The principle is Mrs. Hastey and she is very nice and she loves her job. All the teachers in 6th grade are nice and into their jobs. It is an IB ( International Baccalaureate) school, so we follow the IB traits. Our uniform policy is more strictly enforced now. I am on the soccer team and in chorus. The athletics have gotten better and the music program is still amazing. Ridgeview might of had some troubles in the past but it has all blown by, it is amazing and i will cherish every moment of it.
I'm a new parent of a student at Ridgeview. I'm hoping to start a carpool from South Fulton to Ridgeview. If you are interested, please contact me. Thank you!
I went to Ridgeview in 2009-2011. I am now a 9th grader who is going to Riverwood, the feeder school of Ridgeview. Ridgeview was not all that bad. Though, there was a lot of drama behind the scenes and there was an incident concerning drug use in the school. I took all TAG (honors) classes, and had a great time with most of the teachers. Some teachers are actually concerned about students graduating, while others are more concerned about getting through the day. The school is not as diverse as it was in recent years. There is now just a majority of 1 race, and then a small percentage of others. Other than that, the sports program is decent, but the music program is amazing. The music teachers are dedicated to what they do. I know as I am a 5 year band student, and I have many friends in chorus and orchestra.In the end, all I'm saying is to really look in the school before deciding to send your child there. Go for a tour and see the students and the teachers.
Decent School. Can't say much more. I went there for 6th grade and was rather disappointed. The education was fine but there was a lot of uneeded drama and very inapropriate conduct of some students. Ridgeview is very diverse, given it's 3 feeder schools are all very different, Herds Ferry having a lot of "white" students, Lake Forest having a 100% Latino population, and High Point being a mix of both. Putting all of this aside, the education is nice for students who need advanced learning classes. The advanced (TAG) classes are good, but they do not challenge the students enough (in one person's opinion). Ridgeview offers a lot of extracurricular activities and sports, but the sports teams are not the finest, but it is still nice that they offer them. Overall, Ridgeview Charter Schools is an "ok" school. I hope this review helped!!!!!
This school is a disappointing. You think because it is an IB (International Baccalaureate) MYP school, it would be good. But this isn't the case. There are only a few teachers that are qualified and actually care about their students. It had a wonderful principal, Ms. Cox. But, she received a promotion for a job elsewhere. Anyway, the test scores and diversity at this school are low. Many students are bad or druggies. There are many kids that are snobby, too. If you think this place is a good place, it's time to reconsider. I have only been here for 1 year and yet my experience is horrid at this school. Hope this helps! :)
Wonderful school. I have two girls attending. The education is great, teacher involvement wonderful and it is a really safe school What more can one ask for?
I have been a student at Ridgeview for my 6th, 7th, and my 8th grade years(I'm in 8th grade now). The school finished a renovation at the beginning of my 8th grade year and let me say---the school is huge and beautiful! But don't let that fool you; it won't stay this nice for the future years because there's so many bad, iggnorant kids that will distuct the building. This school also has a uniform policy, but it is rarely ever inforced; they say to only wear polo shirts w/ black or khaki pants/skirts,etc. but mostly everyone doesn't! And also there's a lot of racist kids that think it's funny to discrimnate blacks, mexicans, whites, etc. This school also has a lot of 'wanna-be gangstas' and drug addicts. But this school does have a nice music program that I'm proud of. Hope this helps...
I have been to many schools in my life, and this one is by far the worst ( im in eigth grade ) the students are awful to each other, and although some teachers are good, some are just plain awful. I feel this school has put a stop to my education for two years, and im glad im leaving this year so i can actually get a good education next year
I am in 8th grade and both my sister and I have gone to Ridgeview for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. We recently just finished a school renovation. The new school is HUGE and really nice, but i doubt it will last like this for years and years to come, because there are students who mistreat it. We have uniforms, but it's rare that they're really strictly enforced. We have great extra-curriculars and a lot of new clubs, but poor athletic teams. The music program is great and every 3 years we go to a big city, this year it's D.C. The principal has very little tolerance for misbehavior, and it is very easy to get ISS OSS or expulsion. I hope this review helps you!
It's not the best but not the worst school either. I think that the teachers and counselors are great. They have great programs for the children. Ms. Umoh the Vice Principle is very understanding but stearn when need be but the Ms. Cox I don't know. I can't put my finger on it but something is not right with her. It isn't as divers as one of the parents claimed below. I think they need more male teachers in the school that teach core courses like math, language arts and science. They also need some type of program for ADHD or ADD children aside from medicating them on mind like zolof.
I taught at this school in Fall '07. It is a wonderful school that feels like a real community. The level of caring and involvement of the whole staff for students and their parents was outstanding. The principal is a very strong leader with great respect for teachers and for all kinds of learners. I wish my children could attend this school.
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