Teachers and Principal are wonderful and work hard to create a good learning atmosphere for students. However, the level of testing (and this is probably true at any public school) takes away from learning time. Children are not appropriately challenged as the students who don't get things as quickly slow the pace down for everyone else. Kids come home telling me about things they hear from other students that are totally inappropriate and unexpected from Elementary aged children. Whole class loses recess time as a result of *some* students acting up. Math pacing is way too slow and strange, awkward methods of doing simple tasks are taught.
My child has been at Randolph since Pre-K and had a positive experience throughout her matriculation. She is now in the 4th grade, and what I enjoy most is seeing the amount of parent engagement at the school. The PTA is excellent, they host in-school field trips, and host a number of activities throughout the school year that foster great school spirit. Events held include Books-n-Burgers, Skate Night, School Dances, Family Movie Night, Teacher Appreciation Breakfasts and Lunches, and this has been consistent since my child arrived in 2010. Principal Millen has been an AWESOME asset for the school, while she has been promoted to Area Director I am looking forward to continued student achievement under the leadership of Principal Latoya Miley.
This is not a review. I am just seeking other reviews that are more recent for Randolph Elementary. I have a child that will be attending Randolph for the first time this year. I am a little nervous because of the 2012 CRCT Results that were posted on the AJC website. I am very disappointed to know that Randolph's Math, Science and Social Studies CRCT scores were pretty low for 2012. Can anybody give a more recent review on this school, the administration, the teachers, the programs, etc? I really hope that the leaders of this school have a plan on how to improve (drastically and convincingly) these scores in this upcoming school year. Anyone...please share your recent experiences at Randolph. Mediocrity is not an option for my child.
I have children that are current students at Randolph Elementary. I was very pleased and almost spoiled by my child's teacher last year and had no reason to deal with the administration on a professional level. From day one of this school year I have been disgusted by the lack of professionalism of both the administration and my eldest child's teacher. The principal is more concerned with penalizing his staff than the needs or well being of the students or parents concerns. As I communicate with other parents this seems to be a common theme. There have been several pickets in front of the school asking for the Administration to be removed. This is an opinion that I have began to agree with. This school is an example of smoke and mirrors...don't look too close or the allusion will be ruined.
unfortunately for me and my 9 year old, we did not have a good experience at this school as expected. my daughter had been in APS from jan 2004 - jan 2008 and i was told that the change to fulton county schools would be better, not that i wasn't pleased with APS. this past year, she was only at Randolph half of 3rd grade and everything went downhill from there... she never had an issue with performing well on the CRCT at Fickett but had major issues this past year and didn't do very well at all.. where she had homework consistently at Fickett, schoolwork sent home from Randolph was scant and unpredictable and instructions on what was expected was always unclear, even after it was addressed to her teacher...bruises from unruly kids was common...i wish she could go back to Fickett but we're out of district...
This school was recommended to me by a dear friend who lived in the area. He had shared with me that the reputation of the school over the past years had been excellent and that the curriculum was similar to that of a private school. Although my daughter's first year at the school was a positive experience, I don't feel quite the same with the lost of several great teachers and the turnover of new leadership.