Overall the school is great. We were in the school system for 5 years and applied for a hardship for a year. If you are not internally connected don't expect any compassion. Our hardship was not approved even when the household income was cut in half. I want to thank Dawn Melin and Myra Cornelius for all the consideration and understanding that was offered during the process (Sarcasm). I also would like to thank Myra for disclosing a private issue with another parent. Thank you as well Sara from the BOE for your help (Insert sarcasm again). May the same be returned to you guys. Thanks so much.
RTMS is a great school. Teachers are supportive and encourage the kids to do their best. My daughter is really thriving at RTMS. They have a ton of clubs and the teachers devote themselves not only to academics but also to the clubs. Last year the science olympiad sponsors went above and beyond. It was their first year - and the kids did an awesome job. The teachers are responsive and I always get a quick reply. The dedication of the students and the staff shows in every aspect of this school.
RTMS is a great school. The Academic team won state championship in 2013, and the Math Count team is No.1 in the state of Georgia. The band program is first rate, and many band students made the state band list. The principal is responsive. I once left a voice message for her, and she called back right after she was back in office. The teachers are generally good, and communications from school is prompt and adequate.
This school is most exceedingly great.The great amount of projects are just making the students strive and can therefore increase the student's creativeness and critical thinking, which is crucial to both a child's learning and growing progress. I can't stress how much this school has improved my child's "thinking out of the box" way and how it led her and her friends to great ivy league colleges. This school not only has extremely well-educated teachers who are very easily contacted and communicated with, but also a great educational system to allow students to make the best for themselves. Also the principal is always going around the halls and checking if the students are o.k. At lunch time, the principal is always standing there and watching the kids eat and making sure there are no problems and my daughter told me this. Other parents are saying "all they care about is money", "they are just memorizing, not learning," well if this is true, then why are the students who come out from this school succeeding in high-school and why does this school have one of the best test scores? It's because this is the school where teachers care about students and is where they can learn well.
This is a truly awful school. My child is miserable there. I will defiantly not send my younger child there. The principal is a very mean women and some of the students don't know she even exists because she is never around. Everyone is concerned with test scores and nothing else. There is no parent involvement and all creativity is discouraged. I would give the school no stars if at all possible.
Reading the latest review from a parent who needed minor services for their child with ADD prompted me to write my own review. I removed my child who is diagnosed with ADD from this school because of the utter lack of services and understanding the teachers and and administration. I would strongly encourage you to avoid this school if your child needs any kind of special services.
If your child needs minor services due to ADD please do not send your child to this school. If you care about the way administration handles your child, do not send your child here. The administration has engaged in name calling (my child) and is unprofessional. The area superintendent, Moran, has not addressed our concerns, it has been over a week. They disregard the parents and would not admit when they are wrong. I had two children attend this school, one of which did not require any services and the other very minor accomodations and I was displeased with many of the teachers and administration in both cases. I recommend that you speak to parents during car pool and read all the reviews prior to making this school your childs school for three years. Good luck and God Bless.
RTMS manages to take a large student population and give every one a top quality education as well as a sense of class unity. The teachers, especially the TAG teachers, provide good instructions and a reasonable number of assignments and projects. The PTA is extremely active in provide additional academic and social events for the kids. Middle school is such an awkward time for children and RTMS seems to understand this. I have to laugh at the student reviews on this site - not many middle schoolers anywhere love their school!
This school is very horrible. The teachers are told just to make sure we get good grades,meet deadlines, do lots of projects, just so we can pass the standardized tests. Not to actually learn anything. Creativity is forbidden in this school. I haven't seen out principal in a year. The tag (talented and gifted program) is very horrible. The student in this program that learn anything extra then the on-level classes. They only do more work,projects and have harder test but learn the exact same thing in a boring way.
This is not true. Even though I don't go to school often, I see her a lot at the school . The principal, Ms. Melin is a very enthusiastic educator.
I don't like the school. The teachers only care about getting money and I haven't seen our principal in a year(who knows maybe we don't have one). also we have way to much homework.
There are some great teachers, parent involvement, but administration only concerned about test scores. More homework & projects than you can imagine, limited use of new technology, limited opportunities for creative expression, very oppressive environment.
i love this school very much. i have moved from here about three months ago and i miss it greatly! not just my wonderful friends, but the nice and friendly teachers.
River Trail Middle School, is a fun place to be. I have a top locker and, it's really fun. Every 9 weeks, we have new connections, except for people, that took band, orchestra, or chorus. River Trail is really fun!!
This is our first year at River Trail Middle School. My child likes the students and most of the teachers very much. From a parents point of view though, the teachers seem more concerned with teaching to make sure the students pass the standardized test than teaching the students so that they learn. The administration doesn't seem to respond to parents very well. Parents have to do a lot of work to make sure their children are properly placed and after speaking with other parents it seems that I'm not the only one who feels this way.
The teachers are great but the administration it is not involved in the curriculum and student s development. They just worry about having good academic ratings to be considered for awards and prestigious mentions, no matter if the students earned it or not (true or false), they want you to give them excellent grades. Parents and families from wealthy background dominate the school policies and politics inside the administration. I will take my son out of this manipulative school as soon as possible.
My 6th grade son has struggled at RTMS. The teachers are on automatic pilot and want students that will memorize information and do well on tests (whether they are actually learning anything or not!) I feel the administration is more interested in marketing their school through high test scores and really don't care about the kids that struggle to keep up with the high acheivers. The multicultural student body doesn't work well for my son. We are looking to get out of this area.
I worked at the school for 5 years. If anything River Trail Middle School is an excellent example of a successful public school made up of a multicultural student body taught by a multicultural staff. Look at the officers of the Beta club (one of the biggest and most successful in the nation) and you will see it is led by officers who are African American, European American, Asian American, and Latin American. I'm sure you'll also find much more diversity on River Trail's Academic Bowl team than any other school in Georgia.
The Talented and Gifted classes have been a big disappointment with too much memorizing and a test. The principal of the school is very hands off and almost never deals with students or curriculum. Not impressive
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