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River Trail Middle School5
Posted August 06, 2014
- a community member
River trail is a very good school. Although to succeed at this school, you absolutely cannot lack motivation. I don't know why people are saying there is no creativity at this school; we have plenty (too many almost) of projects and each one can be another opportunity to be creative. I will say though, it depends entirely on who your teachers are. I had a teacher who quoted the textbook every time we asked a question and a teacher who just told us stories unrelated. The kids here, however, are extremely intelligent. I used to be head and shoulders above the rest of my classes at my old school. I came here and there are 50 other kids who perform just as well as I do, many far above me.
River Trail is a very top notch school. Some people that review here are just being misguided and as a parent the teachers and staff are very helpful and are very fun. If you are looking for a fun, exciting, and top notch school you should come to River Trail. The negative comments are biased based on their personal experience. However, having 4 kids attend at different years all of them have enjoyed River Trail and did not have the same teachers as their siblings.
I was a previous student here but now reside at Georgia Tech. This was the worse middle school I have ever seen. The rules the staff enforce are not only troublesome but pointless. The administrators will also try to write you up for petty things and the strict rules only make the students rebel more. The courses are not very challenging and the teachers were very bad at teaching. Along with the strict rules, all this made me put no effort into my grades and I actually made straight C's in middle school. The diversity and academic achievements that this school owns is solely due to parents who want to bring their students to the successful high school that most students will go to after River Trail- Northview. I loved Northview a lot and I strove to put my fullest potential here and you can see why almost every parent wants to bring their child their. If you want your child to attend Northview but is only in middle school, then I suggest you put him in River Trail. If not, then there is no reason to be at River Trail (River Jail - a phrase a lot of graduates from River Trail refer too).
I am a student and this school is unsatisfactory because I found that many teachers adhere extremely strictly to the state standards. It feels like the definition of teaching to the test. I have teachers that have no idea how to control a classroom and do not respond to the rampant racism and name calling within the student body. There is a lack of creativity in this school. Grades are the only thing some teachers care about. I have a teacher that makes the students who fail (very commonly) retake the test or quiz using notes. The teacher does not teach and only makes students fill out dull fill-in-the-blank note sheets, which are word for word copy and pastes of PowerPoints. The tests are derived straight from study guides. I overhear students complaining about the teachers often. It is routine. There are good, caring teachers, but they are so few and far between. If this school focused on something more than high test scores, and taught in an interesting, captivating fashion, that would be more satisfactory.
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.
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.