I agree to the latest parent post. It is disappointing that the kids cannot give out invites that well in fact, the only friends our kids have are at school! and they aren't allowed to give birthday invitations. I am not sure how to bring this up. I have asked parents and they don't know how to address this issue. 4 stars for Teachers, Assistants Teachers only. The office needs to re visit public relations training. And if the principal reads this, please post why the behavior of office staff is overflowing with negative reviews.
For academics and teaching staff, I give RHPS 5 stars. What others have said about an unfriendly office atmosphere is correct. It seems like its a bother for them if parents come in. -If your child has a birthday during the school year, the children are not allowed to hand out invites and the teachers aren't either. I don't care what their reasons are, an invitation is just that, if the recipient or parent does not want their phone # out there then they don't have to call or respond to the invitation, there is not breach of confidential information by quietly putting a party invitation into a child's folder to take home. -Visiting (dropping in on) your child's class is not allowed, UNLESS you watch a volunteering video, then you can "pop in" and see how things are going. I was told there are just too many parents that would visit and it would interrupt the class. But don't worry about them doing a background check to become a volunteer either, cause they don't bother with them. -Starting late can make it difficult to get to know the teacher and their routines and ways of communicating with parents. Finding a way to include parents would help them feel more like partners.
This school is so unfriendly to parents. I hate visiting the school and/or going to school events.
Our children were final able to get into the Bryan County School system thanks to the principal at Richmond Hill Elementary. We have a contact on a house and was closing in a month. I can say my daughter loves RHPS now that she is here and here teacher is great.
RHPS has been extremely disappointing to our family. Primarily the leadership is poor and the administration is very rude. It is an unpleasant place to visit, because the principal sets a negative attitude toward parents and isn't a good leader. The students test well because the teachers are told to teach only "to the test", which makes for a great deal of unhappy and unfulfilled teachers. Morale is very low at the school and it negatively affects the students and the parents. I am looking forward to moving out of this school.
This is an excellent school who is very supportive of military families. My son loved going here! The administration and teachers are very supportive and understanding of children with special needs (ADHD). I was very sad when my son had to move up to the elementary school! We loved it there!
We moved to the Savannah Metro Area in August 2012, and we chose to move RH, because of the reputation of the school system as recommended by Gulfstream colleagues. We now have a son in PK and though we were apprehensive about throwing him into full-day PK, he has really enjoyed it. At 22 students, the class does feel a little crowded, even with a teaching assistant. That being said, teachers appear to exercise a good deal of control in the classroom. That same level of control, when applied to lunchtime, does seem a little oppressive. Students are admonished to stay seated and to remain quiet, and I'm just not certain how children are supposed to work off some of their excess energy. I would not advocate allowing them to run amuck in the cafeteria, but I would feel better if they were allowed to speak at a volume greater than a whisper. At the Pre-K Center, I find it interesting that there is not the same level of entry area security present in the K-1 and RH Elementary School buildings.
I must say, the office workers at this school are difficult, to say the least. They are rude, not willing to help and seem to not know the answers to any questions asked!
My son has Aspergers Syndrom and ADHD which made starting school a very scary experience. The staff and administration went above and beyond to make sure my son was well taken care of and we, as parents, were well informed. He has been there for 2 years now and is making great grades in a mainstream class.
My son has done very well at RHPS. The teachers really seem to care about the students and the curriculum seems well rounded. The problem I have with the school is the office secretaries. They are very rude and condescending to parents so much so that I dread having to deal with them. I am not alone with my assessment of the office workers. I have spoken to at least six other parents who have said the same thing. The office personnel need a major attitude adjustment.
cont...from below...I spoke to the Assistant Principal who was very kind yet I have decided to move and change schools. I relocated to Richmond Hill and remained here for 5 years because of the seemingly wonderful school system. Yet this experience the past few months has put a very very bad influence on my son's self esteem. I am moving and he will not remain in this school next quarter. I'm not sure the school is equipped to handle African-American boys. Out of 5 of the children in his "Busy Bulldogs" group for bully prevention...only 1 is not African-American. The school has few African American students to begin with and no African American Teachers. I question the 80% correlation of students being labeled bully being African- American to the percentage of black students at the school about 20%. Very disheartening
One wonderful thing about the school is that parents are encouraged to volunteer and you never have to worry about anyone unauthorized taking your children from the school. The front office staff is very secure about letting even the parent of the child beyond the front counter. There is no walking your child to class or going to the classroom of your child. If your child left something at home- you can bring it - just don't expect to get past the front lines. There is no direct parental involvement in the classroom unless solicited by the teacher. Do not expect to just pop up on your child on your break or monitor the class without a petition. Most volunteer opportunities will be in classrooms other than your child's.
I m very disappointed in this school; it has the most unfriendly principal and front office staff we have ever encountered. They don t respond to any of our questions but quick to label a child for misbehaving. My son is in First Grade and his report cards has been outstanding. If I m not mistaken that s part of the teacher s job to reinforce what s right and wrong. I m currently deployed in Iraq and I don t think this school really understand how deployment affects our kids. The teacher even questioned us instead of working with the parents. They should provide a positive and challanging environment where a child can learn.
I am very please and impressed with RHPS. We moved to bryan county and my child has done a 150% difference since leaving the chatham county. Mrs Darieng is a excellent teacher. She is just great with the children.
I have been very impressed with the Primary School! Mrs. Wilson who teaches 1st grade is AMAZING!!! I feel lucky and blessed to have my child in her class. Even with all the cutbacks, I see her smiling and loving students though I know it is tough without an assistant. I feel very fortunate that she is a teacher at RHPS. I hope when my child attends RHES next year, he will be in a class as equally as wonderful!
Awesome! All the teachers I have had, Mrs. Parker/Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Nobles/Mrs.K, were absolutely wonderful. Now the school year is just starting with Mrs. M.E. Daniels and I think she will be great.
We've had 2 children attend with a 5 year gap between. The staff and teachers really care!!! I've volunteered both times and seen them in action. Amazing!!! They've listened to my concerns as a parent and worked with us each step of the way. The teachers are still encouraging to our older child even though see is no longer a student. Front office is strict but for the good of the children.
Unfortunately, Richmond Hill has the best public school system around Savannah. That is why we moved here. The school has the most unfriendly principle and front office staff we have ever encountered. The school is not family friendly at all. I am hoping my children are learning what they need to. The teachers are great. I think it is the administration that needs to not be so stringent. So far I think my kids are doing well but I worry that they are learning only what needs to be taught to pass the CRCT.
We relocated to RHPS in the middle of the school year from up north. I have been disappointed in the overall attitude toward parents at this school. The emphasis seems to be more on preparing for CRCT testing than actual learning. It is drilled into you that you must have your child take practice tests . I agree with one of the parents on this site that when I went to school we had similar tests, but they were honest, in the sense that we did not practice taking them. It was a real test of what we LEARNED not practiced. They start in first grade here, where others don't start until 3rd. I am seriously considering home schooling my children next year in the hope to provided a love of school and learning that is not focused on at RHPS. The admin staff is not friendly to students or parents.
Excellent school! The principal is on top of things and runs it well. Mrs. Harris is an amazing teacher! Great district with many after school activites. The school help set a great foundation for the grades to come.
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