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Richmond Hill Middle School5
Posted July 29, 2014
- a community member
WONDERFUL, I've gone there for 2 years and i have 2 brothers that go there, and the atmosphere is wonderful, there are so many nice people and the teachers may seem mean but they get nicer as the year goes on. RHMS has so many clubs and athletics that you will never have a dull moment in the week! It doesn't have the best food but you can always get a lunch! anyways i love the school and I'd send my kids there!
My child has never attended a school that does not include the whole student body in its awards ceremony. Even though this school is pretty on the outside, it lacks effort in promoting equality. If your child has a Educational Service Plan (ESP) this might not be the right school for he/she. RHMS counselor's have the worst attitude when it comes to understanding your child needs and does not listen or work well with parents when developing the best plan for your child. My child was taking honors classes at the previous school, but this school refused to realized it because she has a ESP. Most states have become a part of the Interstate Compact which supports military children transition into their new school. This school does the oppose it. The school counselor called my child previous school and the counselor told her my child earned and was more than capable of continue taking her honor classes. The counselor disregarded the comments and did what she felt was best. I don't know if race plays a role in her attitude, but I felt my child had attended a school that was twenty years behind times. Plant a good seed and it will produce good fruit.
It is amazing.its like a palace and provides amazing education. Everyone knows and is nice to everybody. Teaches go out of their way to help students. Everybody exceeds the standards. I love RHMS because it is an extraordinary school!
I agree with most of the comment. They a;; tell the parents "Look at the website" We too are military family and our kids have tired few schools and this by far is the most unfriendly, unsupportive, staff we have ever come accross with. The school looks like a Prison if you know what I mean. Never can speak with the teachers and the Website they are talking about...only one out of the 5 teachers my kid has ever, ever, ever email back!
RHMS is an awesome school. The teachers take extra time to help children who are struggling. Everyone seems to pull together in their time of need and genuinely wan to help them do their best. This is an awesome school system!
Yes, there are some very poor teachers in every school and there should be more done to find more suitable replacements. That being said, our child's teacher has a website that is a wealth of information. Not all teachers update or maintain their websites, but many of the sites are very helpful. I have noticed that almost all of the negative reviews are written by people new to the district. It is unfortunate that their first experience was unfavorable, but have faith-there are many great teachers ahead and it really is a fantastic school system, warts and all. Also keep in mind that once your kids get to the middle grades and beyond, every teacher has on average about 110 students every day. That's a lot of juggling to meet everyone's individual needs.
Wow, I was thinking maybe it was my daughter or my wife and I. We too "thought" this was the place to be. After reading the comments everyone hit the nail (or nails) on the head. We tried by written note, by email, and by phone to get a parent teacher conference, to NO success. We were told "everything is on my website." Do I blame the teachers? No, except if it's a specific one (everyone knows who I'm talking about) in the elementary school (run if your child gets her). I have a suspicion that they don't have too much leeway as to how to teach! State this state that. Bullies??? If it's not the oversized juvenile deliquints, it's the over indulged brats! They are in desperate need of discipline in that school! I don't know where the good school went or who runs this (Harry Potter Looking) school, but a little less money into the brick and more into the teacher child ratio! Throw the deliquents into a room with a bad teacher and a popsickle! No-I do not have a perfect child with straight A's. my child is a B mostly. But, here there is no room to brighten her horizon. It's a shame, if the economy would get better, I'd sell and move also.
Richmond Hill Middle School They get a 1 because that is the lowest available score. We heard that Bryan County School District was the best in this area. The reality is very different. Our child has been in Gifted. He has exceeded all national standardized testing scores including the SAT he took at 12. He is a member of Duke University TIP. We have had nothing but problems since he entered RHMS. They use Power School which I feel sets children up for failure. If your child is absent when a test or assignment is due they get a 0. They also do online assessments. Most of the the assessments has not been taught to the student. They use these assessment scores as 3 daily grades and 1 test grade. How can you give a child a permanent grade on info they have not been taught? The staff are rude not only to students but parents as well. We are a military family and our child has been in over 10 schools and I have never seen children treated in such a degrading manner. It is ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING. If the high school is anything like the middle school our family will be moving without question or hesitation for no other reason than to leave this school district. BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!
We are new to the area due to my husband being transferred to Ft Stewart. We made sure we lived in the RH area because at the time the school was rated a 9 since I see it has fallen. I feel that certain teachers are great however there is one that constantly yells in the classroom. I have brought this to the attention of the principle which seems to ignore all complaints and makes constant excuses for these teachers. My child has always been an honor student but feels that none of the teachers even know she exists I have emailed a couple of the teachers that we have concerns with and they just don't even email or call. This school does not want ANY parent involvement unless maybe you are from here. I feel there is no support for military families ESP when it is the military that are moving here. I am so disappointed in this school and find myself apologizes to my child for putting her in a "so called great school". I have tried meeting w the principle to no avail he says he will do something BUT it never happens. I hope with a new superintendent this school can get back on track as being a top rated school. I only wish we had the money for private school
We were told this was the best schools system in the area. Some eachers are not teaching. My child is in 7th grade, and tells me a few just say to read this or that, test them, with no lecturing, extra info. Contrary to past posts by others, we feel there is NO enforcement of the dress code, and we were hoping for that. Students here openly curse, and no punishment is given by teachers. I think the students are running the school, and some teachers have given up. Too many students per teacher, on the buses, that is still the case. From helping out and having to stop by on occasion, parents are forced to go by the rules, but not teacher and students. This school needs an anit-bullying program. There are some very snobby students, too, as this is sort of an elite area in which to live. I guess these students are used to getting their way, and make fun of others and new students all the time.I know this is normal in growing up, but it often makes my child miserable. The last school we attended, in another state, was not like this at all. And it was rated 10 out of 10 and had an anti-bullying program.