November 22, 2015
My kids attended Roycemore in lower, middle, and upper school. The school has both pros and cons. The biggest advantage Roycemore is the small size of the school, so teachers really get to know each student personally. Another plus is if your kid wants to be on a team or in a production, they can, everyone’s included But, since the school is so small, there aren’t as many teams or shows in the first place.
The school also has some serious problems.
1) No formal support system for students with learning needs – no social worker, school counselor or a system for dealing with IEPs, whether you come in with one or get a private evaluation later - even if it's at the school's request. Best you can do is show the recommendations to your child’s teacher and hope they are able and willing to follow them. The school does offer “learning assistance”, which is basically private tutoring for an additional hourly fee, on top of tuition.
2) The middle school has had huge faculty turnover in the past 2 years. More than half the core teachers have left, including teachers who had been there for 10 to 20 years. They also keep restructuring the administration, so there have been 3 different people as Head of Middle School in 4 years, which as a parent is confusing and makes it hard to form relationships with the people running the school who are impacting your child’s experience.
3) The upper school doesn’t have much variety in classes, sports teams, or extracurricular activities. Roycemore doesn’t offer the advanced courses that are standard in larger schools – kids have to take these at Northwestern, which means being in a large lecture hall and hanging out with college students – not the best environment for teens.
Enrollment is dropping – the entire school has gone from over 300 students a few years ago to 235 now. I had my kids there for years because I felt the small school could give them individual attention, but the school has changed in character and focus, and doesn’t seem to value individual kids’ needs the way it once did.
- submitted by a parent