I have kids at both Davis and Richmond. I think it is unfair to rank this school lower just because they have a lot of students who speak primarily spanish. The world is diverse and this is a great school to learn with diverse students. Richmond is the only elemntary school in the district that offers foreign language. My daughter is taking French and loves it. It is also the only elementary school that offers orchestra classes. They are also the only elementary school where every student has there own personal Ipad which enhances their learning. My daughter has thrived at the school. She loves the classes and the teachers. In my personal opion, it is the best elementary school in the district.
I appreciate that there are websites out there to rank schools for people that are new to the area. Unfortunately, there are times when rankings or test scores do not actually reflect the quality of education of the school. Richmond/Davis is certainly this case. The entire school system in St Charles is excellent.Richmond is unique in that it is one of the few schools (there are others) that have scores lower than the other elementary schools. If you are afraid of Hispanic children you should run for the hills (or in our case the corn fields). The Hispanic population in town enroll their children with limited English and for this reason the scores are lower. They receive an amazing amount of support from the district at the elementary level which is why Thompson Middle School and East High School have excellent test scores DESPITE these same kids feeding up to those schools. Everything evens out by the time everyone enters Middle school. The quality of education is great. If your child happens to already speak english, great...they get to learn spanish!!! Richmond is the ONLY elementary school in the entire district to offer foreign language.
My kids love both Davis and Richmond. I grew up in St Charles so it doesn't bother me that they attend a school with a diverse student base. All of the schools in St Charles provide a quality education regardless of these "ratings" and "state test scores". We are really happy with the teachers and principal. I know my kids will transition well into Thompson. It's a great neighborhood school.
Richmond is an excellent school. We are really glad we stuck it out when the were making changes with Davis. Our kids are happy and are doing just as well as they would have if they were in any other school in town. Excellent teachers, committed parents and great leadership have made these changes work.
Richmond had a rough start but thanks to the excellent staff and parent involvement it has really taken a turn. The scores will probably always rank a little lower than other elementary schools but the bottom line is that it's an excellent education. The diversity of this school can be seen as a negative because many of the students come in not knowing English but I consider if a positive. The real world is diverse and this is the closest you will get in a community that is primarily Caucasian. Just as the other review stated, it's the only elementary to offer a language in the curriculum which is one of the many reasons I send my children to this school.
The parent and teacher involvement in this school is incredible. The community has really thrown themselves at making sure this school succeeds. Our children have excelled at Richmond and have the added bonus of ipads and foreign language. We had some hesitation due to the non-english speaking students but this has been squashed. Everyone in my neighborhood attends this school and is backing it 100%. We all love Richmond!
First off, some fantastic teachers. But the school is still finding its footing since the merger with Davis. Although referred to as a school with an enhanced educational environment, the school has seen a sharp drop in test scores in just one year, specifically math. The students have an extra 45 minutes in their day, the ability to take foreign language and ipads...and should be leading the district, but find themselves behind every other school in the district. And it has nothing to do with the makeup of students or esl students. The building is at capacity already and will be facing more issues when the growing class sizes move here from Davis. I do have students in the school and feel that keeping face over a controversial merger has taken president over the focus of education.
Richmond is a great school just like all the other schools in St Charles. For anyone who reads this that is not from our community, the reason this school shows a low rating/scores is due to the higher number of non-english speaking students that attend this school. The education and teachers here are great. The students that speak english test just as high as the students at all the other local elementary schools. Unfortunately, the high number of students that do not have english as their primary language upon entering this school have dragged the scores down. There is a high sense of community, leadership and pride in this school. The commitment to helping the non-english speaking students is amazing. I am very happy that my children will have the added benefit of foreign language in their curriculum which none of the other elementary schools offer as well as a sense of diversity which is lacking in all the other local schools.
All of the information located on this website is dated. Richmond School has been reconfigured to serve 3-5th grade students. This was instituted in 2011. Younger children (k-2) attend Davis School. When the two schools were combined, the Principals were changed, The teaching staff changed and the demographics of the student population changed. Some of the programming is unique to District 303. You will want to gather information through another format. My star rating is reflective of the current ratings. I do not currently have a student attending this school.
Richmond is a great school with a great staff and small class sizes. You can't say that about any of the other St. Charles elem. schools. If you are afraid of a diverse environment then this school is not for you. If you want your children to be surrounded by caring and highly qualified educators then your child would be lucky to attend Richmond.