We are new to Rosehill and came in with reservations due to this score. How misplaced this is! Rosehill is a great match for our son. The teachers and principal are excellent. I watched the principal call each and every student by name at drop off in the second week of school. The teaching principles are sound and on target for my child. We love Rosehill and can't believe we even thought about sending our child to private school (in part) due to this rating.
I am shocked at this rating. Both of my children have attended Rosehill from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade. My son graduated in 2013 and my daughter in 2012. The staff, from Mr. Lawrence the school principal through great teachers like Mrs. Cappocia, Mr. Wyand,, Mrs. Ovida, all the way down to the janitors, Mr. Jerry and the rest of the staff were of the highest caliber. They were easy to talk to and always very concerned that the children came first in safety and education. The test scores are an aboration as there are a few children of illegal immigrants, all very nice people mind you, that are struggling, and they throw the curve. My children were perennially on the honor and Principals Honor Roll. I was honored, honored that my children went to school at Rosehill and if given a chance, I would choose to send my children here again.
Communication between teachers, the principal and parents are well below expected. You are never informed of anything until what seems like the last minute, by paper, which is brought home by your student. This is extremely inefficient. There should be direct contact with staff and parents, whether it be by phone, email, or a website that is updated regularly. This would cut down on so much unnecessary confusion so we can get to the business of educating our kids. When we call the principal to voice concerns, he was rude and confrontational, which made us feel alienated from our children's education. He did call later and apologize, but as parents, we have the right to have our concerns heard and have some plan moving forward to reach a mutually beneficial outcome. I believe the teachers care about their students and do their best despite budget cuts in our state, but we need to communicate effectively with one another so we can help each other meet the educational goals set by the kids, parents and the school.
Rating a school based on the race of the students is very inappropriate. It is great to have a diversity in a place where children are being prepared to face the real world. This school has a diverse population of kids, Hispanic, Black, Indian (not Native Americans), Asian, European and of course Caucasian just to name a few; this makes it a culturally rich place. So, bottom line, the school is great, staff is very friendly, efficient and helpful. Teachers are well prepared and do their best, and like in every school, this applies to most of them. If because of lack of education and ignorance you have racism inclinations, you should probably stay away from the public school system.
My son has been attending this school for four full years now, and it's really amazing. I'm kind of in shock about the parent that made a big deal about it being an ESL school, and the possible "social issues" that could occur. This school really is magnificent, filled with great teachers, a caring staff, lots of activities for the students, and a top notch education. This school doesn't judge against those without money, or who aren't fluent in English. They treat everyone equally. Kids are kids, regardless of their parents economic status or skin color. My son was in the Olathe school district previous to this and had more issues with bullying in his one year there than in the four years he's had here!
This school has an enthusiastic PTA that sponsors many activities throughout the year. Rosehill is one of the largest elementary schools in the Shanwnee Mission district - and one of the most ethnically diverse schools in Johnson County. Rosehill is an ESL center for SMSD and brings kids with new English skills into the general classroom as early as possible. All the kids benefit from this exposure to many cultures and languages. The overall scores in part reflect both the size of the school and the cultural/economic diversity of the student body. The Rocket Reader program is incentivized and has a high participation rate. Math students participate in the Shawnee Mission Pentathlon several times/year starting in 3rd grade. Brenda Boyd is an authoritarian principal, and works closely with the PTA for success. PTA activities 2005 included 70's Dance/Silent auction, Ice cream social, Mexican Fiesta, Moms and Muffins, Dads and Donuts +++.
I went here and it is an awesome school! Theya re great, all except a few teaches. Everyone is so involved and it is an amazing learning facility.
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