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PK-12
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Baton Rouge, LA
Students enrolled: 794

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17255 South Harrell's Ferry Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

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(225) 215-5706
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December 05, 2014
Choosing a school that best fits the needs of your family can be challenging. The educational landscape in Baton Rouge is tough to navigate. I feel fortunate that my family has found a home at Runnels School. Runnels is truly a home. The school community from preschool to high school is welcoming, nurturing, and academically challenging. My boys have found a safe place to learn and grow, formed strong friendships, been encouraged creatively and found success in athletics. Overall, the education they receive is well rounded. My husband and I are beginning to see glimpses of the young men they are becoming and we value the mark that Runnels is leaving on them. My family will be forever grateful to Runnels School. As to the reviews on this page and others that speak to bullying, derision and favoritism by faculty and staff, I respectfully disagree. That has not been our experience or that of our peers. If you are looking for a school that values the individual, Runnels is the place for you.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2014
I graduated Runnels in 2011 and am what some call, a "lifer". My elementary school experience was phenomenal and topnotch (love Mrs. O in the library). Once I got to middle school, I noticed a decline, but I loved the close knit, liberal(ish), no uniform atmosphere, so I decided to stay for high school. I regret staying for high school and could not recommend this experience to anyone. In fact, my academic self esteem plummeted as I was constantly placed in mediocre math and science classes because the faculty had pigeon-holed me as "one of the dumb kids." Nepotism runs high as the Runnels' kids and their family friends monopolize the advanced classes. Ms. Dana S., the advisor told me I could never get into UNC-A, Sewannee, Millsaps or any college besides LSU or Southeastern with my grades and ACT. I ended up at a topnotch liberal arts school, received a hefty scholarship, and excelled in college level math and science. I am graduating early with a BS degree no thanks to Dana or the math and science department at Runnels. TL;DR: a great elementary school that will inspire creative thought and provide an excellent education until 6th or 7th grade.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2014
Wonderful school with an amazing staff. They have a wonderful arts program with unlimited possibilities. My child has been here for four years and we know we've made the best choice for our child. She loves her school and teachers. Once you visit the school, sit in on a class, or meet the administration you'll fall in love. I truly believe it is a hidden gem in Baton Rouge.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2014
I could not disagree more with a few of the past reviews. My experiences with Runnels could be summarized in one word: hassle. When integrated into the public school system after leaving, I was far behind most kids in my grade. The bullying accusations about the teachers and students could not be more true. The only thing that is valued at Runnels is money, and if you don't have it, you do not belong there.

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2014
I had one child attend from early elementary till graduation and have two additional children there now. I can agree and disagree with several of the comments below. I will start that we enjoy the diversity of the curriculum and teachers. We enjoy the small classes, various teaching size and their willingness to work with children who learn differently. I will agree that there a definite cliques among teachers, parents and students, but I challenge you to find a school where there is not. I hope the new administration will help with this situation. Overall, I feel my children have received and will continue to receive an above average education. The elementary is great and they have been instituting new programs to try to help with the bullying/clique issues. We have greatly enjoyed the heavy emphasis on the arts. It is important in the development of the child as a whole. Also, the teachers are willing to spend time away from school to address any questions you have as a parent.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2014
Amazing school! stresses individualism, creativity, promotes kindness and character. Phenomenal arts programs and music including harp. Teachers are fully engaged and passionate about the development of the whole child. My daughter was reading at 3 through their preschool but never drilled or pushed beyond her comfort. Definitely not the typical "fit into our box" type of school. I'm sorry to see some of the bad reviews. In our 3 years, we've had a wonderful experience. We plan to stay through 12th grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2014
Our kids have been at the Runnels School for 9 years. Of course we're biased- But truthfully, education has always been top priority to us. When we moved to Baton Rouge, we toured each Private School we considered. I remember taking the Runnels School Tour - all we could say was that "This is the school we wish we had gone to" . One of my favorite aspects of Runnels is that many of the teachers are parents. So they get it- if you go to them and say that you're child is having a tough time- they understand AS A PARENT how you feel-That means the world to me- They have been nothing but incredible- We are certain that our children are getting a top-notch education- My son wants to go to MIT or Harvard - I feel confident that with the Runnels School system, he can achieve that goal. There is NO other choice ;) Your children will thrive at this school

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2014
I'm a high school student at Runnels School. I have been attending Runnels for four years, and it is a wonderful school. The teachers are kind and are generally excellent (there are a couple bad ones, like in every school.) As to the allegations of bullying, there is little to none. It might possibly be just that my grade is a particularly small and nice grade, but many of my classes are with upperclassmen and I see no bullying whatsoever. I made many friends and met some of my best friends at Runnels. There are many fun clubs and activities, and there are some classes that are not offered in many other places. I would recommend looking into this school for your child.

- submitted by a community member
August 30, 2014
The school is terrible except for the elementary school and the art program. I had many issues with the administration, the main one being that when I was being bullied, they wouldn't do anything because of the bully's ethnicity. The guidance councilor is the principal, and because of that, the students didn t have anyone to talk to for help. The principal was overheard by students on many occasions talking about various inappropriate subjects. A number of classes I took were extremely agitating because the majority of my teachers were not able to teach to every student s learning style, or they didn t even have a degree in the subject they were teaching. The teachers spread gossip just as much as (if not more than) the students. The school basically stole from students; there were cases where teachers would pick up students' materials and put them in the lost and found and MAKE THE STUDENTS PAY to get their things back. I enjoyed the "free spirited" environment, but the cons outweighed the pros. I feel like my time at Runnels High School was a massive waste of time and money and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a student
July 24, 2014
Runnels School is fantastic! We love everything about it. I have 2 children there and they are both learning so much. The music, drama and art programs are excellent. My daughter started playing the clarinet in the 4th grade. They also offer harp and violin classes starting in the 4th grade. My oldest daughter is kind of shy, but she is coming out of her shell in a big way. She would not have done this without the support and love her teachers have shown her. She has opened up so much that she got the lead role in one of the plays! We have nothing but good things to say about Runnels.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
In reference to the Oct 20, 2012 post. I am the person who posted the Sept. 7 comment. What I should have said is that a majority of the public school teachers I have met wind up getting their Masters Degree because state certifications are only good for 1-3 years and they have to be tested over and over again. Since my kid has been in public school, every teacher he has come into contact with has their Masters. As a teacher yourself, I am very surprised that you find the Runnels curriculum satisfactory. Since leaving, I encountered no less than 6 parents who ran into the same issue I did. This is not a coincidence. Overall, is it worth it? Think about it. 50% of BR's kids go to private school. I did a little math. That is about 360 MILLION DOLLARS going into the private school system every year. Just think, if that money and time was spent in the public schools, we would have the best schools in the nation. It think that the negative stereotype about BR public schools is more about the color of the majority students. All the kids on my street go to BR International. Let's just say, that one is a joke too. My kid can spell rings around those kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2013
I've been going to Runnels since kindergarden. The Elementary school is great. But the Jr. High and Sr. High schools were more of a problem. Many teachers are not fit to teach. Many are unintrested in the subject they are suppose to teach. Most of these teachers are just the parents of students, and the reason why they teach is that the children of the shool staff get free tuition. The few good teachers here have left or have plans to leave because of poor pay (the pay here for teachers is worst than the local public schools). The administration is a mess. The high school principal and counselor are the *same* person. More money goes to the baseball fields and surviellance cameras than pay for teachers or school equipment. There have been a few things that have kept me here for the past 11 years. Good friends, a few awesome teachers, and a relaxed atmosphere were pros for me at Runnels. But with those friends and teachers going to other schools, and a school looking worse and worse with each month, I chose to apply a local public school rather than go back to Runnels for the last two years of my High school career.

- submitted by a community member
July 20, 2013
I went to this school for five years. I wouldn't go back if my life depended on it. If I were you, I would seriously reconsider ever thinking about this school. It has a major problem with cliques, teachers, and morals in general. Many children here have no respect for anyone else but themselves. They are being taught that it is OK to hit others or verbally abuse them, if they are lacking in different subjects or poor. I was bullied every day for the weakest reasons and many of my friends who are too scared to leave have told me many horrible stories in the past two years. If I could, I would rate this score with no stars. Sadly, I can't.

- submitted by a community member
July 15, 2013
My children have been going to Runnels for 10 years. Like anything, you get out what you put in. The education is top notch and nationally competitive. Graduates have been admitted to schools such as John Hopkins, Tulane, Rice and Brown Universities as well as many state schools. Socially, Runnels has cliques like every other school. Girls can be mean and boys can be competitive just like the rest of the nation's schools. Runnels not only tolerates but embraces other cultures and religions. My children have been taught to experience and learn ways that are different from their own giving them an appreciation for their own values and beliefs. As all schools, there have been teacher issues. The administration has not only addressed the problems but supported many parents with a solution. It is not a perfect place and has it's faults. The sports program is not supported by the school as much as the liberal arts program, therefore resulting in a lack of a large amount of athletic students. Sports has never been a priority of this school as the education is and always will be top priority. If you choose Runnels, participate, join the RPO, give so you can gain!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
Runnels is an excellent school. There is a nurturing environment with excellent teachers. The academics, the arts, and the sports programs are as good as any school in B.R. My daughter has been going there for seven years, and we are all pleased with the quality of education she is receiving. You should consider Runnels as an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2012
This is in reference to the parent that posted on September 7, 2012. I am a degreed and certified teacher so I am fully aware that a Master's Degree is not required to teach in public schools. You are incorrect in that statement. Teachers in public schools are only required to be certified by the state to teach. Both of my children attend Runnels and I did a lot of research being a teacher myself as to which schools around town are warm and loving and have a competant teaching environment. I taught in public schools, you need to be mindful of certain types of teachers there. I personally knew a few public school teachers that had zero business being around children. I am sorry to hear you had an unfortunate experience at Runnels and I hope your public school experience is much better. We have enjoyed Runnels and I find the principal to be the most kind woman I have met who is always concerned about the well being of her students. She loves children and I have seen it by her behavior and expectations of her teachers time and time again.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2012
Use caution before sending your child/children to Runnels. As the previous parent stated, the administration is known for pushing parents to have their children "evaluated" and administered meds for what they perceive to be ADHD problems. For parents that refuse to medicate their children, they are told they are no longer welcome. The administration went so far as to dispute my child's doctor, and insist that ADHD meds were necessary. The teaching staff is mediocre at best. You will find better teachers in the magnet programs of Baton Rouge, in addition to a better education. The staff also has a history of hiding teacher misconduct. Please beware of this program.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2012
Im a student and I have to say, the teachers here are great, but the bullying is very over looked. I once was eing bullied by a few popular girls and the guidence counceler didnt do anything about it! Sometimes I would go home crying! Think twice before going to this school!

- submitted by a community member
April 20, 2012
My children have been attending Runnels since they were 2 y/o. We chose this school over others b/c we know Kelly & Gladys Runnels personally. There are definitely differnces between the grades as we noticed as our children progressed through them. The lower pre-K through elementary seemed more tolerant, accepting and supportive. The middle school thru high school seemed less so and our kids had to adapt to "new expectations". The high school is overall above average, but the teachers are hit & miss - it is important to realize that as a private school, Runnels is mandated to employ only teachers who are certified ... a certain number can be non-certified. However, we find that the music/arts programs are superb ... the productions are steallar and very well done. The sports program is developing as Runnels is now 2A & is very competitive. Are ther cliques? Yes. Runnels does not operate in a vacuum & is just as prone to this as other schools albeit on a smaller scale. We've found that the adminstration is more likely to support their staff than other schools ... a "bad" thing? We're not sure. Overall, we really have few negatives to say. Definitely worth looking into to in BR area.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2011
My children are attending for their fourth year, and we are looking elsewhere to continue their education. Allegations about cliques and unequal educational opportunites are spot on - the school definitely plays favorites. This is NOT the normal stuff you see in every school, it is sanctioned by the elementary administration! They have a known bully problem, but the bullies are protected. Both of my children have been physically assaulted on campus, one in a classroom where the teacher was missing. The offenders were not punished because the administration sympathizes with the "hardworking, involved" offenders' parents. My children were initially blamed for not defending themselves or provoking it. I have been threatened on campus by a student, and the administration laughed it off because the child has "impulse control problems" and didn't mean it. I am afraid for the safety of my children.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2011
My 2 boys have been very happy at Runnels. All of the previous comments about cliques is not the fault of the school, but rather the fault of the parents who are raising these children. It does happen at every school. Parents need to teach their children to accept other children into their circle of friends. Once one child does it others will follow. It happens in adults as well. Most parents who act like that have children that act that way as well. I feel the academics are great and the teachers really care.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2010
Runnels is overall a pretty good school, and as a current student, I really benefit from the school's arts program. The academics are fairly good, however, many teachers at Runnels are below par. I also feel that not every student here at Runnels is treated equally. Certain students are given opportunities to take advanced classes while other students who are just as smart and talented are not. Another problem I have with Runnels is that it is not culturally diverse and not always non-denominational, although it claims to be. I would guess that the school is about 95% white, with only a few African American, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American students.. Teachers sometimes talk as if their religion is the only acceptable religion (adamantly defending creationism in a science class, for example). Complaints aside, however, I have been attending Runnels most of my life and have gotten a pretty good education despite the fallbacks. I feel that the arts education, especially the music program, has really shaped who I am. Please look into this school for your child, but beware that like most other schools, Runnels has its fallbacks.

- submitted by a community member
May 14, 2010
Our child has been very happy at Runnels and has received an outstanding education from the school. There certainly are cliques there, as there are at any school.

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2010
My daughter attended Runnels for one year and she adored the teachers. There is a big problem with cliques among the students and they are not welcoming to Not only were they not welcoming, they made it a point for her to know that she was not in the group. She would try to join a group of girls at lunch and they would either get up and leave or stay quiet when she came over to sit. If they started a conversation and she joined in they would completely ignore her! I would pick her up in the evenings and she would look so rejected and sad. So I thought, well since we are the new ones, let us reach out to them. We planned a pool party at our home and she gave invitations to all girls in her class. Four (4) RSVP and 2 came! We left Runnels.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
My child has attended Runnels Elementary for two years. O verall, we are very satisfied with the academics and with the social mileau. The quality of teachers and instruction is very high. The school's non-sectarian philosophy is important to us and there is some diversity in the student body composition, but there could be more. There is a certain cliqueishness among some parents and student organizations led by volunteer parents. Although that can happen anywhere, the school could do more to offset exclusionary practices and reach out to new students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
My grandchildren attend Runnels. They are well mannered, and are learning more than most schools would/could provide.

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
As a Runnels school teacher with some public school teaching experience, this school is far superior. The parent/teacher interface is exceptional in that it allows parents greater influence over curricular activities and design. Class size and teacher resources are excellent. This is a college preparatory school that strives to place graduates in higher education. Students not prepared to work toward a college degree will not be as successful at Runnels. Students who wish to enter skilled trade training, should attend another institution.

- submitted by a teacher
May 20, 2009
Although I love the way the school is set up and what they stand for...I have to say the teachers in the end were a huge disappointment. But, fortunately they come and go. It's mostly a 'people problem' that is inescapable for many schools. If we as Americans and Good People could take more pride in our children, most of the issues Runnels faces would deminish. I feel sorry for them really because they are only one of many schools who suffer because of their staff and frankly the parents are to blame for some of the issues too, so I'd say it's a community problem all around! We will miss Runnels in many ways and appreciate what my child did learn and honor those teachers who were great!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating March 24, 2009
I disagree with another post saying that Runnels doesn't accept learning disability kids. My son is in that category and he graduated from Runnels. Moreover, when we told the Runnels administration that we were going to move him when he started his sophmore year, they basically told us that he shouldn't leave, and asked us what they would need to do to have him stay. Also, as far as the test scores go, such a large percentage of these kids go to Runnels from such a young age, its hard to argue that the test scores aren't based in large part to the instruction they are getting at the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2008
My daughter has been at Runnels for two years now and I can't say enough wonderful things about the staff. The school functions have also been fantastic. My daughter and I have meet wonderful friends in the teachers, administration, peers and other parents. I would recomend Runnels to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
March 26, 2008
I have two children there and they seem to enjoy the school. They are very young and school is a new experience altogether. For the most part, the school is an ideal institution. The teachers are very dedicated to their jobs. The school parent community is kind of snobbish, but overall the faculty and staff appear friendly. Education wise, it is more hands on than the local public schools. Personally, I would prefer to homeschool my kids instead of shelling out money to these institutions or fighting with the public school system.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2008
Our daughter attended for one year. The school was only one notch better than the public school that she was attending. She had only one truly excellent teacher out of 6. One other teacher was decent & the others were either mean or lazy. In addition, the students are not open to new students--lots of probs. with cliques. A student has to have been there since kindergarten to gain any kind of acceptance. The arts program is overrated. In addition, they 'game the system' by only accepting the better students so that their test scores are better than avg. Trust me, they have better test scores only because they won't accept kids with learning probs, etc. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the test scores will be higher when the kids with mediocre test scores are screened out & not allowed to enter the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2008
Wonderful school! I attended Runnels during my high school years. I was very welcomed by both the staff and students. Athletics and extra-curricular activities are great and suit most students interests. The elementary offers so many wonderful programs and the teachers are very loving. The high school curriculum is challenging and prepares you for college.

- submitted by a community member
January 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 02, 2008
Wonderful school with a great atmosphere!

- submitted by a parent
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The Runnels School
17255 South Harrell's Ferry Road, Baton Rouge, LA  70816
(225) 215-5706
Last modified The Runnels School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The Runnels School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top