Thank goodness they finally asked Jean Brune to leave - she is disliked by so many people and has caused such embarrassment by her drooling and falling asleep in meetings and assemblies. Over the past 10 years, the school has significantly deteriorated in academics and its ability to recruit good staff, students and administrators. It is chaotic, the bullying is pervasive and they are accepting basically anyone that applies. Even in prior years, the school offered lesser academics, especially when compared to our competitors (Calvert, Bryn Mawr), instead seemingly focusing on sports or simply unable to meet the bar. Too many alumna that have trouble teaching are still here. Hopefully now that Jean is finally gone, we have a chance to improve (or at least not continue to slide into disgrace).
The curriculum and quality of instruction are outstanding! The small classroom size ensures every child's needs are met. Many opportunities for extracurricular activities. Teachers really care about child's success.
Although RPCS is a private single-sex school, the academics are poor, especially in comparison with the other private schools in the area. There is a lack of focus on the basics and there is a lot of bullying or clique-y, unkind behavior. Many of the less competent faculty and administration are alumna of the school and they do not address any of the issues.
Our daughter started with RPCS in Kindergarten and we stayed until fifth grade. We lived in an area with very good school districts, so attending RPCS was a choice. We ultimately left partly because of financial issues; the sacrifice was significant for us. We also left because we felt that the school was just not a good fit for us anymore.
The experience we had over the first few years from Kindergarten through until about third grade was relatively positive.
RPCS became less of a fit for us as our daughter got into third grade and beyond. Part of our problem related to our proximity to RPCS. Most of the children that attend RPCS live in and around the Roland Park area. We did not. It was a logistical challenge to organize get togethers with school friends. The school had a standing rule against children making play date arrangements in school. Our child had difficulty reaching her friends by telephone outside of school, as many parents did not maintain home telephones and cell phones were not a reliable way for our daughter to directly reach friends because of parents' busy work schedules.
Our daughter became an outsider in what we felt was a very unhealthy cliquish culture that started to form in third grade, and cemented at fifth grade. The class sizes, a small pool of children that was around 35 kids in all per grade, exacerbated this problem. We think this toxic element of the culture was due in part to an abundance of social privilege that existed at the school.
Having now been in the public school system for a few years, we can say with confidence that the academics at RPCS are no better than that which is offered in our community's public school system. The resources RPCS could provide as a privately funded institution were no better than the resources that our county school system offer. We feel our daughter is in a healthier social environment, and we would add that the public school children are more grounded. Our daughter is immersed in an environment that is real- with real kids from real families. She has made many friends and is turning into a well rounded young adult.
RPCS is a private single-sex school in Baltimore. It provides very rigorous academics in a nuturing environment. Extracurricular opportunities are numerous, varied, accessible and very well supported with ample resources; very enriching. The administration is passionate, approachable and responsive to families. The College Counseling department is out-of-this-world!!!
It was good for academics due to the coordination of classes with Gilman and Bryn Mawr. Socially it is very clique oriented and lousy. The SAT Prep Class required in grades 9-11 does not make improvements. The required tablets are also ridiculously expensive and are prone to viruses. The college counseling is stellar.
This is a really good school that cares about the your child academically and emotionally. The school balances rigorious academics in a caring and cooperative learning. They really try to get the best out of every child.