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.
My sister and I attended RPCS, our daughters also attended and now my granddaughter is in her 10th year there. It is a very special place. The academics are superior but also, very importantly, learning how to be a person of good character, a compassionate human being and a contributor to the community are stressed. These are life lessons not taught in many schools and, I believe are vital in life. The school is concerned about the whole child, not merely the academic program. Teachers are readily available to the student and her parents for help and encouragement. The academic program is very challenging, the atmosphere is nurturing. And, you hear a lot of laughter and see a lot of smiles in the halls!
I cannot say enough good things about RPCS and I have several daughters there. My oldest has been there for 13 years and does not want to leave! She entered as a shy child and now she is a leader on the field and in the classroom. She is in a class of great young women who I am sure will be life long friends. Very unique and special school!
RPCS is a wonderful school where the mission is well defined, the faculty focused and the education wonderful. This is a nurturing yet demanding educational environment that promotes individual growth and emphasizes important values for life, but group involvement and cooperation have a high priority. I have been particularly impressed with the faculty and how well they deal with the children. The graduates of this institution are well educated, poised and polished. The facilities have to be as good as those anywhere in this country. I am so happy my children go to this school and cannot say enough good things about it.