Often too much homework was assigned to catch up because the classroom was so unruly. One or two students with behavioral problems consume an inordinate amount of teacher and classroom time, and the principal and school system ignore the problem. The result is putting the burden on students and teachers to make up for PGCPS unwillingness to discipline defiant children.
“Pros” and “cons” about Rockledge:
First, the “pros.” Rockledge used to be a great school, so it’s nice to know that it’s attainable. Diversity has always been a strength and attribute; and there have always been good parents around who would step forward and get engaged, not necessarily through the institutional PTA, but as drop-in volunteers or irregular visitors. The great, dedicated teachers are the bedrock of the school but they are undermined from above.
Rockledge has iron-fisted management, but no leadership. The management puts on a pleasant face and seems eager to please and agreeable, but goes to absurd lengths to prevent parents from getting too involved in the school. They’re happy to take your monetary contributions, but they really prefer that parents stay out during school hours unless specifically called upon, and not question school operations. It used to be the other way around… Many parents who have invested much time and money in the school have thrown up their hands and put their kids in private schools. Those who can’t afford such luxury are stuck with a disdainful school system, an apathetic school board, and an ambitious front office where ambition and PGCPS insider politics guides every decision.
To PG County, it seems that Rockledge is firstly a jobs program, then secondly a county institution that happens to warehouse and educate children. A throng of non-teaching staff has ebbed and flowed through Rockledge in recent years, some with contrived, meaningless job titles. Several times the past few years, the school has hired teachers who quickly exited for extended leave, only to be replaced for months by unqualified—and sometimes unwilling, non-teaching staff or a parade of uninterested substitutes. If missing a day of school matters, then how about missing 3 months of 4th grade math because the school won’t bring in a real teacher? If PGCPS is too financially strapped to do that, then why do they will hire a horde of aides and assistants to do odd jobs around the school? Teaching the kids should become first priority again.
Sadly, this school is an embarassment to the Bowie community. It starts with the incredibly poor leadership! The principal has no respect for her teachers or parents and does not even appear to like children. So many good teachers have left over the years and the school ratings continue to decline. It's run like a prison and the fights on the playground are a regular thing. Teachers yell because they are so frustrated, children are mean because they are in a bad environment - it's a vicious cycle. Stay away from this school.
This school is great! My little one loves his teacher. The school administration and the teachers provide a warming and welcoming environment to teach the children. The facilities are always clean and the overall school facilities are in great shape. The PTA is very organized and the community participates activelly!! We plan to spend the next four years in the school.
Ms. Seidel who is the principal does not work with parents. I have had an issue for the last couple of years and I did not get a resolution. I had to get the school board involved to get action taken. When you talk to her she seems like she cares, but when you try to follow up she puts up a bunch of barriers that don't make things happen. Also combing grade levels isn't working at the school.