One important step they take in developing integrity and compassion is by have special needs kids in regular classrooms and putting peers in charge of helping them. The kids are very proud of their role helping these children and people with disabilities are humanized and equalized from them. My son used to play with a little blind girl with half an arm because, according to him, she made up the best games.
The RCFES Team is amazing. Our child is in the 4th grade in the Spanish Immersion Program. The school's much needed renovation and implementation of Curriculum 2.0 has been a welcome improvement. The PTA, teachers, Principal, and staff have an excellent communication system, and work cooperatively with the parents that make the choice to be involved. Very loving and diverse environment that encourages rigorous academic achievement. As a second generation MCPS student we know our child (and other children) is in a wonderful learning environment.
RCF is our neighborhood school and has seen positive changes over the last 5 years. We have 3 kids and volunteer a lot - we have personally witnessed the transformation that is taking place. Our new principal has been a fabulous addition to our community. She connects with parents, children and staff in a way that makes everyone want the school to thrive. Our school has a strong, generous, loving community that exposes kids to many different cultures and opinions while instilling good values. Our older kids are at the middle/HS and I can honestly say they are ready for real world experiences, are able to think/work independently and appreciate the many people we live among. They have made friends from the other elem schools and are performing well in the highest level classes - so clearly their foundation was solid! Our community is filled with solid citizens and just nice people who go out of their way to make a difference. And coming January 2015 - a brand new building!! It is going to be fabulous!!!
Hello, I am a parent considering moving to the neighborhood from DC. We have a 1st grader at Lafayette, and we're very happy with the school, but we may be moving to MD for other reasons. I am wondering if there are any RCF parents by chance who may have had experience with Lafayette or another DC elementary school who can compare it to RCF. It would be very helpful. Thanks!