I would like to preface this by stating I am an 8th grade student in the Humanities & Communications Magnet Program. RCMS has some great faculty members, and I have had a tremendous and amazing education from most of my teachers, who put their full heart into their classes.However, the reason that I took off three stars was because of several reasons: General ineptitutude and a toxic learning enviroment, however I will only focus on the first due to the char. limit. I have recently gotten out of a week long trip from New York City as part of a media documentary project. However, one of my hotel roomates, let's call him Ben, was very rowdy during the trip, and ended up punching me in the face and chipping my tooth. I spoke to one of my magnet coordinators about this after we got back, and he said that Ben was "playing" and I shouldn't worry about it, so nothing happened of it except Ben got one after school detention; for comparison, someone was recently suspended for a week for wearing a red bandana in their back pocket. The coordinator has a record of covering up incidents if they would mean a blemish on his record, as this New York Trip is a big enrollment factor for Roberto.
I 100 percent love this school. It's my third year going here and so far, everything's been great. Most of the staff is just amazing and respectful to the students who respect them. Lunches are great, though lines are long. The music program is the only one in Montgomery County to have JamHub studios (search them up! they're really cool!) and a Rock Band. The students go on amazing field trips, like Hershey Park, The Rock Hall of Fame in Ohio, New York, Boston, some even get to to Europe! Overall, I reccommend this school to anyone who wants to go. And for even more help deciding, check out the programs and culture section. It lists everything that this school has to offer. Which is a lot more than other schools.
It is so refreshing to have my child go to a school with an administrator that actually cares about the kids. Mr. Beidleman is a breath of fresh air! He has made my son actually enjoy going to school. The discipline has improved tremendously over the past few years. Its hard to find a school in MCPS where its not all about the politics. Its time for MCPS to undertsand that the children come first!
I've been going to Roberto Clemente for the past three years in the normal program. I didn't get in to the Humanities program, and that lowered my interest to strive for anything higher. I'm still in advanced classes, but I don't think it's fair to dismiss the enitrety of the normal school population because we're not in a program. I've heard magnet kids say things like "all normies are rude and loud," but it could not be more untrue to generalize people like that. The magnet kids definetely get to go on more field trips than the normal population, and they excuse it by saying they work harder than we do, but the problem with that is we're not getting the chance to! In my experience, not being part of a program makes me feel dumb and less than the kids part of the programs. It makes me believe that no matter how hard I try in school, it still won't be as good as the magnet kids. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. All of the students in our school are talented in different areas of the things we learn. Our school does not aknowledge that enough. Instead it puts the kids that are labeled as intelligent on a pedestal and leaves the rest of not wanting to learn at all.
This school is a great example of why MCPS is an EXCELLENT choice for public schools in the area. I've found the academic programs here to be extremely successful in preparing students for High School!
This school has shifted for the better within the last year itself. I can highly recommend the staff and learning environment based on what my two kids have experienced. I am confident they are prepared for what comes ahead in H.S.
This school is completely unsatisfactory. The magnet program is the only perk in this school but even then, my son is in the magnet program and he comes home every day saying he is bullied for being a "nerd" and white. Horrible administration and teaching except for the program.
This school has shifted gears for the better within the last 2 years. Amazing teachers and proven leadership has done wonders for my child. I finally feel that she is enjoying her classes and excelling in math and science. I am very pleased with the quality of education and support here.
Just this year has RCMS gotten in ship shape. The classes and attention to students progress is where it needs to be. I have no qualms about sending my girls there anymore. We'll done teachers!
I taught at RCMS from 2007-2011 after a few years of teaching experience and getting my Masters degree. My first year of teaching there in 2007 was the WORST YEAR OF MY LIFE. I mean that when I say it. The worst. I left work crying almost every day. The students were extremely disrespectful, violent, and intimidating. I worked 60 to 70 hours a week just to keep up with the demands of the job and the administrative formal observations. I stuck with it because I actually cared about making a difference with these students & it got a lot better my 2nd year, as the school was improving greatly with a fantastic principal and I was learning how to better relate to my students. When the new principal took over in 2010, it got worse again. My morale, as well as the morale of other teachers, went down as the school atmosphere declined. The principal pretended to be friendly and caring, but wasn't. I stuck it out for 2 years with that principal, as I saw student behavior decline and become more like it was in 2007. At the end of the 2011 school year, I went on maternity leave and decided to take a few years of extended leave. When I return to teaching, I will interview elsewhere in MCPS.
Alright, so this school is half decent. Not bad, not good. The teachers are okay in general. The students are okay in general. Except for a lot of the non-magnet students, who behave quite poorly. Some magnet kids, even, have below average behavior. The administration is the worst thing about the school. Some administrators don't give a cow about bad behavior, while some go... a little overboard. This school offers a decent education, but there are definitely better schools out there. Also, the claims that magnet kids are "offensive" is quite silly. There is only offense when you find it in something, and it is not anyone's fault but you if you are offended by something. Just my two cents.
If no stars were and option I would have chosen no stars. I am disappointed with the administrators and the school. Removed my child after several incidents. Heart breaking to see the only kids that get into the magnet programs are kids from better school zones. The kids who live in the neighborhood are not given the same opportunities. This school has two different schools in one. Only magnet kids were allowed to meet Roberto Clemente's son when he came to visit the school. I was disappointed with lack or response from teachers when contacting via phone and/or email. Treated as nuisance when questioning the teacher and curriculum. Avoid school if at all possible, they absolutely hate parents who are involved they hate squeaky wheels and will try to make you and your child be the problem if you speak up!
id have to say going to RCMS has really formed me into a better person not to metion there amazing music program and im really glad to say i go to this school even though it has its ups and downs. i think somepeople just think about all the fights at RCMS and not all of the positive things about this school.
I go to the school in the Magnet program and I have to say I don't like it at all. There are many teachers who are not compassionate of student problems, and force everything regardless if the student is able to complete it. The support staff is very rude: Once I tripped over the leg of a chair and a staff member yelled at me for 2 minutes, calling me "stupid", "clumsy", and "moronic", among other things. However, I think one of the worst parts is the community. There are a lot of fights and teachers turn a blind eye to them. The "cool" people strut around the school thinking they own the place, pushing away anyone who gets in their way. There are also many scantily clad girls, and many boys have their pants halfway down their legs. (Not sure if that's "cool" or something.) If you must go to this school, I would strongly advise you to bring your own lunch. I'm not sure if the cafeteria situation is the same as other schools, but in my opinion, it's awful. Lines take up half of the lunch period so a lot of people don't have time to finish their lunch, and when they do get it, it's unappetizing and dry. Overall, I would NOT recommend this school.
I am student at RCMS and I like this school. I made many new friends easily but there are always the some people who always cause trouble. I like my teachers in general, but I have seen some teachers who I think that just don't have the feeling to teach and are really hard to learn from. Why I gave it 3/5 is all though it has great students and all, some actually can be aggressive. Everyone I know, saw at least one fight before. I already saw one in my first month. Also, when the bell rings to dismiss students, it is like a mob. There is at least 50 people charging up the stairs and you keep getting pushed. I have seen teachers focused and interested on the topic they are teaching, but some are just bored and don't look like they know what they're doing. Some great things about this school are the library and the gym (including outside), the library has outstanding new books that everyone wants, and many info. The two librarians are very nice, and make sure that all books are neat and no one is ruining them. We have high tech gear such as a new Promethean board, which is now HD! Their is at least two computers in every class room so that is also good. Good school, but can improve
I do not know what to give this school for a rating. I am an 8th grader in the Humanities program. I LOOOVEEE the Humanities Program and I have a GREAT family there and I never want to leave the other Humanidorks. The Humanities program has great teachers and great students. Some people have commented that the Humanities program is catered too much. NOT TRUE. None of the administrators/gym teachers/non-magnet teachers pay attention to us. We barely get NYC, and that's the highlight of our year. People complain that the Humanidorks get better teachers and field trips than other students. THAT'S BECAUSE WE USE THOSE TEACHERS AND FIELD TRIPS TO THE UTMOST ABILITY! THIS IS OUR REWARD FOR WORKING HARD AND STUDYING AND LIKING TO BE ACADEMICALLY CHALLENGED. The Humanities program gets 10/5 stars. The school outside the programs though, gets a 0/5 stars. It's absolutely dreadful. Fights occur daily, curse words are used more than the word "the", and just the school atmosphere and students ARE HORRIBLE. so I give it a 3.
RCMS has an amazing diverse community. However many in the leadership and staff are stuck in old models of both leading and teaching. The materials are outdated and unispiring. Many of the teachers have no interest in inspiring learning - it is learn this, take the test and move on. Special education in this school is poorly managed. The teachers are wonderful but many support staff are disinterested in their jobs and lack compassion for the children. There is little to no "inclusion" and the attitiude of non sped kids is poor towards the sped children. Communication from the school to families is poor. The counseling office has never been able to help me, they have always neede to "check" on answers to my questions. The PTSA is hardly existent and the "magnet" student families are eliteist and seperatist in their attitudes toward the rest of the population. They are also catered too. This school needs a total re vamping in staff and attitude.
U SEE? I NO SPEAK ENGLISH AND GET BEAT UP MUCH VERY AT THIS SCHOOL. I GET BULLY BY MANY KID AND IT NOT VERY FUN. I DO NO LIKE THIS SCHOOL!
I never quite know how respond when asked to rate this school. From my point of view, I love this school and will give it five stars. But if you were judging based on the number of fights, or the grades, or the number of suspensions, you would have to give it a 2.5 or a 3. But I do not grade my school based on how many fights it has a week. I base it on how much I want to come to it in the morning. I am an 8th grader in the humanities program and will be so sad when I have to leave all my friends at the end of the year. Because they are more than just friends, we are the humanities family. But families have their problems, so I feel that the staff and student body of RCMS is a family. I see problems all the time, every single day, but what can you expect? I give it 4 stars because yes there are negative, but the positives should count too.
I have attended Roberto Clemente for the past two years, and currently attend this year in the Humanities Program. I know there has been a history of violence, but personally, I believe conflict at this school is easily avoidable and those who do partake are punished and face consequences. It may be the fact that I am a student enrolled in the Humanities program, but I have had a wonderful experience with teachers and have received excellent help. Addressing language and behavior, sure are school is not the best, but it is not the only one in which people curse or are loud in the hallways. Once again, being a first hand witness, I have to respond to the discipline comments because whenever I do see kids wildly misbehaving, they are always punished, in either lunch reflections, after school detention and even suspension and expulsion. I think the negativity or positiveness of this school is mainly based off experience, and apart from a few students, I have seen many people love and make the best of it. Personally, I do not look forward to leaving this school and I advise students to make the best of their time at Roberto Clemente.
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