total lack of leadership and organization . With leadership and organization they could be effective as things were in 2014 in general, my child's teachers under performed . There were w few bright spots . a few teachers and a former acting administrator went above and beyond but they were exception. the lack or leadership permeated all .
It was uncoordinated. Each teacher would " only give a maximum of 30 minutes a night " . We heard this refrain all the time . Somehow they could not comprehend that 30 minutes per class equates to three hours per night . They lacked any coordination at all. Large projects were due on the same day as tests or large projects for other classes or field trips . If you asked the magnet program coordinator about the rationale ... he had no idea what was assigned , why it was assigned .
Two of the teachers were caught in a fist fight in full view of the children . Very poor examples. They routinely made broad sweeping , unfair rules to disciple a few . Girls could not wear head bands of any sort because apparently some girl said it represented gang colors. so instead of dealing with the issue , the girls spent the year without headbands of any sort .
My child was a part of the magnet/ gifted and talented program . He had a great experience in elementary school and later in high school . The lack of leadership and basic organization at this school was shocking . the school leadership had no idea what the teachers were doing . Every lesson was racially charged and recklessly managed. Far to much emphasis on slavery . almost Every class had a slavery reading assignment , book report , class project . We were inundated by slavery and racism projects . Then after they would introduce the constant stream of race focused curriculum, they would walk away from it leaving the students embarrassed, divided and angry . They literally created racial division . The lack of leadership was astonishing. To say that the right hand did not know what the left hand was doing is an understatement . My child moved on to HS in another gifted and talented program and it is well run by responsible , organized educators. the difference is day and night . We hated every second of it . Almost left numerous times. My understanding is that the leadership has been changed for 2015 so things may be different . The graduation ceremony was a fitting end to a horrible experience. Disorganized, rowdy , weird with the teachers and principals taking time to sing and alternately publicly resign . it was painful . . I have kids in other schools in the county because of the wide age range of my children . RCMS was by far the worst . Seriously I cannot under score this. it was an awful experience .
The non-magnet students are very vicious, rude, loud,and academically inproficient. That is why the magenetic students have been called to this school.The non-magnet students have a bad influence on the magnet children who are not used to this kind of behavior.The magnet children are commonly disgusted by this behavior and do not act like this.The magnet children are very kind and are very academically proficient.
Personally,I hate how the normies and some non-magnet teachers act. I know that in my home middle school,many of these things would not happen. Such as,in the hallways,many non-magnet students run around the hallways,screaming curse words and pushing other students.If they bump into you the will scream cuss words at you to move out of their way.
-From a 6th grade Humanities student (this is the least unfair I can be
Excellent teaching staff throughout the Magnet program which is VERY selective (only about one in 80 applicants get in) and the off-campus enrichment programs are outstanding. new Principal is tough but fair. Great school.
All of my teachers are very good; skilled, enthusiastic, and love their subjects. This is one of the great things about this program. I understand also that the rest of the school has solid teachers who know how to handle a variety of program.
The homework in the magnet program is extensive, but reasonable. My child has assignments in every class and if a student is organized and turns in assignments on time, there are no problems whatsoever. Just right.
My experience is with the magnet program, and every teacher she has shows respect for the students and provides creative challenging learning. Center teachers are in many ways the best of the best.
My understanding of the rest of the school is that there is a great deal of strong, committed teaching here. The new Center Coordinator and Principal are running a very solid operation now.