I went to this middle school more than 30 years ago- not much has changed. You've got some awesome, devoted teachers who want to see the student grow and succeed. Then you have the ones who are so unprofessional- they speak harshly about other teachers ( 1 teacher went so far as to call another teacher " a stupid man !"- to the students . Some have made inappropriate comments to/ about a student in front of an entire class. These teachers are supposed to be role models. I was not impressed. The guidance counselor for the 7th grade was the BEST ever !
This is a very amazing school, I went here and I definitely came out a better student, and person as a whole
Have no complaints abouts the school. Education is excellent but they can do a little bit or remodeling the classrooms. This is an old school.
Ridgely Middle is a good school, but not a great one. Most of the teachers are attentive to the needs of their students, but some are either overworked or simply disengaged.
This school is a very good one. My daughter and I have moved from that schools area but she wants to go back every day! :)
My point is (in case it isn't clear enough from my last post, the one that starts "For all the great things about this school..."--our "special needs" kids (IEP's, 504's and not diagnosed at all) are ***NOT A BURDEN!!!***They are, in fact, as capable of achieving (and at least some of them more so) as any other student. The few teachers and administrators, etc. that still think of them as a "burden" is the problem. Maybe if more parents make that point, they'll stop seeing these kids as "labels" and start seeing them for all they are really worth. I think most of them already do, but not all. Labels (like "special needs" "troublemaker" "quirky" )don't teach kids. Educators with knowledge and great attitudes do! Kudos to those that already have great attitudes! Those that don't---(and get stuck on labels)-do your research!
Teachers are overburdened with too many special needs kids in the classes with no real assistance. No discretion is used when placing children in foreign language classes. My daughter had an E in Latin for the first two quarters and they switched her to another language against my wishes. The rest of the class had actually been taking that class for two quarters and they placed her in cold turkey. How was she ever supposed to catch up? Foreign language isn't history where you can miss one event and move on to the next successfully. You need the basics to move on to the next concept or your child will be lost. RMS had no business placing my daughter in a foreign language to begin with. I am glad she is now in high school and taking classes she can handle.
Great school academically but bullying is tolerated. In my opinion their 'zero tolerance policy' is only on paper. My child was bullied two years at Ridgely and little or nothing was done about it. The school administration pretends that it does not exist. It's a serious issue at that school.
i am a seventh grade student at Ridgely middle school we are only in the 3rd week and i am in tons of extra curricular activity's and have had one spirt week the teachers have the patience to take on the world my best teacher is Ms.Rousaville and also Ms.Lawson the princible and secretary are so sweet i love my new school also it is as huge as a city
I'm a sixth grader at Ridgely. There's nothing you can say about Ridgely that's negative. Mrs. Kimball and Mrs. Sancomb are the best teachers. I'm on the school lacrosse team. It's a great mixing pot of students from all different backrounds. I'd reccomend it to anybody.
I was a student at RMS and, when reading these reviews, you must remember that junior high is perhaps the most difficult part of growing up. That being said, RMS was good for me. I was enrolled in all GT classes and I had a stellar education and really devoted teachers. From my perspective, RMS was a great learning experience and I was fully prepared for high school.
Unless your child is an A,B student, they will not do well in this school! Teachers have no patience or compassion!
This is a really good school, especially the GT classes. The best teachers are Ms.Bradshaw and Ms. Kline. The safety and discipline is good because every time I walk by the principal, she kind of scares me. It is also a very safe school, and I am getting a good education here.
I m not a parent but I went to this school last year. Now I m a freshman at Dulaney, and I got to say rms really helped me. The teachers are awesome at Rms. I know I complained about them wile I was their but they really set me up for high school. They made it easier on me. It s almost the end of the marking period and I m proud to say I have all b s and a s and I know I wouldn t have had the same if I didn t have the teachers I had last year. Ridgely is a really good school... The only thing they need is air conditioning.
The principle has met the things defined in the principle leadership catagory. The teacher quality was tough. Although, the teachers strive for academic excellence, they are also bias to minorities in the school and demonstrate racist attitudes to those students that are different. Safety and discipline recieved lowest due to the racist attitudes of the teachering staff; they don't want minority staff or minority students at that school. The overall quality is high because the school spends a lot of money on students to have books they keep at home and books they use at school. They have the best of the best compared to other schools in Baltimore County.
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