I'm a 10th grader here and I can honestly say it has been an overall bad experience. The school size is small yet I have 35+ people in most of my classes. Some parts of the school are dirty, overall decisions made by the school are bad, most students don't get along and are distractions to the rest of the class, etc.
I recently graduated from Rockville, and I already miss it. One of the best things about RHS is that a student has so many opportunities due to the combination of the small population and the number of teams, clubs, and organizations offered at this school. I was a cheerleader, played in the orchestra, was a member of the national honors society, and wrote for the newspaper. I'm not going to say that there are no cliques, because let's be real, it's high school, but I will say that because you can be involved in such a wide range of activities, you also have the opportunity to make friends with a wide range of people. RHS is also a community that comes together and supports you when you need it. My sophomore year, a teachers 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with bone cancer. I have never seen so many people all come together to help somebody. We raised thousands of dollars to help the family pay for her medical bills. One of the criticisms I saw mentioned in other reviews is the strict dress code. I agree, it was crazy, but the principle who initiated that has since left the school. All in all, my four years at RHS were fantastic ones.
My daughter came here after a below-par experience at a local private school. She has had an excellent 3 years here so far. Rockville High School has a special program to cater for gifted children, she has been achieving better grades and the teachers are for the most part fantastic.
Rockville High School is a great school for many obvious reasons. It's small, has an IB and AP program, and an award winning newspaper. However, there are many negative aspects to RHS. First of all, the banning of yoga pants is absolutely absurd. They are the same exact cut as boot-cut jeans, if not baggier. I understand the the Principal would like us students to dress professionally, but they should focus on the academics rather than who is wearing what. Also, I have noticed that every single thin, young white girl who is wearing yoga pants gets in trouble by security, when girls of color are walking around with their cleavage hanging out and tight leggings, yet they are not getting in trouble at all! It is very unfair. Another part of RHS that I do not like is the math program. The teachers expect you to do an immense amount of work every night even when the teacher does not thoroughly explain what they are learning, and us as students must figure it out ourselves. Personally, I believe that the homework load should be up to par with their teaching, because if I am not being taught anything I do not understand how teachers expect us to figure out homework on our own.
This school seems to be slipping. There have been many dangerous fights within the last two months or so but all the principal seems to care about is enforcing a nonsense dress code that bans yoga pants and leggings. The principal claims that she wants the students to look professional but it is hard to look professional when students are exposing people's chests and ripping people's weaves out of their scalp. And forget about attending school in the spring without overheating; shorts and tank tops are banned as well. Now, on a more academic note, the school is mediocre. The math department, however, has to be the worst. The teachers assign to much work that is not up to par with their poor teaching skills. My daughter is a quiet sophomore who tries to keep up with her work but we are both very aware of what goes on in the school. My verdict is that the school should relax on the dress code and take more time to get to the root of all these fights. It doesn't matter if the kids are wearing button up blouses, blazers, and slacks if they are physically mutilating their peers.
At Rockville your student can make the team. The team will not be state champions, maybe middle of our division. Large schools in division 4A often beat us. My kids have really enjoyed participating. Kids at Rockville often go to state universities. Rockville is very mixed, income and race. It is not snobby or poor. I love it, you can be social, arty, athletic or an amazing overachiever. The music program is excellent.
I just graduated from Rockville and I have to say that I loved it. Classes are really small and there are so many opportunities that students can take advantage of. Also the just started a IB program there, plus there is a Journalism Academy and Computer programming Academy.
Couldn't be happier, my kids are comfortable and challenged. They have not been limited. Greatest advantage is small size, any kid can participate in just about any sport or extra curric activity they desire. Small size is a huge plus.
Academic program is great! School newspaper 'Rampage' Nationally ranked.
Rockville High is a hidden gem in the shadow of Richard Montgomery High. The smaller size makes personalized attention more possible, and kids don't get lost in the shuffle. The downsiide is that sometimes classes are canceled due to low enrollment.
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