My daughter has just finished her 3rd quarter of her 5th grade year at RPC. the Mission Hill campus is now 5-8th grade and there will be a HS that the students will be able to feed into in 2 yrs (2015-2016). there are so many positive things about this school it is hard to pick just one. the teachers are great with the kids and they are there for the students if they need extra tutoring help. the school is more academically rigorous than my daughters other school in JP, so she isn't as bored as she used to be. there is also much more discipline which is great because it keeps the kids on task and ready to learn. because the school gets some corp. funding they are able to give the students incentives to work their hardest. field trips for making honor roll are one way. the school isn't very ethnically diverse, and even though my daughter is a minority at RPC she has had far fewer instances of bullying here.i think one of the only things i would change doesn't even really involve the school. on the RPC website run by uncommon schools they compare the MCAS scores of RPC students to "MA white students"! Really? i thought we were trying to teach kids not to think like that!
I am a RPC parent and my son will be graduating from there in June 2005. Although it was a rough 3 years, it was beneficial and helpful just the same. My son had it very rough with their curriculum the first year but as time went on he found it a little easier. Even though I may have not agreed with their entire way of discipline, I do know that it was all in the best interest of my child. Even though they do not offer a wide variety of sports, they do focus heavily on education. RPC does inform all entering 6th graders and parents that it is very tough being both the parent and the student. Overall, I would recommend RPC to anyone who likes a challenge and the end result be very positive.
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