Roosevelt High School is a hidden gem in South Minneapolis that is sadly overlooked by many families as a viable option for high school. We have one child who has experienced two fantastic years here and we did not hesitate to choose Roosevelt for our second child as well. To the contrary of what another reviewer has stated, the change in leadership, from my perspective, has been fantastic. There is structure and order in the building and most importantly, it feels safe. Expectations are clear and students know what they need to accomplish in order to succeed. As a parent, I feel I have an open line of communication to the teachers and the principal and receive responses more promptly than I had ever experienced with my elementary/middle schools. I would not be sending my children to this school if I felt they were receiving a sub-par eduction: most of the teachers are engaged and energetic. I feel that there is a concerted effort to build the sports teams which is an important aspect of the high school experience (Go Teddies!) We have been pleasantly surprised by our Roosevelt High School experience thus far, and believe it will only get better.
This school was great 4 years ago when my son attended. The staff was happy and the teachers and principal worked well together. Two years ago the District (in their typically great wisdom) decided to 'improve' the school by replacing the principal. The new principal decided that more rules = more education. He screams at the kids, puts the teachers under close observation and has generally made the school sad and dispirited. My son had great teachers who were fun and taught him many important life skills with his subjects. My daughter, who is a senior this year has been able to compare the atmosphere. She was getting a great education and enjoying school. Now it's hard to motivate her to go to school at all. The new principal and his endless rules has ruined her school spirit and interest in her education. The tense and bullied teachers are afraid to offer any real learning opportunities, they have to spend all of their time enforcing the pointless rules. This school teaches children to hate education. Don't send your child there unless you want a sad child .
I am very disappointed at this school. After the tax cut our good programs for CPR and Mentor Health career opportunity went down hill. I am not happy. Their are some amazing teachers in Health and science but there needs to be more improvements on Math and English. These too major subject is what would help prepare us for College. I felt cheated having to go into maths IMP that did not help me prepare for college. English class was suppose to be all about improving in my writing, reading skills and expressing myself but no its more focus on stories and myth stories. All we did was watch movies, read myth stories and listen to myth stories. This is a big problem.
The principal will not talk to parents, some classes are way too large, some are tiny. The students have no rules enforced and academics suffer.
Extremely diverse student population and very supportive and loving parent community
I love that Roosevelt feels like a big family. I think that we have a teaching staff that cares for our students.
I am a former graduate of Roosevelt High School and I have to say I had some really great teachers, that I won't argue with. The only good priniple was Mr. Smith. The ability of the school to keep it's students safe at the time was awful. The racial tension in that school is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Most peolple who went to other high schools say they wish they could be in high school again but I tell you what, you couldn't pay me enough money to go back. I also found that because the teachers were so busy sending kids to the office, and disciplining/ getting after the disruptive students that they didn't have enough time to teach the rest of us that were there to learn. I also want to note that this school didn't prepare me for college at all!!!
Great school that deserves a much better rep! Teachers are amasing and although they have a tough job they are able to take the time for idividual students that need the extra help! They are ALWAYS supportive! Athletics coaches are great (i.e. football) they may not always win but they have great values that they pass on to the children! You couldn't ask for better role models! Roosevelt has been a wounderful place for my children to attend as my younger children too will go to Roosevel and I would recommend this school to anyone! If you have an issue with this school...belive me it is not the school parents need to be involved too in their childrens learning!
This school deserves to have a better reputation. The teachers are top notch, admistration does an amazing job of working with limited resources and, as an aside, it's always clean. It's a great atmosphere where learning is emphasized.
This is a great school but your kid will get in trouble for going to the bathroom. It's great but it's a little to strict. And not all of the kids get lunch because there is never enough for everyone.
The last review mentioned not enough quality teachers. Our staff has very talented and qualified teachers. What is needed is more consistant enforcement of behavior policies, more parents involved with their children's education and behavior. Students need to be placed in a school that benefits their learning process and what's best for their education. And if their not in the right setting then they need to placed in the correct situation ASAP. Our teachers do have a tough job but it isn't teacher quality that's at issue it's too many disruptive students in large classes and lack of resources and support from the state.
They have a tough job.. too many kids and not enough quality teachers
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