I went to RHS from 2005-2009. Many from my graduating class say this school has gone downhill immensely. For the most part, the teachers do want their students to succeed. However, many of the students just choose not to do their work. A lot of students that go to RHS come from problematic families and just don't want to attend school. There are a lot of comments saying the school is very diverse. Here are the 2010 racial demographics of RHS: White: 44%, Black: 46%, Hispanic: 7%, Asian: 2%, American Indian: 1%. So the school is predominantly white and black. I'm sorry, but this is not "diverse". If the school were truly diverse every race listed would be at 25%. I'm pretty sure these comments saying this school is diverse are just politically correct commentators pointing out the steady rise in African American students coming to the school. One thing I dislike about RHS is the fact they baby-sit their students rather treating them like the young adults they are. We had something implemented in 2007 called "Hall freezes", where students remaining in the hallways after passing period was over would get a detention. This is something I would expect to be in a middle school not RHS.
Rating something such as a school is very subjective. It is unfair to judge a school such as Raytown High with schools that have nearly unlimited resources and parental support. "The greatest generation" populated Raytown in part to live in a community that they considered affordable, safe, and that offered high quality schools. That's the Raytown High I graduated from in 1972 (5 stars then). I see comments here about diversity and a nurturing atmosphere. Diversity is desirable and so is a nurturing atmosphere, but the real question is what are you able to accomplish educating kids with the talent, resources, and support you have available. Raytown schools are better than outsiders think but not as good as locals like to believe. Raytown's test scores seem to indicate that the district is struggling to deliver educational excellence in a community that has aged and come upon a difficult economic time. I encourage the school and community leadership to partner together to focus upon offering the patrons and students of the district a safe, high quality education. Figure out a way to dramatically improve test scores from where they are today in 2011. KIDS MATTER! TEST SCORES MATTER!
this web site is not working right, just like good old Rattown Higgggggh, and the saditic coaches who not only abused me physically but did everything they could to humiliate me. The administration ignored my complaints to the point that I quit going to P.E His name was Coach Chttwood. Now they have named the stadium after the most sadistic and crulest man I have ever known. I soit on his grave.
RHS is very diverse, we like that. Every student has a chance, if they take advantage, to get a good high school education. We think as good as any in the state of Missouri.
THey have a great program for help learning disablity, great sports program that they balance with a strong academic program. They have some amazing kids doing great thngs and the accomplishments in academics make them and area leader.
Raytown High School serves a diverse population and offers great options for students who plan to enter either college or a career. We have great students who excel academically, athletically, and in the arts!
Raytown students are some of the finest around the town and the teachers are willing to go the extra mile to benefit a student.
I love the diversity of the students and the support that the students and the parents receive from the faculty.
Raytown High School has an excellent and caring staff that encourages the students to do their best.
Raytown High School is showing my daughter the educational tools that she will need and show her the many different types of personalities that she will be dealing with after high school. This is all part of growing up; success with your peers and mentors, resolving problems by identifying them and working a solution, the meannig of personal goals and respect of others and their goals.
I have been teaching at RHS for several years. I feel that RHS is one of the best secrets in the KC area. I have taught in other larger and 'richer' districts in the area, and I find this school's staff and students to be much more well-rounded than other schools. At RHS income level is not an issue, nor is what the student wears or drives. The students work together, cliques are not controlling the environment, and all students have opportunity to get involved. As a teacher, I have been supported more at RHS with regards to academics, discipline, etc. than in other schools. RHS may not have all the perks of other larger schools, but your child will get the support that is needed to succeed...and they won't be lost in the crowd. Promotion without learning (in another comment) is an individual teacher, not building, issue.
This school is one that needs better leadership and more discipline. My child is leaving because of this.
As with all schools now a days, Raytown has gone the way of No Child Left Behind. To do this, they promote regardless if you know anything or not. This, added with their total lack of leadership, I have pulled my children, and my wife and I have opted to have her home school them.
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