This is probably a better middle school than most but there are some major issues that may be true of all schools. The homework is absurd. Children are overwhelmed. My child is learning things that I did not learn until medical school. There's no reason for this much pressure and this much learning. The school is very "clique"ey. If you're not into sports you will not be a member of the "in" crowd. On the other hand the faculty is very supportive and there are not athletic teams, so the sports heroes are not able to become sports "gods". Biggest complaint is that many 6th graders should still be in elementary school. I don't know why middle school starts at 6th grade instead of 7th. Electives are wonderful but the homework is so overwhelming that my child can't do electives.
Middle school can be a difficult experience for kids-- the hormones, the growing responsibility and increasing independence-- but the teachers and administrators at RMS make what can be difficult years into great ones. The school is academic, however, the electives provide opportunities to explore, learn new skills and have fun. Examples of electives include Theater for Young Audiences, Yoga, Woodworking (with a master craftsman), Snack Shack (cooking and selling snacks) and Quizbowl. All creative and fun! The school takes bullying very seriously as well-- bullying is not tolerated and the school takes a proactive approach to reducing the incidence of bullying.
I currently have a child that attends the Richmond Middle School. I can honestly say I couldn't be happier. The school is physically divided into three teams: 6th grade, 7th grade and 8 grade. Each team has their own wing of the building and EVERY teacher personally knows your child. In fact, the team meets briefly every day to discuss the children and their particular needs for the day. I know this first hand because I have a child who has some special needs. Although he is an excellent student, he sometimes needs extra help socially & emotionally. The teachers regularly team up to make sure he's pulled through the day comfortably and successfully. Furthermore, the head of this team and his guidance counselor check in with me a few times a quarter. Mind you, not because I asked or insisted. It's because they have HIS best interest in mind. So the review dated 6/3/12 must come from a very unhappy insatiable person, because it is IMPOSSIBLE to find flaw in this school. I kid you not. This has been the most mind blowing experience I have had with a school and I am extremely grateful for all that the administrations and teachers do! Oh and the cafeteria food ROCKS!
Wonderful staff and electives. The children seem to enjoy that school a lot. The food is wonderful but a little much. The library has a wonderful books for tweens, teens and young adults. Two computer labs a elcetive room with 6 ovens. I want everyone to know this school is perfect. It is cool, when the students had reached over 500 caned food items for Heaven the princlible had a rap off! This school is a 5 stars
We have lived in several good school districts and this middle school is the best. It fosters a learning environment that is wonderful for the age group it serves. The class schedule seems confusing but is well suited to the attention span of kids this age and the electives are wonderful. I hope when the new principal comes on board in 2007, he/she carries on the great philosophy and curriculum. SMJ