The school lacks strong leadership, suffers from a stale, poorly articulated curriculum and inconsistent (at best) teaching quality. The MS English curriculum consists of dragging out three books over the full year and giving quizzes on those books. Our eldest did no creative writing and little writing at all after grade 5. The math curriculum is a year behind that of peer schools. The science curriculum is also out of step-neither a legitimate accelerated traditional approach, nor the physics first alternative. Rather, students are provided a diluted life science course in 8th grade to give the appearance of an accelerated traditional sequence. The elem curriculum is driven by semester long projects that are not thoughtfully integrated learning experiences but rather an opportunity to put on a daylong show for parents (created by parents). Finally, the high turnover of students, increased behavior issues, unwillingness to manage them appropriately, and the school s attempts to stay financially viable by expanding their Chinese exchange program signal a school facing serious challenges. Current leadership seems unwilling to tackle these challenges and faculty largely incapable.
We had two children in the lower school - initially we were very happy, as the teachers in the annex are wonderful. Over time problems arose - there were a few kids with severe behavioral issues and our kids were becoming increasingly nervous about going to school. The teachers did everything they could and the administration was clearly concerned more about revenue than solving the problem at hand. As a less competitive school, there is not a waiting list of kids hoping to get those slots so the administration allows things to go on long past what is reasonable. While the diversity of this school is wonderful, the administration does not give the required support to the teachers in tough situations. We were very disappointed and moved our kids to another independent school with a better track record of support and tone from the top.
We are proud parents of a son (RPS class of 2010) and daughter (RPS class of 2014). Each entered RPS in the Middle School, and then completed the Upper School. Their RPS experiences were excellent and very gratifying. The school and staff provided the intimate and nurturing environment that allowed our children to develop into self-confident, mature young adults. With the wide range of advanced academic offerings, each of our children created rigorous schedules emphasizing their interests. Both our son and daughter found the educators ALWAYS willing to avail themselves for any help or guidance needed. Our son is about to complete an undergraduate degree at a notable Northeast engineering school. Later this year, our daughter will begin the journalism program at a prestigious Eastern college. RPS taught our children to become leaders in the classroom, and on the sports fields. These outcomes would not have been possible without the well-rounded education afforded them at RPS. We could not have made better investments in the futures of our children than sending them to RPS.
Extremely disappointing and highly over-rated. While there are some genuinely caring staff members at the school, overall we found the Lower School teaching quality mediocre to quite poor, while the administration was high-handed, authoritarian and uncooperative. There seemed to be a strong emphasis on conformity versus creativity. They were neither kid- nor parent-friendly, and our child was manifestly unhappy there. Considering the small class sizes, which should have been a plus, there was an astounding level of psychological bullying. If this school spent as much energy on providing a supportive learning environment as they do on public relations and fundraising they might someday live up to the carefully crafted image they like to put forward. Once parents sign the contract, the tone can change quite quickly.
As a parent of two graduates of RPS, I am extremely grateful for the education they received. They both found their passion (one for science and one for law), were admitted to their first choice schools, left HS with self confidence, and were better prepared for college than many of their peers. They are now successful young professionals in law and medicine and I'm convinced that their RPS experience was critical in their success. RPS has teachers who love to teach and a diverse student body. Their RPS education was a great investment, probably the best my wife and I have made for our children.
Rutgers Prep is one of the hidden gems in a highly competitive independent school market. My children have attended Rutgers Prep for the last eight years and have embraced the academic rigor and the core values offered by the institution. There are so many opportunities to carve out your niche and follow your passion. At Rutgers Prep, not only do faculty members know my children, they are advocates for them and know their best selves. I could not be more proud of my kids and know that the Rutgers Prep community deserves a large part of the credit.
rutgers prep has regressed greatly as my children have moved up.The school is stale and changes are for the worst
It is with great pleasure I write this commendation about an institution that has enhanced my son's academic experience . Rutgers Preparatory School has given him the tool set necessary to compete at a highly competitive academic institution. The highly anticipated first semester could have not been more successful for him. He frequently mentions how well prepared academically, socially he is for the vigors of university life. If any parent diesires the "best " for their child and affords them "the best" opportunity to succeed in this highly competitive academic environment, my suggestion is to enroll them in RPS. I recommend RPS without reservation or prejudice.
My child attended this school. The teachers really don't offer much for the price tag you are paying. The sales pitch is high to get you to return but the education is pretty low. They have a headmaster but he is MIA most of the time. They are running on the name alone and some of the surrounding schools offer a better option. Even if the teachers are complained about they will never fire them, you just have to deal with the issue. They need younger teachers there. Totally not worth the money. Also, if your child is individual kind of thinker. Don't send them there.
My son loves Rutgers Preparatory School. Our decision to transfer from a public school system (that was a high rated blue ribbon school ) was the best decision ever. He now has great caring teachers with small class sizes that are much more interactive and academically challenging. There are opportunities for many more technical and specific electives and A/P classes. The school schedule lets him be involved with sports and with many clubs and group organizations. He is more confident and responsible. We definitely made the right decision to join Rutgers Prep.
I had my kids at RPS for 10 years. Over the years the school has changed, and is living on past glory. We decided to leave and was the best decision ever. Great for lower school, middle school is a struggle.........
Couldn't stnad this school. Can't wait to get out of here. DON'T GO HERE IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN OPINION, LIKE TO BE YOURSELF, OR HAVE ANY INTERESTING IN LEARNING.
This is a great school, the teachers are excellent, especially with the strong principle leadership.
My son entered RPS 4 years ago in Pre K. He loves RPS and is very excited for school each day. We are happy to have him part of such a caring community. The other parents share our values which is wonderful. I would like more parents involved at the school but am still really happy. The teachers are caring and really get to know the kids. We are so happy with RPS that we decided his younger brother will join him this fall.
This is a GREAT school. There are constant challenges academically that the teachers and adminstration are trying their best to provide the kids on a daily basis. Yes, the school doesn't "look" that great when you first walk in - it really needs a new coat of fresh spring colors and new flooring that isn't all crimson!! But don't let that take away from what his school offers - individual attention, small class sizes, rigorous curriculum that is constantly being updated, the best technology used effectively, a good athletics program in the high school, solid college acceptances and even more individual attention! Our art studio needs a new (bigger home), but we still put on quite a show! Rutgers Prep is the PLACE TO BE!!
As the parent of a student who attended Rutgers Prep from kindergarten through graduation, I believe the experience was outstanding. My child was extremely well prepared for college, having excellent academic and time management skills. In addition, the confidence and thirst for knowledge instilled in my child will enrich her future always.
As a parent of three students and an alumni of RPS I know first hand the benefits of a Rutgers Prep education. The RPS community is supportive and nurturing for students of all abilities. As graduates head to college they are better equipped to meet the expectations and demands of a rigorous college education.
Our daughter graduated as a lifer at Rutgers Prep, having spent her entire schooling career there. As a Lower School student, she was a part of small classes where the learning environment was challenging yet comforting. The small class size and individual attention helped to build her academic confidence. As a Middle School student, she was taught ways to take notes and how to learn and study larger amounts of work. She was also exposed to extra curricular activities such as sports and music. As an Upper School Student, she was able to set an academic course for herself that included Honors classes, music and of course AP Classes. The class sizes ranged from 4-14 students. Rutgers Prep has not only been challenging for her academically (7 AP courses), but has helped shape and mold her into the confident young lady that she has become. The small classes, the teaching leadership and the opportunity to compete in athletics and music have all been positive influences in her life. We are confident that she has become who she is today partly because she graduated from Rutgers Prep as a lifer .
Our children have been very happy in the RPS lower school for the past seven years (since pre-K, 3 years old). The teachers care, they are well-prepared, professional and consistent. Instead of being driven by bureaucracy and testing, RPS knows the standards and then delves deeper. They are teaching critical thinking skills and how to think rather than fact recall. We love the small classes and how much the teachers care for our kids.
Like most schools, Prep. has pluses and minuses. Some of the teachers are wonderful, but there are a handful that shouldn't be teaching. The school places a bit too much emphasis on sports, and in my opinion, this comes at the expense of academics. The principals generally lack strong leadersip qualities, and I often get the sense that they are just paying lip service to the parents. They are resistent to new ideas. The headmaster is geat, but he can't be everywhere all of the time. Knowing what I know now, I would have removed my children from Prep. after 6th grade. The Middle School and High Schools are not academically challenging, and not worth the (considerable) expense.
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