After reading this I want to share that this school was the same in the 70s-an outstanding honors & the rest floundered. The bullying then was the haves vs have nots-not racially motivated. If the kids are behaving like animals - hint they are - not the teachers fault. If you can't afford a private school - then this is where your kid goes or move to a better district. Your kid got into 3 fights here more than other schools - what does that say 2 fights in the other school? Thugs & gansters came from NYCs poorer parts & a generation ago did nothing so they are here and all over the nation. Guidance counselors have a 1 size fits all answer - deal with it. Favorites among teachers - nothing new. By the way I graduated 141 went to a NYC high school that is now closed, rec'vd a 4 year scholarship-am a married grandmother with a great well paying job. School is what you make of it. Parents stop complaining do something or shut up, teachers teach to the good and ignore the rest, principals and administration stop throwing $ at a problem with no solution-unless you want the parents to babysit their kids 24/7 & then let them complain that jr isn't learning dont expect good reviews.
Probably one of the worst school in this area. The students that are forced to attend here are placed at a serious disadvantage socially and academically. The parents who are unable to find their kid a better alternative are in for a rude awakening upon graduation. It's unfortunate that these young minds have to suffer, while nearby Horace Mann and Fieldston Academies revel in academic glory. This school is an in- direct feeder for the prison system. Not only are the teachers less than qualified but he administration constantly looks the other way. Riverdale is a great community to live in, but as far as the public middle and high schools go your sentencing your child to a lifetime of hellish inadequacy if you send them to 141.
I have been a student attending this school for throughout middle school. This school is okay and if you think about enrolling your child here, think again after reading this review. I personally feel that the students are only successful if they are in honors. Otherwise, the learning isn't that good, and non-honors education in this school is lacking. The teachers and principals are very aged and out of touch with social issues and are failing to understand the problems students have. I have problems so I go to the guidance counselor who gives me very weird solutions, that i feel uncomfortable doing. I feel as if the teachers watched a quick video on the term "bullying" and don't fully understand it. This school is very out of hand with the mean people, and harassers!!!!!!!!!! This school could improve if O'Mara dropped her "oh let's be prideful with school spirit" act and noticed what kids go through in this school!
Riverdaly/Kingsbridge Academy (Middle/High School 141) is getting worst every year. I have my two boys in this school, since middle school and both of them bacame victims of the dangerous environment of the school. The lack of knowledge of the principal is the reason why the school is going down, she has no idea how to run the school properly. Therefore, i ask the board of education to make some changes as soon as possible.
Hi, i am a student who goes to this school. I know the outrage of parents who want their kids to have a safe environment. Yet, your kids are going to middle school/high school and have to learn to grow up and make their own decisions becausenoone else will make it for them. Too, i m going to 8th grade and the reputations that you here about this school might not be true unless you come and actually see it happening. Too, yes, what you call "thugs" and "gangsters" do deserve to go to a well organized school too. You guys all have your opinion but I dont think its true. Lastly, there is never any bullying because i ACTUALLY GO TOTHE SCHOOL.
Ms. O'Mara, the principal, is into school spirit - and that is where it ends. Bullying is rampant and no one does much about it. There is very little distinction grade wise between a 5 minute homework assignment, your note taking skills, and a test, but I don't know if this is RKA's policy or citywide. My husband and I, both honors students most of our lives, with tons of perfect regents, no one ever scored less than a 5 on several APs SATs scores over 1400 and his were well over 1500 in the old days would have failed Ms. O'Mara's "rigorous" Honors program. When the NYT asked her what she wanted for her school she said a new locker room for her gym. I wished she had hoped for higher SATs.