I can tell you what is wrong with the school. Last year the new principal came on with promises of a better school. He then proceeded to let everyone down. Those teachers you are referring to; they had the nerve to speak out in support of the students over his need for community perception. He is hiring all new people to replace "the old guard" so that he can bully them into denouncing NYSUT. The Dean of Students you are referring to, who replaced an actual Dean with years of experience and the respect of both teachers and students, is nothing more than a teachers assistant waiting for his entry into the Police academy while living with his BFF, the principal. There are some employees, teachers and staff both, who are there and just trying to make it to another school year. They are quietly going about their days, staying under the radar so they may earn another mediocre paycheck while the principal gives himself a raise. OH, the "Board of Education" is that in name only. Principals girlfriend is on the board, the members who need to go are the same ones who cowed to DP (former principal) in the past. This school is in danger of losing its "Charter" designation.
I would caution anyone looking at this school. Something very sneaky and underhanded is going on behind the scenes. This school year started with a bunch of new-hires, mostly brand new inexperienced teachers. Then, my child's favorite art and music teachers disappeared and were replaced with novice teachers...very nice people, but I wonder what happened to their predecessors? Then, suddenly the Spanish teacher (a real Spanish speaker and very strong teacher) vanished and was replaced by a very young teacher (who doesn't even speak Spanish). Then, we came back from Christmas break to find a classroom teacher, a veteran with lots of experience and exciting ideas, vanished and was replaced. Now, another good teacher disappeared on Valentines Day. All of the ESL teachers got replaced, and the one we got assigned is terrible and has no parent-communication skills at all. My children are so upset. We love this school, but what is making all these great teachers leave? What is nobody telling us? They even replaced the excellent dean they had before with some guy who has no clue what he's doing and is awful.The new principal is very nice, but something is terribly wrong. I want answers.
4 Stars for the principal . He has always been very obliging and has his hand full with all the problems that the school seems to be having. Another member of staff has left this week so the problems that we thought had gone away obviously have not. Some of the staff are excellent some not so good or rather very inexperienced. Hope things work out for the better before State tests are taken!!!!!!
I am a new parent, with two children in kindergarten and I am deeply impressed about communication with the teachers. I can not compare with other schools or previous years, but I think is not much usual that the teachers encourage parents to call, email or talk in person as many times as they want, to work together in the child's needs, to make a great learning experience. Parent participation is welcome, and I personally received immediate response from the principal or teachers when I tried to reach them. This school allows parents to be really involved in their children's education. I'd like to see more programs offered in the near future.
I would like others to know that the teachers and administration has declined over the past year. The principal is deceiptful and dishonest, don't let there fake smiles deceive you. before sending your kids there ask around, this school is not what they seem to present to be.
This school is poor. With a lack of any technology and sports programs, students are at a disadvantage. How can you run a school without working computers? Other local schools have smart boards, tablets, and computers. This schools has none of the above.
I agree with the last review! I use to love this school as well, but times have changed. There are a few teachers that go above and beyond, but the majority are inexperienced and have no clue on how to educate our children. There have been many experienced teachers and personnel that were terminated or resigned in the last year, because of Mr. Ankrum. This school has serious fundamental issues (included financial) that need to be investigated.
My daughter completed 3rd grade at RCS, this is our 1st year here. I am nothing short of impressed & grateful for the education & support my daughter/family has received this past year! RCS instils respect for one self/others, morals & confidence in their students each day. The staff truely care about their students well being & education. They lead by example. My expierence with her teachers has gone above & beyond my expectations! From Sept-Dec she went up 5 full reading levels! I did not realize how much my daughter was not learning in public school until she became a student at RCS! The education she received was personally tailored to enhance her strengths & decrease her weaknesses. Our family went through some very painful changes this year. The schools social workers not only gave her the tools to handle our situation, they loved & nurtured her through it all. I am positive that if she was in public school this past year, she would have been lost on the mix. Principal Ankrum is an energetic, strong leader. He seems to connect beautifully with the students.I have witness my daughter become a strong student & a confident young lady at RCS. I look forward to another 5 years!
This is a wonderful school. My daughter started the year in public school, which didn't last long due to the lack of education, arrogant teachers and to be desired environment she was in. After looking for schools we came across Riverhead Charter and decided to check it out since it was a longer school day, no tuition, smaller class sizes and seemed more personalized with an enrichment of classes as well. We did have our reservations though. Our biggest concern about the school was the rumors that it was "for bad kids" or had a high minority student body . Neither was true and the school is a wonderful blend of a multi cultural diverse student body with very dedicated teachers to boot. Thus far I am beyond pleased with the education she is receiving along with her wonderful teacher. Would recommend this school to anyone looking for a better alternative to public schools.
I Graduated from this school last year and this school needs 5 stars. This school is very strict and teaches alot. They help people When they are having trouble. This school helped me get ready for Middle School. Although this school doesnt have high quality materials they have the best teachers ever! I been in this school through k-6 and i loved it. They also have strict rules so all staff and students are safe. i loves this school! Love, Taiviana :D
The school is wonderful and the teachers amazing. My daughter started middle school ahead because of the education she received here. However the principal leaves room for improvement. Sadly if she doesn't agree with a teacher they are let go and many great teachers have been lost from RCS in the 5 years she is there. I will say Putting my daughter in this school is the best decision I even made.
The principal and office staff are not really very personable, but the teachers work very hard to make it a great school!
i am extremely happy with the school and teaching staff- the decision was simple, my youngest daughter was starting kindergarten and the school she was to attend was only offering half day sessions, and my eldest daughter was a target for bullies in that same school because of her sweet and kind disposition.Since making the switch my eldest daughter loves school her anxiety is gone , and she comes home happy and eager to share what she's learned for the day. my youngest who started kindergarten this year loves her teacher's and classmates and her love for learning had jumped off the charts. her reading has improved tremendously , the information she knows that compared to other kids her age in public school are not even learning yet is incredible. if your a parent who is thinking about switching to this school i say do it you will not be disappointed . There is more one on one time , and you have direct access to the teachers.
RCS has come along way - their test scores are up, they implemented a great electives program on Fridays, called "Explorations", they participate in NYSSMA, as of 2009-2010, they have a new instrumental music program (including strings!) My kids are happy that they have hot lunches now, instead of the cold lunch that had been provided by Riv. District. The Spanish teacher is amazing. I love all the teachers - the only drawback is the principal, who's really not a people person...but she gets the job done.
I am very happy with the school staff except for the current principal. The staff outshines her in all areas. The education levels expected for the children are far above what is expected in other public schools.
The school provides a safe learning environment; top-notch teachers; science-based learning; and diversity.
My stepson attended this school for 3 years and then because of long days and long commute sitched to public elementary school in the longwwod district. The riverhead charter school is not up to par with what the public schools are teaching. My son went in to 4th grade and was expected to know his times tables up to 12 and know how to right script. Riverhead charter taught him up to 8 and no script. I suggest you not put your kids in this school, because it will set them back.
My son attends the charter school since the 2nd grade and could not be happier.The teachers are the greatest and give their all and are an extremly dedicated staff. I wish that I could say the same for the current principal who I have seen be openly rude and disrespectful to the teaching staff.
my son has been in Riverhead Charter School since the middle of kindergarten and is now just beging 2nd grade, I couldnt be any happier with the teachers that he has had all caring and respectful and they have that reasonable push to get your children where they need to be. I hope this year is as sucessful as the past two and I am very happy to have my son in this school and pray that they are able to expand in grade level before he enters 7th grade
The teachers are very warm and caring, unfortunately the current principal is not. The past principal was much friendlier
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