I am now on my second child that has attended Reedy Creek Middle and we have had a great experience. The former principal left much to be desired but I will say that my first child that went through during his time still succeeded with wonderful teachers and continues to succeed in high school so no real harm was done. The current principal, Mr. Evans, came in 3 years ago and has completely changed the atmosphere of the school. He cares so much about the students and wants the school to transform into something great. He is always open to parent suggestions and responds back quickly to emails. He has made some really great hires for new teachers. The school has had lower than desired test scores but that is a reflection of the population of free and reduced lunch students at the school. To remedy the situation, the county has now named RCMS a magnet school starting in Fall 2016. The theme will be Computer Science/Computer Programming and the school hopes to attract students that want to incorporate these skills into their daily life and use them to help with future career decisions. RCMS continues to have an excellent band and unique Animal Science program. To me, the most worthwhile elective that my oldest took was Peer Helpers where they got to work with the ID-MOD classroom. It really opened his eyes to accepting the differences in people and their struggles. He loved getting to accompany the students to the Special Olympics to be their coach and cheer for them and he continues to work with special needs children in the community through things like Miracle League baseball. It was a life lesson that we could have never taught him otherwise. The school's operating hours of 8:15am-3pm work better with my RCMS student's schedule so he can sleep in a little longer than his friends at other schools and aligns better with the time my elementary student gets out of school. The school has a very strong, committed, and welcoming PTA. Ignore the old, out-of-date comments on this site and send your child to school at RCMS - I have one more that I will not hesitate to send to RCMS under its current leadership!
Reedy Creek has come a long way in the last couple years. Even though the school has had poor leadership in the past, my children had a positive experience and excelled in high school. I expect the same from my child currently attending RCMS. The Principal, Mr. Evans, has done a great job of hiring new staff, building a solid team, and improving academics and communication between teachers and parents. He is committed to improving the school in all areas. With the announcement of the magnet school status, RCMS will continue to grow and prepare students for high school. I highly recommend RCMS!
Cons: Low security. A child was abdicated from the school during a school assembly and no one noticed. The school did nothing to help the family and tried to bury the incident under lies to conceal it from the public. Police and the media were notified, but the principal went out of his way to brush the incident off so that there would not be public awareness. Pros: The district fired the principal for his involvement in the kidnapping. I would think that the new principal is fantastic, I trust that he is. Nevertheless, the school has a long way to go before it can be deemed safe for kids. Our schools need to be considerably safer. Update: Former principal Flowers has fled the county and will likely never work in Wake County again. Good riddance. No parent should have to endure what that man put two parents through. Thankfully, the child was found, retrieved, and safe.
One word to describe RCMS... Ordinary. There is nothing real special about this middle school. Teachers at RCMS are really good (in my experience), they know how to teach a class. You might see that the test scores are below average for Wake County and NC, but it's not their faults, it's the students who chose not to care about school. All of those students don't try most of the time and just don't like learning. They don't even like fun learning games on their phones. Luckily, not all students are like that. The extracurriculars include clubs, such as drama club, run club, wildlife club, art club, etc. and sports. The drama club puts on a yearly spring production. Sports are for both boys and girls in seventh and eighth grade. There is band for sixth through eighth graders. Yeah.. No school uniform is required, however, there is a moderately strict dress code that is not hard to follow. Breakfast and lunch is served daily. See, just an ordinary school. Bullying occurs here (what's new?) but staff treat it responsibly. Even though I get bullied (social exclusion and occasion name calling/teasing) and even hate it here sometimes, it would be the same anywhere else. Hope this helps!
I am going to give you an honest review so please listen up. The positives at RCMS. The Band Teacher and the Band Program are just awesome. he really cares & does an outstanding job. RCMS had a lot of afterschool student/parent functions that my child really enjoyed. Now the negatives. I had to hound in order to get any information concerning my daughter this year. Trying to advocate for your child or get information regarding anything at the school is non existent. My daugther doesn't want to go to school (she loves school btw), has missed more days than she ever has, her grades went from straight A(s) to making C (s) & D., she & many of her friends get bullied so bad it would break your heart. I could go on & on. I am trying to transfer her out of there as she has wasted a whole school year year not reaching her potential. Just wish the Band Teacher would go teach at the High School level cause as I stated, he is the one positivity RCMS has going.
I see that a review I posted last year has been removed. I will state here again what I stated in that review and have had a year more of Reedy Creek. I have to say that the band teacher is excellent and really takes time out to work with the students at Reedy Creek. Now as far as the teaching staff, there are some that are decent, and others not so. I am really not that impressed with what the school has to offer. When I wrote my last review, there was a different principle, the one who was supposed to be "cleaning" things up there, well he has since left and we have a new principle. Next year will be my son's last year and I do have concerns that he won;t be prepared for High School. He is in the AG program at Reedy Creek, but the teachers are not that good in regards to communicating with parents. Let's see if this second review gets removed. Just note, if you are new to the area or the school, do your homework, there are other alternatives for your children to get educated properly. Thanks.
I'm an 8th grader and also have LD (learning disability) but I don't have curriculum assistance anymore and reedy creek can be fun but it's the choices the teachers make and there is bullying in the school but not that much in my grade mostly in the lower grades because most of them are still immature and try to act "cool" but all you really need is a couple of friends and your alright but a lot of teachers don't care about what happens to the students or some teachers don't really care or you can clearly tell when they have a favorite. Some teachers are pretty awesome like our Spanish teacher and some other core teachers that actually care about your grade
The gym activites are OK they make us run in the cold and alot. They should do less going outside in the cold and more pacer or inside activites or they can do free choice because why do we have to go outside it is still running .
RCMS is getting better but still have a few problems to work through. Most of the teachers are working hard to turn this school around. The pricipal is doing a great job with the circumstances he was given. The PTA is very strong. The PTA board members are working hard to make this school a better place for the teachers and students too. I would like to see more technology used and I would also like to see more field trips for the students.. I think RCMS is on its way to being a great school.