Randolph Middle School is a great school. Our first child went to another CMS middle school, and our last two are at RMS. Difference between the two schools is like night and day. At Randolph, my children are pushed and challenged like my eldest never was in middle school by teachers who encourage the kids to be global thinkers. Last year in French class, one of my kids skyped and blogged with a class in Canada. My other child blogged with a school in England. These are exactly the cultural experiences my husband and I were looking for when we were looking in to the IB program. Is Randolph perfect? Of course not. Yes, the classes are larger than I would prefer, and yes some of my sons' teachers are stronger than others. But if you judge the program as a whole, I really feel it's a private school education at a public school. The test scores speak for themselves.
Academically there doesn't appear to be any challenge at all and the school just seems "OK". I don't see any proof in the pudding as to what makes the IB curriculum anything special. I am the product of an IB curriculum and the education being provided at Randolph doesn't come close to the education I received. There's rarely enough homework sent home, as the children are allowed to complete their homework in class, yet its work that's assigned as "homework". Parent/Teacher communication has MUCH to be desired as well. My child has stated that it doesn't seem as though students outside of the Horizons program are pushed beyond the limits of the EOGs. Bullying is a HUGE issue as well. My child comes home with NUMEROUS stories of fights that have taken place and the bickering that goes back and forth during class. Where are the instructors when this goes on? Why does there seem to be such a lack of classroom control? It seems to me that there is a HUGE lack of supervision overall on the campus. I wouldn't recommend at all.
My son attended 6th grade at Randolph, and we had to pull him out halfway through 7th grade. The bullying is unbelievable, and there isn't enough supervision or controls in place to restrict it - it's basically like an inner city school. The academic instruction is good, but nothing special, and in both 6th and 7th grade I'd say 50% of my son's teachers were really good, and the other half with average to poor - especially the electives teachers are very weak. The IB curriculum is overblown - we've had friends with children graduating full IB out of high school and it's done nothing in their college applications - an admissions officer even said that AP or Honors clases are weighted much heavier than IB. The school metrics are also deceiving. The school has a group of students in the Horizon's program (highly gifted kids) who bring up the performance metrics and distort the socio economic and racial mix. Once you take these kids out (as they basically live in their own area of the school), the school becomes no better than any inner city school. We know of at least two other families that have pulled their kids mid year out of 7th grade - so you can bet there's many more.
My daughter attends Randolph and she and I absolutely LOVE it!!! The staff is EXCELLENT!!! The field trips are well thought out, fun and very educational. I wouldn't change her school even if we moved an hour away :)
Great school as long as you do not question any teachers or try to talk to admin about what you percieve as a teacher problem.I mean really what could you know as a parent .You are no educator . I am sure there are plenty of good teachers there just don't believe 100 per cent sorry
High achievers who have great expectations for the kids. Great global IB program that gives the kids a world perspective.
I switched here from Crestdale, and that has been the best choice of my life thus far. The teachers are great, and although some of the school is known for being 'ghetto', over half the school is brilliant! I went from being suicidal in the 7th grade to blissfully oblivious in the 8th when I transferred. Now, I make straight A's, am in Glee, Student Council, Shakespeare Club, Yearbook, and I was captain of the football team. The only thing I regret was not coming sooner.
My school is the coolest ever! The staff are awesome and the environment is a comfortable one. I love it!
As most people know it is the field trip capitol of cms and it is a very active school and very fun.
RMS has the best sports team and teachers we beat all of the other school unanimously
The teachers are understanding and amazing! all the students have avirtual connection with each other and i went there so I ♥♥♥ RMS!
I was a student at Randolph Middle School from 2006 to 2009 and I absolutely loved it. It's a Magnet IB school which is GREAT and the diversity and culture make it absolutely amazing to attend. Plus it is one of the only public middle schools in CMS to offer the foreign language Latin.
Randolph is just an all around amazing school. The teachers are great, the students are also great, and the teachers teach with a certain level of expectations that are not to harsh but not to easy. The teachers have the ability to bring down the highly worded work and put in in words you understand and help you with it. Randolph is a great place for children to go to school. It has a great working environment and is just a great place.
I have two children who have attended Randolph Middle School. RMS has diversity, academically challenges its students, innovative teaching, and great field trips. My daughter is completing her final year at RMS this year and I am very pleased with her academnic achievements. She is an above average student, yet she is socially balanced. RMS supports the integration of all their students.
I attended Randolph, let me tell you, I loved it! My test score rose 11 points during my 8th grade year. I went from a 355 to a 366 and passed my EOG( End of Grade) test, wonderfully. Well, I must go, I shall return
This is an up and coming school that just keeps getting better and better! Wonderful principal, teachers, and staff, and a diverse and caring learning atmosphere. Especially recommended for gifted and talented children
Randolph Middle School has been one of the best school experiences I've partaken in so far. Though there are students who attend who show zero respect--I see it daily in talking back to the teacher, making wise comments, and refusing to listen-- there is a large population of the student body that's there to make good use of their time in middle school. The teachers are phenomenal. They try to become more than just a person who stands in front of the classroom and gives you something to do; They try to become more of a human being to their class and show their friendly sides to relate with everyone under their wing. Though it still suffers from typical teenager drama, what school doesn't, and Randolph has proved to exceed my expectations in what I was looking for in a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade education.
Randolph is probably the most academically focused public Middle School in Charlotte. It does also have disabled kids, whose test scores are factored into the overall scores of the school. Any parent considering a Middle School in Charlotte should look into the demographics their child fits into before making a decision. The classes are small, few discipline problems, and the kids are very outward and special. What attracted our family most to Randolph was that every student we met looked us in the eye when speaking. Very special place.
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