If you have any opportunity to keep your children away from this school do so! We will be moving heaven and earth to not return. The school does have its shining stars (Ms. Ray the music teacher and Mr. Fink the TD teacher) and a select few teachers who care about the students. Other than they the school environment is not one in which children can grow and love learning. We have been there for several years and each one is worse. My children have been bullied on numerous occasions, have had their personal property stolen, the cafeteria is a nightmare to work with, the teachers get NO support from administration, the teachers talk to the kids as if they have no chance in life to be anything to drains on society. There is no love, compassion or encouragement. I have seen negative effects on both of my children and their personalities and outlooks on life as a result of this environment. I only pray that with a new school and new experiences this can be overcome.
My child has been in ROA for 4 years and the experience has been challenging. ROA has some really good teachers who care about the students and their learning. However the teachers are overloaded, lack support and assistance (from administration and parents) and have too many behavioral issues to attend to, which results in frustration and disorganization. Behavioral issues creates distractions and chaos in the classroom and issues on the bus. The prior assistant principle who was reassigned for the 2013-14 year is greatly missed; new dean of students is offensive and accusatory toward the well behaved students and lack appropriate communication skills. It is my perception that the administration is unapproachable, not supportive of teachers, lacks understanding of teacher needs and not open to listening to teachers. The prior three years were average made positive by very good and well experienced teachers; however even a good teacher this year cannot make up for the overall poor experience. ROA is not reflective of the community and lacks diversity. My family is searching for better opportunities for 2014-15 and will not return to ROA.
If you are moving to Charlotte or thinking of registering your kid for this school DON'T! My son is an honor roll student, reading on an 8th grade level and is well above grade level in math and science. The administration is a joke. The principal and assistant principal are completely disconnected. The receptionist is rude and the dean of students has no regard for the children. My son was getting bullied and when my child defended himself and beat up all the bullies he gets in trouble. This after we informed them of the students. Never considering that these same group of kids are constantly in trouble. In short send if you want your kid treated like more than a number send them somewhere else. This has by far been the worst school year ever. Listen to the other reviews!
Since the new school year, I have seen some improvements. There is a bit more friendliness and parent involvement encouragement. But I am not sure why the main front office lady (first initial starts with a C) seems like she is not happy to be there. I wish she would find another job if she does not like working there. I have been to other schools in CMS (older schools, newer schools) and the front office administrators have been pleasant. Not too overly happy-but pleasant. There is a new older lady in there that is nice, but the one that has been there for some time (I would rather not place her name in this) can come off pretty harsh. Here is a tip for her or something that her management should share with her- Even though every parent and student is not easy to deal with, she needs to remember that she is getting paid for what she does at the school (unless she is volunteering, which I doubt.) She needs to provide good customer service. Everyone provides customer service. There is NO job where you have NO customers. Please treat everyone like you would like to be treated when you come into a business. The teachers should not talk to the parents like we are children.
This school is ok I'm not Please with the Teacher that my son has she get upset very easy and she put the child on Yellow or pink then emails the parent to let him or her know that the child is not listening and that they neeed to come and talk to them. she doesnt have time for Conference with the parents. If she doent have the patience with kid this is not her field. This school need to do better and helping our kids in everything. Concerned Parent.......
My daughter attended this school and it's all about numbers. Teacher are Frustrated so they take it out on the childrens. The school is ran like a military camp that they push the kids so much that some of them act out aggressively to the teacher and other children. The bullying rate is off the map at this school the it's over looked because the principal only cares about number and walking around thinking she CUTE!!!. You have to stay on the teachers about updates on your child's progress in class or if he or she is having problems with classes work, you want hear from them, You have LAZY , UNCARING and unprofessional staff at the school that it was a nightmare for my child. It upsets me when you think a teacher can't do wrong and you blame the parent because you just want protect you child and get them the best education. It's hurtful!!!!! River Oaks will crush you child s education and destroy their dreams to become something in life.