I don't want to knock this school, because academically, your child will thrive IF you work with them at home too. I had to confront the teacher about keeping me in the loop early on in the school year regarding my son's in class performance on assignments. If your child tends to be the "typical" very active boy this is not the school for your child. My son attended this school for kindergarten and the 1st 2 months of 1st grade. The school lacks teachers with experience dealing with very active students. When asked if my child could be transferred into a teacher with more years of experience my request was denied TWICE. If your child isn't one of those kids that stays focused ALL day, the teachers nick pick at EVERYTHING they do from talking to yelling answers out without raising their hand. If your child needs a program for being academically gifted, this school doesn't have it. I have switched to Durham Public Schools and I m so glad I did. DPS understand that kids will be kids and not discipline for everything they do. Three days out of school suspension of a 5 year old in one month is just RIDICULOUS!! The explanation the principal gave was "We had to do something!" No Thanks!
This is our second year at rtca...I now have a kindergarten and 2nd grade student. I'm very pleased overall. The teachers are easy to communicate with, the administration is great and my kids are happy to go. The car pool line is crazy but will settle down as the year progresses. I love the way the school seeks out ways to Schiavo encourage students to be leaders and behave through positive incentives. The whole class may receive a punishment (usually walking laps) but they don't make the kids change their color for a class misbehavior...that is just an indicator of individual behavior. The homework loss is very appropriate..one page of math and one of penmanship/spelling and then reading. We are very happy overall with this school. My son is very advanced in reading and they are able to work with him at his level to constantly improve...They are not letting him slide because he is ahead.
It's sad that the reviews for this school are being dragged down by reviews from years ago. I love this school and Dr. Carson will always be supported by my husband and I. The private school we wanted her to get into since she turned 2 years old sent us away last year. This year they would have accepted her ... but we declined. She's thriving, why move her? It's not perfect, but the teachers and staff are wonderful. They are honest and helpful. They tell you what is really going on with your child so that they can help find solutions and help them. What parent wants to be left in the dark about their child's true progress? Dr. Carson is doing a fantastic job.
My daugther is in 1th grade and the teacher are amazing..always attenden my request the teacher are very friendly......everybody know everybody and I like that!!!
I love the school. My kids were there for 3 years and it was an awesome experience. I left this school year and I missed the school so bad. The teachers at RTCA really care for each child and they want each one of them to succed. I volunteered as much as I could and the teacher were always nice.
My child is in Kindergarten this school year. I am very impressed with his teacher. I am a very involved in my child's school life and I expect a lot of him. His teacher understands this and we email almost daily. My son lets me know daily what "my teacher said to do it this way". The principal is new, but seems to be making changes for the better. I highly recommend this school to parents seeking positive reinforcement and a sense of comfort within the school.
This is by far the best school that my children have attended. We went to three schools in three years. Regular public schools have nothing on RTCA. All of the teachers are caring and dedicated. I do not see any difference in treatment between kids. I try to volunteer regularly and do so unexpectedly, and it is always a pleasant experience. Furthermore, their orchestra, band, and art programs are some of the best! My children will continue to attend until their time to move on to high school.
My daughter is in kindergarten at RTCA. So far, I am pleased with the school. She is learning well and getting plenty of homework, I can see her maturity since the beginning of the year. She went from not really reading to writing sentences and she works very well on her own. She gets along with the other students and loves her teacher. New Principal this year and seems to be still feeling his way through but has made a couple of changes for the better. I have not yet gotten involved with the Parent Association but would like to next year.
My son attended RTCA and was very unhappy. He was constantly having to defend himself against bullies. When I transfered him to Merrick Moore he was not only learning more but he had a great relationship with the teachers and staff there. Getting him out of RTCA was the best decision I could have ever made.
this pst is right on target,im not sure how this schol is still open.
I have to admit RTCA was a HUGE disappointment to say the least. I'm completely grieved with the overly crowded classroom size and the abundance of homework, (it seems the teachers are not teaching in the classrooms) the students bring home on a weekly basis. I have witnessed a lack of cultual compentency as well as great lack of classroom management skills. It's so easy for a child who is not an initiator, or leader to get lost and fall way behind in the classroom. Yes the kids don't talk in the hallway and are quiet during mornning meeting but the classrooms are chaotic to say the least and the lack of disciplining the students who bully are just heart wrenching. Some of the staff treat every child as though they are a behavioral problem and not with the respect that EACH child (regardless of parental involvment) deserves.
hi im desmond, attended RTCA from the 4-8 grade and it was a good and bad experience. the teachers got on my nerves almost everyday and everything they said went in 1 ear and out the other, but now i regret not listening. the teachers are just trying to get you ready for high school
This is without question the worst school I have ever had the misfortune of being involved with. It is a total disaster. Never send your child here.
I submitted a review on this school yesterday and for some reason only the first 2 lines are showing. So I'm trying again... My daughter attended 8th grade at this school and our family loved everything about the school. It's a wonderful school. She has a handicap and I found the teacher very supportive. I visited the school often and found the staff was always polite and helpful. I'm not sure why one parent thinks the hallways are chaos but that was not my perception. I had my daughter in a private school before RTC and I found the experience between the 2 was about the same. Yes, there are more children in the classroom than a private school has but it's still much better than the regular public schools. And my daughter did stay in the upper level of her class.
I went to this school for 3 years (middle school) and it was the worst school experience I've ever had. I feel like I learned nothing from this school and the misbehaved students were the main focus of all the teachers, rather than wanting to actually teach us. I feel like most of the good teachers left in a huge wave leaving the students to fend for themselves.
I could say so much, but for right now I'll just say, if you love your child/children, please do not send them to this school. This is our first year here and it is horrible. I'm so sorry that I ever went this way.
Hi, This is my first year dealing with RTCA. At the beginning of the shcool year I had problems with my childs teacher. It took too long for administration to address the problem with the teacher. Finally, they addressed the problem and the teacher now is doing great. I do believe that the school has a long way to go. For one, they need to address the cafe issue. There needs to be a breakfast and lunch menu provided for the kids in an actual lunch room. There seems to be no organization within the halls. Students are all over the place. I do agree that the white shirts are an issue. They could change to a more suitable and durable color. I am going to wait this year out and see how my son progress being here at RTCA, but there are several things I am concerned about.
I have two children that attended private school before attending RTCA. I was very pleased with the transitioning process. The teachers and administrative staff were consistent in their respective areas. Both of my children excelled while attending RTCA. As for the behaviors, discilpline begins first in the home. Parents are childrens first teachers. Children only mimick what they learn at home. Thus far, I have been very satisfied with RTCA.
I have a son a RTCA in the 7th grade. The kids are out of control. (but they are everywhere) I feel sorry for the teachers. The tolerance for misbehaved children is LOW. If their was a no tolerance rule the kids would get the message and so would the parents. We need that at RTCA. Send their butts home so others can learn. CONSISTANT no tolerance will work. Homework is not want I expected it to be. There is not enough of it. Vocab. never. Math homework is never what they went over in class they need reinforcing assignments. Uniforms GREAT but why white shirts they are so hard to keep clean and so many of the kids have stains or just plain dingy that its embarassing. Behavor needs to be a subject that requires an A to advance to your next grade level. Is RTCA better than other, NO.
RTCA is a great school with concerned teachers and staff. Compared to public school, it has been great for our family to be able to be in one school together with a group of teachers and administrators who we feel are very concern for the students.
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