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7409 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC 27615

(919) 847-0900
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April 14, 2015
For all the resources that Ravenscroft has, they fall very short on creating unique learning opportunities for their students. I have seen schools with far less resources do much more amazing things. Recently, the administration spent precious time and energy opening a discussion with parents over giving the teachers an hour break one day a week and gave the children one less hour a week of learning. My son missed several days of schools while he was out sick with the flu. I asked his teacher if she could help catch him up on the school work that he missed. She seemed offended that I ask her to spend any extra time to help catch him up. She wan't even willing to take 10 minutes after school to go over what he missed! Also be prepared to be solicited regularly on your personal cell phone for money, in the form of a donation. I have interupted many times during the day, while at work, with calls from the school soliciting! They put so much resources into asking for money, and we only wish they put as much energy into their students!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2014
Former Student. I would be in junior class this year ( Graduating Class of 2016), wanted to leave as I was enrolled in Ravenscroft since Pre Kindergarten. Looking back at Ravenscroft, I have mixed feelings. I think that the teachers are incredibly trained and have a great background from teaching (excluding a few middle school teachers, ex: Carlos Alvelo). The teachers ( in high school) were always caring and would help you whenever you asked. The administrators however are not the best. . There needs to be a change in direction before more people switch schools. I am not sure if it is Doreen's fault, or the board's fault.... Either way, something has to change. The fine arts department is second to none, with great leaders such as Bill Pendergrass. The Band program is one of the best private independent programs in the state. Overall, Ravenscroft is a good school. But, there are better choices out there.. Not worth the tuition money

- submitted by a student
September 25, 2014
Outstanding lower, middle and upper school. Empowering environment that is developing 21st century citizens. Leadership initiative is just awesome and passes thru entire school. Could not be happier with the personal development of our high schooler and middle schooler. Love the co-ed - real world environment. Feel like our kids are growing in every way and will be well prepared for college Fortunate to have the opportunity to do this for our kids

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
My sons' experiences at Ravenscroft have been great! The academics are second to none and the environment is small and nurturing. My boys made the transition from a much larger public school environment that was overwhelming for them. I am thankful for the small class sizes and the individual attention my children receive. The school's leadership program is amazing and has done wonders for my children and the way they handle adversity, change and the well being of others! I wouldn't send my children anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
While no school is perfect, we have found that Ravenscroft is a great fit for all three of our children. We moved from a strong public school system in New England to Raleigh two years ago. The Wake County School system was overwhelming to navigate with children entering grades 9, 7 and 4. Charter schools are a wonderful option if you are lucky enough to "win" the lottery. Ravenscroft is expensive and there is certainly an element of privilege that runs through the grades. We receive financial aid and stretch/sacrifice to cover the rest. The "country club" feel that other reviewers have described has not dominated our experience. In fact, we have been pleasantly surprised by the diversity of the student body. Every teacher has gone above and beyond to support and encourage. Small class sizes, a challenging curriculum, a wide range of extra-curriculars (especially starting in middle school), and character development have all been a part of our experience. Any concerns have been handled in a timely, open manner. Our children's unique strengths are nurtured, their vulnerabilities are supported, and they are thriving. It's been the right choice for us.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2014
My son is a kindergartener and this is our first experience with the school. We are halfway through the year and I am well pleased. Initially I had concerns with him being able to catch on because he didn't go to pre-school but, I was so impressed at his progression in only the first few weeks in school. Not only was he writing legibly but, was reading and sounding out words on his own and he enjoyed it! He loves school and looks forward to it daily. His math skills are steadily improving. He enjoys reading and, in his free time, creating stories and writing books. He has also discovered his creative side and now likes to make illustrations to go along with his stories. I have to give much credit to his teacher. I don't question that my son is getting a quality education. The staff and teachers I've encountered are friend and helpful. Communication is very open. I like being actively involved in my son's education experience and the community feel of the school. Diversity was somewhat of a concern at first but, this has not impacted my son's education experience at all and the school is growing in this area.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2014
I made the decision to choose a private school in Raleigh due to the instability of Wake County's districting and narrowed it down to three. Ultimately the size of Ravenscroft (larger student body) along with the fact that it offered more athletic options swayed me. Also, I am not religious (that is not to say I am not respectful of religion). But did not feel comfortable with any sort of God curriculum. My big fear in sending my child to private school was that he would be surrounded people who were all alike because there would be a majority of kids from a certain socio-economic background. This was not the case for us. We have kids from different countries, different religions, same sex families, disabilities, ethnicities, etc. in his grade alone. That is not to say your traditional white prep school stereotypes (and their parents) are not present, because they are. But they are not dominating in my experience. For my son, Ravenscroft has been worth every cent. It has been a super nuturing community for him to develop academically and socially. After 8 years we have not had a bad teacher and every administrative issues was promptly dealt with. I've loved it, plain and simple.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2013
It's unfortunate not to rate this school higher. The teachers can be excellent, they can also be the worst. Having said this, generally they do care and want your children to succeed. Here's the downside, the students are incorrigible brats- spoiled rotten- bordering on mean. If you are a church going family, very conservative and don't do anything out of the ordinary, perhaps this school is for you. If you have different views on the world, then don't put your kids through the torture. It's not worth it. Note: Many of the best middle school teacher have left for greener pastures and as I'm sure you know, the good ones leave first. (Grammar through Middle School, have since moved)

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2013
I have two children currently attending Ravenscroft High school. (We moved our children from public school when they started middle school.) Overall I am very pleased with the curriculum and feel like both of my children thrive in the more challenging environment since their enrollment. The majority of the teaching is caring and have done an excellent job in preparing children for higher level classes and college. They are always available if extra assistance is needed and have after school hours daily. I have one child heavily involved in HS sports who will also play in college, but I have never felt like it to precedence over her education. Regarding the "country club" mentality, sure there are people here that have money, BUT you would be surprised at the number of people struggling to keep their kids here as well. It was the right choice for my family and I've never looked back.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2012
Three examples of a good school are its alumni achievement, its academic offering, and parents feedback. I must say RC with its type of school leaders, and parents comments in the community, is clearly a showoff and more of a country club setting than a school. If you compare by Wake County standards, RC falls to the lower category of area schools. The school may think being old is good, but it has lost teaching, education, and leadership direction clearly. This downfall transition has taken place in the last 15 years and more rapidly recently, since Triangle area schools have really shinned. Take a look at Raleigh Charter on the national ranking, and look at Cary Academy, or Durham Academy, or MC Math and Science. Maybe small town of Raleigh 100 years ago had a good school called RC, but this is not the case today, as Triangle has grown and has achieved significantly. More importantly, good schools are usually in the news with measureable achievements and not hype news. We have not seen academic achievements of RC in the news in recent times.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2012
Ravenscroft has been an amazing experience for our family. We are THRILLED with not only the teaching and leadership (which brings to life a rigorous academic curriculum), but also the school's commitment to providing outstanding fine arts, technology, sports, and multi-cultural experiences for its students. Additionally, for an upper-tier private school, we have been extremely impressed by the ever-growing diversity we see across campus. We feel like Ravenscroft is striking an excellent balance between nurturing our boys and celebrating their gifts, while challenging and preparing them for the world into which they are headed. I

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2012
What a disapointment it was-truly grass is not greener on the other side.. glad we pulled our kid from the school. Lack of direction for school academics.. no challenge for kids- just average curiculum.. just wanted to say- glad we no longer there.. there are more greater schools then this and no need to pay all that money.. unless u are a mom who never held a job and just looking to show off between your friends- uhh my kid is at Ravenscroft whil i am at the spa or Crabtree mall.. please..no wonder this school still survives- these clueless moms..i got my education and the job i know what it takes to get ahead in life and this scholl .. -NOT IT.. only regret that i didnt lesson to reviews before we joined.. wow they were right..

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2012
We are a 3 generation Ravenscroft family and although we are very fond of the school and feel the teaching staff is far superior to public school, we have been very disappointed in the administration in recent years; its choices and apparent lack of ethics. We will likely be removing our middle school son before he reaches the upper school if things continue along this trajectory.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2012
I was a transplant to Ravenscroft School at the beginning of my freshman year, having attended another private school in the area. I chose Ravenscroft because of its amazing academics and well rounded high school experience. And on that level, it has yet to disappoint. There are so many levels of classes that any student will feel challenged, and this academic environment is further heightened by all of the extracurriculars made available. However, the social side of this school has left a bad taste in my mouth. Obviously, with such a high tuition price, Ravenscroft attracts the richest families in the area. It is very much an old money school, and cliques are an ever present idea. As both a new student and a scholarship/financial aid student, I often feeel I am greeted with a cold shouler because of my family's tax bracket. Obviously, the numbers for this school don't lie, it is amazing in almost all of its pursuits, but if your child does not fit the Ravenscroft image of a future socialite, I would think about looking somewhere else.

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2012
As a life long student I can tell you on graduation everyone could not be more excited to leave this school. I was one of those kids whose parent's started out not having to pay for my disabilities (dyslexia & a processing issues) but then was charged quite a fee. Yes teachers in the upper school will help and work with you, but as a lower and middle schooler I can remember being so frustrated & crying because I couldn't keep up even though I knew the answers. I've worked with kids in the lower school and see it quite often. This school really only cares about $$$ and sports. There is no character being built, that's something that is learned at home (at least for this school). 4-7 grade were the worst years of my life because of the awful girls at Ravenscroft that they don't even know how to handle. I only became a better person because I had parents that were incredible & instilled great morals and character into me growing up and especially during that time. Be prepared for your child to be surrounded by (& come to want) the money, exotic vacations, & designers that most every child has.

- submitted by a community member
May 07, 2012
Ravenscroft has provided my children with a stellar education, safe community, teachers who really care, and opportunities to shine in areas that interest them.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
We had a very good experience with all of our children at Ravenscroft. If we did have concerns, we felt that people we open to listening.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2012
$125.00 Application fee $3000.00 non refundable non tuition deductible family fee $17900.00 yearly tuition. $1500.00 "voluntary" donation that is not to your childs tuition- its just donation-try not to donate-they will call you like some collection agency! daily requests for volunteering- "non mandatory" yeah right.. Please all they want is your money and now- try to see their curiculum before you sign your child to this school. Our doughter knew more in Pre-K then she learned in K. thats why we are pulling her from school. Dont worth the money-should have lessoned to these reviews year ago but no.. it cant be true- oh yes it is. good luck for those who enter.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
Ravenscroft has transformed itself into a school that only cares about raising money. The academics are given no focus, teachers who all asleep in class, science curricula that are factually wrong, essentially no college counseling, amazingly poor student placement at good universities. But, other, they did win a state basketball championship, and have a really, really nice new entrace. That is there legacy. If you're goal is to pay $$$ to pay for the best basketball team money can buy, and drive through a really nice entrance, this is the school for you. Otherwise, go elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2012
We have been very impressed with Ravenscroft. We have two sons attending Ravenscroft and every day they go off to school happy, eager to start their day. While no school is perfect, we have felt that when we had a concern and brought it to the attention of the faculty and administration, our concerns were taken seriously and changes were made. This is in sharp contrast to attending a Catholic elementary school where we had meetings but our concerns were not taken seriously at all. Ravenscroft has a well-rounded, diverse group of students who participate in the arts, theater, symphony and sports. If you have more than one child, this is a great school to meet all of your needs. Average children with some areas of giftedness are welcome as well as extremely bright, gifted children. Children are inspired verses held back. If a child is struggling, they can get extra help in the areas where they are struggling. Sports are strong, but that is not a bad thing. The non-athletic kids feel a sense of community and pride when they talk about supporting their team. School spirit is strong. We love Ravenscroft.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2011
Unfortunately, while the school's image and campus are top notch, Ravenscroft has been very disappointing overall. We have not been impressed with the school's academic program; it is weaker than you would find at a typical public high school in the Northeast.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2011
Our kids love it and our experience has been very positive. Have been attending now for 9 years and have never questioned our decision to send them to Ravenscroft. We know they are going to be well prepared for college and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2010
My child attended this school and did well. We moved from the area and my kids now attend a decent public school. I have to say that althougt this was a nice school in many ways, looking back it was an expensive lesson learned about perceived quality of education. My son did well here, but he does equally as well in the public school even though there are some students who don't have the best moral and ethical of backgrounds. We thought we could socially isolate our kid from the "bad kids" in society if we put him in a private school. Honestly, because we give him a good ethical foundation at home, he avoids these kids anyway in the public school. This is a fine school, but not worth the extra $. If you are an active parent with a good grounded kid, you should save your money for college.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2010
I have 2 children in the Lower School, and each has attended Ravenscroft since kindergarten. My children are completely different from each other in almost every way, and yet, the administration and teachers have found the right formula to help both succeed. My kids are challenged, celebrated, and loved. I attribute this mostly to the faculty who deeply care about my kids and want them to reach their full potential both in the classroom and out. School is a safe, exciting, fun place for my kids, and I believe that's ultimately what it's all about.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2010
Some of the teachers are excellent but there are teachers that are not best in class which shouldn't be the case since the school is very expensive.. The school's conduct guidelines focus on how the students should behave but there are no written guidelines on the administration/teachers professional conduct. Teachers have been promoted to administrative positions. While some of the administrators are good, others performed better as teachers. The lower school fine arts program is very good. If you have a late bloomer, hold off on applying to this school until your child is older. A common theme is retention in the early grades. Parents are treated like partners with the school until there is a conflict. If there is a conflict, you can easily feel alienated due to the lack of support/ cooperation..

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2010
The fine arts are fabulous. The academic courses are hit and miss. The teachers are given total freedom to teach however they want. Some teachers are good but there are many poor teachers and the school doesn't care. Math and science are especially weak. They track in some random way in 6th grade, then whoever got tracked high gets rigorous math and science while everyone else takes very remedial math and science. Rather than trying to prepare all the students for college majors that require sciences, they seem to believe only a few kids can learn these subjects. There is a real elitism about this.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
If you have a child that learns 'inside the box.' This is the school for you. Choosing this school for a nurturing enviroment would be a mistake. Wheather you are an alumni with a long family history of attendees, or an active parent that devotes the majority of her time volunteering, you need to know that this schools main focus is on self motivated academic ability. The majority of the teachers teach 'one way' and move very quickly. If your child requires extra time in any area, you are immediately notified and will pay $$$ for the extra help needed. This school will not hesitate to remind you that your child will not be given a reenrollment contract if he is not achieving at ABOVE average standards. Nor will they be there when you tell a heart broken child his best was not good enough for Ravenscroft Standards!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2010
It was a great fit for me in the '70's, and it is a great fit for my children today. My eldest attended from Pre-K through graduation & was incredibly prepared for college. The Lower School is nurturing, the Middle School builds independence, and the Upper School with its academic rigor prepares students for college.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2009
A lot of hype, a huge campus, a lot of money, and a little education.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2009
I love this school. We moved from 'up north' down to the Raleigh area and the one thing that was lacking for our daughter was a sense of community. Ravenscroft gets children involved and does a great job giving the kids a well balanced education while keeping them physically active. Having had my daughter at the top rated public school in the area which was a joyless academic only environment, this has been a welcomed change.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
Our children have grown academically as well as socially at this wonderful school. Teachers challenge each student to try new ventures and to become a responsible part of the school, community and society. I have been impressed with the skill that the teachers exhibit in teaching to all different learning styles. This school is a giflt to our family that will continue to grow through out their lifetime.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
We have been blessed by having our twins at this exceptional school. Each year has been appropriately challenging educationally with plenty of nurturing and love from everyone on campus! Our fantastic lower school experience is testimony to the wonderful job being done at Ravenscroft...and for all at this school it isn't a job or simply an academic education....it is a family! What better environment for a child to blossom!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2009
With three children and detailed experience with other competitive private schools around the country, we have found Ravenscroft to be a very nurturing environment. We have also found clear tradeoffs between very solid arts, sports, and developmental exercises on the one hand versus fairly weak academics and a degree of insularity and parochialism on the other. The school calendar is frighteningly short: only 158 full school days + 12 half days, and there is more 'free time' per day than we have experienced (both first hand and anecdotally) at good private schools in the west, midwest and northeast. If you are looking for balance, Ravenscroft is pretty good. However (from parents with 12 years of private school and 2 Ivy League educations between them), if academics are a priority, a close look at (i) the curriculum, (ii) graduates' college acceptances, and (iii) relative standardized test scores is warranted.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2008
Lower school- fine for average to above-average learners. No accomodations (or interest in making accomodations for) gifted or accelerated learners. Amazing extracurriculars include music, foreign language and daily pe. Great if your child fits their mold. If not, look elsewhere!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2008
The school people are very nice people. My opinion is not the people, but the quality of education and teaching at the upper school. Teaching and academics are sometimes lower than the county area schools as this school is more of a sports and music type school for the secondary education level. The school does lots of PR and advertising that does not match the quality of the expected education received. Also in the recent years the school has got more overcrowded. It does not have facility and tools to support a quality education. But for Music and sports, it is very good. The issue is really teaching quality and leadership at the upper school.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2008
Ravenscroft is a fantastic school and a wonderful community . . . from the maintenance staff to the teachers to the department and school heads and everything in between. There is not a better school in the area and I cannot help but think that the one star ratings were given by 'parents' with a bone to pick!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
Love it. HAve kids in all 3 of the schools-lower, middle, upper. Love that their varying interests-from athletics to world cultures to performing arts can all be met, well, at one place. Curriculum is demanding, grading system is 7 point scale, but students get good teacher and staff support to bring them along. Our children have attended public, parochial and private schools in and out of state and we are highly pleased with Ravenscroft.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2008
I am a Ravenscroft graduate and have 3 boys in the lower school. My husband and myself have lived in the states of MS, TX, and FL and have put our children in the 'best' independent schools in the cities we lived in. I can tell you none are as good as Ravenscroft. My husband is a cardiothoracic surgeon in the area,needless to say we have high academic standards. Our sons are not at the top of their class but I can tell you when there is a concern you hear from teachers, counslers early on (Sept vs Jan) and they come to you with facts not opions. Ravenscroft indroduced my children to arts, music (violin in K), and public speaking every year beginning in pre-K. Ravenscroft is great. The parent that seemed disappointed the grads went to local colleges should remember- UNC, NCSU, Duke, Davidson, WF, are among the best.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
I am a graduate of the school and also have a child attending the Lower School. Ravenscroft's faculty is outstanding, the administration responsive, and the extra-curricular programs are second to none in the Triangle. Academically, I feel confident that my child will receive the best possible education. Our tuition is money well spent!

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
Academcially great. Activities abundant-great soccer fields!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2005
My daughter transferred to Ravenscroft from public school for her last three years of high school, and now I want each of my grandchildren to be afforded the extraordinary, by today's standards, experience she had at this institution. The standards of excellence set there and the support to achieve those standards far surpassed any she had in the public environment. The school pays attention to many aspects of the child's development including academic, athletic, and community. I felt I was stepping back to the 'way it was' when I attended school. Further, the college counseling and support offer to her was without comparison. Through their guidance, she was able to attend Princeton and is now at Harvard Business School. I attribute her success to Ravenscroft, its outstanding faculty, and its devoted administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2005
I had my two sons in Ravenscroft. My youngest son was in middle and my oldest son in upper. My youngest son is very shy and didn't like to participate in alot of the activites or field trips. The teachers thought there was something wrong with my son and insisted he see a doctor. I was disgusted with the fact that I was told to send my child to a doctor by a teacher. There were several other problems as well which I won't get into. After only one year I called it quits and sent both my sons to another preparatory school in the area, were things are going great!

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
I have two kids in the school and have found the level of teacher involvement and concern to be quite strong, and the academics to be outstanding. I think the fine arts program is outstanding as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
I am very happy with the school. I have two children (upper and middle school) who are having great experiences. I do not believe you can find many schools anywhere that offer such outstanding academics, athletics and fine arts.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
I have had two children at Ravenscroft and found the lower school to be great, the middle school a disaster and the kids getting brattier each year. 50% of the middle school never moves up to the upper school and one class has over 40 openings in it. There are better schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2003
I have a junior and a freshman in Upper School at Ravenscroft. They have both attended school here since Kindergarten. This school is loving, academically challenging and offers both fine arts and team sports and other great outside activities. This is a very tight knit community. It is not a snobby prep school but rather a wonderful community that prides itself on the community service that all children are required to do from 6th through 12th grade. The campus is lovely and a new football field, tennis courts and other sports facilities are currently under construction. This school provides an excellent well rounded education and is worth the tuition of a private prep school.

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Ravenscroft School
7409 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC  27615
(919) 847-0900
Last modified Ravenscroft School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Ravenscroft School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top