I think that the E2020 program should've been tested more before bringing it to Prep. There always seems to be computer issues and leaves the students with not being able to complete their assignments. I think that there needs to be another alternative to learning when the computers are not functioning properly.
In the High School - an experiment gone awry - too many unfulfilled promises, too few teachers, and a total lack of leadership. The blended learning environment treated students as guinea pigs and teachers as expendable; in my eyes as a parent it was a massive failure.
This school is horrible dont come here even if it is your last option homeschool the kids.
My school is (Rocky Mount Prep) and it has to be the worst school in the history of education. I'm a junior here and I already know for sure I'm going to be in summer school for at least 2 classes. The blended learning program has been the worst idea ever thought up. If it wasn't for the athletics and the way my credits are I wouldn't be here. To be honest with you, jail is better than coming here. I advise everyone to never even think about attending this school. -I am a student
My school is Rocky Mount Prep and it is falling apart. Teachers are not being respected in class rooms, Lab is loud and uncontrolled and academics are not cared for. I believe they should have tested Blended Learning on a smaller group of people before they made everyone follow it. Then they would have been able to seek the kinks of it. Students don't care about doing work on the computer. The only reason the computer used is to unblock sites, so they can get on Facebook and twitter. Then everyone is rushing at the end of the year to finish their courses. You also have teachers who have not been to school in weeks and students need their help. Everyone can't learn on a computer. How can you add math online and not have an explanation for it. Right now I would not recommend that students send their children here just yet.
I would not recommend Rocky Mount Preparatory School to any parent. My 2 children currently attend this school. On 4/22/13, my son mentioned that the computer lab instructor had the high school students line up and gave them 3 options. They haven't had an Algebra teacher for part of the school year. They were told to decide whether they would keep the course, take it in summer school, or take it next year. I still haven't received any notification from the school. When do they plan on notifying the parents? Are you telling me that 85% to 90% of the high school class will be in summer school because the school has failed to teach the students? Since when children have the authority to make these forms of decisions. My child will not make that decision. This is my decision to make as a parent. The couple of high school teachers that still remain do not help the children succeed and do not help them understand the course work. The high school students sit in front of computers all day long, every day. This is definitely not an effective way of learning. I am greatly disappointed with the direction this school has taken and this E2020 program.
I think that the school is a great all-around school, with a great education system. Now that they have the new head-master their doing a new learning program called "Blended learning.". The school is really trying to pull it out and I think that they are doing an awesome job!
RMPS has some very fine educators, but these are far and few between. The hiring and retaining of incompetent and unqualified staff is frustrating and highly reflective in the declining test scores and high rate of staff and student turn around. We felt that there was a very poor moral amongst the staff and the headmaster seamed oblivious to this. On many occasions he seemed out of touch and arrogant. Our children no longer attend RMPS and for many sound reasons.
RMPS is currently under Title I sanctions and in the restructuring process for consistently having low test scores. The headmaster did not notify the parents or teachers of this and kept this information hidden until he could no longer do so. The school climate is unhealthy because of the fear that the headmaster's actions create.
The elementary school is very nurturing and supportive. We moved our 1st grader to the prep school after he had difficulty at a school that is considered one of the best in the region. The prep school has been a much better fit. The teachers are hardworking and caring. My son has had an excellent year and he looks forward to school again.
Staff is top-notch; the school is safe, and effort is made to ensure all kids are treated equally!
I am a member of the first graduating class of RMPS, currently a senior at UNC Greensboro. My time at Rocky Mount Prep was not without its rough times but the overall atmosphere was great. I always had great teacher interaction with personalized help. I am still in touch with many of my former teachers. While the high school lacked extra-curriculars that other schools had, there were other things to do. I was involved in the yearbook and newspaper clubs, as well as a part-time job off of campus. However, the best thing RMPS did for me was to allow me the chance to take college courses through Nash Comm. College my junior and senior years. Because of that help, I am graduating early this December. It is possible to finish college in four years, especially with help from your high school.
This school system have provided the education process for my great-granddaughter to get off to a great start. She was ready for the learning process and this was the only system to provide her that opportunity to start. She was ready after being in the childcare system since six weeks old until age three years. It was at that age she returned home for sixteen months and her skills were re-enforced daily with computer enforcement of learning software for her age. She have been an honor student from day one and should continue with parental involvement along with her teachers instructions. Keep up the good work. I am blessed that the students are uniformed since we are on a fixed income. Being a retired great-grandparent, it makes life more affortable for both of us.
There is NO other tuition-free school anywhere in the tri-county area that I would even consider enrolling my kids. I especially appreciate the discipline and uniform policies. It is a school where the parents are EXPECTED to assist with their children's learning. The school focuses more on learning than on the extra curricular activities that are so common in many public schools. The staff have been especially helpful with my children's unique health and learning issues. No school is perfect but this is a good school from kindergarten through graduation.
This school has provided everything I wanted for my daughter's education. The staff has been supportive and the direct instruction seems to be working well. My only negative would be computers & foreign language in elementary school. So far there has been very little exposure.
I think Rocky Mount Prep is a great school. If you're unsure about the public schools in the Edgecombe/Nash school districts, then I would seriously consider sending your child to this school. This school is K-11, and will soon be through 12. They do a great job of keeping older kids and younger ones seperated by having seperate buildings for the different age groups. I feel that the safety of the school is also very good.
I have 2 children already attending and 1 more starting next year. I would recommend the school to any parents looking for a good education at a great school.
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