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Roxboro Middle School4
Posted December 16, 2013
- a parent
My eighth grade daughter has gone here for all three years and has had a great experience. The technology in the classroom, including the iPads, leads to new, unexpected learning, just like any other new tool, and present challenges. The teachers have the ability to monitor each student's online activity in real-time and correct behavior if necessary. The racial and socio-economic mix at the school, we feel, is a benefit, not a problem, and makes my children much more open-minded and aware. The flight of upper-middle class children to private schools is frustrating and skews test scores and classroom make-up, but happens in most similar schools. The gifted program teachers and extra-curricular activities, especially music, are amazing. Cleveland Heights also has the challenge of a very transient population, with a high change rate of students entering and leaving the school due to parents moving into and out of the school district. The community just passed a school bond issue to renovate all of the middle schools and the high school over the next five years which will help a lot.
Mr McNichols the principal is really dedicated, effective and responsive. The IB program is allowing the students to all work at their highest potential. Our high achieving daughter is doing very well, (23 out of 25 ACT in 8th grade), orchestra/band instruction & performance is outstanding. Lots of extras like honors classes, Chinese, sports, clubs and so on. This is in no way an inner city school. The demographics are imbalanced bc of all the parents who put their kids in private school when there are "too many black kids". Don't let those test scores be the only criteria!
My 8th grade student at Roxboro has phenomenal teachers this year. Both English and Geometry classes meet for a double period allowing teachers to spend time with kids individually in addition to the traditional lecture. The English reading list includes classics written by Steinbeck and Shakespeare as well as current books such as Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. The academic standards are very high this year. Most teachers are available before and after school for kids who need special help. The grade books are online, so parents can keep up with current grades at all times. In addition to rigorous academics, Roxboro promotes qualities of independence and competitiveness. An economically diverse environment teaches kids that not everyone starts at the same place in life. My daughter appreciates what our family provides and knows she needs to work hard to get to the next level. I'm proud of Roxboro!
Severe Disciplinary problems ana classroom chaos with little real learning going on anymore. Just crowd control. Has really gone down hill in last few years. If you have a high achieving student, do not even consider.
My daughter received a great deal of personal attention from the staff and had a wonderful experience attending this school. The staff works in teams with three academic levels. Students can easily move up, or down, a level at any time, as needed. There is a foreign language program beginning in 6th grade. The insturmental music program is outstanding. The orchestra sounds better than most HS orchestras. The Roxboro Enrichment Arts Program, sponsored by parents, provides funds for an annual Jazz Week, school musical and artist residencies for each grade level. The Rocket Zone in the library has state of the art technology. There is a full athletic program beginning in seventh grade. Do not be fooled by seemingly low test scores. This school serves a diverse population and all students stand to gain much by attending Roxboro.
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