I do not feel that this school employs discipline that is a logical consequence for an action. Their arsenol consists of suspending recess or suspending the child from school. Exteme and lacks creativity.
There seems to be a serious lack of communication between teachers and parents at this school. If you elevate your concerns to the principal, she backs her teachers 100%. This is not always a bad thing, but she does so with a condescending tone. Unfortunately, there is a such thing as being in a job too long. You can become burned out and not be motivated to do your best work. This seems to be a common theme at this school. This is our second school year, and maybe our last, at Indian Riffle. Thankfully, Kettering allows you to attend any school in their district.
My 5 year old son loved going to preschool here this last school year ('14- '15) His teacher and the office staff were always friendly and helpful. His teacher was Mrs. P. We cannot say enough good things about her! I've never seen a teacher care so much for each student, helping them feel comfortable in her care and to succeed. She goes out of her way to involve parents, keep you informed of their progress and classroom activities, etc. We couldn't have asked for a better first teacher for our son. He liked the literacy lunch they did, which allows the students to dress up as their favorite book character and encourages reading with your child. The preschool playground is right at the front of the school. It's fenced in for safety, but still allows you to watch your child play at the end of their day, if you like. A classroom newsletter was sent home weekly that informed you of what the students learned that week, along with upcoming important events and dates. A binder is kept of each child's progress throughout the year. Their artwork is sent home in their backpack. My son also really looked forward to it being his turn to be the special helper, who gets to talk about that day's weather, day of the week, and letter of the day. Overall, I would recommend this school to others and would highly recommend Mrs. P. for a preschool teacher.
My daughter is a little chatty. I had warned her teacher Mrs. O'Brien at IRE that sitting her next to the girl she did was a bad idea. She got in trouble for talking and now has to sit behind the teacher's desk facing the wall indefinitely. They have better treatment in prison. This teacher has no patience and should not be there teaching. The principal has her back 100% though (Mrs. Debbie Beiter). There are definitely better schools in the Kettering area. When living in Kettering you can send your child to any school in their district.
My daughter completed kindergarten at Indian Riffle last year and I was very impressed with their ability to teach children at different levels and abilities. My daughter was very advanced at reading and they were able to keep her challenged and not bored. At the same time I saw the teachers giving extra help before school to the children that needed the extra help with flash cards,etc. I was grateful that they were able to bring out so much for my shy little girl and make her love going to school and being more social. They embraced each child's differences and worked with them in positive ways. It is a great place for children to learn and the kids enjoy learning along the way
IRE is a great school. Staff adn teachers are always willing to help. The after school daycare is a wonderful atmosphere in which the supervisors are well educated and emotionally involved with every single student. Its a wonderful school and a wonderful district to send your child to.
My son was extremely apprehensive about starting school. From kindergarten on, every teacher he has had was wonderful! My oldest son just graduated and received a note from his 5th grade teacher who remembered him as a 'smiley kid'. If you ask me, all the teachers and staff at Indian Riffle are amazing, and I am so very proud of them.
Great teachers and staff. At first I didn't know if I would like the school because it seemed somewhat older and was under repairs when my son started, but he really enjoyed his teachers and they committed a lot of one on one time to him. They also seemed to encourage a lot of parent teacher child relations which helped us see what we needed to do in helping our son be successful.