School is way over crowded, with not enough consistency. I never seem to know which days are PE, Technology etc. Old principal didn't do Sh#t when my child was being bullied, this went on for the whole year. In K she had the most awesome teacher. So far 1st grade her new teacher is good. I hear the school is going to loose a few million in funding next year. So it is only going to get worse. I won't volunteer because I don't want to do scut work. I want to work with the kids.
You won't volunteer because you don't want to do "scut" work?! WHAT?! First of all, I have a college degree and a professional job and I VOLUNTEER. To say that volunteering is beneath you and then to complain about the school is absolutely idiotic and ridiculous. You are either part of the solution or part of the problem. You sound like the latter. The school is going to LOSE funding (not loose - one of those pesky spelling words kids learn in, oh 2nd grade...) - all schools are in Oregon! If you aren't happy about that, vote to pass the levy to increase taxes for schools. As far as bullying goes, the school takes that very seriously. I don't believe for one minute that your child was bullied and the school ignored it. No way. If you were an involved, active participate in the school, as all parents should be, you would be able to ensure a good academic experience for your children. Those who do the least, complain the most. They expect the rest of us to do the work for them. I work and I volunteer. Do I have better things to do with my time? Yes. But I volunteer because I care about my kids' success. So should you.
Unfortunately, I do not recommend this school. This school is under a lot of stress with lack of quality teachers (some teachers complain and don't want to be there) and specialists. It changes principals every two years. They do not have a Peace Builder motto or anything in place to cut off bullying in the early stages. After bringing the issue of bullying to the counselors ,teachers' and even the principal attention, we were shocked at the lack of action taken. Because the bully's and their volunteer parents are teachers' pets.. absolutely nothing has been done. My child is counting down the days for school to be over. This school is inconsistent and lacks vision of any kind. Your child's education is a luck of the draw, depending on the teacher your child gets. The teachers do not work together very well. They leave the newer teachers out so they don't know what's going on. REALLY BAD! Extremely disappointed. Class sizes so large. But the bigger issue, if your child is sweet and susceptible to bullying, don't send them here.
Nancy Ryles is a great school except for a few things.For starters, the class sizes are ridiculously big. Secondly, the new principal is awful. She doesn't listen or seem to care about the kids in any way. I have had a some run ins with her and so have a few other parents that I know. She is matter-of-fact about issues that are presented to her and doesn't take them seriously, which is offensive to the parent. She has a "I know everything and I don't really care to listen to you" attitude. Hopefully she will be replaced next school year. The teachers that my son have had so far (he's in first grade now) have both been wonderful.
Nancy Ryles used to be an excellent school when my older child attended. Now I am disappointed in the bullying, class size, principal's lack of integrity, failure to teach basic writing and a few burned out staff members. There are a lot of parent volunteers. Many of these volunteers need to learn about confidentiality.
My son just started grade K with Nancy Ryles in August 2011. He loves his class and his teacher. It is a beautiful school with kind and caring staff. He is learning a lot and loves to tell me how he spent his day learning. The parent group is very involved and gives all parents an opportunity to participate. You get out what you put in and it is a rewarding experience for our entire family.
This school is Awesome...my child has been attending nancy ryles for the last 5 years...teachers are ever so wonderful to my child and go above and beyond to help and make sure she succeeds in everything she does. Which one other review thinks having high expectations for your child is a bad thing...you should be honored that they do have such high expectations for our children...I want my kids to exceed in everything they do. School is always number 1 in life and they should always do and be there best! Yes about some of the mothers there they can be stuck up a bit but why should we care what they are doing and act like we are not in grade school. It's about the kids not us making friends. Just put a smile on your face and kill them with kindness!
A great school with a great staff!!! An extraordinary place to learn a lot!!!
I believe this School is a '10'! Great Staff, Great Principal and Great Students! Overall I think its the best! So happY!!
My three children attended Nancy Ryles during our two years in Oregon. The teachers went above and beyond the call of duty and really tried to meet each child's individual needs. There was good parent/teacher communication and my input was valued. Parent participation at the school is welcome. There were many additional programs which enriched the children's learning such as fitness (Miles for Smiles), science (school wide science fair), art (art literacy), geography (passport club), etc. I truly felt that my children left Nancy Ryles more prepared for further education, with greater social skills and moral integrity.
My children have attended Nancy Ryles for the past 5 years, and I have been consistently happy with the quality of education and the welcoming atmosphere at the school. Parent involvement is high,and both staff and volunteers work hard to create a positive learning environment where all students are challenged according to their ability.
As far as academics Nancy Ryles like other schools in the district exceeds expectations. However, our experience at this school has been unfavorable for several reasons. A good deal of the parents, and parent-led groups, are clique-ish. It is admirable that the parent involvement is high, however, there's no other way to say it other than many of the moms act like sorority girls with the gossip and bickering amongst each other. The teachers are either loved or hated which isn't so uncommon really. The focus on physical health is admirable, but better music and arts programs would be appreciated as well. I believe the parents and staff feel they have set a high standard untouchable by other schools, when in fact the reputation this school is getting is 'you must succeed - or else'. In their quest to 'be the best', I believe they've lost sight of the children's feelings.
My daughter was one of Nancy Ryles students for more than two years (2000 and 2001). I can say that the professional leadership and professional teachers that the school enjoys has made it one of the most distinguished public schools in the area. Currently I am living overseas but I can proudly say that whenever I have the chance to go back to the US I won't hesitate bringing my children back to Nancy Ryles.
Nancy Ryles is a fabulous school. With great teachers and staff. My children have been attending for the last 2 years. The principle, teachers, and office staff are excellent. They care about the kids and I've been impressed with how each child is challenged based on their individual needs. The school has a strong commitment to not only teaching academics, but encourage the kids to be respectful,kind and learn to be 'peace- builders'. The only thing I have been disappointed with has been the fact that kindergarten is only a half day program. This year there has even been a once a week preschool program, which my youngest children have loved attending. With 4 kids, I have not personally volunteered at the school..but I know there is a great volunteer program for parents who have the opportunity to do so.
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