I am a parent of two children at different elementary schools in the same district and both are very good- we are fortunate to be in such a strong district. I have to say that there is something special about Rohrerstown- possibly because it hosts a wonderfully diverse student body in a generally relatively homogenous school district. The principal is strong and exhibits great leadership-- she has a focus on character education as well as academics, and values/respects/celebrates the diversity of the student body. The staff is getting quite strong at differentiated education for the range of needs the children have-- and there are a range of needs. To supplement differentiated education, the school, and the district, have excellent special needs and special interest programs. The arts are also very strong- with passionate music and art teachers that motivate and engage even the toughest kids! Hats off to the Rohrerstown administration, faculty and staff for being so committed to special community they serve.
Rohrerstown is a great school. It is part of Hempfield school District which is an absolutely wonderful! After having some learning problems, my daughter recieved the best help. They really care about their students and keep the parents well informed. All the staff is very supportive and wonderful to deal with.
There are some good teachers and decent leadership, but there is little room for creativity or development of character. Recess is a free for all with 3 teachers watching over 3 or more grades at a time (some 200 plus kids)! Little communication from the teachers unless pursued by the parents, and ridgid grade expectations, even when the child's ability is above those expectations. Far from ideal.
Principal cares, but there is not much effectiveness when it comes to the safety of our kids. There are a lot of bullies. Educational staff did a great job, but there is room for improvement in the reading support group and their attitudes. We're moving, and I won't really miss it.
This year the children will enjoy a newly constructed Rohrerstown. The building is beautiful. Teachers are absolutely the best and I feel great that my children attend this school. The knowledge base of children is unbelievable, even in the early grades. There are numerous disadvantaged children who do attend; however, and occassionally I feel that teachers don't have enough assistance with these students, leaving less time for others. Computers/media are plentiful and children are very computer literate. A wonderful place to grow up!
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