Change. This year has been very challenging for parents, students and Schools and my son was one of those who was impacted. We live in a school district that does not have school choice. I was please to find an excellent charter school that has "variety". I felt that my son was being pushed to hard the first month of school but with the seasoned teachers, good academics and plenty of extras like Spanish, Art, Music, Gym, etc. I know that I found a great school. Richard Allen Prepatory school sincerely cares about their students and so do the teachers. I am very pleased with what I am seeing so far this school year and I am looking forward to a GREAT SCHOOL YEAR.
My daughter started this school for 5th grade this year and it has been a nightmare. The class sizes are to large - about 25 kids per class. Though the principal claimed that the class sizes were smaller. The children have no textbooks plus they gave the parents a list of supplies that they (the children don't even use). The classes are overrun with children with behavior problems. There is no consistency with homework - some teachers give it and others don't. They claim to have something called D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) - it does not exist. The children were suppose to get lockers that has not happened either. The school is not use to have working parents therefore they refuse to share a list of afterschool programs. I saw one afterschool program pick up a kid one day and she told me she charged over $400 to pick this kid up. I asked the kid what he does there and he said nothing because it is a babysitting service. My husband and I are looking another school for our daughter and are praying that she can moved this year even if we have to do Catholic School. Do not put your kid at Richard Allen Prep. They won't learn anything but how to not act. Good Luck!
RAPCS is NOT a school that focuses on student success or achievement. I taught at this school for one year and was extremely disappointed at how this school was run. The administration cares more about their reputation than the well-being of their teachers or students. There were teachers that genuinely cared about the students who were asked to not return. There is no accountability or consequences for students' behaviors, which is extremely unfair to the students who do want to learn. Even if teachers enforce the rules and codes of conduct, without the support of the administration, there is only so much that can be done. Their after school program is also poorly run and often times were like a baby sitting service rather than an academic program like they said it was. If I am a parent, I will definitely think twice before I send my child to this school! The administration puts on a great show in front of the parents, but what really goes on is not the real picture!
This school keep getting better and better. It should be a high school too because my kids do not want to leave.
Richard Allen is a great school. My son attends this school and he just loves it. The teachers care about the student and do their best. The school is so great that i told my friend about it and she sent two of her kids there and the like it very much
My child attended this school 2 years ago and we left because of the attitudes with some of the staff. I heard that things were better and we came back. My son is doing great . The teachers are good and the school feels different. They have really made a change and my child is happy. I wish he could stay after this year.
LAST YEAR THE SCHOOL HAD MANY PROBLEMS. THIS YEAR THE SCHOOL HAS REALLY MADE THINGS BETTER. TEACHERS ARE BETTER AND THERE ARE MORE PGRAMS AT THE SCHOOL. THIS IS NOW A GREAT SCHOOL.
I was visiting this school with a parent of a child that attended last school year. I saw parents upset at the school for not notifying them about meetings they needed to attend for their child to remain at the school for fall 2010. The staff was rude, not helpful, and talked to the parents like they all were wrong.
Last year was my daughter's first year at this school. In her old school she was treated like a number. At richard allan she's treated like part of a family. Her teacher was new, but he cared if she did her work and how she was doing. The school needs to get better in some areas like letting parents know about dates and information, but the parents have to take a bigger part too. I wouldn't choose any other school for my child.
I think the school is great, Ive attended the parent meetings and trust me, its not the school. The parents are the problem!! they place judgment on everyone but themselves which is sad because their kids are reflection of them!! Anyway the admin staff is really down to earth and very informative, there are a few teachers who i'm not to sure about but others are nice and helpful. I would really rate the school at a 3.5 but these reviews are untrue to the real view of the schools structure so i'm going to give it a 5 because they deserve it.
My son went to this school last year. I couldn' t wait for the school year to end. The head of the school Mr. Jones is rude and not approachable. The teachers have liitle concern about student progress because their absenteeism was deplorable. Choose another school!!!!!!!!!!
Two of my kids graduated from this school and one is there now. She likes the school, but some teachers are better than others. The school has worked to get rid of ghetto staff and my kids have gone to good high schools. Parents and teachers need to work together. Administration should be seen more. The still have work but are doing good.
I agree with the other parents who posted about the administrative staff. Most of them are very unprofessional and not equipped to run a school or teach our children. The staff there flirts with the parents like they are on the street. My child has an facebook and myspace page and when on several of the staff members page. All I can say I am glad this will be my child's last year there. The staff needs to remember that they are role models and students look up to them.
I am closing out my fourth year with RAPCS and I must say I am happy it is over. Year after year they make promises but often fall short. The staff turnover is way too high. The administrative staff are unprofessional. They have a new sturcture but I feel is worse than ever. I hope that they work harder to be a great school.
Richard Allen suffers from a lack of school culture. This school has potential to be great but the administration is clearly not equipped to run the school.
I am a student at Richard Allen, and I am very happy to be saying I am going too graduate from this school. I've been here since my 6th frade year, and I have to say it was quite a school. Being a student oringinally from Connectcut this would have to be one of the most unsatifactory schools I've ever been to start with the students. T he school has very poor diversity. With me dealing with the students hear it has been the worst experience ever I would have to say the kids act very uneducated. Students skip class and also very disructive. The teachers are ok but they could be better at their standards. The sckool itself is beautiful and i did have fun at richard allen i just wish things could be better expessially with the students. Bullying is also an issue even the 5th graders are terrible.
I have two children that graduated and one whom is just starting. i think this is a great school with an excellent curriculum. they are organized and very discipline. i can review my childs daily activies in realtime on the web. the only issue is the cost of the uniforms . i believe the person who decied to enforce these particular uniforms has not considered the fact of parents being in a recession as well. Flynn & Ohara are expensive to start but when you are giving us no alternatives to save money that is rediculous. i understand purchasing the embroidered sweaters and vest, but to enforce the skirts and dress pants come from there which are about $40.00 that is an issue. what about parents that have 4 and 5 kids in the same home or have gotten laid off.
The school lacks structure, discipline, organization and leadership. They don't have a parent teacher association in place. The children eat lunch too late. The secretary looks unprofessional and the children are out of control before and afterschool. I would not recommend u send your child here. It can possibly be a good school if they work out the kinks it will take a few years before they are ready to run a exceptional school they are a work in progress.
Good school. They provide training and support. Leadership needs to be consistent, but teachers are supported have tools to teach.
Poor leadership. School cares about money coming in. Teachers left to fend for themselves with little to no support.
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