My oldest two children have gone to RBCS for five years. I also have my youngest now enrolled now as well. The school is fairly decent in dealing with my oldest and my youngest, but I have had the worst experience with the school and their approach to addressing my middle child's special needs. I won't go into detail in case staff checks this website as to not cause additional issues for my children, but I am very disappointed with the school's response to child's needs. From what I know of the school in the past, it seems that there has been a significant decline in the school overall. I still have my children in the school because I want to keep them stable and I'm hoping that things will improve, but I cannot say that I would recommend this school to others.....
There have been some challenges the past few years - but I am extremely hopeful that Mr. Goodwin will turn things around as well as the Head of School. Last year you could cut the tension with a knife. This year I can see and feel a more refreshing atmosphere. My daughter loves learning, her teacher is wonderful - I find everyone helpful. I believe in this school. We hit a few bumps but they are all getting smoothed out. My hope is that when 7th and 8th grade roll around that we are able to get those grades added.
I want to thank Ms. Webb. She is caring, loving and very approachable. I'd like to thank Mr. Santiago for keeping my daughter safe every morning. He is a delight to see each and every morning greeting me with a good morning and have a blessed day. I appreciate Mr. Goodwin making his presence known. I see him with the children. I could not even tell you what the last principle looked like...To me knowing Mr. Goodwin and seeing how is he with the children makes me feel really good that he was chosen. Thank you Ms. Web, Mr. Santiago and Mr. Goodwin.
Cassie Harris Parent to Naomi Harris
I never thought that I would be saying something negative about a facility that I use to believe in. I once believed in their style of learning (Expeditionary Learning, which has become weak by the way) and love what they provided for my children foundationally. My daughter, who is now 17, started there when she was four years old. She had some of the most talented teachers who were not afraid to challenge students and instill dignity, hope, inspiration and excitement in their learning. My daughter has moved on and I have my youngest child there, who is getting ready to graduate and he has overcome many obstacles within his school and I can see how different he is treated in relation to how his sister was treated. Over time, I have seen constant turnover rate. Inconsistent implementation of administrative rules. I have seen 7 principles, plenty of teachers and support staff come and go. Frankly, It's been a mess and it has definitely changed. If you decide to go to this school, please investigate other options as well. The school is nothing like it used to be. Remember, All that glitters is not gold. Check their ratings and look at the trends of the test scores.
If you are thinking of sending your child to school here, RUN. Inflexible, irrational administration, constant staffing changes, ridiculous policies. They seem determined to make kids hate going to school.
My daughter just turned 4 in April, she was selected in the lottery. Her father and I were so please because early childhood education is imperative to our children's future. School has only been in a few weeks and we see such growth in Naomi already. She wants to learn, she wants to sit in her special table to sit and do her homework. She strives to do everything well so that Mr. Ivery will be happy. This school hands down is giving Naomi a wonderful start to her educational journey. I am please to be apart of the RBCS family!
well this will be my son first year at russell byers but just hearing different stories and talking to staff im excited as well as my son ...the teachers /student ratio is great and they offer great after school programs too..and the concience of a school bus...we cant wait til the year begins ..i also have another son who is currently in the 3rd grade and didint get in ..but we are quite sure now that his brother is in we should beokay...thumbs up to russell byers and two thumbs up to a great school year
My children started Russell Byers in 4k, my last child is just graduating..While I was sort of satisfied with the progress of my children there, the teaching was average to say the least. The staff turnover is too much, and the student, teacher diversity is lacking..I appreciate the dedication of some of the staff, but the leadership has a lot to be desired..They deal fine with perfect students but lack in areas of dealing with problem students, which spills over into other areas of the school. They dont always follow the rules that they put in place fairly, which causes division with the student population. I wish there was a different approach to dealing with some things...I would have recommended RBCS a few years ago, but not today...Its the same as the public school at this point..Pretty building but lacking in substance....
My daughters attend RBCS. I love the school. The care and attention is wonderful. We were blessed to get in first time around in the lottery. My 5th and 2nd graders are safe and cared for. I hope they are able to expand to 7th and 8th grade. Moving them from private to charter was a big step, that I am glad we made.