Richland Northeast High School is an outstanding school with great students, faculty and staff. I have visited this campus many times. Each time I am greeted with warmed and great hospitality. It is the perfect learning environment for any student. The academic and athletic offerings are second to none.
RNEHS recently received an International Baccalaureate World School status, quite a prestigious undertaking, from what I understand of the program. Encouraging, but since my child is a freshman, I don't have much experience with the school yet. My first impressions are that, although the buildings are a bit worn out looking, there have been efforts to make physical improvements and there are devoted students, staff and parents to oversee maintaining school spirit, too. The parking lot has been redone, the media center has been renovated, the athletic field is receiving a facelift. The teachers seem dedicated and intelligent, the principal involved and visible. There are several magnet programs here, but I was one of few parents who showed for the "regular" track classes on Open House night. I think the school is aware of its challenges and is taking action. Also, the school improvement council has received top honors for its work. What concerns me is that the school sits in the middle of a neighborhood with considerable crime after the sun goes down. I wouldn't venture in after dark, yet my child walks to and from 5 days a week. Not ideal.
Richland Northeast has been the best experience of my life. I can honestly say if I had the option, I would not go to any other school. Our teachers truly care about each and every student and are involved in our lives. We just recently have been certified as an International Baccalaureate school and have many awesome magnet programs. Our journalism program is one of the best in the nation with a state of the art studio for broadcast students. Not only is Richland Northeast the best in the district, it is the best in the state and I'd say nation. It is impossible for me to over exaggerate how great this school is. We are a Cavalier family and every student has a niche to which they belong. It's a great school, and you'd be crazy not to go here.
I love RNE! I came from a private school, and many of my friends thought I was crazy for switching schools, but I love RNE! The teachers have such an amazing impact on the students.They have taught me so much about life and about the subject matter they are teaching. We have a new principal, but she is doing a great job so far. The administration is very helpful. I feel as though I can talk to them anytime. Also we have a great track record of sending kids to good schools. Last year we had graduates go to Princeton, Dartmouth, Emory, Davidson, Duke, USC Honors, and get accepted to UVA, Tulane, and many more. I feel as though all the great things about RNE are not published in the newspaper. Don't listen to people who talk badly about RNE because most of them have never even been here. We have an overwhelming amount of community and school spirit. Also we have the most AP courses available in the state of South Carolina. There are a few bad kids, but I have found everyone to be extremely nice and caring towards each other. We also had our facilities redone and they are amazing! I'm sad to be leaving this school. My advice would be to check out our Cavalier family!!
Teachers are great. Administration does not control the disruptive students. When a disruptive student gets sent to an administrator, the student gets a slap on the wrist and gets sent back to class. Gangs have significant influence. Good teachers and substitutes who try to teach the students get forced out of their jobs by the administration. I would not send my child to this school.
Richland Northeast is an incredible school! The teachers are very caring and it offers so many fantastic programs most schools can't offer. The Academics are great, the Arts program is wonderful and they also offer outstanding journalism and computer programs. As a student who had to leave Richland Northeast for another school I have found how rare a school like this is. The Horizon program has really prepared me for college and through the Palmetto Center for the Arts program I have been able to develop a wonderful talent I would otherwise not have had the opportunity for.
Teachers make this school. Unfortunately, due to the state not supporting pubic education we have lost some our best teachers. Te school also suffers from a student population containing too many bad apples. These students do not care about their education and parent involvement is zero. Students see no consequences and there are gang issues. Richland Northeast could regain its 'world-class' status by enforcing discipline and not allowing expelled students to re-enroll for at least 2 semesters and on at least a 2 semester probation. The school needs to add a dean of discipline and find a custodial staff that cares about the school--not just about their contract. The school needs to reach out to the nearby military for support and encourage parent to apart of RNH as much as their children.
My son is graduating this year. He's had a top notch education, thanks to highly capable, intelligent teachers and a warm, open atmosphere. What a wonderful school!
Teachers make this school operate-those that care. Unfortunately the school suffers from a student population of bad apples (about 40%) who choose not to care about their education care and parent involvement is near zero. Also too many expelled students are allowed to re-enroll- students see no consequences. And there are gang issues. The school could easily regain its 'glory' by enforcing disciplinary punishments and making expelled students wait 2 full semesters before being considered for re-enrollement. Add a dean of discipline to the administrator staff as well as a custodial staff that care about the school--not just a contract. And come up with ways for every parent to want to be at RNH as much as their children.
I am a student at RNE, and though there is a somewhat high number of students in gangs, I wouldn't go to a different school. We have an excellent journalistic program as well as quality performing arts. Most teachers know what they are doing, though a few could care less. Change for the better is always happening. The principal is extraordinarily nice. As far as safety and discipline, there is no way that you can protect against all crime without turning it into a prison. We have a few resource officers near the school as well as about 7 administrators. Overall I would say that this school is a better choice than the competing schools surrounding it.
Good: Only top 1000 high schools in region #758. School facilities (1978) have been revamped in science, art, and media center. Their Palmetto Center for the Arts is a 2005 Kennedy Center creative ticket winner. District spending mass money at RNHS to increase learning, decrease poor PR. Also a big 2005 Federal Grant was awarded. Athletics. Teachers make this school operate. Bad: School suffers from overt transitional student population who don't care, nill parent involvement. Particular faculty allowed to build kingdoms in their departments and do not share teaching workload. Allows many expelled students to re-enroll making discipline problems. Some gang issues. Improvements: Disciplinary punishments not severe enough, ignored by students. Need more administrators, more custodians needed. Projection: RNHS just as good as the other 3 HS in the district (SV,BHS,RVHS) but is slandered by city newspaper and other enrollment zone teachers and observing parents who don't know the schools vices.
RNE offers alot of wonderful activities, but there is just too much gang activity. Kick out the riff-raff and it would be 100% better. My two daughters are naive and want to see the best in everyone and sometimes they put their faith in the wrong people. It really scares me the people they have to encounter on a day to day basis. I wish my kids didn't have to go there. I would pull them out in a minute if I could. It is such a large school too that nobody knows you. There is no personal touch, which we are not used to. It is hard for kids that are shy to flourish when there is sooo much of everything.
I am writing this as a past student and sibling of a present student that attends RNE. The reviews on this school that i have seen are only half truths. Lets take into consideration that gang activity is very high. All though there are few teachers that actually care about working and helping the students. The majority of the teachers dont care if their students pass or fail. The principal is rarely around. RNE i can say have a few things going for them but your cant have a post with just people saying one thing.
RNE is an extraordinary school. It offers a breadth and depth of academics that no other school in the Midlands can match at all levels. It is well run. It seems that the administration and faculty are always looking for innovative ways to make education more exciting. Just as important, the students look happy to be there. Two of my sons have graduated and gone on to great success in college - they were very well prepared by the teachers at RNE.
My daughter recently attended to Richland Northeast High School! She then had to be transferred to another high school because we moved and because of her behavior. Although she had excellent grades, her behavior was still bad. She didn't realize until she left that Richland Northeast what a great school. The teachers taught, the surroundings were better, a better environment for her to learn was at Richland northeast High. She would tell me those things all of the time. She would complain to me all the time about how she wanted to go back, but I would tell her that she missed out. So I think Richland Northeast is a great school because my daughter still talks about it until this day.
Both of my children have had a very positive experience and they are two very different people.the school does a good job of getting all the students actively involved.
This school provides a variety of activities and academic options for students. My son attended 4 years and enjoyed it. He is now a freshmen in college and well prepared!
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