I worked at this school as a teacher before transferring to another school district and eventually retiring. I was in total disbelief the first few weeks at this school after observing the inappropriate conduct displayed by the students in the classrooms and in the halls. I witnessed everything from fights to students setting fires in the restrooms. The majority of the students roam the halls and disturb the other classes, creating a chaotic environment. I very seldom observed any administrators in the hallways.
Many of the students cannot read, yet I never observed any administrators from the special services department in the classrooms to render any support. Everyone from the principal to the administrators at the district level work separately from each other therefore creating a very disorderly and disorganized atmosphere. I can thoroughly understand why this school district is at rock bottom on test scores in the state of South Carolina and will continue to do so. I am thrilled to be out of this school district.
This is a horrible school for students seeking a post secondary education. Most of the students at this school have poor academic and discipline records. My child was previously enrolled in schools in West Virginia and Florida. Needless to say, the schools in West Va and Florida were at least 5 years ahead of the Beaufort Jasper Academy For Career Excellence. There is a NOT a school for students trying to prepare for a future quality college education. However, if you like ghetto schools with a lot of cursing, lack of discipline, and unpopular administrations, then this is the school for you. Otherwise, if you happen to drive by this school, press the gas and keep driving! Do not stop!
I think ridgeland high school could use alot of improvements inside of the school. Everyone wants to be the princple around the school. Its hard to learn in class because of the other students who wants to act up, like they dont have any home training. If i had a choose of going to another school i would proudly be apart of an beufort county school, just to get a better edu.
What I've failed to witness is the lack of extra curricular activities. To me, everything is basically revolving around sports and the band. How about a drama club, book club, art program, etc. If they do have these programs, it needs to be advertised more to get more attention. Let's face it, there are a lot of students who are not interested in the sports field. So why not have programs in which all of the students can enjoy and be apart of.
I think they need to focus more on the education and dicipline rather than the cuteness in the media and the uniforms. The uniforms make some of the kids feel uncomfortable or like everyone is looking at them. They should be a little more loose with the uniforms and focus on making the education and decipline better. In my opinion they are just wanting to be more and more like Thomas Heyward Academy and they need to realize that they are a public school. Nobody cares if they have another color cami or tank top on underneith their shirts, and how about some casual days in the year...that would be nice. I do admit this year (2009-2010) they are more focused, so far, on the education. Thats what matters anyway. Keep improving...you getting up there!!
School has vastly improved over the course of three years. Test scores has gone up and more qualified teachers are employed in the district. I am happy to know that the qualifications of a substitute teacher has also been increased to a college degree or some college is required. For so long the district had been employing just about anyone with a pulse and I am happy to know that they've increased the bar for those who teach and impact our dear children. There is room for improvement but the school is on the right track.
The direction of the school district frightens me. Though two new facilities have been built, administration seems to not know what to do in terms leading the schools. In addition, with the influx of international teachers, faculty and staff don't have the student's best interest at hand. Serious overhaul needs to be done to the staff and administration, as well as a great deal of programs need to be offered to help this school/district perform to par standards.