When my elder kiddo went to Rutledge, the rating was 9 or so, With my younger kiddo, I see the ratings dropping, and now (Sep 2015), I see the rating is 7.
Couple of things I can think of :
1. The principal who left end of last year, may not have been that academically focused. He was good in fund raising etc. The new principal seems more academically focused, so we should see better ratings soon.
2. Rutledge was an early adopter in Stephen Covey's Leader-In-Me program, and kids may have spent lot of time on that. I am impressed when my young one uses principles like"First Things First" or "Think Win-Win" during real life situations. So, I am not saying we should cut back on the Leader-In-Me; what I am saying is that the academic rating that is shown on Greatschools may not tell the whole story, and may be the Leader-In-Me kids will be better citizens/leaders of tomorrow than those 9 and 10 rated school's kids who didn't spend this much time on leadership programs.
As a parent and teacher, we have always loved our time at Rutledge. The teachers, parents and principal are all very involved and provide a great environment for the kids to thrive.
Leander ISD does not create a crazy competitive environment that causes children to hate school and burnout, instead its a right balance of fun and education
Rutledge is a great school and we've had our kids here for almost 4 years. The staff and students are great and make for an enriching environment.
Its really sad to see Rutledge rated as a 7 in Great Schools, mainly because the ratings are derived from the STAAR tests and if you have a bunch of kids that are bad test takers, it really drops the rating of the school.
Its really unfortunate that a school of this quality has to be measured by a single test.
This the worst school you can ever get your kids to. They really don't care about your kid. They hire teachers who lack compassion. They are not welcoming for new kids. If your kid is good enough and know what they think he/ she was supposed to know and generally nice kid, he will e left by himself. My kid has been ignored because he is well behaved and knows all his stuff. Even if you go and talk to the trencher or the principal, they will do nothing to help your kid succeed. They lack the tools and knowladge.
My kid didn't learn a thing since he started going to rutledge elementary, horibble and terrible school.
Extremely disappointing and an average school. We took our kid out of the mediocrity. No care is taken for k8ds who are academically advanced and their PACE Maths and English program is unsatisfactory.
We are in our 4th year at Rutledge and love it! The teachers and administration have a passion for teaching and ensuring our children receive the best overall learning experience. Avery Ranch offers a very tight knit community and this definitely spills over into the school and the parent involvement. There is a very active PTA that takes pride in doing all they can to add value to the school. The building is always very clean and well cares for. Our family is very pleased with the experience this school is offering our children.