Lacks leadership and proper training for the staff. Many new and younger teachers need better leadership from the admin staff.
We really love the vibe at the elementary school. The principal is fabulous, such a friendly and communicative man. The teachers have all been wonderful and my son loves them. We have been at other schools in AISD (all central), including some charter schools and Ridgetop has by far been where we are all happiest. Please don't let school "ratings" and test scores confuse you, your neighborhood schools, like this one, NEED you (and your kids) and they deserve a chance. Dual language learning, strong PTA presence, organic gardening and art programs...A+
My daughter is finishing up her kindergarten year in the dual language program here, and we love it. It is a small school where everyone knows everybody, and feels like a real community. The prinicpal is great, the teachers are great, the staff is great, I just can't say enough good things about this school.
Our daughter started kindergarten at Ridgetop last fall in the new dual language program. We have had a great experience, and strongly recommend Ridgetop to other families, especially those interested in having their kids learn two languages at an early age. Our daughter is shy, and she was very nervous about starting kindergarten. But after only a few days, she was loving her new teacher and friends, and she enjoys going to school every day. She is reading and writing in English and Spanish, and she speaks Spanish like a native speaker! The school is small, and it is a comfortable, welcoming place. We do not live nearby, but it has been worth the drive, and we are delighted with the results!
We love this school. Our daughter is enrolled in the Spanish/English dual language program. She enjoys the classroom environment - students in her program work together and learn to rely on each other and she is really learning to speak in Spanish! The administration and staff are excellent and create a welcoming environment for both students and their families. To me, this is what all schools should be like.
I have loved this school ever since I enrolled my oldest child that is now 8 and still attending Ridgetop. I now have 2 other kids going to that school. I love the staff they are so sweet and humble. It is small and they give each student one on one time to help them with there needs. They also have a YMCA program at the school so my kids stay there safe and i do not have to worry that they are driving from school to an after school program. I could just go on and on but I have not one bad thing to say about anyone or the school. I feel blessed that my kids attend such a great school.
Ridgetop is a small, family-friendly school. No students 'fall through the cracks' because the staff and the principal know all the students and most of the parents quite well. Ridgetop is one of three elementary schools selected to pilot the AISD Dual Language program starting this coming school year (2010-2011) and it will start with Kindergarten and First Grade, adding a grade level each year until all grade levels, Kg-5, have the Dual Language program in place. In 2009, Ridgetop celebrated its 70th year in its present building, and the 75th anniversary of the PTA.
They have great teachers (like Vera Corbett) and wonderful students!
I love Ridgetop because we have a staff that genuinely cares about kids, kids that are enthusiastic learners, and families that are committed to the success of children in all areas!
This school has some of the best teachers in Austin...especially the Bilingual teachers. They are doing a fantastic job.
If the surrounding neighborhoods would send their children to this school it would make all the difference in our diverse little community. The teaching staff is ultra-dedicated and works extra long hours to make sure the kids get what they need on many levels. 2008 Recognized Status, not sure why Great Schools gives this wonderful little school such a low rating.
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