In view of the reading specialist who undermines the teachers by issuing opinions abut a student which are contrary to his or her class performance, I have no idea whether the teachers are effective or not.
The food is terrible. Unhealthy-overly processed, refined starches and sugars. No fresh fruit or vegetables. It's all straight from Sam's. Every year the principal praises the healthy and nutritious lunches. The man deserves an Oscar. What is even more objectionable, is that while teachers are allowed to bring in their own lunches, students are not. We have to rely on a big breakfast and a late afternoon snack to get through the day, even though we pay more than $6.00 per lunch.
The front of the school is pretty and welcoming. The back entrance for lower school is a wasteland and unsafe (think weeds and dog poop, untended landscaping ). The traffic at drop off and pick up at the lower school is extremely dangerous. The board and administration ignore the problem.
On the plus side, there has been a huge improvement in the cleaning department in the lower school. The new staff really make a difference and it is much cleaner.
Lower school students do not have recess, and the chance to socialize, resulting in lots of behaviour issues during class time.
There is way too much homework.
The reading specialist spends her time producing plays. The money spent on her salary would be better spent on developing an effective reading program with UTEP education students brought in to teach reading one on one to students throughout the week instead of the limited attention that she spends with a few students. She has scared off Radford families through her various pronouncements. The administration has no idea what she is up to and doesn't seem to want to. Apparently, she thinks herself qualified in assessing a child's neurological foundations. She also runs the Rainbow Group for students she perceives are in need of more of a challenge than the regular curriculum. It's just another opportunity for her to interfere with the teacher's management of the class.
The uniforms are boring and fail to accommodate changes in weather. Summer weight fabric skirts for girls and shorts for boys in 100 degree weather and corduroy's and sweater alternatives for winter would be great additions.
I would like to be able to thank the Administration and Board for listening to my concerns. However, my own and those of other parents are ignored. I perceive that parent complaints to the Administration are never conveyed to the Board. You have to be in the know to get your voice heard.
I do thank my child's teachers, they are all wonderful professionals who love to teach.
Also, the housekeeping staff who do a great job of keeping the lower school clean and tidy.
The RPTO is amazing. They accomplish so much and take up the slack in the Boards' lack of funding of the library, computer lab, and class needs.
Kids run people over in the halls. Slam doors on people. Throw trash on ground. The foyer is a madhouse with little room to walk due to the placement of the furniture in a way to prevent students from putting their feet on the coffee tables. Instead of removing the tables and placing the couches closer together so that people can walk through the foyer without injury, they put the sofas in the way of traffic. Someone will likely be injured. I was pushed into the corner of one the wood couches, hurting my hip. I complained without any result.
At the lower school level, I am aware of the usual food and clothing drives during the holidays, which the parents are the participants of. Other than that, there are not many activities geared towards this.
What a great school! The staff are wonderful, the parents are involved and the academics are stellar. You can really get involved in your child's education at this school. My daughter just loves the trap and skeet team. What an experience. There are plenty of activities o keep the student engaged. Thanks Radford School!