What a wonderful school...advanced placement curriculum...Radford works their backsides off academically and physically...standard PE for two weeks and swimming for two weeks...junior Olympic pool. Highly competent reading specialist on staff...brought two grandchildren up three grade levels in 10 months - both had been in top rated public schools and could not read...Radford has saved these two by teaching them intellectual discipline coupled with honesty and personal integrity. Science is pushed. Radford puts the icing on the cake for parents who teach self control, self respect, and concern for others at home. Food at lunch in the dining room is served family style and is fresh and prepared in the kitchen...balanced and nutritious...better than many children get at home...notable, proper table manners are taught and practiced daily. In a nutshell, Radford is developing children into good citizens with the tools necessary to succeed and contribute, Rad.
ford's current Principal and Vice are superb and can't be surpassed...parents and students should be thankful for their leadership. May 30, 2016
Having just gone through the science fair, I cannot say that the school encourages honesty. Students as young as First Grade are required to participate. The projects are to be done at home with parent "supervision". The project includes a 5 page typed report but the students in the lower grades are not even learning how to type yet! 100% of the parents that I spoke to stated that they were the one having to do the project. Each one expressed resentment at this. The younger students who put their presentation boards together themselves were penalized while the polished looking boards put together by the parents were not. Obviously, parents who are put in the position of "supervising" a project that they know may garner their child a high grade and a trophy do not think they are cheating but are trying to give their child the competitive edge. Nevertheless, the wrong lessons are being taught--if you want to get ahead, don't rely on your own abilities, but look to your older sibling or your parent to get you through the task. In my child's case, we spent more time learning how to type than anything else. By the time we were supposed to practice the presentation, we were over the science fair and ready to move on. When kids are competing against adults with advanced degrees, there is a problem that should not be ignored. The administration and board need to ask themselves, what is the point of the science fair for the lower grades? I would think that it would be to encourage a learning of science foremost. (Possibly to encourage public speaking. But surely not how to type.) Unfortunately, the opposite is the result when a child decides that the science fair is unfair and there is no point in trying.
The food is terrible. Unhealthy-overly processed, refined starches and sugars. No fresh fruit or vegetables. Unless you include the bagged salads. Every year the principal praises the healthy and nutritious lunches. The nutrition information should be available for inspection, including brand of product and ingredients. I would love to see the Board eat lunch there everyday for a month. Even more objectionable, is that teachers are allowed to bring in their own lunches, students are not.
The front of the school is pretty and welcoming. The back entrance for lower school is a wasteland and unsafe (no administrator on hand, weeds and dog poop, untended landscaping ). The traffic at drop off and pick up at the lower school is extremely dangerous. Every attempt should be made to create the same experience at the lower school entrance as the front entrance.
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.
The Science Fair for Lower School needs a complete overhaul to promote learning instead of cheating. A five page typed report for students who've not yet learned to type is ridiculous. An illegible, poorly copied instruction packet written for older students is moreso.
In view of the reading specialist who undermines the teachers by issuing opinions about a student which are contrary to his or her class performance, I have no idea whether the teachers are effective or not.
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!
I love my school! Thanks to our math teacher I actually like math for the first time and I enjoy my other classes too. What I enjoy the most are my friends. I have made some great friends at this school. Oh, and the lunch is the best too!
Our family was considering a move from one El Paso neighborhood to another and did not want our daughters to be tied to one geographic area. We could not have made a better choice! The students come from a variety of areas and backgrounds. The teachers are caring and professional and the academic program is first rate.
I sent my children to Radford School to escape the inane testing in the public schools. All they did was test prep. No real teaching occurred. My children love Radford! They are getting a top-notch education, classes are small, etiquette classes are taught, and they are both in band and swimming. The administration and teachers are so friendly and helpful. I am sorry we didn't come sooner!