School is structured around instructional time. Students are given every opportunity to be successful. Roach also has a science lab for K-2 and one for 3-5. Students in grades 2-5 have the opportunity to participate in a great after school program, Ballet Folklorico.
The principal Mrs. O'Neil is very involved in every aspect of the school. They have received an excellent rating for education for years and the teachers love the kids.
At Routh Roach everyone works for the child. Every decision, every dollar spent, every late night is because of the child.
My daughter attended Kindergarten this year with Mrs. Rickman. She has learned so much in such a short time. Mrs. Rickman's style of teaching has helped my daughter gain confidence and a desire to learn more : ) She is testing ahead in reading and math for her grade level and loves school. What a great way to be introduced into the educational system.
I would say that I am very pleased with this school. My son attended there several years ago. Nothing is perfect, but the effort these teachers put forth is heartwarming. My sons fifth grade teacher (Ms. Cahill), would tutor different days depending on the needs of different parents, even dropping them off after tutorials if necessary. He just got his drivers license in March, and we went to pick her up for ice cream. Lasting impressions say a lot.
This school needs to focus on teaching the students the basics so that they can perform well on the TAKS test rather than being drilled repeatedly on how to test. My child is in the 4th grade and will not be returning next year. The 4th grade teachers are very difficult and think they are teaching high school students. Their grading methods are horrible. If your child is an above average learner they will be stifled at Routh Roach. The teachers do not want to have to put in any extra effort to reach a child. The biggest problem I feel at Routh Roach is they would prefer to have all of the kids on medicine rather than try to reach the student and bring out the best in them. On a positive note, Mrs. Linda Jones in 3rd grade is an excellent teacher.
I was pleased with Routh Roach until my son was in 4th Grade. The attitude, unwillingness or lack of desire of his teachers to help him understand certain concepts is totally unacceptable. Personal grading system by certain teachers dropped my son's GPA to a 'C+' average. My son will not be attending 5th Grade at Routh Roach.
My son started Routh Roach as a 2nd grader this year and I was not pleased with the attitude, willingness or desire of his teacher to help him. We have since moved him to a different school.
My child came to Routh Roach from a charter school and next year she will be returning to a charter school. Every since she has been at this school it has been a constant struggle. I believe this school is good for some people, but not all. Some teachers are very good and others seem to take the attitude that as long as the majority of the class understands then he/she has done his/her job. My overall experience with Routh Roach is not a very satifactory at all.
The teachers are good, but the principal is only looking out for herself and what she can do to line her pockets. It's all about a bonus for her, no matter how your child may struggle with government tests.
My three children have attended and two still attend Routh Roach. They love it and we've never had a better experience. The teachers are well skilled and still have a caring attitude towards the children. The exemplary education that is sought by Ms. O'Neil will follow my children a life time. Thank you Ms. O'Neil, Ms. Chowdhury, Mr. Turner, Ms. Norton, Ms. Wyatt (we hated to see you retire and with you were back). I could name the rest but they are all the best! Keep up the great work.
Our daughter was recently hospitalized with severe asthma. We cannot believe the out pouring of the love and concern of the office staff, and my daughter's teachers Mrs. Harris and Mr. Gonzales. They visited her on more than one occasion and provided support in more than one way. We are grateful to have Routh Roach as our daughter's school.
I went to Routh Roach as a child myself, and with that in mind, I wanted my children to go their as well. We have been fortunate to stay within the district and to keep the kids at Routh Roach. Ms. Oneil, the principle, takes pride in her school, teachers, and students. It shows! My children, in my opinion, have received top education and continue to strive. The teachers have such strong motivation and encouragment for these children. The resources available to our children here, are such strong and helpful tools. So far, I want thank Ms. Brandenburg, Mrs. Wyatt(whom I think is the best first-grade teacher) and Ms. Wooden for such an awesome job!
Our daughter went to a different GISD school in 'K' and we were completely disatisfied with its performance. That is why we were so happy to have recieved Routh Roach Elementary as our first choice for her to attend the first grade. For the second grade she has been accepted to and is attending a math, science and technology magnet school. We believe that without Routh Roach Elementary last year, she never would have been prepared for nor invited to apply to a magnet school. Thank you Routh Roach and thank you Ms. Wyatt;first grade teacher.
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