This is the absoulute best school you could ask for. I just ended my 6 years there, and I couldnt have asked for anything more! The teachers are totally listening to your concerns, and anyone can tell that they care about you and your learning expierience. The school is SUPER pretty, and has a diverse amount of students. I love River oaks!
ROE is the best elementary, public or private, in Central HISD. The huge problem is the principal. The IB program, in general, is a great tool; however, IB dictates too much of the curriculum and it doesn't support the individual needs of the teachers. Teachers know what their classes need more than a shake-and-bake IB curriculum. The principal supports IB over teachers input.
I've had 2 children at this school since 1999. I have had positive experiences with both children. Our younger daughter has experienced some problems in the classroom, but both the teachers and administrators have been willing to work with us to address her difficulties.
Awesome school with great teachers and wonderful involved parents. You couldn't ask for a better elementary school
This school is rated high with regards to Vanguard status, test scores, and their IB program, and after school program. However, this school has an unusually large amount of flaws. The school policies are vague and often times confusing and contradicting. It is a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. You could get three different answers on something depending on who you ask, be it the teacher, the Prinicpal, or office staff. The communication is the worse I have ever seen. I don't think this school lives up to the hype. I would not recommend shuffling your child across town. They are treated like they are in boot camp having to walk in the halls with their hands on their heads or behind their backs. The Principal will always side with the teacher even if they break code of ethics.
ROE has both 'neighborhood' and Vanguard (gifted and talented) classrooms. Most students come from highly educated and/or middle to upper middle class families. One of the outstanding features is the high level of involvement by individual parents. In addition, the PTO is well-organized, sponsors an extensive after school program with enrichment classes, and raises serious funding for technology upgrades, teacher training, and the library. Considerable remodeling and building are underway. No school is perfect, but ROE strives for excellence, and has high standards for student achievement and behavior.
There are some great programs at the school. Some great teachers, however the principal continues to retain some of the poor teachers dismaying alot of parents. My comments are not based upon 1 or 2 parents, but many many parents. Too much emphasis on the Odysey of the Mind program. Adds no value to the majority of the population. There is just a small sprinkle of African American and hispanic kids. The strong teachers are strong. The principal has spent too much time on the construction project and needs to do better job evaluating her staff.
The academic programs at River Oaks Elementary is excellent. The IB program recently implemented has created a climate of global awareness and cross-curriculum connectedness that is inspiring to the students. Free violin lessons are an amazing perk, saving me $5400. Parents are encouraged to be involved at whatever level of commitment they are able to make.
My son is about to graduate from ROE, which he has attended since elementary school. His favorite activity outside of classes was Odyssey of the Mind. The school has an excellent OM program. Academically it is challenging. I especially like Ms. Price (3rd), Ms. Nelson (5th) and Ms. Paris (1st). The rest of the staff is great too. The building is a great old structure and they are about to expand the library and some other areas. Parent involvement is superb, I have really enjoyed getting to know these people. I have never regretted choosing River Oaks.
This is a fantastic school. The most important feature is the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, but this and other innovative aspects of the school are the result of very extensive parent involvement and close cooperation among teachers, administrators, parents and students. Because this is a Vanguard school with high demand, the students and their families come from all over the city. The children are exposed to a very wide cross-section of Houston's population (as measured by income or ethnicity), but that cross section is united by a very strong commitment to education. The organized after-school programs are very extensive, as are the extracurricular activities like Odyssey of the Mind.
Great School with tremendous parent involvement. Afterschool program is excellent.
ROE is a great school we are finishing our 5th grade year this year. Overall I think my daughter is well prepared for middle school. As with any school some teachers are good and some are bad. We have seen alot of turnover in 5 years. Overall I would choose this school again. I think the afterschool program is expensive for what it is and the homework instruction they provided is poor. I helps to stay involved with the childs class/teacher.
Not a strong parent body. Very good PTO, however. They raise a lot of money to make possible what the district should be providing but dosen't. Although leadership seems lacking and there is no one to go to when problems exist in the classroom. Very quick to send unhappy parents away instead of making teachers/staff accountable for what they do and don't do in the classroom.
While ROE is a terrific school, it is slowly migrating to its former lilly white anglo student body. The value in diversity has been lost on its vanguard coordinator and the administration. The end result will be students leaving ROE will have problems getting aclimated and assimilating into middle and high school with a more diverse population. Society as a whole is the big loser. The school needs to remove several teachers whom have outward expressed in their actions racial bias. Unfortunately, the principle has failed to remove remnants from past administrations whom are still occupied with not wanting in particular African-American kids in their classes.
I think this is a wonderful magnet school they give children from all over the chance to succeed academically by using the Vanguard program! Top notch teachers, students and parents!
this school should do more for the rapidly growing Asian population. parent pamphlets and notices should be printed in Hindi, Gujarati and Vietnamese. Additionally the Asian students almost always get left behind in this school as the english programs are more geared for the hispanic kids. this is not fair, and the PTA should also do more to attract more Asian parents
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