My child goes to this school. This is great community because of supporting parents and some caring teachers. However, poor communication from the Principal with her weekly newsletters with lack of details. Her newsletter sometimes generates more confusions and questions than detailing events.
Keri Fovargue, the head of school, always comes up with some questionable requests to parents that sometimes make parents feel unwelcome to her little kingdom. Like today, she asked parents to eat in the courtyard during lunch hour. Her lame excuses are unspecified safety protocol and little ones couldn't find their parents. Who in the right mind would want to sit in the courtyard with their kids in such a hot weather? She is inconsiderate at best.
In response to the previous comment about the principal Keri Fovargue, I have seen quite the opposite of what the previous review has claimed. My child has been a student since kindergarten. I have also noticed how she interacts with parents with concerns including my own. She likes to hear praise and acts very impatient with parents with concerns. She is also very inconsiderate and disingenuous. I can recall one heavy rainy morning, she yelled out at parents at the lobby to remind them that their children would be tardy if they don't hurry their children to classes. This community deserves a better principal and we have enough of her, and it's time for change.
My son has attended ROE since kindergarten and we have absolutely loved it. The teachers and the principal, Keri Fovargue, are wonderful. I have observed Ms. Fovargue's patience and caring nature with all types of children as well as their high maintenance parents. She is a true leader and the success of this school under her guidance is proof-positive of that.
The school cherry picks the student from other parts of town. So your kids would be among other good kids. However, the school is under the leadership of a principal with no vision and passion with little kids. You will get a sense how this person is if you have a chance to talk to her.
My daughter has attended River Oaks Elementary from Kindergarten and is now in 5th grade. We have been through 3 principals, which has been a little rocky. However, my daughter has had excellent teachers who are g/t certified and not burned out. The IB Program is excellent and provides an unusual opportunity for kids to problem solve and think outside the box as well as cultivates values of empathy and creativity. The School encourages Odyssey of the Mind and it's teams often go to State and World. The PTO is active and raises money that it uses to improve the lives of the teachers and students. The school could use a better library and a gymnasium. This is a good school not a perfect one - but a really good one.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this amazing school!!! Most days it is hard believe that this fabulous school is a public school!! It is both warm and academically rigorous at the same time, which is hard to do well (but it is done well here!!!) I am so thankful for the wonderful education my daughter is getting here!!!
My child is in their third year at the school. It has a fantastic after school program, supportive pto and parents, with ample security. The teachers are also caring. I have found that the school lacks support for children that may have a learning challenge/sensory disfunction, but is tested as GT. The school administration does not support testing for adhd or Dyslexia and is reluctant to administer testing. Our experience is that it is a hassle and seems like they don't want that statistic associated with them. The principal is not approachable and hides behind email and letters in communication instead of meeting in person. It has been a true disappointment. My child has been negatively affected and I am considering switching schools.