Children are given class,group, & individual projects throughout the year. Teamwork, persistence, & determination are required. Again, these are to be instilled by the parents. The opportunity to apply them is there.
Roberts offers a well rounded education. My daughter has grown tremendously. My son, who has learning differences, has been assisted by teachers & staff. The communication from the school is constant. Kids are encouraged to be themselves & to accept those who are different. While we do have families from the medical center who are only here for a couple of years...make no mistake- this is a neighborhood school with a very involved and supportive community.
Roberts is an excellent school. It is very rigorous academically; consistently scoring very high on all state and district assessments, but since it is an International Baccalaureate school, it teaches the students an inquiry-based approach that encourages them to take responsibility for their own learning. The school community is incredibly diverse - it is truly an international school, and the students learn so much from being together. There is a strong commitment to the fine arts. The majority of teachers are very effective, and any teacher who isn't is given support to improve, but removed if they do not. The teachers and administration are very receptive to questions and requests for information. The very active PTO supports the school though fundraising and volunteering, and is open to all parents, regardless of how much a parent has to give.
Roberts is a public school, and so has the same challenges faced by many public schools in a large urban district: uncertain funding, larger class sizes then private schools, a state and district focus on standardized tests. However, at the building level, there is excellent teaching and learning going on at Roberts on a daily basis. Roberts educates the whole child to be an informed, inquiring, and inspired citizen of the world.
The parent community at Roberts is very involved, and not at all shy about sharing their opinions. A truly ineffective teacher will not last very long. At the same time, the administration is supportive of its staff. Every student and teacher is different, and while one teacher may not be the best fit for one student, other families may have a completely different perspective. One person's bad experience does not mean the whole school, or even the teacher, is ineffective, especially with young teachers who are still developing. The school is committed to quality professional development for all teachers.
My kids have been at Roberts for 4 years and I am very happy with our experience at the school. The teachers are excellent at instruction and in keeping parents informed about what's going on in the classroom. The principal is a strong advocate for the school at the district level and she is a great communicator. She is very effective, she shows up at every single event and is really dedicated to the school. The PTO has a great group of dedicated volunteers and is able to really help out and make a difference at the school. The IB program takes the standard public school curriculum up a huge notch and the fine arts programs (music, dance, art, musical productions in 3rd - 5th grades) are a huge bonus.
We came rushing over to Roberts after reading all of the amazing five-star reviews about the school. We were warned during our home search that the school was simply not as good as it appeared "on paper." I wish we had listened! This is a great school if you are in the US for a couple of years from overseas and work in the med center. Your kids will learn English, make a few international friends and enjoy life while coasting academically. Not a bad deal--unless of course you actually care about the quality of education. If you do, then give the one star reviews another look. They are quite accurate.