Could use a little more of this. Our eldest landed at Lanier (Vanguard) after this and we suddenly had to prod him SIGNIFICANTLY, school-wise. He was an A+ student at Roberts, without prodding, so perhaps he could have benefited from a few more early lessons on self-motivation and responsibility.
They are working their tails off trying to, but I'm not sure how successful they are. They have a program called Positive Works that addresses these issues, yet 2 of our 3 kids encountered bullying at school, one so much so we had to seek out professional counseling. (They could stand to have a little more supervision at recess.) That said, I think it is the primarily the parents' job to instill such values. I wish we had more actual parenting and less hired childcare in our community in general. I think that factors into the lack of attention to the issue.
One of our kids (who shall remain nameless :-) ) once deliberately cheated on a spelling test. The teacher, rightfully so, took it very seriously. She spoke with our child privately and contacted us immediately. They weren't over the top about it, but handled it appropriately, emphasizing character over performance.
Collectively, our 3 kids have tallied 13 years at this place. Great staff, international community, educated parents, & precious building (art-lined walls, bright red doors, beautiful old windows, sunlit rooms) Only one of our kids we removed early, after 3rd grade, as he needed a smaller classroom environment. Teachers are wonderful overall. Our youngest is hearing impaired-- rare at this school, not a lot of special needs kiddos- but the staff has gone out of their way to help her. Can't go wrong with Roberts.
Our 9 year old son has been here since K. He is challenged academically and as a result of our schools diversity has an incredible knowledgeable of cultures different than our own. This neighborhood school of ours is a gem. It is nurturing, provides a solid curriculum, has an administration that truly has the school's/children's best interest at heart and strong PTO.
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.