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.
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.