I'm in 8th grade at this school, and I've enjoyed it a lot in the years I've been here. We just got a new principal who is very involved in what's going on around school, and most of the administration is friendly. The teachers I've had were friendly and helpful, and they are constantly pushing you to try your best in each of your classes. And the teachers like to bring technology into the classroom. Every student here has a Google account provided by the district. However, some teachers like to swear a lot, and there were a few teachers who will make fun of other faculty members in front of students. And while the school is usually very helpful and receptive towards new students, there are very obvious social classes among the students, and if you can think of a stereotype for a social class (i.e. jocks, populars), it's usually true here. Overall, Ridgeview is a great school and I would recommend it for anyone looking at middle schools. Hope this helps :) Go Panthers! (P.S. Blackland Prairie Elementary, which is right across the street; Gattis Elementary; and Forest Creek Elementary all feed into Ridgeview. Then students here go to Cedar Ridge High School. Just FYI :D)
I would start by syaing this school is overcrowded and stretched to its limits trying to resolve it many issues. It is currently the largest middle school in Round Rock. However, it is a great school, with great students, teachers and administration. Standardidized scores are show that students continue to be successful in their learning and more electives such as Spanish for 6th graders are available this new school year. I love the family atmosphere and the constant efforts to reach all students. However, I do wish the school district would investigate ways to help with the high stuent enrollment.
2 of my children went to ridge view and loved it- though I must say the school is on the decline. This isn't the teachers fault or the principals, it's the influx of people moving to these parts and the school boundaries that like to bus people here from other places... Back in 2005-8 the school was fabulous and is getting worse each year. You can see it in the type of student that goes there. Back in "05 and 06" you didn't see saggy pants and oversized clothes... I gave the school 5 stars for the experience WE had 6 years ago, not from what I am seeing and hearing now. As for the mention of a teacher (ms Conner) hahaha well, as rude as it is to mention a teachers name, I must admit that BOTH my children (both honor students) had problems with ms Conner, and referred to her as the meanest teacher EVER.
I was floored when I read these comments about lack of principal involvement-I see them all the time in the halls and classrooms. I also couldn't believe the parent who mentioned a teacher's name on this website-that is extremely disrespectful. I've never met the teacher mentioned, but it's just basic respect to not write a name. Most of the teachers that I work with are positive, hard-working, and diligent. This school is too overcrowded, but that is the district's problem due to a lack of $ from the government. Most of the students follow the Panther Creed-ie. don't shove and push going down the hallway or stairs, walk on the correct side of the hallway so they can get to class, respect their teacher, etc. The staff in the office is always welcoming and friendly. I just had to take a moment to write all the positives that go on at this middle school. Just like most reviews, more people take the time to write the negative and don't take the time to write all the positives. iIm glad to take that time.
I have lived in the area for a long time and know the history of the schools around RR (25yrs). I can honestly say RidgeView has become the one single school in the district that is in need of leadership. the principals allow their teaching staff to not respond to parents, or counsiling inquiries. Parent teacher confrences are not accepted ever. Sent 6 different types of communication to sixth grade principal and two and half weeks later finally recieved a canned excuse and our student concerns are still not addressed. What is it with a teacher who openly texts in class and stops learning to respond to her personal life. Thanks Ms Conner. I am sure that is what our kids need, a lesson on facebooking with your friends. The school strives for mediocore at best, and is suspect to how they achieve thier low performance goals anyway. However if have your kids bullied by teachers and peers this is a school for you and your child.
This school needs leadership and organization badly. No one in the counselor's office, the main office or principal's themselves seems to know what is going on. This school cannot figure out it's grading system, no one has any answers, and the Principal talks like she knows what she is doing, but it is all talk. I am pulling my kid out of this school.
Our child attended this school last year. Character of a large group of students is poor and disruptive in the classroom. There also seems to be lack of parental involvement of those students who are not at school to learn, and the discipline techniques used by teachers and administration are not effective. School administration considers students who have a GPA of 85% or higher Honor Roll Students. Most schools in the state consider Honor Roll as the top 5%-10% of the student body. Because of this, many students strive for mediocre and are content with that because they 'made' honor roll. Doesn't help parents who want and know their child can do better than 85%-95% GPA. This year the school implemented a new grading system called, 'Standards Based Grading' which is causing quite a buzz in RRISD. As a parent we are thankful we decided to place our child in a different school for the 2011-2012 school year.
Took my son to register and the the person on the counseling staff doing the registration was less than friendly or helpful. Referred me to the school website for information. When I explained that there was conflicting information, she merely responded by saying that all the information was there. Also, website information compared to information given to secretary that answers the phone compared to actual goings-on at the school are ALL in conflict with each other. What a shame!!
Take it from someone who goes here 5 days a week, 9 months a year. This school has standards that could be higher. The teachers are nice, but principal involvement is low. I've been going to school here for 2 years now, and I've only seen the principal twice, at academic ceremonies. The teachers try hard, but all the lessons are easy, and we are not challenged at all. This school could be better, but if you're into athletics, I would recommend it. Elective options are not varied much, though they are offering new classes for 2010. The computers are very slow, and take away class time used for research because of the time they take to load everything. Overall, this school is okay, but needs help, maybe from the district.
I think that the principal and some of the teachers is a little bit to harsh on the students at this school, but over all this school is a very good school.
What should and could be an excellent school is awful due to the current principal (new in 2007). Academics and student morale are starting to suffer. The administration demonstrates an inability to manage a large school, focus on priorities, and show proper respect for students and parents. Teaching staff is outstanding overall, and having to compensate for too many shortcomings.
Well, there is a lot of bullying that goes on 'under the desk' at our school, but that only happens to people who look for a fight. The technology used at this school is primitive - if our school district were to migrate to a new operating system (ours is currently Windows XP), I would suggest the free Ubuntu operating system. The mathematics taught at this school is also fairly easy. I got thru my first two years here without difficulty. I was replaced into the TAG Geometry class in my last year, and it was slightly challenging. The standards at this school are pretty average. I wouldn't be surprised if this school became beat-down and poor several years from now.
My son is a 6th grader and loves the school. He is very involved in activities and has lots of good friends. Academically, he is pretty strong. I'm not sure about the principal and some staff...have had some concerns so far. Most teachers seem to be very good and care for the kids. Very nice facility.
excellent district and a very good school. has been principal turn over- teachers committed, tutorials always available. counselors also. if parents get more involved there would be less nonsense during school day. same issues you'd find at any school (we've been in private) and far better levels of academics offered!
A good school, the current principal is not as good as those in the past. The teachers are good, but the extracurriculars could be more fun and more availible.
Not impressed! This school needs leadership. High teacher turnover every year. Lots of discipline problems.
currently have a 6th grader at the school- we are new to texas. the school is new and very nice. the staff is nice and helpful and i dont have any complaints about any of his teachers, they are nice and involved and seem happy to be doing their job. the teachers go above and beyond offering morning tutoring and are willing to stay after for extra help too- i am very satisfied. my son loves it too
One child of mine attended this school for 3 years, the second is beginning this year. There has consistently been a problem with administration here, high turnover of principals and faculty. Big problems with some math teachers. One language is offered and if you want to get a language credit towards high school, it had better be in Spanish! Some discipline problems but an effort is made to improve these areas. It's definitely a work in progress. It looks like portable buildings are being added so classes will be crowded.
My daughter attended 7th grade. I do think that this is a good school. The teachers care and so does the principal. The principal is wonderful and doing a great job. There are plenty of extracurricular activities for the student. This is a great school for any parent to place there child in.
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