My students attend Rudder. I believe that it is a very high quality school. The teachers put forth great effort to teach the students and to hold them to high expectations in their academics. The coaching staff is awesome and the band directors push the musicians to become the best they can be. I have notices that there is a wide variety of students at Rudder and my students love getting to meet all types of people. When I have interacted with the administration, they have had the safety and care of the students as their highest priority. In fact, I have heard them say multiple times that I a child doesn't feel safe they cannot learn. Rudder is a great place to send your students and I am proud that my children had the opportunity to go there.
Teacher quality is sometimes good. They care about teaching you but that's about it. When it comes to bullying, they only send the person they assume is the bully to ISS and/or alternative school. They only send the student to the counselor if that student is crying all day or if they complain about wanting to kill themselves. The principal rarely gets involved and if she does it's only about threatening to send the student to lunch detention if they wear a blue sweater with a logo even though it's 40 degrees outside. They have lockers everywhere even though they are banned to use. The worst thing is probably the "populars." Teachers never notice this. Heck, they even treat the populars better! What I mean by populars is those who wear skin-tight khakis, XS polo shirts, dye their hair every 2 weeks, and get new boyfriends/girlfriends every other day. They only use non-populars to ask for homework answers. Other than that, they treat them like trash. If you are thinking of putting your child in this school and are not willing to buy them khakis and polos that are 3 sizes below their regular or bring them to the salon to dye their hair every other week, this isn't the school for you.
Having taught at this school, it is unfortunate that classrooms have become very overcrowded and access to the library and CIT severely curtailed due to district cutbacks. The PTA could be more involved in student interests, but many of the parents of students attending this school are working long hours. The faculty is fantastic and doing all it can even though times are trying. Anyone who can be a school volunteer would be a big asset to the school. There is a great need. Many of the students are economically disadantaged.
My daughter went there all three years never had a problem they are strict, but i guess its a good way to control teenagers the officer at the school very friendly and helpful. The past principal Mr. Zolinski was the best. Got parents involved which is good for kids to see there parents there.This principal is new havent really seen her. But overall GREAT SCHOOL.
I go to rudder nad i in the 8th grade i went ther for 7th and 6th grade so i went there for all three years and ther is really nothing worng with the school they need to be a little less strict on the tardy and on the dress code.
Im not a Parent but an 8th grade student of 2003/2004. I'll give you a hint to who I am. Ive been 1st chair on Alto Saxophone and made 3rd chair in Region Odd Band. Im Brittany. I love band so much!!! I am going to miss My band teachers, Mr.Schmidt and Mr.Kirsch the most. -Brittany A. April 9th 2004 So long my friends ♫♫