As the saying goes "You get out what you put in". I am on my second principal in 2 years, and they have very different styles and priorities, but both are good for the school. Teachers are great, and if you decide to be an involved parent, your child will benefit. It is MY JOB as a parent to keep tabs on my kids progress - the teachers are responsible for the classroom work. If my child was struggling, the teachers were more than helpful to direct me towards resources I could use at home to help my children excel. Parent involvement, IMHO, includes helping your child with homework and reviewing it before it gets sent back, meeting deadlines, reading the info that gets sent home, etc. IF there was a different category for PTA, I'd give it 5 stars, because there is a small but very committed group of parents in the PTA. Thty do the best they can for the entire school. More parents need to volunteer to benefit both their children and the school as a whole.
I agree with the previous review of Sept 4. The staff up front is snobby and unfriendly. I have yet to meet the principal of this school. The previous school my child attended was always around in the mornings greeting everyone and had encouraging words for her students to start the day off. I certainly don't ever see that here. Not to mention they start announcements five minutes prior to the first bell. The students still walking in at that time don't benefit from what is said in the announments and risk being late because they have to stop and wait during the Pledge or the moment of silence (for no one in particular). I don't understand the purpose of that. I also don't like my child's teacher, she is very much like the staff up front, plus lacks warmth. Overall I am certainly not impressed by this school. It's principal and staff needs a serious course on realizing it's not all about numbers, but also about how you present yourself with the parents and children. It's a very uninviting school. I hope to move prior to my youngest being of kinder age to avoid his attendance at Roan.
This school may be one of the top rated for it's curriculum or test scores but the way the main office staff treats people is sub-par in my opinion. I have had 2 encounters that made me question whether I wanted my children to attend this school at all. One was when I went into the office to inquire about enrolling my now 11 year old. They were very snobby towards me and acted like I should know the boundary cut off for attending the school. Mind you I live right across Evans road and smack dab in the middle between Roan Forest and Encino Park. I am not from Texas, and didn't even know where to start in registering my first child for school. Now I have had another opportunity to communicate with them over the telephone. Same thing, they were very unhelpful and unfriendly. How hard is it to provide a bit of direction on your programs, what you offer, or even a common act of friendliness if you don't know about your programs? I truly believe that with children we need to lead by example and if this is the example being set to the children is it really that good of an environment for them? Staff could use a good lesson in external relations.
We have been so impressed with Roan Forest. Some of my neighbors pay to send their children to Private School. Why??? What a waste of money. The teachers are great. I love that the school is very small compared to a lot of the other schools in NEISD.
It is the second year with a new principal. I've had children here for over 9 years, and the cold atmosphere in administration has been replaced with a great principal. RF really sets the bar high, academics, along with an emphasis on the arts, prepares children for lifelong learning.
As a Roan Forest family, we love the learning atmosphere the school provides. My daughter loves her teachers and is one of the highest ranked in Texas. I couldn't ask for more from a school.
I had two children at this school. One in 4th grade and one in K. My K child has special needs and it was extremely obvious the school's focus was on being a Blue Ribbon school instead of helping kids who needed extra attention. His K teacher received teacher of the year award and she barely knew my sons't name and had no understanding of his struggles even after several ARD's. She was clueless and didn't care as long as her other students made her shine. We moved to the new CG school and obviously a much better school. Roan's principal is now down at central office where she has more influence on the district unfortunately. The upside is parent involvement is extremely high but PTA VERY clicky and they don't have opprotunities for working moms. Would not recommend this if you can go to Encino, Bulverde or Cibolo Green.
This school is hard, but my 2 kids have learned so much here. I tell people why pay for private school if you can go to Roan Forest. My son is well prepared for Middle School, and my daughter has soaked up the core taught here. I hope our new school will be just as good. Two new elementary schools have been built, and we are splitting into 3rds.
Sure the scores look great, and exemplary status makes this school shine even more. However behind the scene is a Pricipal who pushes art music and other elective type learning more than the core of everything reading and writing. The teaching staff is excellent, but the administration ties their hands when it comes to taking care of problems. The administration does nothing to correct bullying unless there are witnesses. Which means your child better not get bullied in the bathroom or behind one of the outdoor buildings, because they will believe the innocent looking bully. The only saving grace for this school is that they opened 2 new ones and my children can now go to those instead! Good luck parents, but don't fret, all the moms make sure that there are plently of decorations and snak times for you if you don't work!!!!
Not impressed at all. Very glad to be moving. The Assistant principal is rude and not all helpful. Both of the teachers have been nice, but administration plays a big role. There's really no family support here. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. There are so many superior schools in the area. Why sacrifice?
We are half way through our 2nd year at RFES. BTW, it has been a capped school sending overflow kids to Bulverde Creek ES, but this will change in 2010-11. A new ES called Cibolo Green will be opening this fall and will eliminate crowding at RFES. Our experience at RFES has been mixed. My sons 2nd and 3rd grade experiences have been great. My daughters 5th grade experience was not challenging enough. She had too much emphasis (and pressure) placed on boring TAKS testing drills. I suspect the Prinipal is more concerned with the standardized scores than actual learning. The Prinipals communication skills with parents or students has never been good. Despite this, ALL the teachers have been wonderful, the PTA is strong, and the school seems well run.
10! It is the winner of the 'Blue Ribbon' award as a school in the state of Texas and we are so proud that our daughter attends this magnificent school!
Excelent school. My daughter is learning a lot and very fast. Roan Forest help kids to do their best.
Excellent. I'm impress with the curriculum, the teachers and the principal lidership.
I just transferred my daughter from a private school to Roan Forest and am so glad I did! They have great teachers, facilities and equipment. Their curriculum is awesome and I love how the school exposes students to famous artists. The parent involvement is phenomonal. Coming from a school where you were not allowed in the school at all, I just love being able to get invovled and having rights as a parent! All this time I was living near an excellent school and paying for an education for my daughter somewhere else. What a waste of money!
Has the best teachers in the area and is an exemplary school in texas. Ranked TOP in elementary schools in Texas by the Texas Monthly magazine
Last year was my sons first year at Roan Forrest. I found the staff and teachers to be of vast help.
We love this school! My husbands job may cause us to move, but we're actually thinking of us staying and him going, just coming back on weekends because the school is so good. They have great programs for pe, music and art. My daughter now knows more about artists than I ever knew at her age. I find it thrilling to learn with her about the artists. She can pick out Matisse in a book store. The school also has an art gallery in the center of it. The faculty is WONDERFUL, and I could not have asked to have a better school experiance!
Roan Forest has a great art program and the Core Knowledge program is amazing. The only concern is teachers leaving. My children do not have any former teachers who have stayed and this concerns me.
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