Students enrolled 995
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720 Guardsman Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

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4 stars
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November 24, 2014
We have been part of the Rowland Hall community for 6 years. I am confident our children are receiving the best possible education available. Rowland Hall's faculty and staff are phenomenal. The teachers take a personal interest in our children and are engaged in their personal and intellectual development. The school offers an excellent and challenging academic program with enrichment programs and activities that students need to be successful in life. The school cares about the success of every student. The Rowland Hall community is warm and welcoming, it truly is our extended family. We couldn't be happier with the education our children are receiving. I highly recommend Rowland Hall for a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2013
our children were not challenged academically. i agree this school attracts kids kicked out of other private schools for either intellectual or emotional delays. we found the mothers very gossipy. at our new school we feel right at home and our children are finally operating at their fullest intellectual capacities.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2013
My son is in his second year in the Beginning School, and his experience has been magical... I am astounded every day at how much he learns. What I love is that it's not just language development, literacy skills, and comfort with numbers (which are a part of the everyday curriculum), but also scientific curiosity, artistic exploration and development, and passion for discovery... I also greatly appreciate the love and care that the teachers have for their students. They talk about the students' paintings, stories, and activities with pride and love, as if they are talking about their own children. I have no doubt that this experience is setting my son up with a strong foundation, not just for school but for life.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2013
Very disappointed. Have had two children attend this school. One is a "lifer." The LACK if community is what is most appalling. If you fit their mold, they are happy to accommodate you; but, step out of their box and you won't make it far. You will be ostracized and ignored. Discipline of students is random and arbitrary. Money speaks louder than character, integrity, commitment, and family. The upper levels of administration are deeply out of touch. Glad to be gone!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
My child's learning experience at Rowland Hall has been worth every penny. My husband and I were educated in excellent public schools, including college, and were seeking a challenging, private, academic environment here in Utah. Rowland Hall's roots were founded in 1867 and the school boasts history, curriculum, core academics, and specialty classes that instill a passion for learning in its students. School staff and administrators delicately weave an artistic balance between social development, rigorous academics, specialty classes, and tradition that allows students to thrive. My son is a second grader and he will often "play at home" the subject at school that impressed him that day. Examples of recent play include: author and writer of his own book, artist, math games, and floor hockey. He is constantly challenged, however, he still has the energy to explore further. I invite you to experience an open house, or classroom tour. I was able to specifically draw my own conclusions once I was able to meet the staff, and develop my own impressions of the school first hand.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
Our children have been at Rowland Hall from K through 12th grade, and each age range has been excellent. The teachers have been caring and outstanding in each division, and we are happy with the overall results. Rowland Hall education takes advantage of the outdoor nature of Utah, as well as following and academically rigorous curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
Our daughter is thriving at Rowland Hall. Several factors contribute to her success and happiness: small class size; individual attention from caring, capable teachers; stimulating curriculum; excellent physical facilities; a great group of eclectic, diverse peers; a welcoming and warm school community. We are delighted with her development and could not be more pleased with her overall school experience and environment. "It takes a village to raise a chlld"....and Rowland Hall is our village. We highly recommend the school and can attest to its excellence.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2013
Motivated students can do well anywhere, including Rowland Hall. My kids did well there, and went on to good colleges (where they were pleased and challenged to encounter academic rigor). RHSM has some good teachers. But unfortunately the school is not academically what you expect from a college prep school. The poor science curriculum is an especially big deficit in preparing kids for today's world. I agree with the previous reviewer, that you are better off in an honors program in one of SLC's public schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2013
The English curriculum was as engaging, subversive, and rigorous as that most students experience in college (I remember grappling with authors as diverse as S.Plath, T.Morison, W.Faulkner, T.T.Williams, and S.Rushdie). I'm struck by the quantity of hyperbolic 1-star reviews. In 2013, how many parents think it possible to purchase their child's place at one of the world's most prestigious universities? You can't buy motivation, but motivated students find myriad ways to grow academically and personally at Rowland Hall. Many resources are there and the school's size means most students play simultaneous staring roles in sports and extra-curricular activities. Remember the sky is the limit -- not Harvard. Even without a perfect science program (and, for the record, 9th Grade Biology was spectacular!), the curiosity and confidence I developed at RH enabled me to take academic risks, ask ethical questions, unplug the TV, explore distant corners of the earth, and eventually pursue and an advanced degree in engineering. Looking back, was Rowland Hall magic? Will it turn every Beavis into the next da Vinci? Probably Not. But it was an excellent school for me and many of peers.

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2013
Our son is in his second year at Rowland Hall. He loves school. Loves. It. And the things they do in his classroom blow me away. Step by step, one thoughtful activity at a time, his teachers have drawn him toward reading (he used to hate the very idea of reading), writing, and mathematics. For example, the kids have one table where they practice writing. First he traces a letter with his finger on a sandpaper page. Then he writes with his finger in sand. Then he spells 3-letter words using that letter. Then he uses a crayon to trace the letter. Then he draws a picture using a word starting with that letter. Similar activities help him work on counting, sorting, spatial relationships, and fine motor skills. Honestly - I knew nothing about early childhood education before enrolling my son at Rowland Hall. I'm hugely impressed by how inviting, fun, and productive the school is.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2013
My son attended Rowland Hall for 2 years from Kindergarten to First Grade includsive. When he left at the end of First Grade he was in the second highest reading group in his class (out of 4 reading groups) and we were told by the school that he was at grade level or just above in everything. We moved to another country (western country) and my son was tested by his new school and found to be 2 years behind his peers in everything from maths to spelling. As a result of this we had to put our son into remedial reading and writing classes and hire a tutor to tutor him in everthing from spelling to maths. A year later and he is catching up to his peers but he is still very behind in writing and spelling which they practically avoid in the lower classes at Rowland Hall. When I wrote to the school to inform them about this shocking result they just responded by saying that they have never received anything but positive feedback. I now know of other parents who have pulled their kids out of the school due to the poor academics at the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
Rowland Hall creates lifelong learners who care about their communities. We've had children at the school for over a decade, from 4Pre-k to 12th grade, and the kids have been happy to leave the house every day, which is the best indication of a quality school. Rather than drilling the kids with rote learning, the school educates the whole child and prepares them to think in the complex ways that our complicated world demands. Passionate teachers and supportive staff ensure that kids get individual attention and that they will be prepared for college (I say that as a college educator myself.) In fact, my son took a college stats class his junior year and felt like he fit right in with the older students. Right now he's trying to decide where to attend university, having been offered admission to all 9 schools to which he applied. Finally, when we moved to Utah from the East Coast, the warm community that welcomed us to Rowland Hall made us feel right at home immediately, even though we were far away from family.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
Our very different children, who are now in high school, have attended Rowland Hall since elementary school and have both been extremely successful there. Rowland Hall has an unparralleled ability to bring out the uniqueness of each child and let it shine. At the same time, Rowland Hall has a rigorous academic program that has taught my children to be independent, critical, and analytical thinkers. I am confident my eldest child is very well-prepared for college next year. Due to Rowland Hall, he has been accepted at several outstanding colleges and has some very good decisions to make. Finally, acknowledging the fact that we are in Utah, Rowland Hall offers the most diverse student body of any private school here, which has greatly benefitted both my children.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2012
We have experienced 5 unbelievable years at Rowland Hall School. Our two children have enjoyed small class size, incredibly gifted teachers and administrators, an unparalleled specialty curriculum, state of the art technology and a supportive parent community. All of that sounds good on paper, but to actually experience the magic that goes on in the halls of this school every day is life-changing both for our children and for us. The core curriculum is integrated into every aspect of the child's day... the lesson of the moment is carried through the home room class to the science lab to spanish to computer lab to library to chapel and then to art and music.. All reinforcing the lesson in real world applications. Our children are also involved in the Rowmark Ski program... just another value-added opportunity for our kids. We consider ourselves so lucky to have found ourselves at this amazing school!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2012
I have continually been impressed by the commitment the faculty have shown toward educating my boys and helping them reach their potential. There is an emphasis on creative thinking and abstract reasoning, which are skill that are sorely lacking in our current "Teach to the Test" world. One size does not fit all, and Rowland Hall makes sure that they are working to find the best ways to reach my kids and create real meaning and connection within their educational experiences. My wife and I are both products of top-flite East Coast prep schools with long and illustrious traditions. Our expectations for our children's educations were high. We have never had a moment's doubt about our choice to send our boys to Rowland Hall. My sons both wake up every day excited to go to school and have built wonderful relationships with both their teachers and the kids in their classes. This is not to say that there are not other worthy educational alternatives in SLC or Park City, and there can certainly be instances of sour grapes among those in the community who do not send their kids to RH, it's just that Rowland Hall was the right place for us and we wouldn't trade it for the world.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
i have been at rowland for forever and in beginning school it was great. However, I feel that the quality of the education has decreased. A lot of my teachers don't really want to teach and make that clear. Every year they get rid of courses and increase class sizes. I don't think they care about being a college prep school.

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2012
My son has been at Rowland Hall for 5 years and we absolutely love it. His teachers have been very good - interested in him personally. The jazz band is wonderful, as well as the visual arts program. We appreciate the warmth of the entire community and the emphasis on helping students become ethical, well-rounded people.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2012
Unfortunately, Rowland Hall does not live up to its hype. Some teachers are very good, some are worse than mediocre. The science program is poor. The leadership is uninvolved, unresponsive and uninterested in academics. The published student teacher ratio does not reflect class size, because of the plethora of non-teaching "teachers" . These nonteachers include a sustainability director, a director of community service (of which little is done), several people trying to get you to donate extra money, 2 college counselors for a class size of 60 students, etc. Classes even in honors courses often contain more than 20 students. There is a huge drug problem. Most students go to mediocre colleges. If I had known what this school was really like, I would have sent my kid to West.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2011
I would not send your child here. I have sent my children to this school over the course of 15 years. Every year it goes down in quality and the enrollment increases without teachers increasing. By doing this class sizes become larger and larger so there have been instances where children have not had desks to sit at. A European History teacher decided to have his unit on medieval history be summed up by two movies- Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the Name of the Rose both of which are inappropriate and do not teach students anything. However if you wish to spend upwards of 20,000 on your children for an impersonal, sub-par education then I am recommend this place.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2011
My experiences with Roland Hall were mixed. Some good, some bad -- about like you'd expect from a public school. Certainly not outstanding. I can speak only for the preschool and lower school. If you want a really good school, take a look at The Open Classroom (in the Avenues). This is a (free) public school, where parents, teachers and kids learn together. Upon visiting the school, you'll notice how happy all the kids are -- they walk down the hall with big smiles on their faces.

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2011
It's a good school in our 15+ year experience. I see many rave reviews here; all pretty true, in my optinion. What you won't hear very often, and what the school refuses to recognize and acknowledge, is the so-so math and science education. It's good; there are some great teachers; but they won't help your child excel. Just ask all the foreign-born MD's and PhD's - they're dismayed that we are so far behind the other countries. My children have been bored, sometimes for the entire year.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2011
Our family has been connected with Rowland Hall for over 10 years; I wish every child had the chance to go to a school as fine as this one. We have been so impressed with the educated, creative, professional faculty; at each stage they have established a curriculum that was challenging, interesting and developmentally appropriate. They have known when to push a student a little harder or when to suggest that extra support might be needed. We have the utmost respect for the administration as well; it is clear that their number one interest is the education and well being of each individual child. You'll hear it often when people describe our school, Rowland Hall is a community of learners. We are so fortunate to be part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2011
Our son has been a student at Rowland Hall since he was four years old. He is now in the tenth grade. We value education and are grateful for RHSM especially here in Utah where the public school system reflects gross underfunding. we wanted our son to have college prep curriculum in a community that was not driven by a religious affiliation. Rowland Hall at one time had strong ties to the Episcopal church, but that is no longer the case. The heart and soul of the school is the highly qualified and creative faculty. Rowland Hall is open minded, progressive and dedicated to the well-rounded education of it's students. Classes are small, and there is an emphasis on community service. our son is on the debate team which has excellent direction as does the jazz band,(our son is a drummer) also with exemplary direction. Rowland Hall is a school that continues to look at itself for constant innovation, sustainability programs, and new opportunities for it's students as they prepare to take their place as productive adults. what a school!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
I am a fifth year parent children at Rowland Hall and we couldn't be happier with the education our kids are getting. The curriculum is inspiring and is spot on with what the kids need. The opportunity to be challenged and excel is around every corner. The teachers are wonderful, they are approachable and stay in good contact with the parents. We continue to have wonderful experiences with Rowmark, the school's ski team, and will let out kids continue to ski with the team as long as they wish. The support from the parent community is wonderful and the the friends we have made here are for life. We are thrilled with the school!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
My child started in the beginning school this year and I have been extremely pleased with her experience. Her teachers are fantastic and have made a real effort to know my child and our family. The same is true of the principal. I have found the other parents in my child's class to be warm and friendly. My child always comes home from school happy. I feel we have made an excellent investment in our child's future and I look forward to what the next school year will bring.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
Rowland Hall is a community in every sense of the word. The inspiration to learn and the ability of the faculty to engage each child to do so, in their individual way, is invaluable. Our daughter is in her fifth year, and has grown in every way. Both socially and academically, the school provides and encourages "big picture" thinking and acceptance of all people. The student population provides a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds -- You cannot find a snapshot with the variety of student anywhere else in Utah. You won't find a broader range of student body, staff and faculty all coming together to "walk the talk" of the school's mission : http://www.rowlandhall.org/experience/values.php We could not be more happy with our experience after six years, and it just gets better year after year!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2011
We come from families of teachers and educators and have been so disappointed with this school. The parents behave like children themselves, forming cliques and social groups in which gossip and badmouthing prevails. Teachers lack a genuine sense of compassion and caring. Kids are very rowdy and wild, classrooms have little boundaries. Security at the school is non-existent and there is little effort by principals to walk around and get to know kids/parents (they remain holed-up in their offices.) They have a standard regime and are unable to help advanced kids or very bright ones; they encourage you to hold your bright kids back to the classroom standard, telling you to focus on "social skills." while in the meantime your advanced child is bored senseless. If you do decide to leave the school, they will not contact you or attempt to find out why -- it's as-if you were never there at all. They hand out school handbooks, then you realize rules and guidelines set forth there are not even enforced. Hugly overpriced for what you actually get.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2010
Rowland Hall is for a particular bracket of well-to-do student. If your High Schooler is compliant and organized (and also ok with largely superficial relationships), Rowland Hall may serve him/her well. However, if your student is at all unique, has differences, or is super-bright, and you begin to see issues - move out fast! The Administration will placate but they only know how to adhere to a traditional approach in education. It can take several years to figure that out for yourself! A couple of the teachers are very good. The curriculum is challenging - heavy on workload/homework though, but AP classes available, etc. There are many ways to learn, and many ways to grow - Rowland Hall offers one. We transferred to another school that blew our minds with its breadth and depth of student development.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2010
As an alumna who graduated from Rowland Hall in 2002, I continue to be grateful for the tremendous education I received. RHSM offered an incredible faculty; indeed, many of the teachers I had in high school rivaled or outperformed professors from my subsequent studies at an Ivy League college. RHSM's college counselor was phenomenal, taking care to meet with and advocate for each student. Perhaps most importantly, my fellow students were unique and motivated. Regarding a few parents' comments on the finances of students' families, it is true that many students came from money, but I did not. I received a full scholarship, yet was well-adjusted socially and excelled academically. I developed friendships with nearly all of my classmates, many of which remain close friends today. I would highly recommend this school to any parent (or student) who values great education, wonderful peers, and a supportive community.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2010
Fantastic school I have gone to Rowland Hall my entire life the teachers are fantastic, I learn a lot, and have plenty of friends. The only time a child will not do well at this school is if your child has INTENSE anger or behavioral issues. Many people think this school is church affiliated or if you are different you will not do well. Both are in fact false the school is not a religious school at all and everyone has friends if they are not very mean.

- submitted by a community member
August 06, 2010
Coming from the east coast and two academic families, we had high hopes for this school. Unfortunately, it seems the only distinguishing factor is the kids here come from families with money. If anything, behavior problems seem more significant than at other schools as it attracts kids who are on their 3rd or 4th school for either behavior/emotional issues or for not being able to keep up with curriculum at other schools. Teachers spend the most time and effort with these types of kids: if your kid is well-adjusted or "advanced" academically, they are ignored or forgotten.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2010
I m a middle-class single parent and I have been for all five years my child has attended RHSM. Yes, it s a high-end private school. But it s also a place that welcomes families with diverse backgrounds and celebrates every one. My child has experienced incredible growth thanks to the attentive instruction and impressive programs at RHSM. I ve appreciated the way teachers and staff members have listened closely and responded quickly to my questions and concerns. And I ve been grateful for the helpful counselors who give the kids real tools for working through conflicts on their own (with amazing results). Yes, RHSM is expensive. I make many sacrifices for my child to stay there and they re all worth it. I also volunteer at the school whenever possible, only to witness again and again the intelligent, inclusive and progressive way RHSM works. In fact, I ve just renewed our contract for next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2010
The students for the most part are horrible but the academics are great (for the most part, some teachers seem to think that watching fictional movies counts as teaching). My religious and political views are made fun of, and I hear many gender slurs on a daily basis.

- submitted by a student
March 03, 2010
The administration really does not care for anything put the money of parents and there is a huge pot problem. Some teachers are stellar others are not.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2009
Our children have attended this school for five years and have had the benefit of an excellent education. Low teacher-student ratios and an emphasis on both core subjects as well as computer, art, science, phicical ed. and music helps to educate the whole child. The teaching staff is highly professional and committed to getting the best from their students. The administration and board are the weak links in the school- they have made every effort over the last 5 years to hide the fact that the school offers the sanctuary of an Episcopal chapel and Chaplain (welcoming all) and an outstanding Chapel Program that teaches world religions, spirituality and religious tolerance. Some at the top seem to think the school's connection with the Episcopal Church is a liability, so they removed any religious references from the school crest and name.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2009
I love that this isn't a 'rich kid' school. The head of school, the teachers, staff and student body wants to be have diversity. They enrich every student. It is about giving your child a great education with amazing opportunities without being stuffy or elitist. Your insecure and it is your issue if you think otherwise. In these economic times the school has the highest enrollment in the history of the school! No teachers have been let go!! Waterford and other schools are struggling to keep teachers and pay them what they are worth. Thank you for the respect Rowland Hall!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
I attended Rowland Hall for high school and enjoyed the experience immensely. I learned two life lessons there that I only truly realized once leaving school. The first is, academically, I was more prepared for college than almost all other friends I'd made while attending my first year. I was prepared not only for the way college is structured, and for the complexity of the materials covered. I actually felt that I wasted time almost, as the first year was basically a long review of what I'd studied all the way back to sophomore, even freshman year. The second lesson I learned, was about myself. Rowland Hall was an enriching experience from the friends I made and teachers I had, to what I learned about myself as a person and with regard to my interests. It was an amazing experience.

- submitted by a student
January 13, 2009
I have attended Rowland Hall since freshman year and have enjoyed every bit of it. For skeptical parents, Rowland Hall is as hard and challenging as your child makes it. I'm a senior right now and will graduate with 6 AP credits. The work load steadily increases from freshman to senior year and I can attest to spending many late nights working on projects and doing homework. The whole system is meant to prepare your child for college and from what I cant tell, after talking to friends returning from college, it works. The college councilors are some of the best in the country and each year, many of the students get accepted to IV League's and other elite schools, myself included. The sports are very competitive for a small school and hard to match in 2A. The teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic, and always there to help.

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December 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
I have now been at Rowland Hall-St. Mark's school for one year and I could not be more satisfied. I realize what a privilege it is to be going to a school where everyone truly cares about you. The headmaster holds breakfasts and lunches to help incorporate new students, and to understand how they feel and what their opinions are. The teachers truly care about our progress as students, and they couldn't be more understanding! Although the school can be challenging, I realize that it is preparing us for a great future and we are so fortunate to go this school. I would highly recommend this school to anyone that is aspires to achieve a tremendous education and work hard.

- submitted by a student
October 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2007
The teachers are fantastic, and the class sizes are small. Everyone is very nice and polite, it is the best school I have ever been to.

- submitted by a student
October 06, 2007
The buildings and layout are very nice. My children have been to both public and private schools (my children have attended RHSM for three years). Public schools are much better for social skills and we're disappointed in the academics at RHSM, perhaps our expectations were too high. But the prices they charge are so high that you think you will get the best - not so. RHSM needs to focus on social skills with children as well as faculty. In our experience, RHSM School needs more consistent discipline.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2007
RHSM is a great school for those children who fit in the box. If your child does not, however, there is little support.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2006
RH has such potential... but too much emphasis seems to be on Mercedes, BMW's and designer clothing. Less emphasis seems to be on teaching these mostly wealthy children respect and the importance of academia.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
My son has attended for two years and loves the school. Teachers-student ratio is low (1 to 18 for fourth grade), and the teachers in each grade work together to present the same curriculum. General academic subjects are well-organized and seem to be at a mid-high level of expectation. Included in the curriculum are specialty classes - art, science, chess, chapel, and music - all taught by very qualified teachers. My son loves all the specialty classes. During the winter, the whole school participates in Winter Sports, when kids choose from skiing, swimming, tennis and more activities which they do for six weeks. Parental involvement seems to be good. There is a core group of volunteers and even the working parents seem to attend performances, etc. Community service is encouraged through school sponsored opportunities (e.g., volunteer at the food bank or with Habitat for Humanity). Just a great school!

- submitted by a parent
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Rowland Hall
720 Guardsman Way, Salt Lake City, UT  84108
(801) 355-7485
Last modified Rowland Hall is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Rowland Hall Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top