Ramsay has had issues with lack of parent involvement for many years. The school has had 3 principles in the past 5 years. Teacher morale has been decreasing in the past 2 yrs. The PTA has a skeleton crew (I'm talking 3-5 people) of active members who have to work very hard to get anything done. The school does have some "fun" activities, but academic progress has been lacking for quite some time. The students are happy, yet oblivious to the declining reputation of the school. It is overpopulated with 750+ this year, with growth expected to continue. A lot of resources are used on ELL programs and improving reading levels. Afterschool enrichment programs are limited to teacher taught 'clubs' . The school's physical environment is dim, not like the brightly colored halls of the other ACPS elementary schools. The dumpsters are located right at the entrance of the school. Their playground is the least maintained in the entire ACPS system and the advertised Rec Center and Nature Center do not belong to the school and are not useable for school functions outside of school hours. One of the lowest ranking schools in ACPS for a reson.
- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
I love William Ramsay ! It is a great school to go to. I love the teachers because they teach very good and if I don't get something they will CLEARLY explain that problem. They food is O.K. but i like the cheese sticks the most. They treat all kids with respect and do their job right. Make sure you see the school first. But I think you will FALL IN LOVE with it.
- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2006
Hello- my name is jeevana wells. My son started kindergarten this year. I really like that fact that they had a kindergarten -prep program. That really helped my son learn the new teachers and helper's. He seems to like the food there. He like s the pizza on friday's.He likes the libary and also the nature center. [He] also goes to the capanga school before and after school. They always have great activities and snacks. Jeevana wells
- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
i liked this school very much. im not a parent but i attended a school i felt very safe. the academic programs are great they are activities that can keep kids out of gangs and drugs. Music teachers and other teachers are great people they help you out on any task. Parent involement is OK my oarent wasnt involed in any of the PTA meetings or anything but other parents were which is a good thing. Overall, this school is a good, safe, and diverse school i felt very safe here if you want to transfer to another elementary school choose William Ramsey, a good choice.
- submitted by a student
August 05, 2005
The staff and teachers at this school are fantastic. The principal is so wonderful, affable, and pays attention to detail. The school is run like a tight ship and is neat as a pin. My daughter learned a lot and always felt happy and safe there. The PTO is terribly small and there are very few volunteers. This can get old. Many of the children do not partake in play dates and birthday parties.