Robinson has been really great for all 3 of my kids! My first one was really involved in the terrific drama program and got the IB diploma, my second one was really involved in the band/marching band and he got the IB diploma, my third one was a member of the lacrosse team and student government and she got the IB diploma! Of course they always had a teacher to complain about but nothing that was serious just teenagers. They had really great friends and there was always a school event to go to. I wouldn't have chosen any other school for all 3 of my children to go to. It's such a big school that once my youngest child said to me, 'Mom, today i realized that everyday I see somebody that I've never seen before.' This didn't bother my children one bit. Robinson is absoulutely terrific!
I was concerned that my 7th grader would get lost in such a large school. Not to worry. The Middle School runs on a different bell system than the High School- so most of the day they are not together. My daughter has had opportunities in band and chorus that a smaller school would not provide. She is also a IEP student- and I can say nothing but great things about the special ed program at Robinson. The kids are not set apart, but are part of all the schools activities.
The school has been a mixed experience. I had one child attend during 7th and 8th grade and like it. We moved (military) and came back and I now have another child in 10th grade. Between the SOLs, transferring credits, and getting used to be just another number in the system Robinson has been a difficult place to be. As long as you don't mind not having personal relationships or attention from and with most of the staff then Robinson is fine otherwise.
My son went to Robinson for three years and it was a great experience the first year. By the third year he was having problems with the extremely high expectations from coaches. In order to fit in at this school, because of the size, kids must find some niche -- his was sports. He was fine for a while, but when he wouldn't do steroids, he was shunned. We moved to get out of the situation.
Best education my boys could have gotten. My oldest took IB classes but did not do the IB program. As a result he went onto college and had 11 credits accepted at his college. The sports teams are great and the opportunities and electives are massive.
Great for an outgoing student - many extracurricular opportunities. Harder for a shy student- best when they find a niche. Very competitive environment - probably good since it doesn't allow for complacency. Most teachers are great - some are exceptional. Counselling staff excellent. A few teachers and administrators seem biased and a few teachers are poor classroom managers(lose homework, mark papers wrong). Parents need to stay vigilant. Cafeteria overcrowding a serious problem at start of 2005. Overall an excellent school for preparing students for 'real world' diversity, interpersonal issues, cultural environment, competative workforce. Glad my children go here.
My son graduated with the IB Diploma from Robinson in 2003. He had excellent classes and teachers at Robinson, which prepared him exceedingly well for university work. Teachers went out of their way to work with him outside of regular classroom hours as necessary. When needed, they kept in close contact with me as his parent as well. The teachers I had opportunity to get to know personally balanced encouragement, discipline, friendliness, and high academic expectations in their relationships with my son. It proved to be a winning combination. Facilities were excellent. As to the number of students in some of the classes, a large class had 30 students. This too prepared my son for university, where he found large undergraduate classes the norm. He already knew how to be successful in larger classes from the first day he arrived at college. The band program at Robinson was absolutely fabulous.
I have mixed feelings about Robinson. I have had two exchange students ('00 and '03) attend Robinson as Juniors. The first student saw videos in Health and English at least twice a week. In Health, the videos were never related to the class (The Simpsons). This year, I would say that class size is definately too large - at least 30 students to a class. Unless your child is very focused and disciplined on their own, this would be an issue for them. It's a lot like a college experience. However, I'm sure the reason Robinson is packed because everyone wants their children there because of the IB program and the choice of extracurricular activities.
This is an overall great school. The learning enviroment is very positive and the teachers provide class room leadership as well as after help. Even though I am a student here and my opinion could be a little biased, I am sure that everyone who ever visted this school would agree with me.
Despite the large size Robinson has a niche for every student. The atmosphere is supportive, friendly and the academic programs are tops.
This school is awesome. Best of everything. Could not ask for more. Have 2 children enrolled.
Two of my children have graduated from Robinson, one in 1994 and the other in 2000. My oldest was more academic minded than my youngest, but both received and excellent education. There's something for everyone at Robinson.
The class size is about 30 students to one teacher. The school is over populated. Many teachers' lounges are now classrooms. The senior teacher lounge is now in a workroom. There were 17 trailers in the back of the school in 2002-2003. During that year pipes broke twice and the fire alarm would not shut off. The volume of the cafeterias is above what it should be. So the cafeteria workers are at risk of becoming death.
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