I have two boys going to RES and the way his teachers challenge traditional old methods and impart creative new learning skills is absolutely amazing. I believe caring staff, motivated students and involving parents are key to a school's success and RES is in the right direction!!
When we were looking for a home and I was concerned about the schools, a friend, who happens to be a teacher, told me that in elementary school it's not about the school rating, it's all about what teacher they get. She reiterated "they could go to a great school and get a lousy teacher, or go to a school with a lower rating and get the best teacher." That's what we found at RES... the best teachers for our boys.
Our family policy is that our boys must finish their homework first thing before they are allowed to watch tv or play. They always finish with plenty of time for other activities including area sports programs.
The policies by the administration and the programs this school offers develops character in all those willing to participate. The culture of this school is one of building each other up. We had one of the most positive experiences of our life at RES.
The schools anti-bullying campaign has a tremendous affect on the students and the school environment. The assembly on Rachel's Challenge and the follow on "chain" assignment had a positive effect on my son.
I have three boys, two of whom attended Ruckersville Elementary School (RES). This is, by far, the best elementary school I have encountered. Due to relocation by my husband's employer we had to leave the area. Upon searching for a home in our new community I made sure that we purchased a home in what was considered the best school district in our area. I had high expectations because RES set the bar high. Our new school has much larger class sizes and is a much larger school, however, does not offer nearly the amount of programs as RES. They were involved in Destination Imagination and Drama Club. My oldest competed in GEM Fair at James Madison University and won awards for customer service. I heard that RES recently added a Lego Robotics team. My neighbors daughter enjoyed being a part of the Art Club. My boys tell me regularly that they want to go back to their old school (RES). I wish we could! I have never encountered teachers that were more involved with my children and cared about them in every way. Here at this new school, that received the highest ratings, we are nearing the end of the school year and I still don't feel like I know my boys teachers and they certainly don't know me. While at RES I feel like I developed a personal relationship with each of their teachers and my boys thrived. We miss this great school!
RES is a wonderful school. I have two kids, one in Third grade and another in Kindergarten. We've had a good experience with this school. There are several programs to foster creativity, inspiration and critical thinking in every child. This school has a Gifted Program , a strong STEM program, Drama club, Journalism & Publishing club, Horizons academy to name a few. The rating I see on Greatschool does not do justice. Some recent achievements include: (1) The Destination Imagination team from RES topped in the district , went to state and all the way to Global finals in 2014 - a testament to creativity fostered here. (2) RES student won 1st place in Virginia Geography Fair in 2013. (3) Three student scholars were selected to present at Gettysburg to commemorate 150th anniversary of Gettysburg address. One of the speeches was so impressive that ancestry.com decided to put it on its website. The current Principal and the supporting staff are very energetic and responsible. Parent Teacher's Association (PTA) has a strong presence in this School and I urge every parent to be part of it.