Kicked my Grandson to the curb......he has special needs and WOULD NOT implement special needs program for him! Even after a the outside councilor advocated for him and how he could back slide. RCS cut him to 1/2 days and he could earn back 1 hr per week. A person at the school informed us his teachers started nit picking needlessly and took away "earning" hours. I'm tearing up and can't see keyboard. 4.5 year old and has ODD.
Richmond Consolidated is a public middle school in Richmond. The principal of Richmond Consolidated is Jenevra Strock. 181 students go to Richmond Consolidated and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 9% of the 181 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Richmond Consolidated is 10:1. Berkshire Junior Senior High School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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My school is outstanding in every way English math science social studies art music physical education/health theater. This small school has a huge heart & offers a great education in a warm atmosphere.
The past few years at Richmond has been rough especially with the poor choices of principals who were just there to pad their retirement providing no leadership whatsoever. A lot of great teachers were placed where they were least effective hurting the students even more. The last two years have been a breath of fresh air with a solid principal providing the leadership needed. I hope she continues to re-evaluate each year placing the teachers where their strengths lie as well as weeding out some of the lazier faculty who are draining the system. The arts and language program are the best around. Also the students receive lunches that are off the charts. Where else uses fresh local ingredients? Nowhere! It's a great school on a comeback. Hopefully the school keeps pushing forward maximizing the strengths off all the faculty.
We are so lucky to have found RCS. It is a hidden treasure in Berkshire County. Our two children entered this year as buds now blossoming. The food is excellent local and fresh. The art is innovative and creative. The children have a sense of security and respect at RCS. It is a beautiful path for children preparing them for another. We are above the moon over this school and all that it has to offer.
Richmond school is one of the best in the Berkshires. It's like having a private school education but without the cost. The principal in incredible and the sense of community is great. There is a strong focus on the arts and music that can't be found at any other local public school in the area. The food program is also one of the best often using locally grown or from their own garden produce. I strongly recommend Richmond to anyone looking for a great small school in the Berkshires.
Okay no school is perfect but our experience was pretty close. My child graduated from Richmond two years ago but I can attest to its high standards and sense of community. My daughter entered high school very well prepared for the rigor and demand of honors and AP coursework. Her h.s. teachers all comment about her writing skills and her ability to synthesize complex material. I attribute this to the fabulous teachers at Richmond School. As a parent I chose to send my daughter to Richmond because it focused on the whole child -- the emphasis wasn't on testing but on molding well-rounded children. My daughter loved the arts program -- theater musical instrument chorus studio art -- as well as the Creative Arts Program that brought in artists from around the Berkshires. Students begin a foreign language in kindergarten. I also loved that it's a Pre-K through 8 school and you often see the older students mentoring the younger ones. It's a close community -- everyone knows each other. It really is a pretty terrific place. My daughter has a very special place in her heart for Richmond School and so do I.
I am a parent of 4 children at Richmond Consolidated School. We have been privileged to be a part of this school system for 8 years and there is no school in the Berkshires that compares! Our family travels internationally and has been exposed to the finest educational systems and we have chosen to be at Richmond. The curriculum is diverse and differentiated with a qualified support staff to meet the needs of all students. Our school teaches the whole child with a uniquely rich arts program and cross-curricular teaching. This is THE school in the Berkshires.
My experience has been the same. As a parent and teacher I was mortified when 24 children and 9 staff members ( Home room teachers para-professionals both floating and 1 on 1s speech gym art and foriegn language teachers sadly all or most students & staff departures were sudden. Most shockingly I realized the School has Fall AND Spring picture day to replace the many who left in the middle of the year! That's just the tip of much more than any person let alone innocent children should be subjected too. 4 principals 2 superintendents ( a 4 yr old had 5 para's - or five 1 on 1 para's in a yr and a half!!) 2speech teachers 3 receptionists 3 sped teachers and on and on in 4 years alone! Who are these children supposed to trust or know to go to with SO MUCH CHAOS SO MUCH CHANGE? Children thrive on routine and structure that's been proven. Basically if that's what you're NOT looking for Structure and Routine but complete chaos along with discouragement for parental imput well the RCS is just the school . Chaotic Stressful Unorganized and if your child is really lucky the Sac counselor will punish your child w/o reason then tell your child not to tell you!! Twice!
RCS is the Best School Ever!! If you want a place that "looks great" yet is far from it. As I look back on these reviews I can see how it was placed 8 out of 10. The last review before mine was almost 5 years ago. Key and crucial to all the downfalls allowed. I have been volunteering donating and apart of RCS and it's community for well over 10 years.I have siblings more then 10 years younger. I had gone on many field trips & recitals put on by the school. Back then I was PROUD of what the school was it's more like MORTIFIED. If you find them in the wrong & let them know be prepared for anything imaginable. When things went wrong daily for my children I started with gentle questions & hopeful actions. My 5 yr old child is on the Spectrum. Sadly enough all I got back was shock from Parental Advocating. Ignored when their "Code of Conduct" states just this.. Oh they no longer have one! I forgot.. What they said & did was different. If they said "Communication is Essential" that means it isn't.. If this can save just 1 family from all we have endured standing up for our children & their rights then it was worth it all.That says more than you would ever know or have too I hope.
Richmond Consolidated School is positively exceptional small classes great teachers rigorous academic programs that foster critical thinking as well as creative development and a strong commitment to the arts and foreign languages. In fact kids start Spanish in kindergarten.
Richmond school is as good as any private institution one could send their children to. The teachers take great interest in their work and my kids love the school. My children have developed well there with caring faculty and great programs. I couldn't be happier.