My son is a 2nd grader here & has loved school since kindergarten.The principal is unbelievably terrific.Responsive & understanding as well as truly caring he clearly loves his job & kids as well.He dresses up for Halloween & will actually sub for the before/after daycare located on the school grounds.He is serious when called for though.Did I mention he is only about 35? The teachers my son's had are great.There is so much emphasis on test scores these days but the teachers try & enrich kids minds & spirits not just forcefeed them info for tests.Walking trips to the beach & library raising silkworms in class.My complaints are few & would involve lack of funds & the consequences.Kids go to the beautiful school library only once a month because there is not enough money for a full time librarian for example.There is an element of "rough" kids as another reviewer mentioned but I go on every school trip & all the kids know me & I know them. A lot of these kids respond well to a little attention & so it comes back to parental involvement not just with your kid but with the school community.Many fun school functions science night math night talent show.I am happy my son is here.
Rodeo Hills Elementary School is a public elementary school in Martinez. The principal of Rodeo Hills Elementary School is Steven Trotter, whose e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. 731 students go to Rodeo Hills Elementary School and identify mostly as Filipino; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 18% of the Rodeo Hills Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 70% of the 731 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Rodeo Hills Elementary School is 17:1. Ohlone Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
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I really like RHE. My children have been attending for the last 5 years. It has a strong teaching staff (we have had really great teachers each yr.) and a very nice principle. The new principle (current for the last 2 yrs) has been very attentive to all my concerns and needs. As to the student population I like the diversity of the student body. This diversity is teaching my children really essential social skills. I feel it's important for my children to be in a diverse population that reflects the world around us. Thank you for reading my review.
First off the principal is wonderful and so are some of the teachers. If you are a parent who is actively involved in your child's education (as you should be) you will find that most of the RHES teachers will support and work with you to ensure your child is on the right educational path. The free After School Program is also convenient and the teachers who run it really care about the students. However the absolute worse thing about this school are the students. I would say about 40% live in public housing and are just not decent kids. I know that it is not their fault that they are being brought up in unsavory environments but unfortunately they run the school and their influence is very present. My daughter has attended this school for the last 4 years and I wish I had pulled her out years ago. Thankfully she is out of this school and now as well as the district. It is a constant struggle between good and evil. I teach and expose my daughter to goodness but she has oftentimes been easily influenced to act out of character by succumbing to peer pressure. If you have no choice other than sending your child here please beware!
The current principal has been here for the past 2 years and gives %150 to the school. He sometimes rushes with parents but always listens with a whole heart and looks into every issue. Most of the grade levels have super strict teachers and super relaxed teachers. It's hard to find a teacher in the middle but they're all seemingly decent teachers. With the budget cuts they're having a very hard time in the SDC department as the parent below me somewhat noted. They need to separate the SDC from the ED but there doesn't seem to be enough teaching staff to do that. There are a lot of comments about parent involvement but the state now requires school districts to run costly background checks if you want to volunteer for anything more than a field trip. Having been at two other schools since kindergarten I can say that RHES has the most parent volunteers I've ever seen at any school. I see a lot of praise for the after school program but my experience with it is subpar. It's glorified free babysitting. I've seen the children yelled at more than anything. The "tutoring" is just making the kids sit and do homework. The program really needs an overhaul and better staff running it
The school may be great which I am still not confident about but the special need services are poor. Do not move here or come here if you have a child that requires any special education accomadations. The staff is below avarage the support staff is incompetent and the district level adminstration is duplicitous conniving and worst off places the needs of the district above the needs of the child. Our experience has been a horror story and no family should be made to go through what we went through with them. I would highly recommend doing whatever it takes to get into a different district if at all possible.
Great school ... head and shoulders over the one the kids went to in our last location. Band after-school program library reading program math ... excellent.
I am so happy with this school. The after school program is AMAZING and the teachers and staff are all wonderful willing to work with you and caring. I could not be happier with Rodeo Hills. I fell blesses my child goes to such a caring school.
Wonderful teachers fabulous free After School Program offering many enriching activities and safe environment! We've been very satisfied with this school! Ms. Langille was my daughter's Kindergarten teacher and she set my daughter on the road to success! My daughter loves school. Be as involved as you can in your child's education and watch them blossom.
This school has been great since the rebuild. Great principal leadership wonderful teacers and all around nice people and community. More Parent involvement would be my only request.
I totally agree with the parent that stated the primary issue is with bullying on the playground. I feel there either needs to be more supervision on the playground or stronger punishments for the bullies. Other than that I absolutely love this school.
The school is good overall but I have concerns. Some kids have poor values and it s disturbing to hear some of the things my child comes home to tell me that she heard. I ve had conversations with my 1st grader I never anticipated would come this early. There s a good curriculum and the after school program is wonderful. However I don't believe that the principal is supportive to parents who have legitimate concerns about teachers. She seems to have a bias when you express a concern. I feel as if she downplays the situation to make you feel that you are overreacting instead of getting the bigger picture. Supportive parents are the exception and in my opinion the principal doesn t welcome feedback. The one time that I expressed concern about something to her I felt as though I was being reprimanded which is absolutely unacceptable.
Rodeo Hills is a wonderful school with great teachers and staff. The teachers are top-notch and do everything they can to help every student at all levels. I am always impressed with their commitment and dedication. The parents that are involved make it a better place. I would like more extracurricular activities but the after school program is offering more programs to address that need. Rodeo Hills is great and will get even better in time.
Excellent teachers beautiful school great administration. Yes there is a lack of parent involvement... The PTA is very active considering that of the 727 kids in the school there are regularly 4 or 5 parents who are involved in the PTA. It's not a lack of motivation. Just a lack of helping hands!
This is a great school with great teachers who give 150%. The single most important issue I see there is the lack of parent involvement. It is always the same parents volunteering for fieldtrips parties and extra class help.
I would give Rodeo Hills a satisfactory rating. The thing that really concerns me is the low parent involvement. The PTA doesn't seem that strong - they don't seem too motivated. However I do like the teacher quality and the diverse culture.
This school has far more going for it than meets the eye! It's amazingly diverse and the teachers work very hard to help their diverse student body. The new school is physically beautiful the nicest elementary school I have ever seen. The school is SAFE - I feel like my daughter is in good hands. The academics are decent - I would like to see her pushed more but I understand that the teachers have a whole class to teach not just my daughter. It would be great if there were more whistles and bells but overall I feel this is a good school that is very much on the upswing.
My daughter goes to this 2-year old school and I would give it a fair rating. There are positives and negatives. Family nights after school programs and excellent teachers are positives but there are some issues with bullying and playground behavior and parent involvement is very low.
My son started kindergarten in 2005 and so far we love Rodeo Hills. His teacher Mrs. Lisa McHugh has been great. My son today told me how much he loves school. There is homework through the week but it's not overbearing. Mrs. McHugh also holds weekly reading groups which help the children enhance their reading skills together. We've already had one field trip to Children's Fairyland and two more are scheduled to other fun places. The children visit the library once a week and get to bring home a book for a week. Overall I am very satisfied with Rodeo Hills so far.