RPS Thank you for being the place that gives our son - confidence a voice and a sense of pride. It was very hard for a shy kid to take a chance and go to a school away from his friends in public school and where he didn t know anybody. It didn t take long for him to blend in and take advantage of everything that RPS has to offer academics athletics supportive and available teachers diversity independence and I could go on. He wears his RPS clothing with a smile and the ride home is filled with conversation about his day. This is truly incredible considering that the teen years we heard are typically a time when boys stop sharing information with their parents. We look forward to next year when his younger brothers will join this amazing community. We only have one regret Why did we wait so long to send them to RPS??
Rutgers Preparatory School is a private high school in Somerset. 79 students attend Rutgers Preparatory School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. The student to teacher ratio at Rutgers Preparatory School is 7:1. Piscataway Twp High School is one of the nearest high schools.
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I am a proud parent of a Rutgers Prep graduate (Class of 2014). We all found Rutgers Prep to be a warm and nourishing environment. The teachers were always willing to provide assistance and/or guidance even if this time is needed before school or after school. Rutgers Prep truly cares about the whole student not just an academic test score. Our son is a fine young man who became a leader in the classroom and on the athletic field. Due to the phenomenal well-rounded education my son received at Rutgers Prep he is now attending a top college recently recognized by the New York Times as "Better Than Ivy..." Once again it was the teachers/coaches who guided my son to this fine secondary institution. He is well prepared for and flourishing in his first semester of college. We could not be more proud of our son. Having our son attend Rutgers Prep is one of the best decisions we've ever made for his future. We are forever grateful!!
Rutgers Prep is a phenomenal educational and professional environment. Students have opportunities to learn collaborate grow and lead; and faculty are extremely well supported in their endeavors to facilitate these opportunities. As a product of an independent school education and a child of a teacher I have a tremendous respect for and awareness of the things that are so easy to take for granted in an independent school. A sense of community. Mutual respect among faculty and between children and adults. Collaborative efforts between divisions to foster connections between students of all ages. Access to cutting edge technologies. These attributes are built in to Rutgers Prep and they make a huge difference in the lives of its teachers and students. They are at the forefront of the School s mission and yet they are not forced; it just comes naturally. And that result is the product of a caring and compassionate community who is invested in its students teachers and administrators at every level.
The school lacks strong leadership suffers from a stale poorly articulated curriculum and inconsistent (at best) teaching quality. The MS English curriculum consists of dragging out three books over the full year and giving quizzes on those books. Our eldest did no creative writing and little writing at all after grade 5. The math curriculum is a year behind that of peer schools. The science curriculum is also out of step-neither a legitimate accelerated traditional approach nor the physics first alternative. Rather students are provided a diluted life science course in 8th grade to give the appearance of an accelerated traditional sequence. The elem curriculum is driven by semester long projects that are not thoughtfully integrated learning experiences but rather an opportunity to put on a daylong show for parents (created by parents). Finally the high turnover of students increased behavior issues unwillingness to manage them appropriately and the school s attempts to stay financially viable by expanding their Chinese exchange program signal a school facing serious challenges. Current leadership seems unwilling to tackle these challenges and faculty largely incapable.
We had two children in the lower school - initially we were very happy as the teachers in the annex are wonderful. Over time problems arose - there were a few kids with severe behavioral issues and our kids were becoming increasingly nervous about going to school. The teachers did everything they could and the administration was clearly concerned more about revenue than solving the problem at hand. As a less competitive school there is not a waiting list of kids hoping to get those slots so the administration allows things to go on long past what is reasonable. While the diversity of this school is wonderful the administration does not give the required support to the teachers in tough situations. We were very disappointed and moved our kids to another independent school with a better track record of support and tone from the top.
We are proud parents of a son (RPS class of 2010) and daughter (RPS class of 2014). Each entered RPS in the Middle School and then completed the Upper School. Their RPS experiences were excellent and very gratifying. The school and staff provided the intimate and nurturing environment that allowed our children to develop into self-confident mature young adults. With the wide range of advanced academic offerings each of our children created rigorous schedules emphasizing their interests. Both our son and daughter found the educators ALWAYS willing to avail themselves for any help or guidance needed. Our son is about to complete an undergraduate degree at a notable Northeast engineering school. Later this year our daughter will begin the journalism program at a prestigious Eastern college. RPS taught our children to become leaders in the classroom and on the sports fields. These outcomes would not have been possible without the well-rounded education afforded them at RPS. We could not have made better investments in the futures of our children than sending them to RPS.
Extremely disappointing and highly over-rated. While there are some genuinely caring staff members at the school overall we found the Lower School teaching quality mediocre to quite poor while the administration was high-handed authoritarian and uncooperative. There seemed to be a strong emphasis on conformity versus creativity. They were neither kid- nor parent-friendly and our child was manifestly unhappy there. Considering the small class sizes which should have been a plus there was an astounding level of psychological bullying. If this school spent as much energy on providing a supportive learning environment as they do on public relations and fundraising they might someday live up to the carefully crafted image they like to put forward. Once parents sign the contract the tone can change quite quickly.
As a parent of two graduates of RPS I am extremely grateful for the education they received. They both found their passion (one for science and one for law) were admitted to their first choice schools left HS with self confidence and were better prepared for college than many of their peers. They are now successful young professionals in law and medicine and I'm convinced that their RPS experience was critical in their success. RPS has teachers who love to teach and a diverse student body. Their RPS education was a great investment probably the best my wife and I have made for our children.
Rutgers Prep is one of the hidden gems in a highly competitive independent school market. My children have attended Rutgers Prep for the last eight years and have embraced the academic rigor and the core values offered by the institution. There are so many opportunities to carve out your niche and follow your passion. At Rutgers Prep not only do faculty members know my children they are advocates for them and know their best selves. I could not be more proud of my kids and know that the Rutgers Prep community deserves a large part of the credit.
rutgers prep has regressed greatly as my children have moved up.The school is stale and changes are for the worst
It is with great pleasure I write this commendation about an institution that has enhanced my son's academic experience . Rutgers Preparatory School has given him the tool set necessary to compete at a highly competitive academic institution. The highly anticipated first semester could have not been more successful for him. He frequently mentions how well prepared academically socially he is for the vigors of university life. If any parent diesires the "best " for their child and affords them "the best" opportunity to succeed in this highly competitive academic environment my suggestion is to enroll them in RPS. I recommend RPS without reservation or prejudice.
My child attended this school. The teachers really don't offer much for the price tag you are paying. The sales pitch is high to get you to return but the education is pretty low. They have a headmaster but he is MIA most of the time. They are running on the name alone and some of the surrounding schools offer a better option. Even if the teachers are complained about they will never fire them you just have to deal with the issue. They need younger teachers there. Totally not worth the money. Also if your child is individual kind of thinker. Don't send them there.
My son loves Rutgers Preparatory School. Our decision to transfer from a public school system (that was a high rated blue ribbon school ) was the best decision ever. He now has great caring teachers with small class sizes that are much more interactive and academically challenging. There are opportunities for many more technical and specific electives and A/P classes. The school schedule lets him be involved with sports and with many clubs and group organizations. He is more confident and responsible. We definitely made the right decision to join Rutgers Prep.
I had my kids at RPS for 10 years. Over the years the school has changed and is living on past glory. We decided to leave and was the best decision ever. Great for lower school middle school is a struggle.........
Couldn't stnad this school. Can't wait to get out of here. DON'T GO HERE IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN OPINION LIKE TO BE YOURSELF OR HAVE ANY INTERESTING IN LEARNING.
This is a great school the teachers are excellent especially with the strong principle leadership.
My son entered RPS 4 years ago in Pre K. He loves RPS and is very excited for school each day. We are happy to have him part of such a caring community. The other parents share our values which is wonderful. I would like more parents involved at the school but am still really happy. The teachers are caring and really get to know the kids. We are so happy with RPS that we decided his younger brother will join him this fall.
This is a GREAT school. There are constant challenges academically that the teachers and adminstration are trying their best to provide the kids on a daily basis. Yes the school doesn't "look" that great when you first walk in - it really needs a new coat of fresh spring colors and new flooring that isn't all crimson!! But don't let that take away from what his school offers - individual attention small class sizes rigorous curriculum that is constantly being updated the best technology used effectively a good athletics program in the high school solid college acceptances and even more individual attention! Our art studio needs a new (bigger home) but we still put on quite a show! Rutgers Prep is the PLACE TO BE!!
As the parent of a student who attended Rutgers Prep from kindergarten through graduation I believe the experience was outstanding. My child was extremely well prepared for college having excellent academic and time management skills. In addition the confidence and thirst for knowledge instilled in my child will enrich her future always.
As a parent of three students and an alumni of RPS I know first hand the benefits of a Rutgers Prep education. The RPS community is supportive and nurturing for students of all abilities. As graduates head to college they are better equipped to meet the expectations and demands of a rigorous college education.