Rhinebeck Central School District
- Rhinebeck, NY
Rhinebeck Central School District Reviews
Rating 4.25 out of 5 8 reviews
I liked all the sports and clubs I was able to participate in at the school. I wish some of the teachers were a little more understanding of students struggling while they have other things going on in their lives.
Rhinebeck is a small school with the majority of the kids being white. Rhinebeck is a high achieving high school with many AP and honors courses to take. Everyday after school there is a club or sport that you could participate in.
Rhinebeck High School provided me with all the resources I needed throughout high school to help me earn acceptance to Yale University. Though an immense variety of AP classes is not available, students have the opportunity to explore at college-level courses spanning five different disciplines: science, math, art, English, and foreign languages. Utilized to their full potential, these resources are more than enough to create a well-rounded, knowledgable college applicant. The teachers of these courses are often passionate about their work. My best experiences were with the English Department, an array of kind-hearted teachers who gave me the feedback and inspiration necessary to develop a passion for writing – a passion that I intend to pursue further in college. When I applied to college, I used only the support of my guidance counselor and the feedback from my English teacher. They readily provided all the help I needed.
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at Rhinebeck. The quality of the education is much better than that of other public schools in the area. Additionally, most of the teachers and faculty are very friendly and dedicated to helping students receive the best experience possible. Rhinebeck has a small, close-knit community that I haven’t noticed in other schools. Class sizes are small, and for this reason, the education is much more individualized.
I have attended Bulkeley Middle School and Rhinebeck High School and my experience has been great. With small class sizes, there are no more than 25 kids to a class and it's easy to form personal relationships with teachers because they are able to take very individualized approaches to teach while ensuring that the whole group is included and participating. I honestly can't say enough good things about my experiences with teachers in high school. Every year I made more meaningful relationships with my teachers and loved learning from them. The students all get along for the most part and we are a very close-knit group with grade levels of only about 100. The educational opportunities are great and we are all very privileged to attend school in Rhinebeck.
As a Junior in Rhinebeck High School that has been in the school system since Kindergarten, I have seen the best (and the worst) of this school system. Rhinebeck is known for its dedicated student population that features a high percentage of highly motivated students. It is definitely a school in which anything less than an A are perceived as inadequate. This can be a very stressful environment, but also a very encouraging one. In terms of school culture, there is very little diversity and nearly everyone falls into the "rich and preppy" category. In my years at the high school, very few people picked up instruments or became interested in the arts as most people's lives revolved around either purely sports or academics. Rhinebeck's science and (especially) english departments are exemplary. I have not had one english teacher that has not completely changed how I write. All in all, Rhinebeck is academically a very good school but it severely lacks culture.
As a highly motivated high school student, I find it easy to thrive in this environment. Nearly all of the teachers are very well educated in their field (although there are some who have room to improve when it comes to teaching). But all teachers are willing to help as long as you give them your respect and attention. Every student has a guidance counselor which makes navigating courses and interests easy for students. My only complaint about the school would be the social aspect. Although most students are very nice and most would be able to find their place somewhere friends wise, there are cliques (not in a negative way but I don't really believe cliques are a good thing either). However, the school really is a good one and I would recommend it to anyone who has a student anywhere on the academic spectrum.