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  • C. W. Ruckel Middle School10

    Niceville, FL | Okaloosa County


    October 22, 2014

    The school is not culpable for demographic disparities. My children are bi-racial and have had zero issues at Ruckel. The sense of community is profound by faculty and parents alike. At every type of activity from band to athletics the stands are always full with generations of families supporting the community. Literally every student I have met, I hear them address adults as sir and ma'am.....even my children who prior to moving to this area had not. A strong sense of morals, community, and family is what you will experience at this school and in this area. The negative remarks must have been isolated cases and are surely not the norm.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 31, 2014

    My daughter is a "person of color" and had no problem making the team. The amount of kids vying for a position in the different sports programs can be very competitive - 100 kids may try out for 25 slots on the team. My daughter is very shy and has blossomed while attending RMS. She's in the Gifted and Talented Program, has performed exceptionally on the FCATs, has learned responsibility, and her teachers know they can expect a lot of hard work from her. We love the school and only wish her younger sister would be able to attend next year, but the military is moving us.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 5, 2014

    Please check your grammar before posting a review. Sorry for anyone who has had a bad experience, like us, for any reason. I wasn't aware that racism is an issue at this school but, there's plenty of other problems! Our kid was bullied for being a Christian from a conservative thinking family. Now, she's dealing with the same type pressure (censorship) at NHS.

    Submitted by a parent

    January 24, 2014

    Do not send your child there is they are a person of color or you hold a high value to intersectionality and diversity. This school is very uncultured.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 31, 2013

    Thankfully principal retired and no longer subjected to her off-key Broadway routines. I agree they look the other way regarding bullying or maybe too afraid to respond. Cell phone use is rampant making less work for the teachers to do their job.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 16, 2009

    I do the cheer team at the school and im in 6th grade it is so fun and the classes are great hope i helped

    Submitted by a student

    April 19, 2009

    O.k. i know I'm not a parent but I'm a student and my opinion counts too. Ruckel rocks!!!!! :D I love all my teachers, and make A's and B's in every subject. the school has great electives, though the school library is limited. I know at least 26 people that are switching to Ruckel from Destin next year. Overall ruckel is the best school I've ever been to and I've only attended it for sixth grade. I wish I didn't have to move next year.

    Submitted by a student

    April 13, 2009

    We are in the school choice zone, and we exercised our choice by switching to Destin Middle School. Ruckel seems to have changed for the worse since our eldest attended there. The halls are overcrowded, and the lockers are stacked three high. While admin. pretends to care about the students, their actions show otherwise. Socioeconomics plays a key role as to who makes school teams. Definitely more opportunity at Destin.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 31, 2009

    It is one of the best middle schools out there! The science teachers are great and the 3 A's of excellence is the standard. The three A's mean: Academics Athletics Arts The school has a LARGE reputation and is great!

    Submitted by a student

    September 13, 2007

    we have a son attending Rckel Middle School, and we are very happy, this school is GREAT.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 9, 2006

    Both of my children attended Ruckel Middle School. The teachers, that my children had, were very knowagable in their field and held my children to high academic standards.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 7, 2005

    My child came to Ruckel from 2 previous private schools. I have to say, I have been impressed. The teachers have made learning interesting and fun while challenging students at the same time. The teachers seem glad to be there, which makes the students more enthusiastic. We really like Ruckel Middle School!

    Submitted by a parent

    March 16, 2004

    My daughter, Shannon Burton, attended RMS 6th thru 8th grade. I was constantly impressed with the quality of the staff, the genuine concern expressed by the staff and the eager participation by parents to get involved. I feel RMS was an outstanding springboard for Shannon as she went into her freshman year at Niceville HS, where she is now a junior. She was a career straight A student at RMS, and continues to be at NHS. I personally cite the professionalism and expertise of the RMS educators for her academic achievements. Thank you, RMS! Cynthia Burton

    Submitted by a parent

    August 22, 2003

    Every one of my children attended Ruckel and loved every year of it. I was very impressed with the quality of this school and would recommend it to any parent. It really is an 'A' school!

    Submitted by a parent

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