What was my experience with the Richmond Hill school system as a new resident?
So you’re sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for me to tell you why I fell In love with Richmond Hill? One question with so many answers. I digress back to the big move from Florida to Georgia. I remember pulling into my new driveway on a Sunday evening, the Sunday before the first day of school. I was terrified in general terms – I mean moving is scary!
But, I was also stressing about how difficult it would be to get my teenagers into school on the first day. Adding to my panic, is that one of my teenagers, Mason, has special needs so, it’s a little bit complicated. I had these visions of my poor son (and poor me) waiting weeks to start school while they assemble all the evaluations and process the paperwork.
So often during the househunting, we were encouraged by the fact that Richmond Hill schools were very highly rated, something that’s a priority for any family with children. Anyway, when you have special circumstances school isn’t always just about and an “A” rating, it can be about the dedication and kindness of the staff and teachers.
Sure, I had filled out the enrollment paperwork ahead of time and even requested the records transfers but that was all done long distance. Walking in like “okay here we are! You’re ready for us right?” is also scary. I was the frantic mom who wasn’t too proud to beg if necessary “Please! Fast track this so my son can start school this week.” To my surprise, everyone was so pleased to get Mason settled quickly with the assurance that we could work out all the details in the upcoming weeks.”He can start today” was music to my ears.
This cheerful and confident approach is what a parent needs and because of it, my first day in Richmond hill was a dream. I’ve had a fabulous experience with school in every way and have consistently been told the same of the other Richmond Hill schools. The small-town feel, that sense of community is definitely obvious in the schools here. Coming from a sort of cold, institutional school experience, the friendly, open “we are family” vibe was so welcome.
You can see it when you attend the high school football games (I got my first experience in Friday Night Lights – Go Wildcats!) or take note of various business marquees around town showing community school support. If you have school-age children you are picking the right place. A safe, friendly environment for my kids was a must and I’m sure you agree! This is a little taste of what makes this hometown special to me. Stay tuned – there’s so much more I have to tell you!