My daughters went to Rio for 3 years the first two years were great. We experienced such racism that when they went into third grade we had to sale our house and as leave quickly as possible. Three of the teachers broke the law. The principal is a bully and cares nothing for new students. When we moved to Los Angeles we had to put our daughters back into second grade because their education was so behind . Here in LA we have 28 languages spoken in their new school. What a difference it makes being in the real world with highly educated individuals. Rio Vista is like living south of the Mason Dixon line in the early twenties. So sad that racism still exist and teachers are being encouraged to keep it going as they do at Rio Vista. Words can not express the horror my daughters and I experienced there.
I wrote a review on 11/19/2013 saying how much I really wished all 3 of my boys were back at Rio! Happy to say, they're going back! Seriously parents, if you're thinking of taking your children to any other school in this HD, please, take it from me, I strongly suggest you don't. For parents looking for a great school, and by that, I don't just mean academically, a school with awesome teachers, a wonderful principal, friendly staff, involved parents, and terrific kids, Rio Vista is your school! Rio Vista is by far the greatest school in the HD!
I just removed my child as he was NOT receiving needed instuction in Algebra. I have now placed him in a charter school in which he is receiving DAILY tutoring. HUGE IMPROVEMENT! If you care for your child, keep them OUT of the Apple Valley Unified School District!!
Rio Vista is the best school in the desert by far! To the parent complaining about kinder homework, I believe my children's success in kinder was not from homework, but from review of sight words from flash cards, which were given to us by the teacher,as well as reading nightly with them. We counted everywhere and sang their shape songs with them, which they learned in school. We also worked together on their theme projects, which were assigned by the kinder teachers and put into a beautiful memory book, also by the kinder teachers.The teachers at Rio do an amazing job! We as parents need to support them by making sure we're working as hard at home with our children as they do with them at school.
And btw, I strongly believe that the kinder teachers can step it up a notch. By this time they should all ready know how to read. That is something I expect coming out of kinder. Homework also shoul be assigned even though if it's just tracing it teaches the kids structure. I remember complaining in my children's previous school for giving them a 30 page packet for the week but know I see how my daughters excelled because of it. I'm nervous and feel like my son is being cheated because of the fact that they don't give the kinder kids hw!
I LOVE this school. I don't agree at all with the other review about bullying at Rio vista. All 3 of my children attend school here, and I volunteer 3 days a week, so I am on campus ALL of the time. The kids, teachers, and principal are wonderful! There are a couple of teachers that should retire because they are clearly burnt out, but you will get that at any school. Overall, this is an amazing school and I'm happy to be a part of it!
Our child just started Kindergarden and we have all had a wonderful experience! Our child is so eager to go to school, he loves his teacher and is doing much better than we expected. We are very happy with the interaction we have had with the teachers we have met. We are grateful for our experience.
We had a horrible experience at this school and in dealing with the Apple Valley Unified School District. My child was bullied for 18 months straght and not one staff member seemed to notice or care. In addition to this, my daughter was physically pushed by the proctor who still remains employed at the school to this day. If you care for your children, you will place them at another school within a different school district.
Since I have sent my 3 children to Rio Vista the wake up every morning eagerly want to go to school. Their attitudes when they get home are uplifting and have so much to say about their classmates and what they have learned that day. The encouragement from the priciple and teachers is a wonderful approach to pushing the children to succeed. 5 Stars from me ...Way to go Rio Vista Elementary school.
We relocated to Apple Valley from Georgia when my son started 3rd grade. Coming from a highly ranked school system in Georgia, I was concerned that Rio Vista may fall short in meeting his academic needs. Now that he is in 5th grade, I have to say Rio Vista is academically sound! For the past 3 grade levels, my son has had fantastic teachers who have challenged him in the classroom. I have never met a principal like Mrs. Smith who is so involved with EVERY aspect of the school. She makes a point to not only know her students, but their parents as well. The front office staff is friendly and makes sure the parents feel welcome when visiting the school.The booster club and parental involvement is fabulous. The students are always recognized for their academic accomplishments. I am so excited to that Rio Vista will add 7th and 8th grade to the school.
We have a fantastic staff and lots of parent volunteers. Both staff and parents make the kids #1 priority. All 3 of my children have gone to Rio Vista and I could not be happier about that!! Highly recommmend!! :)
Teachers I have met seem to be real understandind with their grade level students and up to face challenges with each and every one.Teachers,Parents and students working together.
My two kids (3rd and 5th grade) attended Rio Vista for one year and I have to say it was the best experience we had! The principle really gets involved with the parents and kids and they have a great incentive program encouraging the kids to work on trying hard. They make education fun and motivational. Great teachers too!!
Our school is not just a school, we are a family. Teachers, staff, and LOTS of parent volunteers looking out for each other. It is a great place to be.
This is an amazing school!! We have wonderful teachers and the best parents ever!! :)
Has to be the Best Elementary School in the desert. The Principal, Teachers and Staff truly care about the students and the parent involvement is amazing. Wish the Middle Schools and High Schools were this awesome.
I love this school! They do so much to earn extra money for the schools! It is a great school the staff is awesome! My daughter is in kindergarten and I volunteer 2-3 times a week with her class and I have seen the students learn so much, in just these past three months! It is totally awesome I want my daughter to go to no other school!
The academics are wonderful as well as the teachers and principle. Dicipline leaves a bit to desired. I was a very involved parent and gave many hours a week of my time as I saw many others do also.
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