I had all three of my boys enrolled at Rio Vista, and I must say, every year I became increasingly more pleased. We had to relocate for a brief time, with the intentions of coming back for the 2014 school year, but now all I wish is for my children is to return. They were very happy, and eager to learn students. I think the principal is absolutely wonderful. Teachers and staff deserve so much credit, as they do a phenomenal job in keeping their students motivated. My oldest son had trouble with his reading, the school gave him the necessary tools, and programs he needed. He has now tested out of those programs, and is reading at standard level. I can only attribute this to all of my sons hard work, and Rio! Go Lions!!! Hope to see you again soon!
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.
The teachers are great at Rio Vista. They are always there for the children. The school has increased enrollment at a rapid pace the last few years and the principal appeared to struggle with her position. They have just opened a spot for an assistant principal who comes with a great background in education. I feel Rio Vista should be listed as a great school the teachers strive to work individually with each child. They have wonderful parents who help out at the school daily. the volunteers keeps the ratios down and learning up. Rio Vista is not a place I would let my children attend if we were not from this area. They have a real problem having people who are not, " born and bread here in the Hot High Desert involved with the school." With a different principal this school could be ranked as a 10 in my eyes. All the teachers and staff deserve a 10.
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.
This is an excellent school! The reading and writing programs are great. There is a high level of parent involvement and the parent Booster Club is one of a kind. I would highly recommend Rio Vista Elementary.
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