River School is beyond amazing in all aspects. The fair, and intelligent leadership of Principal Jay Marden sets the tone of the school. Teachers are incredible! My child has computer lab, music, PE twice a week (although wish it was 5 days), science, and Spanish. There is a real sense of community between the parents and a lot of involvement. Could not be better. I have one child that went from kinder through 5th and my second is on her way to third grade.
I am a student at River School and this is my 2nd year here after moving from another city. I came here at the beginning of 3rd grade. The education is great and people are very welcoming. Overall the school is great but WAY to much homework. In my experience some of the homework assignments are more difficult than what we do in school.
We have traveled all over the U.S./overseas, due to my job, and found Carmel River Elementary School to be top-notch in every aspect. The school truly focuses on building fundamental skill and provides an atmosphere of learning and enrichment. Excellent support from the community and PTA to enable students to experience extracurricular activities, which are truly out-of-this world! By far, one of the best elementary school in California and the U.S.
This school is fantastic it thoroughly deserves the great reputation. The principal is very fair and approachable. The teachers are extremely good. However, the parents are very disappointing, to borrow a phrase from a previous review "the club-like, cliquish social atmosphere" makes this school a very difficult environment to be in.
I appreciate this school because the Administration and staff are sensitive to the needs of their students AND their families.
Quality of education is really high, teachers are great, kids do great academically and on tests, bullying is minimal.
As a grandparent and retired educator, I really appreciate the efforts and follow through of the staff for the benefit of all families.
demands high achievement and recognizes the importance of parental involvement
While Carmel River School may be the best public elementary school in Monterey county, that is really not saying much. This school pales in comparison to schools we have dealt with in other states. The school is clearly overcrowded and understaffed. While it may achieve above average test scores, this is at the expense of creative expression and flexibility in the curriculum. As people below have noted, some of the tenured faculty are extremely poor educators. The administration is rigid. There is no dedicated indoor place to eat lunch. Many classes are taught in trailers. The 90 or so kindergartners are often supervised by a single adult during the lunch break.
carmel river school is a great school my kids get wonderful education .I think the best teachers are Mr.T,Ms.Block,Mrs.Marsh,Mrs.Esaka and Mrs.Osorio .
Overall, Carmel River School achieves high academic scores for its pupils, which is the main objective of the Principal. Therefore, he does not feel the need to cater to the special needs of above average students, even if they are demotivated by the curriculum. The quality of the teaching at this school is highly variable, from excellent to extremely poor. One of the biggest problems is the Principal's unflagging support for even the weakest members of his staff, and the staffs awareness of their unassailable positions. The words, thoughts and actions of the parents are not treated with respect by the administration or the teaching staff, even at the District level. Like it or lump it would be an accurate description of the policies of this school.
River School is a good school, but far from perfect. The principal himself told me that 99 percent of academic performance is attributable to demographics, which is why the state groups schools as they do into categories for comparison. The numbers do suggest that the school is doing well, even within its category. However, judging by how quickly the teacher suggested holding our daughter back when she fell behind and how quickly that changed when she caught back up a few weeks later it seems that the focus is on the numbers to the exclusion of focusing on the kids. Thankfully, there is strong participation by the parents. One of the parents is usually in the classroom as an aide to help during the day. The PTA is also very active, and has raised a fair amount of money for improvements and extras. Basically, it s as good as you can expect but not as good as you might hope. And unless you can spare about $16,000/yr for Stevenson School, you really can t find an alternative. As a personal note, I think the lunches are an absolute crime. You could buy a healthier lunch at McDonald s for the same price. Furthermore, there isn t even a decent place indoors for the kids to eat lunch. My daughter has lost her lunch to seagulls more than once.
We are surrounded by some of the finest private schools in the state, but we choose to have our daughter attend our beloved public school, carmel river school. Why? 1) Excellent leadership from principal jay marden on down the staff line. 2) Approachable teachers who always seem on the look-out for new and exciting ways to teach. 3) Innovative and differentiated instruction, focussing on 'pull out' instruction for kids who need help, to individualized and group instruction for academically 'gifted' students. (In direct opposition, in my mind, to one of the parent comments made below) 4) amazing parental involvement! 5) gorgeous natural surroundings, despite the outright outdated nature of the 50-plus year old school. And it's all tuition free! We will be sad to leave next year!
There seems to be an unequal division of services at this school among children who truly need help and actually getting it. This school is great if your child fits the mold.
As a parent of several children in the district I can assure you that the staff and administrative commitment surpasses any elementary school in the state. They strive to meet every student's needs both academically and emotionally. All students whether low at-risk, average or above average are met with equal success. I have witnessed this first hand with my own as each of them falls into one of those categories. The parent to teacher to administrator communication is excellent. It seems that all areas of learning are under constant observation with the willingness to add or change the curriculum at any time. Jay Marden is doing an excellent job in maintaining excellence at this school. Thank you River School!
Carmel River School is one of the best public schools in California. The teachers are god sent, the atmosphere is beautiful and the education quality is of a private school. The parent participation is unbelievably amazing and it's reflection shows on the children that attend the school.
River School is unquestionably one of the best elementary schools in California, with a uniformly excellent faculty led by a hard-working principal for whom 'continuous improvement' is a reality, not a slogan. Test scores are tops, music and art programs are rich and expanding, and an extremely active parent community provides tremendous support to the educational programs. The campus is safe and nurturing, the physical plant is in excellent condition, and the location and views are spectacular. Those of us with children here know how fortunate we are to have such a school and how blessed are children are to attend.
Great School! Highly qualified and involved teachers with high parent involvement. Extracirricular activities are a high priority to faculty and principal.
Like Carmel Middle and High School, the 'spin' about River School far exceds its actual educational quality. The club-like, cliquish social atmosphere and limited educational background of the principal and superintendent are substantial limting factors.
Although the quality of instruction is excellent, I have two main concerns about this school. The first is playground safety. My second main concern is the principal. What does it say about a school when a principal ignores those who know children best-their parents?
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