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9707 1/2 Marilla Drive
Lakeside, CA 92040

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October 07, 2014
Amazing school! Highest API scores in SD county for 11 years in a row. When I read the other reviews I was shocked, my youngest daughter is disabled & wears a brace, she has many friends and has NEVER been bullied. This school is welcoming to students who would probably not be the "in crowd" at other schools. My oldest daughter, also has a disability went 7th -12th grade there, LOVED the school. The math tutoring was overcrowded, we opted to take Geometry online through BYU, so she could work at her own pace. The atmosphere is amazing, the students LOVE & RESPECT the teachers. Students have pride in their work. The Principal, Mr. Wall is a great leader, patient & approachable. Classrooms are about 16 students to a class, critical thinking & discussion is encouraged. There is no fill in the blank work at this school! Many textbooks are the same text books they use at the community college. The kids are responsible for themselves and given a master agreement each semester to sign. If the student is disruptive or abusive to other students they will not be given a master agreement. (then it seems they come and vent on a site like this) My daughter is now breezing through college!

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2014
We have been using this school for two years. The English and History/Geography departments are outstanding. However, the Math and Science departments are, well, when you know this school it's easy to see why the US is so far behind most of the world in these two subjects. The teachers are nice, but the method does not work. "Tutoring" is fatally overcrowded due to the teaching methods that don't work. If you choose to attend this school, be prepared to pay for private tutoring, or accept low grades in these subjects.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2013
School has great education standards etc. but my gay son was bullied and taunted for being who he is, and staff, parents and students all offered to pray with him for a 'cure.' If you are happy with a very narrowly focused, narrow-minded school, this could be right for you

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2013
I'm a new student to RVCS and honestly my experience here has been absolutely amazing! I get top notch education and I come here knowing that my Educators all have Masters Degrees, and are more than qualified to teach. Not only that, the Instructors are definitely One-of-a-Kind. They are the nicest, most caring teachers I have ever met. You can tell they are Passionate about their subject. The Staff is amazing, the kids are awesome and treat each other with respect. There is ABSOLUTELY NO bullying here whatsoever. I feel so welcomed here. However the campus could use a touch up. Other than that the school has met all of my standards.

- submitted by a community member

July 16, 2013
I cannot say that River Valley is for everyone, but I would like to. It is most likely one of the best schools in the country. A loving, expert staff; accepting, intelligent yet fun-loving students - RV has all these qualities. And not to mention this school is award winning. I absolutely love my school. It is not perfect, but it is great.

- submitted by a community member

February 10, 2011
We love this school! The culture of the school is a very happy safe effective learning environment.

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2009
Wow! What a fantastic small school. Highest API score in SD County

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no rating
September 16, 2009
I've attended River Valley since my freshmen year and my first to years were great but my junior we got a new principal and for lack of words she is horrible. She favors the kids that have been kept under lock and key. SHe is very strict and is making my senior year hell!! other then her, River Valley is truly the best school, the teacher are great and so are the kids.

- submitted by a student

September 02, 2009
As a newer River Valley parent (2008-2009 school year), I have found the administration and teachers to be fabulous! I have heard the rumors of the transition of the administration and office staff from the previous years, but have no experience directly with these issues. I think the current staff are doing an excellent job and will only get better with the coming school years! As for diversity, I see more diversity and inclusion at River Valley than other local high schools. One of the best things (besides academics) about River Valley is the atmosphere of safety and inclusion. All students are welcomed and respected; not only by their fellow students, but also by the school staff. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2009
River Valley Charter is an exceptional, award winning school, offering the highest academic scores and achievements, for those who are interested in combining a public and homeschool environment. The children who attend are respectful and well-behaved. The teachers truly care for each student and demonstrate their concern by offering individualized tutoring and communicating well with the parents. Their student to teacher ratio is only 18:1 which is invaluable to the student. If there is a downside, I haven't found it. This school is not recommended for children who do not want an education or for parents who are unable to homeschool their child on the independent study days. It is the perfect blend of technology, acdemics, and support, served up in an atmosphere of peaceful safety where children smile. I have the best experience with the administration of this school,

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2009
I have been going to River Valley for three, almost four, years now. From the very first day of 7th grade, the teachers were welcoming and very kind. The environment is so great here, and the students are always friendly. Even though we have a new prinicple, our school is still doing better than ever. I feel so lucky to attend this school! All the students that go here want to go here and enjoy this learning environment. Beause of this school, I have become very excited to start college and expand my horizons. This is a great school and there isn't anything bad to say about it.

- submitted by a student

March 30, 2009
I have to say that I am extremely happy with River Valley and the fact that the principal is so involved with the kids. Most principals at public schools are untouchable. Unless of course your child is in trouble! I love the fact that the kids are allowed to express themselves tastefully. School is a place of learning . No one is judged by what they wear or what style they wear as long as it remains appropriate. I know what it's like to raise a child in the public school system and River Valley is a Blessing. My child does not have to go to this school, We choose to have her go here. She really likes the principle and all of her teachers. She's already excited about college, thanks to the schools counselor. It just doesn't get any better than this!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 06, 2009
The administration of River Valley Charter School is implementing policy that has been part of River Valley for years, but that has previously been neglected and not enforced. Unfortunately, people do not recognize that a small school environment that crosses six grade levels needs to be a welcoming place for all students. Parents enjoy knowing that this school fosters a culture of acceptance. When behavior is unacceptable, such as violating the dress code, students are asked to modify the unacceptable behavior. Students and parents are asked to read the Parent/Student Handbook on the school website, which details and covers everything parents and students need to know about this school. If students do not like this school's policies, they need to understand that River Valley is a school of choice. The River Valley Charter School Council, faculty, and staff appreciate and support the job the current administration is doing.

- submitted by a teacher

March 05, 2009
River Valley is an exceptional public hybrid home school. Although our principal is new, she is doing a fantastic job considering California's school budget and it's limitations. For example, we have yearbook, ASB, painting, sculpture, guitar, vocal assemble, art history, high school sports and for 11th and 12th graders they can attend community college for free. RV operates as a college preparatory so we only have core curriculum classes two days a week. When your core classes end or it is your off day, you study at home or participate in extra curricular activities (like ice skating) on your own time. There are no before and after school programs like AM/PM or 6 to 6 because our hybrid home school is for 7th through 12th graders and we need to go home and enjoy our free time or do homework. I hope you find my review helpful. Hannah (3rd yr student).

- submitted by a student

March 04, 2009
The Administration is doing a horrible job at that school. There are little extracurricular, and the students have little to no enjoyment in attending there!

- submitted by a parent

December 20, 2008
I love the small classes and the teachers are cool.

- submitted by a student

June 02, 2008
The teachers care, the class sizes are small, the campus is like a summer camp.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 08, 2007
Excellent school. My daugther is nuumber 1 there and since she attends at river valley she is a better teen

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2006
River Valley has been absolutely great for us. However, this is not a school where 1) parents aren't willing to be involved or 2) the kid doesn't want to attend. We've loved every minute of being here, but if your child wants a traditional, big public high school, this is definitely not the place.

- submitted by a student

July 18, 2006
I attend River Valley Charter and enjoy it immensly- I will be in 10th grade for the 2006-2007 school year. Although the workload is intense, the teachers are helpful and involved which makes the work much less of a burden. Despite the reputation of being hard to get into, River Valley does accept nearly all students that apply. If you call you might be told that there is a waiting list, but usually everyone that wants to go gets in just fine. -- Lauren Petruccelli

- submitted by a student

August 23, 2005
River Valley had the highest API in San Diego County last year. My children have received a quality education and personal attention that is hard to find elsewhere. Parent involvement is a requirement of enrollment.

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2005
The learning experience at River Valley High exceeds the standards. This school not only provides students with an education but it also prepares them for college. It is a friendly atmosphere, and very family orientated. It is a great choice!

- submitted by a student

May 25, 2004
This is a great school. It has been wonderful for my daughter. She has improved more in one year at this school than she would have anywhere else. They have small class sizes, the teachers really know their students. It is a safe and friendly environment without any social issues.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2003
This school is very parent involved. There are many opportunites for students to get extra help, every teacher is available often. Every teacher is also willing to help a student.

- submitted by a student
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River Valley Charter School
9707 1/2 Marilla Drive, Lakeside, CA  92040
(619) 390-2579
Last modified River Valley Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
River Valley Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top