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Lakeside, CA
Students enrolled: 600
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9308 Winter Gardens Boulevard
Lakeside, CA 92040

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September 02, 2014
I moved to Lakeview's Spanish immersion program. The teachers are experienced, calm, collected and hold the students at the same standards in comparison to Riverview. CHAOS vs COLLECTIVE . Gotta love it!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2014
DRAMA! Yes it's true. All teachers from the kinder rooms were made to move to the preschool area and then all first grade teachers where moved into the kinder classrooms. OOOPS! NO. Actually, all teachers had to move themselves from one end to the other with no district help!!!!! I saw not one happy face this weekend. CHAOS! What poor judgement. Riverview and Winter Gardens are becoming a dump because of it's administration. While I was moving, opening boxes, and prepping my room all administrators where on their Labor Day weekend parties relaxing.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
My daughter is in third grade in the Spanish immersion program. She speaks, reads and writes Spanish with ease now, with no previous experience. She loves her school. We drive her from well outside the district to attend this school..it's a private school education without the expense. For all the negative reviews, there are 25 happy parents. Yes, the traffic and parking suck..but it's worth it in my opinion. Every school has a few unhappy parents. My daughters teachers have been excellent and issues are always dealt with professionally by the staff. Realize no school is "perfect!" There will be issues anywhere you go. But the bottom line is the kids gets something special here (learning in 3 languages plus great technology) that you can't get elsewhere!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2014
I am a parent and a teacher a charter high school. I can validate that the curriculum and testing are done to meet the highest of expectations. With over a dozen years of experience in education, seeing the success of our students as proven by their test scores is enlightening. The results prove that these students are not being taught to any tests! These tests are not given in Spanish or Mandarin and students can not be taught test material in their daily studies. I have seen the success of not only this school but it's growth within the community. The strength of the educational processes, community support and involvement, and awareness of the need for the language skills in our globally advancing world are impressive and to be commended.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
I have had nothing but GREAT experiences with RV!! Yeah the teachers can't talk to you before or after school, but that's because our children don't know that their teachers speak English!! But there is email and scheduling appointments with both the teacher and/or the principal. The cafeteria is following nutritional guidelines so whatever is on the menu is considered to be "nutritious" & there's always the option that you can make your own lunches. No one forces you to go to snack shack and it is also not used as a fundraiser, just something fun for the kids and 1/2 way through the week it's nice to have a treat!! I also have not school aged children and I like the new rule that you can't have siblings, do you know how hard it is to be the parent running the art in a class and having someone's little kid being a distraction? Use of coins as rewards is an awesome system- better than tickets. Teaches them responsibility and how to use numbers- a math & behavior lesson all in one! The staff is always wiling to help with any questions and concern that you have!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
1-3 Classroom/teacher decisions.4-Find a School that offers these prgms, RV has parents volunteer their time to offer PE & Art. RV offers prgms to come in drama, science, art. RV has a choir! BUDGET CUTS! Our kids at RV get more opportunities then most kids at other schools. 5. IT"S A DISTRACTION & A LIABILITY & if you think for a second that someone wouldn't sue if their child got hurt while on campus then your CRAZY! Read the news. Take a moment and look at it from another's point of view. I may not want another child in class disturbing my child. 6. Snack Shack is another OPTION & the kids do have healthy option to choose from. Your child might not be allowed to have Junk Food, but my child is allowed to splurge once in awhile. 6 & 7- Lunchtime food & ESS issues aren't a schools decision! Those are made district wide. 8. RV has a Garden Club that meets regularly during lunchtime for any child who wants to attend. Many teachers use the garden for education purposes & the GC sells there fruits & vegi's at SS. 9. You have to pick up the phone or go to the office & schedule an appt like everyone else I see who seems to be able to do so. Please take the time to educate yourself .

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
Your child will learn a foreign language here, but there are serious problems with the school: 1) Excessive use of worksheets. No hands-on learning. Homework is busy-work, not meaningful. 2) Outdated reward system encourages consumerism. Kids work all week earning "coins" for performance/behavior. Coins are redeemed on Fri to buy plastic trinkets. 4) No art, PE, drama, music. School relies on parents for this, and it is sporadic. 5) Siblings not allowed in classrooms, so it's tough for parents to volunteer for art, PE, or music (makes no sense that a sibling can't join for these activities). Not a family friendly campus. 6) TOO MUCH JUNK FOOD BEING SOLD at Snack Shack (a terrible fundraising program that sells junk food full of sugar, salt and fat to kids to raise money for the school) and in cafeteria. Corn dogs and Little Ceasars pizza are not food, they are junk. Time to change the menu! 7) After care options are bad. I have heard horror stories about ESS. 8) Garden is gorgeous, but there is no time to use it. It is for show. Not part of curriculum. Curriculum is all worksheets. 8) Impossible to talk to principal. She is not available to hear parents' concerns.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
At first, I really liked this school. I had one daughter 2nd who was in the English program and one in K doing Spanish. Kindergarten was wonderful. Great teacher,warm,welcoming, she was truly interested in the KIDS. The English teacher as well. The oldest attended through 5th grade but after 4th grade I had had enough and I transferred the younger one to a small charter school. Like other parents have said....commercialized. The teachers act like they're afraid of parents. Their doors are always closed. There is zero small talk after school with teachers. The principal never remembered my girls names even after having meetings with her. These are my 2 younger children. I have 2 older ones that had already been through elementary school. So I consider myself to be an experienced parent when it comes to this. I have heard several parents complain about this. One day, I had my youngest daughters teacher tell me I could not sit with my daughter outside the classroom before school. She told me to drop her off at the play ground....What!!! It all sounded great when we started. A school K - 8 ....perfect....No LMS. That's another story. Choose charter. They have happy teachers!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2013
Riverview- I am proud to say my 8 year old daughter goes to this school. It makes me sad to here some of these complaint from parents because cause traffic. It is at all schools and I know for a fact and our teachers and staff work hard. You as parents knew going in it was going to be a lot of work so lets work diligently together and make this a better place for all and remember to communicate, I have personally had issues in my 4 years unless you communicate with the principal she is unable to fix the problem so please take your negative comments and turn them into something positive, they are human too. And remember all schools share the same issues that we do. So focus on your children needs and work with the staff, they are human too. Remember our children are blessed to have this program so lets take advantage of it. Our principal is amazing and does the best that she can so remember to communicate with her and your needs instead of spreading negative comments for all to see. I am a parent of a child that struggles each and every day but focuses on the positive issues at hand are you? Good communication goes along ways try it you will see and you too can make a difference

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2013
I have mixed emotions about the school. I have had my child in the program for 5 years now. In the beginning, it was wonderful. Lots of communication, a close nit group of students and faculty. However, over the course of the last couple years, it has grown too big, too fast. We now have our K kids at another campus which I am not thrilled about. I am hesitant starting my preschooler here next year with a sibling at another campus. I also agree with the lack of communication. We are 3 months into the school year and I have received ZERO emails, voicemails, etc from the school. What happened? It almost seems as tho the promotion and growth of the program is taking away from the focus on our kids and their needs.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
I am a teacher at Riverview and took great offense to the allegation that Riverview is unprepared for an emergency. All teachers are trained on how to respond to emergencies, and the students and staff practice monthly drills to prepare for lockdowns, fire, and earthquakes. I also know that the local police helps to review our safety plan and observe the monthly drills. As for parking--yeah it's busy! Parents need to adhere to the staggered schedule to cut down on traffic. I suggest that the disgruntled parent(s), from earlier posts meet with the Principal to discuss their concerns. They'll learn how extensive the safety plan is, and how lucky they are to have a school community that goes above and beyond to ensure their children's safety.

- submitted by a teacher
September 16, 2013
Here is the discounting review to the September 14 post regarding test scores. If the disgruntled poster looked at the API score in the "Test Scores" tab you will notice that the school has an 879 score with the additional information that it is +4 from the year before. The school is given an 8/10 score for performance and the score for similar schools is 2/10. I mentioned in a previous post that the API scores for socio-economically disadvantaged children are also above the 800 target set by California as stated in the footnote information. I challenge the disgruntled poster to pull their child from the program NOW so as to alleviate in some small way, the parking problem I and 900 other families happily choose to deal with on a daily basis. New teachers and parking issues are indicators of a growing thriving program that is going through some growing pains, not a program that is in decline as the disgruntled poster would have people believe.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
Love this school! It is a cutting-edge school, with test scores to prove it. My kids are happy and so am I. The other day my child befriended a young Chinese girl who was lost in a store. The girl only spoke Chinese, and my 2nd grade son was able to communicate with her and help her find her family. I'm sure this is one of many stories my children will have on how knowing multiple languages have enriched their lives and bridged barriers.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
I have/had 2 sons in this program. The oldest had a great experience. The school was really something special. I will probably pull my youngest son out. It's completely out of hand. I have friends in the Chinese and that is an even bigger mess. The teachers are new to the school and new to teaching EVERY year. The school has become so big.....if an emergency happened, it would be catastrophic. The test scores HAVE been falling and they are spinning it or retesting. Lots of pretty speeches, power points and promises absolutely NO FOLLOW THRU EVER.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
Obviously, if you read the words used in all these comments, you can tell they're written by the same person. Look at the test scores and you will see they are actually falling, with the exception of 4th grade (2012) and 5th grade science. The program has expanded beyond what should be considered safe on a campus that size (parking, emergency evacuation, etc). I'm sure there will be a comment posted in the next week discounting my review, but most parents who contribute any time at this school agree with me. I am counting down the months until June and will probably not return unless some of the promises that have been made actually happen. Parking is a MESS , quality is going down, program has expanded too fast, lack of communication and follow through=more stress & lots of chaos! Focus on the spanish OR mandarin and the safety of our children!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
Riverview is an amazing charter that offers two language immersion programs (Spanish and Mandarin). The school has dedicated teachers, a helpful staff, and a phenomenal Principal. It has smart boards in the classrooms and introduces technology into the curriculum with the use of ipads. This school is truly preparing the leaders of our future.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
We are dedicated to preparing our students to be the global leaders of tomorrow. Our outstanding curriculum is infused with essential 21st century learning skills including world language instruction, technology, critical thinking, and creativity. And that is why our school is a great leader for trilingual Spanish, Mandarin & English.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
Riverview Elementary is such a wonderful school. The staff are caring, creative, and dedicated. From the janitors to the principal to the office staff and teachers, the coordination of services for students is top-notch. My son just completed the Spanish immersion program and I know he is on track to be a successful middle school student. His teachers were phenomenal. The level of academic rigor in the classroom was fantastic. The parent involvement and the PTSA are stellar. There are so many after school activities for the students. The classrooms have top of the line technology such as Smartboards and iPads. I am excited for my 3rd grade son to continue his education at this wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2013
Riverview is an amazing success story for parents who were desperate for their children to learn another language. A program like this requires extra personnel, specialized teachers, flexibility and forward thought. It's cutting edge and the plethora of immersion programs sprouting up all over Southern California in it's wake is testament to the huge hole it filled in American education. The cutting edge is also the bleeding edge however and though everything hasn't been perfect, at least it's headed in the right direction. Parent's opinions and input are welcomed and appreciated. More than half come from outside our district and are driving from as far away as Imperial Beach, National City, and Escondido to Lakeside! If parents weren't an integral part of the process they wouldn't come. That's thanks to the principal. No, she's not perfect, but anyone with any true knowledge of what it's taken to build this program knows, it could NOT have been done without her. The traditional system isn't built for it and she's a maverick in the best sense of the word.

- submitted by a teacher
June 21, 2013
Last day of school I love our school. Riverview is home to the "Global Leaders" of tomorrow. Thanks to an amazing principal and now a very supportive Superintendent, our immersion school is allowing these students to learn Spanish, Mandarin, English and Technology. We have amazing teachers who are not afraid to build new areas to support students. With a program that is about 7 years old, it's unbelievable how great our kids are doing. I just got my kids report cards. There is so much assessment information and they are above grade level in nearly every area. Thank you Riverview!! Thank your Dr. Kyriakidis and entire staff!!

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
Awesome!! My daughter has been a student in the Spanish immersion program since kindergarten, and promoted today. She fully enjoyed her time at Riverview, and promoted with a increased interest in school and learning. I am not sure of the issues I read from a few of the more recent posts, but as a parent, I have been more than happy with my daughters education. During her second grade year, she was falling behind with her reading and writing skills, Se ora Santana stayed after school with her everyday for an hour to help her not only catch up, but surpass most of her students. Se ora Ochoa sparked an interest in science that my daughter had feed at home and is now driving her school decisions. The parent participation in the language classes is beyond normal, and the international fair and jog-a-thin have done away with the need to sell junk each year.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2013
Well I have no idea about the four previous negative comments. I had my daughter start kinder when the immersion program started, with another principal-who didn't listen and was not enthusiastic about the program. We were grateful when Mrs. K came in and made a wonderful, positive difference. My daughter promoted and is now at LMS continuing the immersion classes there, and I have a 2nd grader still there. Every year and every teacher I have always been impressed with the teachers my kids received and it always seems to be a good fit for their personalities and learning styles. When the immersion program started a big part of it's success was not only the terrific teachers and staff but the involved parents-they make a huge difference. I would suggest if you don't like something about the school/program, get involved! It will give you a greater appreciation of how the system really works. Be a parent that makes a difference rather than just whining and complaining. Plus when you get involved in making positive changes it gives you a greater sense of pride in the school you choose. We love Riverview.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2013
Riverview Elementary School is an amazing school that is much more like a private school than a public school. The children learn Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and English! The test scores in English are the highest in the district while the kids are learning these three languages. The leadership is strong, caring, and very innovative.Today is the amazing International Fair at Riverview. It is a great time for everyone to celebrate many different cultures and all the languages the children are learning!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2013
Teached? Really? Riverview (primary, intermediate, secondary) = excellent Teachers = excellent Principal = innovative, creative, intelligent, focused on children, the best! It is our job to as parents to make sure our children are learning English and keeping up in math, science, and social studies. If this kind of commitment is too great, you may want to consider monolingual education. We LOVE Riverview!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
I can not find words how great this school is. Riverview International Academy is a awesome school. It has a family feeling with the staff, students and parents. The education and wellbeing of every child is so important to all of us. I can 100% honestly say that this school is definatly here for the children, not the childern for this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
The open house was great! Please keep up the good work. We look forward to having all four boys attend Riverview although having them all speak languages at a level we won't understand is intimidating. (especially when they are teenagers-yikes)

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
The principal and her teaching staff are all very dedicated. When our children leave the school they will be tri-lingual. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
This is my grandson's 2nd year in the Spanish immersion class and he loves it. I have attended various field trips and functions at the school and find them well ran and chaperoned.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Just came from Open House. The classrooms look amazing and the parents are so happy their children are there. Even in the pouring rain almost every parent showed up tonight. My grandson's EAK class is great and he's learning so much I can't believe it. I couldn't be happier about his education.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 20, 2010
My daguther is in the Spanish Immersion program and loving every moment of it. At this school she gets three languages as well as music, technology, and science. What they offer there can not be brought anywhere. Beyond that the dedication of the teachers, principle, and parents is amazing. This program brings children from all of San Diego to create a campus of diverse cultures way beyond that which is avalible in the community. This allows our children to interact with not only the world around them but our nation and the whole world through families and our schools contection in other states as well as countries. All of this allows us to shape the minds of not only our countries leaders of tomorrow but our leaders in international affairs of the future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
I love the teachers and our principal! They work so well together to cater to the individual needs of my child. And my child is fluent in Spanish because of this school. Cultural and global awareness are key to being a Peace Builder there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Awesome staff, incredible triliteracy program in English, Spanish and Mandarin, super involved parents and PTA, full educational experience including arts, sciences, PE, a totally rockin' school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
My son is in a Spanish Emersion Program at Riverview Elementary. This school is a wonderful facility packed full of smart teachers. I am proud to call this my home school.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
This school gives average families the opportunity to school their children in 3 languages without the cost of private school! The teachers are fabulous. What makes the biggest difference is that the teachers, PTA, and Principal are all on the same page. The students are the number one priority and it shows. My son's teacher comes in early twice a week to give children with reading difficulties extra help. The Parents work as a team, you would be amazed at the amount of parental involvement -- even in the upper grades. The Principal isn't afraid of trying new things or finding different ways to solve problems. I really like that she has a forum for parents once a month to come and voice any concerns that they may have.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
We couldn't ask for a more amazing place for our two wonderful and very different kids to attend. They both receive the attention and interaction that each needs to make their education comprehensive! Top that with three languages! What more could we as a family ask for our childrens public education?!?!?!?!?

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
I love teaching Spanish Immersion. My students are awesome. We are a great community.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2010
I have children in both 4th and 5th grade at Riverview Elementary. Mrs. Goulart and Mr. Van Norman set high expectations, and the students respond. They are kind and empathetic, and help prepare students for real-life scenarios. I couldn't be more happy with my children's academic growth!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 24, 2010
We were not impressed with the school.at all.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2010
I am very impressed by this school and it begins with the leadership of the principal. She has an amazing vision for this trilingual program and it shows in the quality of instruction. My kindergartener is already reading in English and Spanish and sings songs in Mandarin! The teachers are great as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 21, 2010
I am the parent of a kindergarten student in Riverview's Spanish immersion program and although I think most of the teachers do a superb job, I am concerned about the administration. There doesn't seem to be follow through and outside of the classrooms, it's a bit chaotic. Apparently there is a program director now, but I'm not impressed.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2009
I feel that the school is very community involvedand family friendly. I love the staff openess and encouragement from the staff. The principle is a wounderful women that has the childrens safty and education as her first priority. I highly reccomend this school. Plus it is a enrichment/immersion program that our children can carry with them for life.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2009
This is just a wonderful school, I love it. The Spanish Immersion program is great. My son just finish K and he is speaking a lot of spanish. Sra. Chavez is a very good teacher

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2009
this is a wonderful, exccelent school. teaches young, charming boys to behave just like they should be. my child has learned and fulfilled his thirst for math. mrs. goulart is the 5th grade teacher and she is the greatest. she is very kind and considerant of each and every child.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
I recently watched a 3rd grade Spanish immersion class speaking fluently in Spanish, leave the classroom and speak English to each other in the hall while walking to their Mandarin class where they began speaking Mandarin. Wow!

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January 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
Thank God my kids are getting this experience! My daughter loves this scol and is getting so much out of learning a new language!!! This truley is a private schol educatin for free!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
I am pulling my son out of Riverview this year, because I feel that the teachers that were higher for this new Immersion program were higher for there foreign language abilities not because they are great teachers. A disappointed parent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2008
My daughter had been attending Riverview for three years now. It is amazing to me as she can read, write and speak Spanish with ease. The teachers are outstanding and have great knowledge on how English speaking kids can learn Spanish as a second language. They are patient, caring and very interested in your child's learning. Currently my second child has started Spanish Kindergarten and is doing great as well. No parent should hold back from this exceptional opportunity! Your child will thank you greatly later in his or her adult life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 28, 2008
The International Academy is amazing. These students absorb a second language without blinking. Their teachers and staff are completely dedicated to this program.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2008
Riverview Elementary offers so many options to kids. They are a Spanish Immersion School; they have a music specialist; a 5th grade music pull-out program and dance classes!

- submitted by a teacher
July 16, 2007
My daughter attended Riverview and she by far excelled as a student and a peacekeeper. She loved this school and unfortunately we had to move. Her teacher, Mrs. Goldstein was the absolute best teacher that I could ask for my daughter, a mentor, a friend, and instructor. We will miss Riverview and Mrs.Goldstein!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
I have 4 children that have or are attending Riverview. I am happy with most of the Teachers and am glad we picked this school for my children to have gone to. I have stayed in the Riverview area so that my children would be able to start and complete grade school at Riverview. My children also enjoy school at Riverview and are happy with the teachers they have had!

- submitted by a parent
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Riverview Elementary School
9308 Winter Gardens Boulevard, Lakeside, CA  92040
(619) 390-2662
Last modified Riverview Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades 1-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Riverview Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top