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Oro Grande, CA
Students enrolled: 1,953

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19121 Third Street
Oro Grande, CA 92368

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(760) 243-5884
(760) 843-3766
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April 11, 2015
This is a great school. The transportation department can improve. Other than that I would recommend it to anyone

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2014
OK school, compared to the public ones around. However, we have a lot missing (applies to High School). No computer lab, though they claim to be a technology based school. No industrial shop. Just got a gym. No library. No wrestling or tennis. Swimming team is 2 people, out of almost 2,000. No nurse. Only language taught is Spanish. AP, Principle, band director, and intro to business teacher left; within a year of each other. No security, and cameras don't cover whole HS campus anymore. No robotics anymore, took most electives away. Claimed to be project based, but are JUST NOW, TRYING, to implement project based learning, and nothing yet. In addition, they have set bus routes. So it is hard to be able to get to another students house to work on projects, meaning parents are responsible for dropping off, and picking up student (which may inconvenience many parents who have unusual work schedules). Many of the reviews came from parents. So this is one from a student. RP is not all it is cracked up to be. Makes me sad being there since 7th grade (now in 11th) and seeing that teachers are still not following the handbook,as well as letting the problem kids still be a problem.

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2014
I Love this school!! My daughter has had a great experience at this school, if i didn't have to move for work my daughter would say at this school till graduation. Check it out; I live in Barstow and this school is by far the best option we have for our kids!!

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2014
Riverside Prep. Elementary School---- my kids love this school. I love that not only are the teachers super involved but the assistant Principal AND the Principal are super involved daily!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2013
My kids did great during their elementary years at R.P., but now that they're in high school I've decided after having continual communication and academic differences with the teachers, staff, and the Oro Grande school district offices we're going to move them to our local high school. I placed them at R.P. because the administrators and many of the teachers were members of our church and we felt due to the reputation they had in church that same character would follow into the way the school was ran. I was wrong- i.e.-my daughter struggles in math. We were contacted just before grades came out that she'd be receiving a low grade (we had no warning in time to address the problem beforehand) yet when we received her report card she had a "B". - Big Red Flag! The teachers struggle. Most of them are fresh our of college and haven't got a clue how to handle the human aspect of teenagers. They can't control the immaturity of their students. Bullying is an issue, along with extreme foul language and sexual harassment. They bit off more than they could chew, and I won't have my kids continue to be victims of the school's lack of character, quality education and morals.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
This school is a joke! We heard so many acclaimed "project-based" success stories. We put our 2 girls (10 & 11). They took an educational placement test. The school would only take students at or above grade level. "Great!" We thought. After 2 years of dealing with 1st year, zero trained teachers in project based teaching, and no curriculum in the areas of math and english, we pulled our girls out. Check riverside's math percentages....in the toilet. As a certified educator, I had the training and resources to teach my girls after school in algebra, basic math, writing instruction, etc. Recently, the Superintendent and. Assistant super were fired. I witnessed many questionable educational and financial dealings. Research and observe with eyes wide open!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
Goodness, gracious if you don't like the school just take your kids out. Put them in as you put it a "real school." Since most of the negatives come from parents, take your child out make room for those on the waiting list...but of course if your kid was already kicked out, or you were fired than I guess we know where all the hate is coming from. Fat checks, family connections, what the heck? Charter schools are not the Mafia, they are an option, another avenue for parents like me to take. Victor school district is struggling financially if you're so smart why don't you roll out some solutions rather than compare a school that is sending students to good schools including Harvard, UCLA, Yale, Stanford, ( that's right the proof is in the pudding, not from your opinion thank goodness), and providing jobs for people that have school loans to pay and families to feed. Spend some time with yourself, look in the mirror tell yourself you are beautiful, and you don't need to hate to be validated. If your kids were kicked out, well my kids haven't and my children are pretty eccentric. Teachers, and schools are to educate the mind, character is built in the home. Look within.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
I attended RP for two years and then Serrano for two years. I can honestly say that the RP teachers care a lot more about you as a student. Serrano is great, but if you are having trouble or messing around and not doing your work, you drown. At RP I had teachers calling and emailing my parents when I wasn't getting things done, and they were always willing to work with me to get my grades back up. RP teachers really care, almost to the point where I felt babied. But to say the school sucks because you had good grades and then had trouble at Serrano, well, it's probably because you are aloof to the efforts of people around you. Also, RP doesn't give homework until you are an 11th grader or if you are in AP classes. So maybe you feel like it's easier because of that. But you can't hide as a student. The teachers know you, know your abilities, and get to know your parents. That's why RP's test scores are much better (822 vs. Serrano's 790). It's pretty simple.

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2013
I've been reading about allegations that the teachers aren't really teaching the kids, but are more concerned with the reputation of the school. Well, I can say, at least in my son's case, I do not believe that is the case. He has been at Riverside Prep for three years now. He is in 6th grade. Prior to that he went to a well-known private school in Hesperia. He has always been an A student and continues that trend. His teachers have ALL been excellent. Each year he has a hard time deciding who is the best teacher. I was worried about him going into middle school at 6th grade, but he has done better in 6th grade than in elementary. This school also has PLENTY for kids to do and get involved in. I think everyone's experience is different in every situation, but if you do what you're supposed to, like in anything, this can be a very positive experience if you are a student. Keep it up Riverside Prep!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
Teacher do not know much of what they teach. Yes, your kids are gonna get good grades, the teachers are told to inflate grades to make the school look better. I slept in almost every class there, constantly talking, paying little attention, and got B's. I switched to Serrano recently and had a rude awakening to what a real school is. NO THE PRINCIPLE IS NOT A GREAT LEADER. Only thing I've ever heard from him to a student was negative. I remember in 7th grade for a speech he made he said, "I don't want your best... I want the best." Take that how you want, but that's not very influential.

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2013
The school itself is pretty good but the kids are absolutely terrible to each other. The teachers do nothing about it and bullying is a problem. All it is is gossip gossip gossip, like the kids have nothing better to do with themselves. This school was a terrible mistake that started out with such high hopes. Sincerely, Ex-Student

- submitted by a community member
August 29, 2012
Excellent Administration; Mr.Bell is a great leader and very hands on. Coach Baily is Great!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2012
Riverside prep is the best school I have ever been to. The teachers DO know what they are doing. I only know about 2 or a few kids being removed from the school. The teachers are the best and if they don't have a masters degree it's because they are still taking classes. I don't have any problems with this school. I don't know what your thinking if you say this is a bad school but compare it to the others. This one is very nice and so are the teachers. Many kids have been expelled from not following the rules and the teachers won't tolerate their attitudes. I can go on and on about how good this school is. Thank you riverside prep

- submitted by a community member
June 16, 2012
Riverside Prep is a top notch HD school. They support students every way possible. The discipline is excellent, with each child signing a contract agreeing to follow the rules. Parents and students that can't handle rules usually leave with a bad taste in their mouths. But if you have a high achieving child that is willing to go to school to learn AND abide by high standards and rules, RP is THE BEST school in the HD. Excellent teachers all around, and a very safe campus. I couldn't ask for more.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2012
I haven't had any problems with this school. The teachers are very supportive and very accessible. I love their no tolerance approach to children who are not behaving. I think the parents that are complaining on this site have kids that are bad and uncontrollable...take your kids to an Adelanto school so they can act up.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
I agree with the person that posted on Jan. 8th!!!! These teachers and this school doesn't know what the heck they are doing! I thought this would be a great school but NO WAY!!! Don't believe that they are a great school. They turned against my child and made it so it looked like my child was bullying when the teacher and the other students were doing the bullying!!! Do not put your kids here

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
I put my four children into Riverside Prep two years ago. There grades have rose drastically. I could not ask for a better education and caring staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2011
Oh, correction, they did delete the fake doctoral degrees from their teachers' web pages. However, as far as a "new superintendent" that's a farce because the new person in charge is still in the extended family.! They just shuffled the cards a little, no doubt to keep the state off their backs, lol! Unfortunately "charter school" is all too often synonymous with "familly business" a way for charter school founders and their relatives to pay themselves fat salaries at the taxpayer's expense. Well parents, if you don't mind that, and all you care about is test scores, go for it!

- submitted by a teacher
September 23, 2011
This school is the greatest choice you could make. They do not tolerate bad behavior so your children will be very safe here. They have great projects, as it is a project based school, that you'll never forget. The teachers here are great. They are responsible and urge their students to do their extreme best. It is the best school that I have went to yet.

- submitted by a community member
August 18, 2011
The class sizes are less than 30 students. If you can find a school that could do better than that send your kids there:). It's a choice to attend RP and it would be your choice to leave. I honestly do not want unsupportive parents to voice their negativity to their children. As a result of this the students show disrespect to the staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2011
Pioneer University is now closed. We have a new Superintendent and he was not involved with Pioneer. We have a great staff and work very hard to make the students learning environment exceptional. Thank you for your positive support.

- submitted by a teacher
July 29, 2011
Something fishy here..the charter school itself seems legit enough.but one of the guys behind it also runs "Pioneer University" down the street. This "university" is giving out PhD's which are worthless, because "Pioneer University" is not accredited. All of the "students" of this "university" seem to be employees of the charter school. Apparently the mastermind in charge even thought of creating a "school district" which includes the "university." (And since when does a public elementary/secondary school district also include a university?) Well, I guess you have to admire their ingenuity, if not their ethics. And don't bother trying to find out anything about "Pioneer University" on the internet, because they don't even have a working website, lol!

- submitted by a community member
July 12, 2011
Great school; always know that my child is in good hands when get on bus. Also love the no nonsense approach to discipline, I feel very secure and do not worry about my child while at school. The campus is growing and I know that I made the right decision when my child transferred to Riverside Prep 3 yrs ago. As far as Schools in the High Desert Riverside Prep is one of the best! :)

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2011
I agree there have been some serious growing pains, and this school is not for everyone...BUT there have been great changes and things are truly looking up. It is always difficult when a school grows so quickly. I believe there is still the opportunity for a great school here.

- submitted by a teacher
May 24, 2011
There was a parent/administrator meeting last night which will hopefully clear up some of the issues regarding organization - they are reducing the 4 campuses into a more traditional 3 schools (elementary, middle and high school). Overall we have been extrememly happy with this school. My daughter loves it and is excelling. Teachers really do care about the students, and the project based learning is really different and rewarding. A little more parent involvement would be nice, but that isn't the fault of the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
I have to agree with the last review. This school at one time was the best choice we could have made. However, with so many staff changes and unanswered questions pertaining to their accreditations...this school has become a less desirable choice for our kids. My kindergarteners teacher is wonderful! But, we recently took my 4th grader out of this school due to staff and teacher conflicts. Her teacher did not even acknowledge the fact she was leaving the school, and not even a gesture to say "it was nice having you in my class, or just goodbye!". Not to mention the Primary office staff was very unfriendly, and disorganized! No one returns phone calls or emails, nobody is clear on anything, nor can they can not answer your questions. The person in charge of the student store/lunch accounts is never to be found and has not updated her records since the beginning of the school year! The principal and staff constantly change with out notice to parents!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2011
This school was great once upon a time. Until they added 1000 plus new students and changed the staff around. The school is growing too fast and so much is falling thru the cracks. The Rules! So much is overlooked and no one is stepping up and taking responsibility for it. Excuses are all that anyone is full of anymore.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2011
i am a construction worker who is on this project....this school is coming together fine....aside from the delays from the state. this school will be an amazing campus. actually one of the best i have had the privledge of working on..and the football field.. all i can say is wow... what an amazing job..

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2011
The teachers at this school are amazing. My child loves going to school, loves learning and has come to have a sense of value in education. However, the administration and support staff at RP leave much to be desired. The telephones are seldom answered, emails go unanswered, and their handling of problems leave much to be desired. I still believe this was the best choice I could have made, but until the administration and support staff are up to par with the teaching staff, it will not cross the line to excellence.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2010
All three of my kids have been with RP since they opened. It is a great school, but it does have its issues. I am not happy with the current high school side, portable calss rooms with no real campus. My son in 9th grade is in a cooking class and he is making bracelets and learning to knitt?? The campus was not ready and should have never opened. I found out from sons 5th grade teacher that they are encouraged to lower the AR goal if a student is not going to meet the goal by the end of the quarter, what is up with that?? I do like that they have a lot of learning expierences with all the field trips. They just need to get things together.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
If you never want to see your child again send them to this school. The activities completly engulf every moment of their life and the people in charge give no consideration to the fact that perhaps parents would like to see their kids being kids once in a while not putting in 14 hour days practically every day because the school gives no breaks to these poor kids.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 07, 2010
The staff and teachers are wonderful at my granddaughter's school. This school is one of the best in the high desert. My grandaughter is learning so much and loves her teacher and the friends she has there.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2010
This is one of the best safe environments to have your child at unfortunately my son is a A student has been on the Honor Roll since he has started school has gotten the gold and silver awards from his past schools for his excellence on the CST. He goes to High School here at RP. Anyone can check the individual grade scores for the CST for this school The High School level is at Basic or Below the California requirements. This School keeps advertising the elementary scores to miss lead the public. All math scores were below basic. If my son is a straight A student why is his CST scores along with the majority of his grade scoring so low. I was told that this school doesn't prepare them for the CST. This was from the administration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 28, 2010
I love, love, love this school! My son is excited to go to class every day, the teachers are all dedicated, educated, and very supportive. I cannot speak highly enough of the experience I have had with this school. My son is learning so much and is loving every minute of it!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
This has been one of the greatest academic disicions I made for my daughter. From an average student to becoming an Honor student thanks to everyone envolved at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
This project-based school teaches my children in ways that others schools never even think of :) !!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 20, 2009
We live in Victorville but we though this is the best school for my daughter to go for junior high. She is a straight A student and i realy like how this school challenges them to achieve more than just A's but the teachers also give confidence within herself to push harder in other areas that she thought she couldn't do. They are strict with their rules and stick to them. The school seems very together and organized. The staff is also very helpful and ready to help. We realy like this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2009
its one of the most wonderful places that you as a parent could send your child. lizz

- submitted by a student
no rating August 10, 2009
this school is ..OK.. education wise it is the best. Social wise it is blah.. But i have to agree with Lizeth on the fact that overall it is a great school

- submitted by a student
August 09, 2009
My son is in his 3rd year at RP. It has been the best choice by far compared to the local schools. The student body is small and they have no tolerance for violence, which keeps the bad kids out. Overall, I am happy with everything the school has to offer; however, the one downside is that it is very new, so they experiment with different scheduling options too often, which leaves the stability factor out of the picture. They started out with study periods, then went to a 'major centered' curriculum, but now this year it is strictly standard classes and my son is extremely disappointed with the longer periods (almost 2 hrs!) and the lack of class options. I expected communication from the school about this drastic change, but have yet to receive any information about why they did the new change.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2009
This review submitted without content.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2009
Our middle school child was not challenged academically...our elementary child had difficulties and the teacher and principal were pretty clueless as how to help our struggling child. Communication is lacking...website was never updated with student progress and assignment/tests. They boasted about no homework, yet the Middle School/High School kids get picked up at 6:30 in the morning. The younger kids don't get home until 5pm...makes their days very long...did not feel welcomed on campus by faculty...Only positive thing we found with this school is their Band Program...

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 28, 2009
My son is going in his 3rd year at Riverside. I could not have made a better choice placing him here. The teachers are absolutely wonderful and actually care about their students. They are not just another paycheck to them. My son has far exceeded my expectations.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2009
It is a great school, My daughter was failing all her classes in the Local High School, now that she is at Riverside Prep she is passing all her classes and just passed the CAHSEE on the first try. She would not have been able to do it with out all the help and mentoring from the teachers and staff at Riverside Prep.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
Our daughter is in the 1st grade. She is doing great. Her Teacher is a jewel and she works hard to make sure her kids learn well. She is in constant communication with us. I love the way the school has activities that include the entire family. This school is a God sent to us. We are waiting to hear if our son gets accepted for this coming school year.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2008
I have a 9th grader student at this school and it is an amazing place to be. The students were all given the opportunity to take the PSAT at the schools expense. In addition they only offer AP course which will propel my student others trying to get into college.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
I have four children attending Riverside Preparatory. One in high school, two in middle school, and one in elementary. They all love it. There are some very good teachers. A great band program. Extracurricular sports. Free bussing. I love the study period worked into the day and my kids all love their electives. My youngest took cooking as an elective last year .And loves her piano lab. I am very pleased that they did so well on their API - as a new charter school. Great school! Great kids! Great teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 25, 2008
Great school! My son is only in the kindergarden but he has learned so much, just like a 1st grader and more. Teachers are always communicating and in touch with the parents. Also love the web side it's simple but packed with important information.

- submitted by a parent

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Riverside Preparatory School
19121 Third Street, Oro Grande, CA  92368
(760) 243-5884
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