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Riverside, CA
Students enrolled: 669

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20440 Red Poppy Lane
Riverside, CA 92508

(951) 697-5757
(951) 328-7480
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November 17, 2014
I love Rivera! My son started here in Kindergarten two years ago and I couldn't be more pleased. I've always been welcome on campus, even after the new safety measures were put into place. I have no problem signing in to go on campus to help insure the safety of my son and all the other children. Anyone I've ever spoken to about having problems getting on campus was because THEY were not following the very simple rules. Every teacher I've come into contact with has been friendly and seems to really be doing their best for the kids. I've not had to deal with the new principal at all but my son has only had nice things to say. The office staff is great and the other parents are very involved. My daughter will be starting here in 2 years and I'm so happy we are a part of this school's community.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2014
I dropped my daughter on for kindergarden. She said she was cold and wanted her blanket so I ran back to the car and when I tried to enter the campus the "new" principle told me that they do not allow parents on campus if not needed and that he would take the blanket to my daughter instead. I said ok, but when I picked my daughter up she asked why I didn't bring her the blanket back cause she was freezing all day. I told her the principle said he was going to. I guess he DID not and decided to throw her blanket in the LOST AND FOUND instead. My first impression of this "principle" and I'm not liking what I'm seeing. He's lucky he was "busy" or I would have gave him a piece of my mind right then and there. Totally uncalled for. Not a good way to impress the parents.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2014
They finally got rid of her, but they should have taken the secretary with her too.. The problem I have with this school starts with the principle secretary (who thinks ) she runs the school...she should go to schools and be a principle if she wants... But until then she is just a poser..,

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2014
This school is awesome. My daughter transferred here mid-way through 1st grade last year (from a MoVal school) and the quality of teaching was so obviously better and the curriculum so much more advanced and challenging. She went from being a basic student in MoVal to being top of her class this year (helps tremendously that Mr. Hein is an awesome teacher!). My son started here in Kindergarten and I LOVE the fact that they have full-day kinder, not half day. I volunteer once a week in the K class (so parents CAN volunteer, unlike a previous review) and it's awesome to see how Ms. Caudill is patient and effective with her students. Great school, great staff, awesome school!

- submitted by a parent

November 14, 2013
Mrs. Coe is grrrreat! The changes in my child is night and day. The projects, are fun and we all enjoy them. Finally a school that challenges the students. I've never seen my child so excited to learn. And is nothing like the other school was trying to portray. I say actions speak louder then words.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2013
This is a horrible school since the new principle arrived a few years ago, test scores are down and parents can't volunteer anymore.

- submitted by a teacher

August 29, 2013
I think that since I don't have a lot of time invested yet, I can provide a fairly unbiased review. However, my son is a GATE student, so his experience may not translate well to other families that do not have GATE students. He also, and has always, loved school. He began attending Rivera last year after Spring Break. He was excited every day. His teacher was also very enthusiastic. And even though he was new, his teacher recognized him for all of his achievements as if he were there all year. Administrative staff was better than average and always positive and responsive. This year, with only a few days in, I think that I'll need to be present as much as possible to assure his current teacher does not abuse the power of emotional motivators, but it seems that his academic progress is noted and being tended to. Teachers are human. If you hear or notice something you do not understand or like, you must engage immediately. That demonstrates your investment in your child and lays a foundation early on. Whether a teacher is likeable or not, my son loves it when I am involved and it shows in his actions. If the parent doesn't show up, sometimes the child doesn't either.

- submitted by a parent

June 11, 2013
If it was possible to give a negative rating, I would. Your civil rights will be violated at this school. The principal is a disgrace to the education system. She should be ashamed of herself.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2013
I really like this school. I have 3 children that attend. 2 of my children transfered from other schools, and I see a big difference in the issue on being bullied. They don't tolerate it, and they keep a close eye on any potential problems. I feel like the teachers are most definitely willing to have good communication with parents. My son struggles with math, and the last 2 school years, the teachers allow students to come in during lunch for additional help. Some will even let them come before class in the morning for additional help. I have a kindergartener at this school who is in special education for autism. Again, the special education staff is ready, willing and able to put in their very best. They are very compassionate, patient and understanding, not to mention qualified to handle a wide range of special education needs. They have made miracles happen with my daughter. The principal is amazing. A great communicater and leader. Great school all around. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2009
The principal here really cares about her students. There are a few great teachers and a few not so great. It seems hit and miss as my children have gone through this school. The special education department is lacking and inadequate. They also make the special education students go to another school for 5th and 6th grade, even if they are only in SDC. I would recommend this school for the child who is not in special education and needing resource. It helps if you are a stay at home mom and are able to be on campus a lot. All the parents are great, very involved and the children are wonderful!!! My children have made wonderful friends at this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2008
It's a curriculum driven school. I have noticed that some teachers expect the parents to do everything, including teach the class. My child has had two teachers that do nothing but sit behind a computer and hand out assignments, and then say 'here ya go.'

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2008
Wonderful parent/ teacher involvement with the students. Children are happy, academics and activities are great!

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2008
This is our 3rd year at Rivera and we can't say enough about the school. Each day both of our daughters look forward to going to school! The teachers truly care about teaching and about each child's personal growth. Parent participation is excellent. School activities are in abundance. We highly recommend Rivera...excellent school.

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2008
I have two children in this school. We have had WONDERFUL teachers (Mrs. Hollenhorst and Mrs. Aznar). We have always kept homeschooling as an option since you hear horror stories about schools, but we decided to try one year at a time. We really love this school... so far. Principal is very strict and expects the best from staff and students!

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2007
Great School all around. Special Ed. department is fantastic. Parent involvement is unreal, Volunteers actually have to be turned away because there are so many. Academic success is stressed greatly by principal and her staff. My kids are at a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2006
I have enjoyed my child's educational experience at Rivera. She has had excellent teachers. Parents are very involved in this school.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2006
Rivera is a good school which focuses on achieving goals. Students are encouraged to stretch beyond their comfort zones and really challenge themselves and to tax their brains. Parents are encouraged to help around the school and to really take a hands on approach in their children's education. Extracurricular activities, such as field trips and science camps are important parts of students enrichment. There are some teachers that go beyond the teaching of reading and writing and really spend time with their students to develop a strong sense of self that give children the power to grow. This school is the main reason that I turned down a great job - I did not want to have to move my children away from Rivera.

- submitted by a parent

April 06, 2006
This is a great school gifted with excellent teachers. The API score keep improving year after year.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2006
This school provides an excellent environment for learning. The staff members strive for professionalism and their main concern is honestly how well each student is learning. A very well put together school that works together as a team to make both parents and child happy

- submitted by a teacher

July 08, 2005
My daughter just finished Kindergarten and I was amazed at the level of academics taught in her classroom. She had an excellent teacher that promoted growth to potential in all the children. My daughter finished Kinder reading and writing and she is only 5 years old. I credit her progress to the excellent education received in combination with parental guidance.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2004
This is an outstanding school. All the teachers/administrators I have had the pleasure to meet were nothing less than outstanding. My daughters currently attend and have nothing but positive things to say about Rivera. Keep up the good work, and my wife, daughter and I thank each and everyone of you.

- submitted by a parent

July 03, 2003
I would like to see the school have more field trips for the students. More emphasis on music as the grades progress.

- submitted by a community member

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Tomas Rivera Elementary School
20440 Red Poppy Lane, Riverside, CA  92508
(951) 697-5757
Last modified Tomas Rivera Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tomas Rivera Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top