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..,
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!
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.
This is a horrible school since the new principle arrived a few years ago, test scores are down and parents can't volunteer anymore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
Wonderful parent/ teacher involvement with the students. Children are happy, academics and activities are great!
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.
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!
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!
I have enjoyed my child's educational experience at Rivera. She has had excellent teachers. Parents are very involved in this school.
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.
This is a great school gifted with excellent teachers. The API score keep improving year after year.
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
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.
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.
I would like to see the school have more field trips for the students. More emphasis on music as the grades progress.
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Tomas Rivera Elementary School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Tomas Rivera Elementary School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.