The students foster the development of the school. The teachers can only do so much. As students, we create the environmental (academic, social, etc.) around the school. Fortunately for me, I thrived in an environment that was both competitive (at least a good portion of the students) and relaxed (everyone was "chill" with each other).
If you make it hard, then you have to be gritty. More students are taking AP Classes, and a competitive vibe can be felt throughout the school (Class of 2016 probably will take over 300 AP Classes out of 179 students, a lot of kids in that class are taking 6 APs)
You have an opprtunity to make your high school years there great (multitude of flexible AP Classes, EC's you can get involved in). It is very challenging if you choose to make it that way; however, the only thing I wish is for the school to set up academic/career oriented clubs (Science clubs, FBLA). If the school can realize there are a lot of students that dream of going to top tier, then Riordan will be a really good school. As of right now, I rate it as "good".
Also, no only bullies anyone at Riordan. The social atmosphere is relaxing. Some people complain about the demographics not being too "white" enough; I'm sure there are a lot of minorities that do some really good things as well.
Many nowhere-to-be recycled white folks, old lazy slackers, as long as they went to catholic schools, then they'd get jobs at riordan. Faculties bullies faculties, irresponsible teaching, family members, networks, gossipers. Sports mission with a catholic format, full of riff-raffs, difficult to improve academic performance.