Students enrolled 541
School leader Kesia Doucette
Transportation options Yes
District Los Angeles Unified School District

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13061 Riverside Drive
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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(818) 990-4525
(818) 789-4835
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4 stars
Based on 87 ratings

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August 28, 2014
I have been a parent at this school for nine years. I love it! Excellent after school programs, curriculum, arts, sciences and PTA. Very welcoming environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
I have a fifth grader and a Kindergartner at the school. Both of them in classes with dedicated teachers who perform amazingly within the cash strapped LAUSD. The Principle Ms Doucette is very hands on with the kids. She knows them well and in my experience has been fantastic with maneuvering through what is best for each of them individually. The community in this school is growing year by year and in my opinion under its present leadership will only continue to flourish.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
My daughter loves this school. Very happy with teachers, administration, and especially the parent group. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2014
My daughter comes to this school and loves it! The school is very clean inside and out, we have a new person that has done a lot of work with getting the school painted and clearing a lot of debris. Parent involvement is awesome! thank you for caring about our kids!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2013
We love the after school activities. I think the parent evolvement is fantastic too. My daughters loves it.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Riverside Drive Charter School There is a lot of heart at this school. The devotion of staff and parent volunteers is astounding!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2013
I love Riverside Drive Charter Elementary because they have provided a safe and fun environment for my daughter, she enjoys the different classes, the teachers are great and the parents really take time to become together in helping the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
We are really happy with the experience that our children have at Riverside Dr. The teachers and administrators really do care. The school has after school activities and pizza sales. Allot of parent involvement. The school is kept up vey well from the inside and outside. The janitor does a great job. Proud to have kids that come here.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2013
I love the quality education given at Riverside Drive and that it is a relatively small school for this area. The teachers are wonderful and committed to their students. The parent association is really great, as is the afterschool programs they offer, but I wish more parents would get involved with the school and fundraisers.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
Riverside Drive Charter Elementary School has amazing families who are very involved in the school. The teachers have been at the school for a long time and are very dedicated in making sure the students learn what they need to. They are creative and innovative. Both of my children have gone from Kindergarten through 5th grade and it has been a very wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
Riverside is a fantastic school! The Principal, Ms. Doucette, is wonderful and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. There are only about 600 kids at Riverside and the charter caps enrollment at 640 so it will stay a nice small school. I like that there are a lot of really involved families and a very active parent group. We have a dedicated Science Lab, a Drama Club, a formal Arts Program, a computer lab and a school garden. Most of the teachers are really great. We have lots of after school activities and classes for the kids that they love. My daughter is in third grade and has been there since kinder and she LOVES her school. We have been very happy at Riverside.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
We are very happy at this school and feel a sense of community. The staff and teachers are kind, supportive, and engaged.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2013
Very poor school management including the new principle. I would't recommend this school to anybody.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2013
Hi, this is my home school and I'm on the fence whether to send my child here. I have heard many mixed reviews but a huge question I have is every time we drive by, the play structure is yellow taped off! What is the reasoning for this? It has been well over 6 months...

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2012
We are so fortunate to have the teachers and principal that we now have. Our school has now returned to its usual 8 rating, and we have won several awards since we have gone Charter! The school's challenging programs provide our students with a better education. Especially with the encouragement from the teachers and their availability for extra time with homework the last elementary school we attended did not offer as much challenge, and they offered no help. Riverside had a few bumpy years, but it is back on track with engaging extra-curricular such as computers, theater, chorus, art and PE. Our family feels very lucky to have all this and more, considering the times. We love living in this neighborhood where our kids can walk to school. Parent involvement and contributions to the betterment to the whole of the student body has really improved the schools ambience, traffic flow, energy, positive attitude and genuine love of the school our children adore. Thank you to the principal and teachers for respecting individuality and curiosity from their students. Your respect for our children is noted, and greatly appreciated, especially your equality to all.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2012
this is an awful School. I would not recomend this School to anyone. My daughter started this School in Kindergarten and we have had nothing but problems. every-day there's a complaint about my daughter. The reasoning is she talks out of place. She was also above average in prechool and is not below average. the principle does not care when I have concerns.She doesnt listen when i say certain people can not pick my child up. its only the second week of school and they're already complaining about my daughter. i am with drawing my daughter from this school. the principle and teachers work against you not with you.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
I'm a parent trying to decide whether to send my child to school here this fall as a kindergartener. Can a parent or administrator address why they believe this school has a 7 rating when every other elementary school in Sherman Oaks has an 8? Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2012
I have a 3rd Grader in this school and we couldn't be happier. My child loves his teacher, the principal is incredibly hands-on and the school seems more united than even when my child first started. Recently the school went Charter and it seems like there is more parents and teachers working together to do great things for the kids. Now we as parents have a chance to participate in curriculum planning and technology advancements. Just got an announcement that the school received a California Distinguished Award. The Principal of this school has really turned this school around - she is fantastic. Although she has her rules that she sticks by - sometimes parents can get uppity about them. But you can't make everyone happy all of the time. You do the best you can. And I get the feeling her priority is our kids!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
For the 3-29-12 entry re: taunting the dog... Yes that is horrible! I am a dog owner and I would have been enraged as well - so much so that I would have said something to stop the behavior thereby pointing it out to the inattentive parents - you missed your opportunity. Now on to reviewing the school. This is a school that has become better every year under Principal Kessler. It has become a Charter school and much is being done to add and improve many programs for the school and the kids are benefitting from it. Test scores have increased steadily every year. As a result, Riverside was just named a CA Distinguished school. Wel are very happy with Riverside and our child is getting a good education.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2012
In general a school is what you make of it and the parents and staff at Riverside are doing everything they can to make sure our kids are educated and have a positive experience. My daughter in in kindergarten here and we love the school. I have heard some complaints here and there but they were always from parents who don't spend a second becoming involved in the school. Ms Kessler is always on campus and all the students know and adore her, she is a force in the school and we are VERY lucky to have her. The teachers are very well educated and are very invested in the kids, their involvement in all aspects of the school is a testament to their dedication. We could not be happier!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
Fabulous community feel. My kids love it and are thriving there! I feel extremely fortunate to have this school available, especially at times when the budget is being cut all around us. We all pitch in and are fortunate to be able to remain status quo with uninterrupted learning for our children. So pleased. You will see happy, secure, and very energetic children here. Like a slice of the past with a view of the future.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
This is a very good school but there are definitely areas to improve-- kids cannot sit with their friends at lunch- they must sit by class; kids cannot play with their friends at recess and lunch, unless they are, by chance, in the same class. Parents really don't like this but the administration doesn't see the problem- they are more concerned with maintaining control at recess and lunch. The teachers are great and the staff are friendly.

- submitted by a teacher
March 24, 2011
My son attended the preschool class for special needs in the spring of 2010(he had a language delay). I am a stay at home mom, so i dropped my son off and picked him up. I say that to say that i saw more than maybe other families who sent their children by bus. The teacher did most of her instruction by screaming a "no-no-no" if a kid was doing something wrong. The other teacher would only make complaints about my child every time that I would pick him up, only once told me something positive about him. My son started arm flapping at this school b/c he was overstimulated with all the screaming. I asked the teacher about his arm flapping, and she bluntly told me he was autistic. Didn't take me to the side and kindly share her concerns, she just blurted it out in front of all the other kids/teachers/etc. Also, I was the one who had to ask about it, she didn't share her concerns before I mentioned it. We have had him tested since then, and not even a dr. has been that harsh/unkind about his condition. The environment was very caustic and actually harmful to my son. I wouldn't recommend this school for pre-k special needs kids. Other than that Miss anna seemed compassionate and kind.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
Beware of this school! The Principal has failed as a leader. She has her own agenda and seems to be missing in action frequently. She also makes her own policies which creates a frantic, disorganized and uncomfortable learning environment. We will be pulling our Kindergartener for next year. The teachers seem to be good educators but are stifled by Ms. Kessler. Not a good rating for a fragile LAUSD.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2010
I'm VERY happy with Riverside Drive. My older son graduated from there in '09 and I have another one in 3rd grade now. The teachers REALLY do care and do a wonderful job.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
My child is in her 2nd year at Riverside. I'm really sorry a couple of parents had bad experiences here. I love this school. The principal is hands-on and caring, I've really liked both of my daughters teachers- and the parent's group is the best. I'll say it again- get involved. The reality with LAUSD right now is no money, no full time janitors, no extra-curricular activities unless parents push and raise money. We just came off our main fall fundraiser, with once again, a handful of parents doing most of the work. And nearly all of us work full time. Not happy? Want to change something? GET INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2010
For the most part, it's a great school. I suppose all schools have their bad apples and ours is no exception. There are three teachers whose class I wouldn't want my kids in and, unfortunately, this year I got one of them. I'm thinking of pulling my kid out. I had to talk to the principal about the situation and my child reports the situation is better, BUT I'M KEEPING MY EYE ON IT and if the teacher starts up again with my child, I'm pulling out my child. The principal refused to transfer my child ("or I'll have to transfer everyone") and told me in so many words that I'll have to do what I'll have to do. O.K. Gauntlet is down.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
great neighborhood school

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
Love the parent group and the numerous after school options. Nice library. Feels like a nice community.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
I took my son out of this school. I do not recommend it. The students are falling through the cracks.

- submitted by a community member
March 12, 2010
We are NOT Dixie, Carpenter, Sherman Oaks, Colfax... but that is one of the things I love about our school. I've been a parent at Riverside for 5 years & all 3 of my kids are there now. I've been involved with the parent group (which is GREAT - how they accomplish so much with so little from the district, I'll never know) and very involved with my kids' education. I love the teachers -- in particular, Ivy Sher is a gem. Principal Kessler actively cultivates a happy learning environment for the students. When API scores slid a little this year, she started a free 'intervention' tutoring program as well as fun weekly quizzes to work on basic math skills. We have a HIGH percentage of gifted kids - something must be going right. The old (Spring 2008) reviews about bullies, etc., reflect a previous administration. This one is much better!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2009
My son has attended this school for three years now. I am greatful to have him attend a school like Riverside Drive. The theachers here are great and take pride in their work. They rellay care about the children. The parent perticipation is excellent and this is something you don't find everywhere. No place is perfect, but Riverside is not far from it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2009
Our son is having a great time so far in Kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Our son has had a fantastic experience at this school - love the teachers and the Homework Club has made a huge difference in our lives. A+

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
I read all the posts and some made me angry, but most made me smile. I have loved Riverside since my oldest daughter attended kindergarten there beginning in 1992. My youngest daughter attended 3 years later. I began working there in 1996. I love this school and the people involved with it. We have great teachers and assistants and we have awesome parents who do great things for our school. I'm sorry to those of you who did not have a good experience, I cannot understand why. My girls got a great education and I love my job and the people I work with at the school. There is a real feeling of community here. I think any child who goes to Riverside is very lucky.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 05, 2009
I love the feeling of community and the teacher's commitment to education. It's a great place for kids to learn and a great place to work.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 01, 2009
The teachers are amazing as they truly care about their students. The parents are involved and help create a nurturing, yet strong learning environment

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
I love Ms. Sher! She is my son's 3rd grade teacher, and I am very happy. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
My grand children have gained knowledge and self confidence attending Riverside Drive Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Althouh it is a public school, it has the feel of a private. You feel part of a community that cares about the childrens future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
It is a great neighborhood school and there is lots of parent involvement. It is a very down to earth group of people and my children love attending Riverside Drive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The teachers, the principle, the hearts of the students

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Wonderful staff, parents, & Kids belong to this Awesome School!!! 'Nuff said!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Dedicated Staff, highly involved parents, & truly amazing children. We are lucky & Proud to be part of this school!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Coolest teachers, parents, and children ever!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
We are proud to be part of Riverside Drive Elementary!! They have a very dedicated staff, highly involved parents,wonderful after school programs, and have created a warm and inviting environment for the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
We have the best parent group!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The best teachers in existence!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
great teachers, great principal, involved parents its a caring, nurturing environment where the kids are encouraged to excel.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Great teachers + great parents = great students

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I love that the parents are so involved!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The parent community is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The teachers, staff, administrators, and families all work together to make Riverside #1!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
We have been at Riverside Drive for six years and our two boys have received an excellent education from a dedicated and caring staff. I love the sense of community and the fact that my children can walk around the corner to their neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Riverside Drive Elem is dedicated to its students academic future. The teachers go above and beyond for each student. The parental support is outstanding. The students are the 'Best and the Brightest.'

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
great school with great programs, teachers, kids and parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Great teachers, awesome kids, involved parents :-)

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Riverside Drive is one of the jewels of the Valley. We walk every morning with school mates and love our teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Fantastic kids and great teachers and our parents are extremely involved. My son loves it and I do as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
RD is a great community school dedicated to kids, neighborhood camaraderie and group efforts to achieve

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Our school has a great sense of community! It is filled with so many loving people! The connection between School, Home and Community is amazing! Great kids, Great Teachers, and Staff! Our Parents For Riverside Drive is an amazing group of people, who help provide a good enviorment for kids, with great programs both during school, and afterschool! To top it off a terrific Principal!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Great neighborhood school with caring teachers and involved parents!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Riverside Drive has the best students, staff, and parents! It is a great place to be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Riverside Drive is a great neighborhood school with terrific teachers, involved parents and awesome kids!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2009
Today was the last day of school with summer vacation coming . My childs teacher retired after thirty one years of teaching.What a kind, patient, gracious woman this teacher is. A real lady. With the new school year coming I hope my child has the same great experience next semester.I have had children at Riverside going back eighteen years. The main thing I can say about Riverside is that the teachers and parents really try. So many go out of their way to help others. Especially the parents who try to raise money for the school, they are tireless. The tiny lady who is in charge of the playground is a breath of fresh air. With patience and a love for kids she really keeps a eye out for the kids I am so greatful for her. Our new principle is warm and caring, and in control.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2009
I love this school - My daughter is in 1st grade going into second and we couldn't be happier - The teachers and principal are amazing and so wonderful to all the students. I highly recommend you joining our school if you can.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2009
My grandchildren have been through a total of ten years at this school. Aside from the change of principals, the one in there now is great. They have enjoyed every aspect of their time there, been involved in extra activities and I would say that this is a public school where children thrive. My daughter has been an involved parent there from day one and I give a lot of credit to the parents who make sure nobody lacks any service they can fund.

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 13, 2009
I am a parent at Riverside Drive and part of the parent group, PFRD, as well. I personally invite all persons concerned with the welfare of the school to come to the meetings. We need the help and we open our arms to you. I feel we are open, leaning towards the progressive, but please come and help us create the culture you want to see at our school. Be part of the change and it will set you free.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2009
While Riverside does have some good extra programs they don t make up for what feels like a culture of denial in many areas. Teachers and administration don t do a good job of handling negative behavior by certain children toward others. Some posters say parents just need to get involved but the parent leaders need to create a more open and inviting atmosphere instead of seeming to enjoy the power they can wield over others. It desperately needs a change in culture and attitude from administration, teachers, yard duty and parent leaders from an old school, negative, fear-based atmosphere to a more open, progressive, inclusive experience. Whether you re the former or the latter will determine if you re happy at Riverside or not.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
New Principal and Asst. Principal are outstanding. Best since i came to this school in 2003. Most teachers are excellent as well and parents are lovely, down-to-earth and very engaged in supporting the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
I love that my child is getting all the attention that he needs and that all the teachers and staff seem to be friendly and very cooperative with the parents and children needs.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
I am not sure why the other parent is upset about other children being bullies....there are very few children there who display such actions and there are always children at any school...that will use poor judgement as well as take their emotions out on others, but this should in no way be used to rate the school as a whole. I have had issues with my child and other children and their interaction with one another, but it is easily resolved by open communication with the other parents and teachers around.

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October 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
Riverside drive is a great school who thinks of themselves as part of the community. Teachers are wonderful- administration has had a huge upgrade this year leaving parents feeling like we have truly hit the jackpot. PFRD (Parents For Riversdie Drive) did an amazing job last year running many fundraisers including a stunning 70 year anniversary, which was beyond beautiful, a computer lab upgrade and helped to fund some programs that not all elementary school have on their campus. It is unfortunate that some parents may have one small situation and base their opinion in a bad way on the entire school, parents, students, administration and education. Riverside's test scores, parent/teacher involvement and happy children show just what type of school it truly is.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2008
Riverside Drive started bad and has gotten worse. Teachers and bullies pick on students and no one at the school will do anything about it. Academics are substandard and lack of discipline and school safety are obviously a problem for many teachers and yard staff. My child was given no example of good behavior to follow including from teachers who have been the worst offenders in our experience. We are putting our child in another school.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2008
I have a 2nd grader at Riverside and a 13 years old who graduated from Riverside and they both love the school as much as I do. I would not put my kid any where else. I only had one bad experance with a teacher while my son attend, but other wise the teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
Do not send your child here. The administration is unorganized and disappointing. There is no expectation when it comes to behavior in the classroom, teachers are left to fend for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
I have two first grade students who love our school! They have both had outstanding teachers for kindergarten and first grade. Although parent involvement is low the parents who are involved work really hard to make our school the gem that it is.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
This school has changed principals 3 times in the last several years. It is lacking in quality leadership from the administration. To much emphasis is placed on state test scores which does not teach independent reasoning and thought process. No 'hands on' learning. The best thing at this school is the parent involvement. The parents are the only thing keeping this school afloat.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
Principal is great,she is very involved. It is wonderful that parents care so much about the school. We are very happy to be a part of riverside drive school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2007
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April 12, 2007
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February 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2006
Academics are good unfortunately discipline leaves something to be desired. If you don't mind your children being injured and un-cared for it' s a great school. It is near next to impossible to get any administration to help you. hopefully the new administration will bring great positive changes.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2006
An excellent neigborhood school with constantly improving facilities and a great group of teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
The programs the parents of Riverside raise funds for are amazing and cover the necessities drama, computer as well as paying for many teacher's aides. Their signature event - the Fall Festival is an event equal to any high end festival you can think of, and helps to support the multitude of parent funded programs. The school reaches out to the community at large with efforts to help the needy and promotes child welfare on all levels. It is a public school with a private school mentality for excellence in all areas of academics and enrichment.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2006
Academic programs are above average. There are music prgrams and great parent involvement. Currently, leadership is weak.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2006
We spent a year debating whether or not we should send our son to kindergarten at Riverside. We requested Mr Burrell and got him. He's a wonderful teacher. We couldn't be happier with our choice!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2006
The students and teachers seem to really care. Parent involvement is very high, as is principal and teacher involvement.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2006
This school always has great holiday programs that the kids participate in. Both of my kids went there and really liked it. The parents are really involved.

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February 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
Riverside has a wonderfully involved parent population. They do soooo much good work and provide so many extras for the kids. Tireless fundraising. Campus is a warm place to be for both the children adn the parents. People are aproachable and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2006
Both my daughters have attended Riverside and I have been very impressed with the dedication of the teachers. They have afforded my children many enriching experiences while teaching them the skills required for future academics. My only complaint ( and it's more with the state and district than with the school) is there is too much importance put on the CST scores. This usually leads to more homework than should be given to young children.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2005
Riverside High School is a great neighborhood school. I do recommend that a high level of parent involvement will ensure that your child gets the most out of his/her experience. Over the past several years, they have added some nice upgrades to the campus. Scouting opportunities exist here and there is a good level of an active neighborhood involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
In the seven years I have been at Riverside Drive, the one constant I can count on is the quality of the teachers. With no exceptions, every teacher my children have had, has incorporated enrichment and individuality into the state-wide required educational program. The school as a whole strives to bring additional enrichment into the school day. This is done through the outstanding fundraising efforts of the parent body. No school is perfect, however, we continue as a community to work on improving all areas. In particular, safety, health and physical education resources on campus.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
We were very disappointed with the staff in 2005, took our child from 1st grade and went private.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
Riverside dr. Is a school with a bright future... We had a very active pta and parents for team this last session, this year will be even better. I am a parent who works full time, and I make time to get involved. You have to do that in the public school system. We need parents to help through out the year, however they can. There are many opportunities to help, and it is so fulfilling. Fundraising is important with current lausd budget cuts. Our principal is heading into her second year with us and is supportive & driven to get the kids whats best for them, and improve scores. Nothing is perfect but what a fun goal, to help our children and our teachers get there by doing it as a community of caring, watchful parents that a principal can count on for support. Team work is essential.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
Great school in every way. I love that the parents are able to be very involved with the differant activities. The teachers seem very dedicated and enthusiastic in the upcoming years.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2005
I think it is a great neighborhood school. My daughter only attended kinder, but had a great learning experience. It has wonderful parents and the kids are great. I think it honestly needs more community support of the area.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
Great school, great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
I am so pleased with how Riverside is being run 'this' year. My daughter is in the 4th grade and has attended the school since kindergarden. She has started her own homework club and 'always' has her homework finished before I pick her up. She is motivated to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2005
I heard great things about Riverside Drive but, I am very disappointed. I don't feel that the quality of the teachers or staff is that great. My daughter is being picked on and the teachers don't do anything. I have a hard time having the teachers return my phone calls. I plan to pull my daughter from this school and move her to another.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2005
Small group of Parents and teachers run this school. They turn their heads and deny the bullying and teasing that exists. They use intimidation tactics to keep parents quiet. The School spends months teaching only what is on yearly tests in order to increase their test scores, rather than teaching kids what they need to know. If you contribute a lot of money and volunteer for everything, your child will receive preferential treatment. My child transfered to another school in 4th grade and was way behind because what was being taught to him at this school was way below grade level. School spends so much time fundraising and doing extracurricular activities that there is no time for learning. Fundraising is a non-stop weekly, if not daily event. Dig deep into your pockets if you want your child to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2004
I must point out that the cuts at school are not due to the principal, but rather the LAUSD. Parents are frantically scrambling to make up the $30,000 shortfall (of an already stingy budget!) with creative fundrasing events, such as our recent Comedy Night to help keep a paraprofessional on the K yard, and the school-wide Yard Sale to help purchase Science Kits for the classrooms. We just won the District C School Beautfication Award which is primarily due to the work of many hardworking parent volunteers who have made the school a better place. Our Literacy Garden and Parent Center open shortly and will enhance the school even more. There is a new, rejuvenated PTA Board in place now (I can say that, I was on the old Board!) and all I can say to previous posts is, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2004
Dissappointment is a gross understatement when describing this school. Under this principal the school has slipped downhill. Not only was art, music and p.e. cut. But now it's rumored that computer lab is getting axed. Too much emphasis is on sitting quietly in seats, rather than on academic acheivement. Lately, it feels pointless to even do homework. The kindergarten hasn't recieved promised yard equipment, while 1-5 graders are left on hot cement with little to do and no enough supervision, as yard watchers are cut. The principal also is not parent friendly. If she looked upon parents as a partner she'd get more volunteers for fundraising ideas and the like.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2004
My children have attended Riverside Drive for some years. I am greatly disappointed in the fact that there has not been as great an increase in api scores as other elementary schools in the area. Parents concerns falls on deaf ears as far as principal.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2004
I think there is tremendous parent involvement at Riverside Drive. There is a lovely new library, PTA and Parents For organizations. There are many avenues for involvement. There are after school activities including a homework club. The previous principal was wonderful, but the new one just seems just fine. My fifth grader has had a great experience at Riveride for the last 5 years.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2004
I have a son in first grade and a daughter in Kindergarten - and think Riverside is wonderful. The teachers so far have been great. Everyone has to keep things in perspective and that all schools have politics. Parent involvement is limited, but only due to the fact that many of us have to work full-time and there are alot of single parents.

- submitted by a community member
November 20, 2003
We have been at Riverside Dr. for five years and have found the teachers to be exceptional in their dedication and ability. The new principal has brought an archcaic school into a new begining. I have been involved in many fund raising projects, room parenting and the new library project. All have been fantastic experiences for my family. My child has been with the same children since kindergarten and is having a wonderful school experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
The new principal has really diminished the quality of this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2003
Riverside is a great community school. The teachers are concerned and committed. We have felt welcome and our children are ahead of many of their private school peers. Overall, I'd say it's supurb.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2003
I'm saddened to see that the only comments here are negative..my son is entering 2nd grade and we are very, very happy so far with Riverside overall. We also looked at 8 private schools and one other public school in the area, and have not regretted our choice to go to Riverside. True assets of the school: the outstanding Kindergarten Enrichement program, the fabulous families that make up the Riverside community, lots of terrific teachers, plenty of after-school activities ranging from cooking to science to tennis, and so much more. If you don't believe me, take a look at the school website! http://www.riversidedrivepta.org Perhaps it's because I've been very involved in volunteering, both on the PTA Board and in my child's classroom, that I feel more connected to the school...I hope the previous two posters are similarly involved and helping to make Riverside an even stronger school!

- submitted by a parent
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Riverside Drive Charter Elementary School
13061 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks, CA  91423
(818) 990-4525
Last modified Riverside Drive Charter Elementary School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Riverside Drive Charter Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 116 reviews. Top