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Riverside Presbyterian Day School

Private | PK-6


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $119,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $700.

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Posted September 23, 2014

RPDS is an incredible learning environment. I have three children there, and have watched each thrive. I suspect some of the negative reviewers have an agenda not revealed in their comments. Simply visit the school for a tour and see for yourself, speak with teachers, parents (there will be several on campus no matter when you visit) and administrators. It is truly a great school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 27, 2013

This school let us down as well. Administration was unprofessional and had a liberal agenda.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 13, 2013

My child attended this school but we transferred to another private school in the area for 3rd grade. We did not have a positive experience at RPDS. Leaving RPDS was a difficult decision but turned out to be the best choice. Our child is thriving now and we love our current school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 19, 2012

An extraordinary educational experience for our whole family! Our children are enthusiastic about their school experiences and they love their teachers who are dedicated and talented professionals. Most of all, while our children are receiving a superior academic foundation, they are learning the values of respect, responsibility, acceptance of differences and compassion for others. This preparation of the heart will guide them to be positive and effective leaders in our community. I am so very thankful for this balanced education for my children!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 25, 2012

What an amazing experience for our daughters. I loved the nurturing approach and the academic challenges.
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Posted September 25, 2012

A wonderful place to be as a student and employee! I attended RPDS from PreK - 6th Grade and have nothing but the fondest of memories from my time as a student. The school gave me an incredible foundation to succeed in academics, face life's challenges, serve my community and forge strong relationships. Returning to RPDS as an employee has been as if I've come home to my family. It is the same kind, nurturing environment where I grew up, while still maintaining the highest of standards and expectations. I would highly recommend Riverside to parents looking for an incredible school for their children, or adults looking for a wonderful place to work.
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Posted May 19, 2012

Overpriced and over-hyped; fine school if you're rich, old-money Caucasian, but the ones that don't fit in get looked down upon. They'll talk the talk and cater to the helicopter moms, but don't deliver anything near what they should for the price. We were so happy to have our kids go elsewhere, where they got some character building along with a great education. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but it is true.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 19, 2010

This is a great school and you can find nothing better!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 8, 2010

To those who note LD kids are not welcome, I vehemently disagree and if you are considering an alternative to the inadequate public school system, take time to discuss the curriculum with your psychologist and then meet with all concerned parties to discuss whether this is or is not a good fit. It has been an excellent fit for our child who has ADD and needs special tutoring on top of assistance. We have seen such a breakthrough this year-I would not discourage this as an alternative choice for a special kid. Like everything, you need to find a good fit but just having a LD is not a barrier necessarily as long as the needs for assistance are able to be met. My child is thriving for the first time in a school experience and I consider it a miracle but the cumulative hard work of all parties. Bravo, RPDS!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 9, 2009

RPDS does an excellent job i developing the whole child in a loving Christian atmosphere. The faculty and parents are totally committed to that goal.
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Posted February 4, 2009

I have 2 children at RPDS, and have been thoroughly pleased. There is just an overall great feeling at this school, a wonderful sense of community. The teaching staff is excellent, and the leadership is involved and connected. The facilities are beautiful, and the curriculum is nurturing to the whole child. A real treasure.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 15, 2009

Both of my kids go to RPDS. It is a great school with a focus on academics, community, and enrichment. We were at 2 different A rated public schools and they are merely shuffling kids through a system. Both of our kids are gifted and talented and were bored and under challenged at the public schools. They do not have time for enrichment nor exceptional students, except maybe a few of the magnet schools. RPDS is a great, safe and nurturing school for children. I highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 4, 2008

We were a part of RPDS for the 07-08' school year. If your child has any type of learning disability this is not the school for you. Let's just say we had a 'HORRIBLE' year. We are now in a public school and thriving.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 24, 2007

I'm a former student of RPDS Class of 06' after going there since Pre-K 4. Riverside is a great school, acidemicly and in the arts department. One thing I really liked about it was the school makes you get involved in the community and know what going on aroud you. Another thing is unlike many other schools Riverside reminds me of one big family. The teachers really care whats going on in your life and they will sit down with you and go over a concept untill you get it even if its an inconvenience for them.

Posted February 11, 2005

RPDS is a nurturing environment for any child. They have a rich program and excellent staff and faculty.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 11, 2004

This will be our 4th year at RPDS. We feel fortunate to be part of the Riverside family. 'Private schools' are stigmatized as elitist or exclusive, but Riverside is quite the opposite. The school benefits from its central location in the city, and attracts families from all walks of life who share a commitment to the education of their children. The teachers love these children, and the children, in turn develop and nurture a lifelong love of learning. As in any school, there are issues that need to be addressed. At Riverside, the Headmaster, faculty and guidance work hard to ensure students and parents alike are comfortable bringing those issues to the table. While the student is the number one priority at Riverside, RPDS is a family. RPDS does a wonderful job of holding on to tradition while exploring new educational ideas and techniques. We love RPDS!
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 2% 23%
Hispanic 2% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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