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Riviera Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 807 students

 

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2011:
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Posted June 17, 2014

one of the worst school in dade, principal and some teachers are just overpaid staff probably hired by "someone", if you love your child please take him(her) to a different school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2014

This is the best school ever ! I'm going to miss these middle school years . #ClassOf2014 Best Class Ever


Posted February 18, 2013

This is a very poor school. My child was bullied continually and the staff did not do anything about it. The ESE teachers are good but the administrators are awful. I had to remove my child from this school. If you have a choice do not send your school here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2013

This school may not seem as awesome as it is said to be, nevertheless it is a SCHOOL. Any where you go you have your dramas, your fights, etc. This school is what it is and actually holds higher standards than what most schools have. Schools can have an A average and be pressuring there students to death. The C is not our fault but the impromptu induction of a new grading system. instead of barking at us they praised us for giving our best effort. the ESE portion of this school is amazing as well as the ESOL and Mix and STIR Magnet. Believe What You want, but this school IS my home away from home


Posted February 13, 2013

Disappointed with this school overall, its now a "C" school with the new grading system, previously a "B" and would have been an "A" this year if not for the new grading system. The principal is top notch, but unfortunately cannot say the same about all his staff. The Magnet side people are extremely helpful, not so the regular side of the school where we had a run in with a counselor the first day who just did not seem to want to do their job. 6 subjects, 6 teachers, 2 good, 3 average, 1 not so good. Hes in advanced classes as we did not want to put the added pressure of gifted, but this school is so easy to breeze through its not funny, so next year, gifted it is. Basically, if your Magnet with gifted or ESE this is a good school, else you might want to look elsewhere if you can. Afterschool activities were also a big letdown, so many things listed on the roster at the begiinning, but took many months to happen and even then pretty disorganized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2012

My son is about to enter this school, so I hope it can be worth the score!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2012

Honestly parental comments are nice and all but its nothing to what the students actually have to say. I'm not sure if they still have the BIR thing, (Because It's Right). What. The. Heck. That entire "program" was a waste of students time. Its very unsanitary, and the entire school is a sink or swim situation. If your kid doesn't try, they aren't going to make it. The MIX program? I get the kids think its fun and stuff, but I used to just talk in that class and i still got A's. Don't be decieved that they are actually making "music" with great effort. And i'm honestly so confused on how that is a magnet program. Anywho some of the rules they had were ridiculous and overbearing. Tuck in your shirts, and your sweater has to have a zipper? We aren't nuns here, and getting a detention for that? Please.


Posted September 8, 2011

Worst school ever. If you think you are doing what's best for your child, think again. They care only about dollar signs and Mr. Cohen is proof. Do yourself a favor and go elsewhere. I also know of another family that had a similar situattion at that school and they did not act correctly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2011

I choose this school for the MIX Magnet program and i have to say in overall the curriculum they have to offer exceed my expectations!


Posted March 25, 2011

This is my daughter's first year, she is currently in the M.I.X. program, and she is very happy , she loves her teachers and the staff in general. I am very pleased on what this program has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

I love that this school is small and that they have a better control of the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

The teachers are exceptional - very caring. They take the time to ensure that my son's needs are met.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Riviera is a great school; where students learn the neccessary skills they need in order to succeed in academics and life. We all care about them and we are constantly reinforcing their development of integrity and fairness to be good citizens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

This school year is my son's third and last year at Riviera Middle School, when he became aware of the Magnet Program they offered he wanted to attend no other school but this one. I m glad he made that decision because he has really thrived thru the years at Riviera. The teachers, administrators and staff are excellent, the discipline is amazing and their think outside the box approach has allowed them to come up with some very innovative programs to encourage students to do better and take away the nerves at test time. I have recommended and continue to recommend Riviera to all parents of elementary school children who would listen and the ones that have sent their children to Riviera have not been disappointed with their performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

The teachers and staff are Riviera love the students


Posted April 22, 2010

It is a caring environment where students are encouraged to do their best. The teachers are genuinelyinterested in the kids' overall education ~ Mind, heart, & soul! A great place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Riviera is a Magnet school that happens to be situated a a low income area. My finance's daughter chose to attend this school because of it's music program. I had the pleasure to meet her shcool counseler, Vice Pricipal and Principal and was very pleased with their dedication, interest in the students and participation in student activities. Shannon (6th grade student) is very happy with the her teachers and her classes.


Posted April 21, 2010

My daugther goes to Riviera and loves it! The school offers a strong curiculum and an excellent music program. The Teaching Staff, Vice Principal and Principal are very supported of the students and offer a safe learning environment for my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2010

My child is a student at this middle school and I love it....the teachers really go out of their way to work with kids. They have a great magnet program and the kids do very well academically. I am glad we chose Riviera Middle over the other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

My child is a 6th grader this year in the Multimedia Technology program. The teachers are dedicated, communicative & above all caring with all the children. The administrators are very dedicated & keep a close watch over the kids to help them succeed. My child has been in private ed until this yr & I can tell you hands down RMS public is the best school our child has been to so far!
—Submitted by a parent


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.

About these ratings

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.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

215 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

216 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
54%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

198 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

257 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
49%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

164 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

271 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

268 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

265 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
72%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

261 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
70%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 90%
White 6%
Black 2%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 19%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 55%58%61%
Master's degree 41%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 8%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • DR. WINSTON A WHYTE
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  • (305) 226-1025

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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10301 Southwest 48th Street
Miami, FL 33165
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