Last summer, I moved from North Buckhead (Sarah Smith) to South Buckhead (E Rivers) and our entire family (2 kids included) couldn t be happier with E Rivers. Everyone has gone out of their way to make us feel welcome. Even though Sarah Smith is a great school, I have to say that level of parent involvement in E Rivers truly amazing and far more impactful then I observed at Sarah Smith. I was worried that we were sacrificing education quality for a better location/more convenience by living in Peachtree Hills but now we have the best of both worlds!
This is our family's 4th year at this truly neighborhood school. Our 3rd and first grader have had excellent teachers who love the school and diverse student body. Teachers are creative and push students academically but in a warm, caring environment. Our children have also had amazing experiences with the Challenge/gifted teachers which they would not have elsewhere (such as dissecting squid). Mr. Rogers, principal since fall 2011, is an excellent leader. He knows students and parents by name and has the utmost respect of teachers. Thanks to Rogers leadership the school is a very caring , learning community which doesn't just teach the IB principals but lives them. The best predictor of a child's success in school is how active parents choose to be. Dedicated parents are visible in all aspects of the school, with volunteer opportunities to fit each parents schedule/availability/ skills/talents. Currently the school is in a temporary campus while a completely new complex is being built (to open by fall 2015 at latest) in our home campus. Students and staff are excited to be receiving a building reflecting the excellent education which has been offered at here for years
I went to school here from kindergarten through 5th grade. Charles Arter and David York were the principals at that time, the mid to late 1970's. I loved this school and always felt that the staff and other school personell cared for the students
Couldn't be happier, 7 years now. My son graduated here at E. Rivers and now my daughter going to 2nd grade. Principle, Dr. White is AWSOME!!!! LOVE ALL THE TEACHERS AND STAFF. AWSOME SCHOOL. :))
This is our fifth year at E. Rivers and we've been thrilled with our decision to send our children to our neighborhood public school. Mr. White is an outstanding principal and my children have had some truly wonderful teachers. The Challenge Program for gifted and talented students is fabulous. Children in the Challenge program spend 45 minutes each day doing enrichment activities. My children have covered an amazing range of topics in Challenge -- robotics, the Roman Empire, architecture, Ancient Egypt, and photography, just to name a few recent projects.
I am so impressed with this school, the parent involvement and the leadership and dedication of Principal David White! We couldn't be happier.
As a grandparent who does some volunteer work at the school, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand the caliber of E. Rivers. Mr. White is an amazing principal, always striving to better the school. All of my grandsons' teachers have been qualified, dedicated, caring and wonderful to work with. Definitely a top notch learning experience for the students.
My son is in his second semester of kindergarten at E Rivers, and we could not be happier that we chose this school over the Atlanta private schools. He loves his teachers, his classmates, and looks forward to each day. He is learning at a challenging pace, and is well into reading and math. The children here are wonderful, as are the teachers and Principal White. It has been a 100% positive experience and we look forward to our daughter starting school here in another year!
Our son is in Kindergarten and we could not be more pleased with E. Rivers. The principle and staff are remarkable. His teacher is getting her PHD in childhood education and has far exceeded our expectations. He LOVES going to school and wants to be the first one there every morning. He went to 2 prestigous Buckhead preschools, but says E. Rivers is his favorite. The curriculum is strong and the work is challenging, but his teachers make it fun. His reading and math skills are off the charts, and he has 2 field trips this month thanks to the wonderful PTA (Botanical Gardens and Center for Puppetry Arts). He has made great friends from the neighborhood (we live in Haynes Manor) and enjoys the short bus ride home everyday. E. Rivers was the best decision we ever made and we cannot imagine sending him anywhere else.
E Rivers has surpassed every wish we could have. Its hard to list it all but for starters the Principal is second to none. He holds his staff responsible as well as his students. The staff is outstanding with many having a long tenure. The parent involvment is fabulous and it seems to only get better. It is a great school and from what I read it is giving all other schools a run for their money.
It has been great to watch the surrounding community FINALLY get it that E Rivers is such a gem. Rivers has done nothing but strengthen since our 2 sons graduated -- one of whom is a Senior at Duke, the other a graduate of Emory. They both say the best teacher they ever had was Mrs. Smith in 5th grade.
My daughter has been attending E. Rivers for 3 years now and we couldn't be happier with the quality of education she is receiving. The school's diversity is a real advantage and one the school recognizes and celebrates. My son will start E. Rivers in the Fall and we are thrilled to send 2 children to such a great neighborhood school.
We love E. Rivers! After comparing all the local private schools, we could not believe our first choice for our son would be our local public school - but it is! It has a diverse, international feel in the middle of Atlanta. I highly recommend E. Rivers!
This school is truly the best kept secret in Buckhead. Unlike many other schools in the area, we are not overcrowded. Each student recieves the individual attention that they need. The teachers are the best. THey are warm, caring and challenging, all at the same time.The schoool's diverse student body make it a great place to learn about different cultures and beliefs from around the world. Why would you NOT want to send your child to this wonderfully, enriching school??
E. rivers is a wonderful and loving school. it's academic values are superb. All the teachers are all so kind, when i hear other kids' horror stories of their evil teachers i just cant relate. the challenge teacher is very smart and an excellent teacher all in all. I've been very well prepared for middle school and have high a's in all my classes thanks to my excellent education at e. rivers! the diversity is wonderful, with many children from all different backrounds. The french program is absolutely great with the best teachers out there. the new principal is great, he takes care of all the problems, from disiplinary to academic, easily and is a great addition to E.rivers! if i were deciding on which school to send my child, i would chose E. Rivers in a heartbeat!
E. Rivers is the best little secret in Buckhead elementary school education. It is loving, very sweet environment for children and provides a great education. My son started taking French in kindergarten and giving oral book reports. The advanced placement teacher seems more like a college professor and the staff is very, very dedicated and friendly; overall, an outstanding environment and the diversity--(kids from loving families from all over the world) makes it a truly magical experience. I was hesitant before I stepped through the door, since it isn't as popular as some other district schools. Once I did, I have never considered anything else for my child. It has been an enriching experience in so many ways.
E. Rivers is a wonderful school from top to bottom. We relocated to Atlanta after Katrina, everyone at the school welcomed not just my daughter, but our family into theirs. The curriculum at E. Rivers is stimulating and I could not have hand picked a better faculty. My daughter was in the first grade last year with Ms. Cheroff and had a great year! We have returned to New Orleans and my daughter wants to move back to Atlanta to continue school there. We really miss E. Rivers, there is none like it. Thanks to all of the faculty an staff at Rivers!
The academis programs here are great. From french, to art, to music the stduents will be well rounded when they leave this school.
Great School - it has a French Program and a low student to teacher ratio. There are well respected Counselors and an excellent principal. The cultural diversity makes it rich the PTA moms are a pain but they mean well. _ Great School!
E. Rivers is a small school that is culturally diverse. It is more like a salad bowl where every culture is respected and not forced to assimilate. My daughter loves the school and her teachers. This is the type of school I wanted for my child, it is rich with culture and experiences. The PTA is strong and parental involvement is very high!
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