Students enrolled 1634
School leader Edward Echols

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5900 Raider Drive
Atlanta, GA 30328

(404) 847-1980
(404) 255-8709
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3 stars
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October 03, 2014
It is a shame. Money hungry athletic programs. Not only do you have to pay for parking at a public school but you also have player dues and entry fees. If you have a child striving to be involved be prepared to fork out every penny you have not matter what the cause. No parent involvement is understandable considering the greed involved. Good luck.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Riverwood is great school who has prepared my little brother for college success. He will attend UGA next fall

- submitted by a community member
March 06, 2014
Riverwood is a great school. I will recommend this school any day. My son love it as well. There are great teachers also. Parents, it's a great school. Wonderful location.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
This school is the worst school you can send your kids to. Unless you want to send them around a lot of descriminating adults. Administrators are the worst human beings, they take their personal anger along to work with them. They treat children like dirt and i would not reccomend this be a school for any new students. My child was harrassed and it is unexceptable. But they have a pretty good lacrosse team!

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2013
Any person who writes a review saying that Riverwood does not provide opportunities for a good education is wrong. I graduated in 2011 and although I admit Riverwood seemed to be stronger in Language Arts, Social Studies, and it's great selection of electives over Science and Math, I have had some of the best teachers of my entire educational career at this school. The diversity at the school is also an incredible and realistic experience for students. As an inside source, considering I spent all four years there, too many parents are concerned about what they consider are problems with diversity at the school rather than their own children. The reality is that you are going to find drugs and alcohol at any normal and high achieving high school - ESPECIALLY private schools. But it's up to the parents to instill good qualities in their children to help them deal with the obstacles that high school will show them. So, overall, I had an incredible experience here. Challenging academics, some great school spirit, an incredible Arts program, and a school community filled with all types of students - many overachieving, great, smart kids. So don't let bad reviews fool you.

- submitted by a community member
December 21, 2013
Riverwood has been such a great experience for me. The school's diversity has given me a sense of the real world and has given me the opportunity to interact with a wide range of people. The education has been amazing. I have always been challenged and have loved almost all of my teachers. They don't just hand your grades to you-you have to work for them and that Is a valuable lesson in work ethic that I'm not sure a private school could Give.

- submitted by a student
August 27, 2013
My child is now a college freshman and is suffering from the effects of the mediocrity which is now so prevalent at Riverwood. Even though she was in honors and AP classes, the teaching quality and the content, and the way in which the courses were taught (teach to the test, little critical thinking) have gone rapidly downhill since we looked at the school (and made the decision to transfer from private school) when she was in 7th grade. And it is true -- the drug and alcohol problem IS the worst in the metroarea. That is true because of the school's handling of the situation, but also because of the parents who don't care and aren't willing to be tough with their kids. I hope my daughter's experience at a good, small college can erase all memories of Riverwood.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2013
Riverwood International Charter School may be a lot of things, but it certainly does NOT have endemic racism issues as the obviously disgruntled student below has indicated. The ONE thing that Riverwood has going for it is the genuine atmosphere of multicultural acceptance. That being said, Fulton County Schools is bent on destroying the close camaraderie among the staff that has existed well before the current carrousel of teacher and staff replacement. Apparently FCS is of the opinion that if it isn't broken, go ahead and destroy it. Meanwhile, the staff (teachers and administrators alike) have been experiencing a turnover rate of 47% last year and well over that this (2012-2013) year. Riverwood administrators have shown little inclination to stand up to the pressures instituted by the superintendent of FCS. FCS claim that it is interested in in putting "students first" truly rings hollow as it systematically goes about destroying all sense of self-worth among its employees, especially those teachers who man the classroom front lines. Let us see if the school's (and county's) ranking goes up or down over the next few years and pin that to superintendent's future employment.

- submitted by a teacher
June 16, 2013
SCHOOL SUCKS DO NOT GO!! TERRIBLE STAFF AND STRONG RACISM! The staff and administration lack interest in the students' needs. The racism amongst students is beyond bad, and the staff refuses to do anything about it. If you are African-American, it is very hard to fit in. There is no recognition of black history month or any other black holiday. Reconsider. I attended. Most of my peers feel the same. DON'T DO IT!

- submitted by a student
February 26, 2013
The review of Dec. 7, 2012 was obviously written by an education administrator with advanced professional knowledge. No parent talks like that. The school is well respected but it has it's issues like any intown school.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2012
Riverwood High School is the most mediocre educational institution I ve ever come across. The faculty and guidance office have no directive to aid students toward success, rather, they believe in punishment as the guiding principle. All parents please listen. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR STUDENT TO ATTEND RIVERWOOD HIGH SCHOOL. The teachers do not believe in helping students in achieving any sort of success. No student actually enjoys Riverwood because of the mindset among faculty that no student should succeed. This is no exaggeration. Riverwood applies rules that does not actually keep delinquent students in check, instead, students who want to achieve further success are restricted, and cannot succeed in Riverwood. Although rules are necessary to keep a safe environment, there lie many unnecessary rules that limit passionate students from achieving extracurricular goals within the school. Other reasons for not attending the school include much drug abuse and bullying. The school s drug problem is much larger than expected. Your student will not utilize his/her full potential and their future will be scarred for the next four years and beyond. Please head my warning.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2012
There are many exciting things happening at Riverwood International Charter School with the implementation of Teaching For Excellence. This innovative program of professional development is shifting the classroom experience from traditional teacher/lecture to student engagement and interactive learning. The program is being funded by the all volunteer Riverwood Foundation, a 501c3 organization dedicated to improving the learning experience of all students at Riverwood.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2012
Excellent teachers--Chris Triolo, the new head of school, is bringing a vitality to the school that gives teachers motivation and incentive to teach to every child. Classroom sizes can be a bit larger than any parent would want. However, the diversity of races, languages, religions and socioeconomic status introduce a welcomed education to our high schooler.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
Riverwood International Charter School has many positives: Excellent Teachers, Involved and Dedicated Parents, Talented students and Leadership that is focused on students and quality classroom instruction. Thanks to a quality reputation, Riverwood has seen significant growth causing some overcrowding issues and larger than ideal classroom sizes. As with any change in leadership at the top (Principal) there have been some bumps in the transition. However, I am convinced Principal Triolo's priorities are spot on. His commitment to High Quality Classroom instruction, supporting his faculty through professional development and reaching EVERY student to help them realize their full potential will set the pace for other schools to follow. There is still much work to be done with the current physical campus challenges to be addressed in the SPLOST funding. I have every confidence with the current leadership, involved parents, and talented faculty...Riverwood will continue the tradition of Excellence for years to come.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
Riverwood is an excellent school offering a rigorous course of study via the IInternational Bacculaureate program. Principal Chris Triolo is totally committed to the students and to the faculty, focused on transforming the learning experience for every student at every level. The school consistently ranks in the top public high schools in the state of Georgia and in the U S. We made the decision to move our son from a well-regarded private school he had attended through 8th grade to Riverwood because of its excellence in teaching

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2012
Overall Riverwood is a good school. Some teacher care some don't... but you get that at all schools. yes the pot smoking is everywhere!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2012
My child is a '11 graduate and had a great experience at Riverwood. The AP classes were very challenging. Just finished a great first year of college and I attribute that to the preparation received in high school.

- submitted by a community member
May 19, 2012
Despite a recent decline in the caliber of student that coincided with the increase of student population from 1000 to 1600, Riverwood is still a good school. It is safe. There are a few fine programs for the motivated student (the Art and IB Program stand out). The teachers care and there is a small group of involved parents. It is possible to get a good education at Riverwood, but a student would have to take the initiative and avoid the on level classes that are the repository for the 90% who are doing the absolute minimum or less. The administration is more or less competent, but they are all stick and no carrot. In order to protect themselves they burden the students and staff with demoralizing and petty rules. There is a palpable culture of reproach. Bottom line? The school is not as good as its reputation, but better than most of the public schools in the region.

- submitted by a teacher
March 25, 2012
Please do not consider Riverwood International Charter School if there are other options. The staff and teachers are definitively not motivated to teach. I am a student at Riverwood I have had teachers taunt me, ignore me, use profanity with me, and have even tried to make me do their class planning in exchange for an A in class. I'm being very honest and I have no other way of telling you how horrible this school. I was a straight A student with almost a 4.0 GPA and dropped to a B to C average with some F's. Ask neighbors, Ask Other Kids, and Look over and study this school before considering before your child ends up like me.

- submitted by a student
December 30, 2011
I had high hopes as a parent, but the administration and teachers at Riverwood does not compare to the education my older children received at St. Pius X Catholic High School. I can't recommend this school as a parent. We have been greatly disappointed as a family and plan to leave. The lack of respect to the students, lack of parent involvement, and teacher quality are major concerns, to name a few. Riverwood is a major disappointment and it is unbelievable that some parents pay tuition to have their children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2011
Riverwood has enjoyed a lot of positive hype the past few years. The reality is somewhat different. Excellence exists in some areas and with some teachers, but it is also possible to have a year in which mediocrity is the norm especially if your child is not in advanced classes. There is very little "school spirit" at Riverwood. Drama and music programs are very good. Unfortunately the drug and alcohol problem is widespread, one of the worst in metro Atlanta. "Rankings" seem to matter more than anything else in too many cases.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2011
Riverwood has turned out to be a HUGE disappointment. My son is in 9th grade so he just started this year. So far he has had two teachers quit and the principal had to resign as well as the athletic director. The majority of the students are out of control. I have seen videos of fights in the cafeteria and it looks like a scene from a prison movie. We have encountered rude teachers (my son told a teacher he needed to check out and that I was in the front office to get him....the teacher berated him the entire way to the lobby telling him that he didn't believe him and that my son was just trying to skip school....when they arrived, the teacher said to me, "he better be glad you're up here") I have also received less than professional emails from some of his teachers that contained inaccurate information. Also, a couple of his teachers have lost several of his assignments !!!!! We are leaving this school as soon as the semester is over!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2011
We have two children at Riverwood and they love it! They have good teachers and they do have to work hard. I think its weird for people to expect teachers to nurture their children in high school. Aren't we getting them ready for college? Anyway, Riverwood is a great school with an awesome marching band and awesome band teacher. Our girls are involved and we are involved also. High school students should be more independent as they get ready to become adults. I think Riverwood assists with this. It's a great school and we would move all over again to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2011
The principal of Riverwood just resigned due to "auditing irregularities" meaning he was taking money from the student activity funds (raised by sale of tickets to athletic/artistic events) and using it personally. Stay away!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
This school purports to be all kinds of things but is not - it is all about numbers and excelling - there is no joy of learning. If a student is not excellent, the child is treated as if they are a bad kid regardless of their behavior. The students do not learn about diversity and interacting and communicating well with others. Many teachers are disorganized and engage in favoritism without regard to the damage to the other students. The IB program teaches little about international relations and provides little encouragement or support to students. The only students the school or this program cares about are ones who are achieving. There are students are supposedly achieving and winning awards who are cheating and using shortcuts falling on the edge with little regard for learning. Once a child is labeled, it appears virtually impossible to move forward.Don't send your child there.

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September 10, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
May 19, 2009
My daughter is a graduating senior at Riverwood. We have had a great experience at Riverwood. The sports programs and the academic opportunities have been excellent for her. She has had wonderful teachers except for a couple of math teachers. Overall the teachers are very challenging and keep the parents updated through parent connect. She has made wonderful friends over the last four years which have come from both public and private schools. I'm looking forward to another four great years with our younger daughter as well.

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May 18, 2009
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April 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 31, 2008
I am currently a ninth grader at riverwood. This school really challenges you to do your best at all times. It was a little hard for me at first, mainly due to the fact that i moved from another state, but once i got the hang of everything it was a lot easier. Some great advice to students: Do your homework! I learned the hard way that not doing your homework can really mess you up. Study! Study as much as you can it could really help you with finals! Good luck to the upcoming students :)

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October 17, 2008
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March 24, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
March 02, 2008
This school really helped we grow into a person who can speak up when something is not going right. The teacher are strict and what the students to strive for great grades. But the sports aren't doing very well it seems like all the other schools think that Riverwood sports are jokes. Which they are.

- submitted by a student
March 01, 2008
I am currently a senior at riverwood high school and so far my experience there has been extraordinary! I love my school and i wouldn't choose anywhere else to go in the world. the diversity is the best thing at the school followed by the academics athletics and extra-curricular activities.

- submitted by a student
December 19, 2007
North Springs provides a unique learning environment of the combination of intensely focused arts students and just as intensely focused math and science students with a blend of diversity. They have some of the best SAT scores around.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2007
This is a great school. My daughter just finished her 9th grade and took mostly honors classes. They were very rigorous and she was challenged. She loves the diversity and has made many new and wonderful friends. We are thrilled.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
Watch out. As a student here, there are some good but many bad things. Many students only care about who's rich or who is poor. But mainly, you can easily get caught in the drugs. Just watch your student closely and be involved!

- submitted by a student
March 03, 2007
This school is awful! The administration does not support the teachers and is counterproductive at times. The teachers are all dinosaurs with little innovation or motivation. They do not know the meaning of good teaching. The student population is extremely diverse but demonstrates poor qualities of their socioeconomic groups whether rich or poor. Bottom line: Investigate carefully before enrolling your student!

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June 30, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
March 23, 2006
What's nice about Riverwood is it is a fairly small school; however, they lose a lot of good teachers. This is not because of the students, but rather because the administration doesn't seem to respect its staff.

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October 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2005
The quality of the academics at Riverwood High School in Sandy Springs can be compared to private schools or some of the top public high schools. If a student wants to learn whether they are in IB, AP or on grade level they will learn. It does take initiative for a student at any school to want to learn but the difference at public is you are more on your own to push yourself rather than having someone behind you all of the time moving you forward which can actually hurt you when you get to college when no one is around. The parent involvement is 100%. Everyone pitches in and does everything they can. The sports programs, clubs, extra are there for those that want to participate. When scores are published for schools in the newspaper and books you need to look further at the true makeup of the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2005
Riverwood is a great school. I had been in a private school all my life and for high school I wanted to go to Riverwood because of the IB program. The academics are just as hard if not harder than the private school I came from. Also, what surprised me the most was, everyone at Riverwood is so nice. All of the s are nice to each other. There are not really clicks. Everyone is friends with everyone. That was refreshing because most private schools are the exact opposite. At Riverwood, everyone is accepting of everyone's differences. I recommend Riverwood to everybody. Also, the teachers actually care and are willing to work with you. They want you to succeed at Riverwood. That is very comforting. There is an activity for everyone. Some of the sports teams don't have cuts. There is a ton of of clubs that are active at Riverwood.

- submitted by a student
March 20, 2005
Riverwood was merely an OK school. I did enjoy my experience, but we could have done better. Riverwood does not actually rival the private schools as previously said, but it is not bad, I guess. DeMarcus Arrington.

- submitted by a former student
February 15, 2005
Riverwood as a international school, gives the students opportunities to learn about the world from differents point of view. The school has lots of foreigh students, belonging to different ethnicitys and religions, and still keeping the American tradition, making its pupils more tolerant about other cultures. There are no better private schools, the PTSA is full time present, and there are LOTS of extracurricular activities (I barely went home). And the best: You make true friends with students, faculty and staff. go RAIDERS!

- submitted by a former student
July 28, 2004
Riverwood is a great school! It rivals the 'private' schools in Metro Atlanta! The staff, administration and students are wonderful. There's truly a family feel at this school! Riverwood embraces and celebrates its diverse student population. The programs are outstanding! The Media Production courses and teachers simply can not be beat! Go Raiders!

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April 24, 2004
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- submitted by a student
August 19, 2003
A truly wonderful school, taught me everything I needed to know to go to college.

- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
The students of the school have a very 'family' feeling. There is none to little problems with violence even tho there is an Fulton County police officer present at all times. The teachers are accessible as is the administration. (If you send them an e-mail or leave a message on their voice mail, your will have yours answers within 12-24 hours.) Everyone is helpful, including the students. I believe I read that the average # of years of experience for the teachers is about 15 years. For being a public school, this school competes with many private schools. It meets or exceeds the standards set by those schools. It is also an IB magnet school. Last year, each senior who participated in the IB program was admitted to their first choice for college. 'Nuff said.

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Riverwood International Charter School
5900 Raider Drive, Atlanta, GA  30328
(404) 847-1980
Last modified Riverwood International Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Riverwood International Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top