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.
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!!!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
A truly wonderful school, taught me everything I needed to know to go to college.
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