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Riverwood International Charter School

Charter | 9-12 | 1634 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 9 ratings
2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted October 3, 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


Posted April 17, 2014

Riverwood is great school who has prepared my little brother for college success. He will attend UGA next fall


Posted March 6, 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


Posted February 4, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 7, 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


Posted December 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 2, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

365 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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95%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

369 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

368 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
92%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

369 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
95%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

503 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
79%
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
62%
American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
62%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

472 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

471 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
63%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
58%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 42% 44%
Black 29% 37%
Hispanic 21% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 48%N/A51%
Female 52%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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