Went to this school for 6th and 7th grade and enjoyed it for the most part. The teachers are all fairly nice except for my science teacher in 6th grade, she was obviously waiting for retirement and only showed us videos and red out of textbooks and barely taught. On the other hand my 6th grade advanced math and gifted social studies teach was amazing, she made the class very fun and interactive and I always looked forward to her class. The 7th grade teachers were l very nice and touch us well as long as you actively paid attention. Starting 6th grade was very easy, the transition was very smooth, they allowed extr time in case you got lost, had teachers in the hallway to help you find your class. The school is very nice with few flaws, in the terms of the people there. My experience was very peaceful, fights were a rare only about three during my two years, non physical and the school felt with it nicely. Classic bullying was almost non existent although the gossip (for the girls at least) was vicious, as it is in most places. A close friend of mine was targeted by bullying and the school did little to stop it, the people doing it were called to the office several times and barely scoled, it took some of my other friends confronting them to get it to stop. Drug wise the school is fairly clean although in curtain groups there was a lot of talk about it but very few actually did them. The social environment is very good with nice teachers and and mostly nice students, with the few very closed off groups but those are everywhere. The dress code is very strict on the girls, with many things not really mentioned in the guide book, but if you are one of the kids that the teachers like you can get away with wearing close to anything. One thing the did bother me, a friend of mine wore blue nail polish to school and was forced to remove it because he was male even though there were no rules against it. Overall I loved this school and I hope this somewhat detailed review helps.
Truly a great school! After private school where good teachers were shunned so everyone has a good marks, this was a real learning experience. Front desk: the unseen heroes always professional and with a smile. Administration: efficient and friendly, Principal is easy to reach and talk to. Teachers: fantastic and dedicated, with interesting and innovative teachings. Great opportunities for those who wants to learn, Math club (RMS was a regional winner in the Math Olympiad), interesting field trips. Quality of education is high: Duke University test on the level of college acceptance showed a multitude of 7th-graders who passed it! As parents we are very satisfied with solid knowledge our son received and often demonstrates in topics of history, Earth science, anthropology, or just good speech and writing skills. Great athletics programs: wonderful teachers are equally good coaches. During a meet at GHS one can see HS students running across the field to give a hug to their former RMS coach Mrs.Petty! They remember now she gave everyone chance to shine! Lastly, secure feeling of safe school atmosphere. My son says: "3 years in Riverside Middle were the happiest in my life!
My children attended a Private School and I paid high tuition fees and had to do a lot of fundraising. The level of education they're getting is just as good in this school and it's not costing me $20,000 a year. Parents need to appreciate this Public School. The education and scores my children are getting in this school are just as good as the education thye were getting at the Private School. Parents need to be involved and take responsibilty for their child's edcuation and be cooperative with School officials and you'll have great results. Both are Honor Students. It takes work and dedication from both the child,parent and teachers to do well. I do wish they had more challenges and projects, creativity is essential for a childs growth.
My children have spent a total of three years at the school, all years covered. We transferred from another middle school in another state and this one is average to above average in comparison. When my oldest got here, the rest of her 8th grade was a waste of her time and she was barely challenged. The school has a pleasant atmosphere but does not prepare the kids for the high schools they go on to, making freshman year a shock for many. I do not support the in- school suspension policy of the whole district and find it very anti educational to punish kids by making them miss class time. It is a regimented school with very little freedom for the kids. Maybe they have a student body that cannot handle it but it seems to be a big deal to go to the library.
RMS is as good a middle school as you can hope to find. The principal is top notch and our experience there has been nothing but positive. If your child loves music, then this is the place to be. Mrs. Easler is the best of the best! They don't make teachers like her anymore. She has a love and enthusiasm for teaching that is contagious to all. We are sorry to have to move at the end of the year and not have my son go to 8th grade there.