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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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