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Riverside Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 29, 2014

I moved from L.I. New York and initially settled in Alpharetta. School leaders/staff in the elementary schools my child attended there, were not colorblind. Treatment received by me and my child was detrimental to my child's success. The diversity of the schools did not equate to equal treatment for all. School leaders went out of their way to undermine my child's academic success. No way was I going to allow my youngest child to attend an Alpharetta school. I opted to move to Suwanee; visited 3 elementary schools and met with the Asst.Principals. Riverside felt like the best fit because the AP was genuinely engaged and I know leaders set the tone for the school culture. I have been so happy with the move to this school zone. We have received the best treatment from the K/2nd Grade Riverside School A.P., Ms. Schwefler. She's made us feel truly a part of the Riverside family. My concerns get addressed and my child's success is paramount to the A.P. and the teacher. No matter who you are, It is clear that parents and students are very important. Academic success for your child is vital. My child is excelling academically, has made many friends and loves going to school each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2014

Administration is pompous and put more money towards looks of school rather than toward the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2013

RIVERSIDE ELEMENTARY'S SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM IS THE BEST!!! I can't say enough good things about this school. My son has significant special education needs related to learning disabilities and this school by far has embraced his "uniqueness and learning differences" and continue to strive to help him be the very best student he can be. Year after year, the special education teachers and administration try new things with him to see if something works better. They do not rest on providing the standard education, they strive for the best. My other child learns normally and the teachers continue to challenge her to be the best she can be. Any concerns taken to administration are addressed seriously and appropriately. My voice as a parent is heard and respected. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2011

A private-like public school. Dr. Barlow is a leader among leaders. He challenges not only the teacher - student, but the teacher - teacher professionalism. It is a wondrous place to work and learn.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2010

I am a Grandparent out of state and want to keep informed about my Grandson's activities.


Posted April 27, 2010

We absolutely LOVE this school! My son has had the best teachers so far. Mrs. Clelland in Kindergarten and Mrs. Lacey currently in the first grade. The teachers love and care about the children and make learning lots of fun. The teachers are always available and encourages parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2009

I am so thankful for Riveride this year. When we moved here, we set up a meeting with the school to discuss our child and they worked very hard to make us feel welcome. The parent involvement is great and we love participating in the night time events. The AP and principal were very friendly and made us feel like a part of team for our child's learning. Thanks Riverside for an A+ year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

This school is very over-rated. cliques in the pta, parents not invited to meetings. Principal is never around and does not know any parents or children. Teachers are good. clubs only open to 5th graders or the 'clique kids' in 4th grade. Too much focus on CRCT and not enough on life lessons/learning. UGH what a mistake moving here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

We moved to the US from Latin America recently and our second grader daughter found in Riverside a friendly environment that made for her transition a really smooth and enjoyable one. Her teacher is a loving and caring individual that encourages love for study and the highest values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2008

My daughter is in Kindergarten at Riverside this year and absolutely loves it! Mrs. Clelland is an excellent teacher. The PTA, staff and administration are all excellent. I love how they communicate and get everyone involved. The school runs so smoothly for being such a large school. Students are receiving a private school education at a public school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2008

My children love Riverside and all of their teachers. I am so impressed that we have so many ways to be involved. I also love the fact that the school gives parents a chance to give input about their child's placement. The matches for my children have been perfect. As a single parent, I am so blessed to have children at this school! Thanks Riverside for a job well done!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

I also believe their hunger for good rating in the school sys interferes with itergrity or lack there of. I think it's a good school but if you are not well connected in the PTA, your child/children will be victim(s) of favortism plague due in part to the 'good old boys' type of administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2008

I have 2 children (soon to be 3) at Riverside. We moved from out of state a few years ago and I had researched schools in the area. We moved to the Riverside school district because of the schools. I was not disappointed. The principal and teachers are excellent and parents are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2008

I love Riverside and enjoy the parent involvement. My child loves her teacher and the 5th grade counselor, Dr. H.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2007

The schools constant goal of achieveing high ranking in the county has overshadowed it's determination of providing a good education to students. Students are tought to take tests, follow directions and not to think for themselves. Information is taught solely for test taking purposes and not for general knoweldge. I am disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2006

Riverside is one of the best schools my children have attended. I just can't say enough wonderful things. I am surprise that this level of education is received in a public school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2006

I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! I can't believe the supportive and caring staff. This school is the best school in our area. The administrators work so hard to make sure that parents are involved. The teachers are terrific also!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2006

I love the music, art, and physical education departments. Creativity is number 1 at this school. The principal personally toured us through the school when we visited the community. You can't ask for more in such a large school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2006

I have had 3 children go from k-5th over the past 8 years at this school. It is as close to private as you'll find. Teachers are staff are high quality. A great education and a wonderful experience. Voted 2005/6 School of Excellence
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2006

We love Riverside! The administrators welcome parental involvement and the teachers are wonderful! I give this school an A+.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 86% in 2010.

284 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

284 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

284 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

254 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

254 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

254 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

210 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 21% 3%
Black 9% 37%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5445 Settles Bridge Rd
Suwanee, GA 30024
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