I would also like to add that half of the reviews here are not even grammatically correct and as a seventh grader at this school I seem to have better grammer than most of the adults who posted comments about this school!
River Forest may not have the best technology department, new resources, or a variety of classes. But, we are a family. A family that looks after each and one another. I feel it is not the schools fault, but our own state funding is the problem. The State of Indiana cuts out millions of dollars from Education every year, that is the real problem. I love this school, but I don't want to see it close in the future. If you are an involved parent, please call the state. That is where the real problem begins and the student and staff, pay the price. I am currently attending River Forest as an 8th grade alumni and planning to graduate, then proceed to Ball State University.
This school is not up to par. They offer the opportunity to go to the Career Center but the kids are responsible for their own transportation there and back. That's Crazy! How many 10th graders are driving cars? Why offer it to them if you can't provide transportation? If there are buses for the normal school day, they could have provided one bus for the other student who wanted to explore other talents. Every other school in the area that offers the Career Center option, provides transportation and River Forest should be no different.
This school is a complete laughing stock of the region, almost as bad as Lake Station schools. the quality of education has declined over the years, and the push for students to achieve better opportunities when they graduate is non existent. You would be better off home schooling your children instead of sending them to this school. There is a reason why all of the good teachers are retired, almost retired, and/or moved to another school district. The only 2 instructors in my opinion that care about the students is Mr. Whiting & Mr. Burton, other than that the majority of them don't care. Most of the good teachers have retired or taken better opportunities.
i am 1964 graduate of river forest. was proud to say so. but when my daughter went there it was less the school i went to. now i have two grand kids there the school does not help the special kids who need it. they are kept segregated from the other children, teachers just dont care any more. i am not proud of my school any more
As an alumna who had attended River Forest for all four years, I can say, without a trace of uncertainty, that the high school is far below the academic standards that is expected of any educational facility. Students who struggle are left in the back rows of class while students who excel are limited to the few honor classes that are provided. There is a small number of teachers who put an honest effort into their work, but without the support of their fellow colleagues, these dedicated teachers are forced to deal with students who are permitted to slack in other classes. Also, if the subjects are continually being 'dumbed down' then the standards are bound to fall, and the hopes of achieving a college degree, or even the hopes of attending a college, are thrown out the window.
I agree that River Forest is a great school. Before Mr. Wielgus got there children with problems were kicked out of school and not given much of a chance. Now, those children are worked with and given the opportunity to be the best that they can be.
I disagree with the negative assessment of this school. Mr. Weilgus is a very innovative man and really seems to care about all of the students at RFHS. The teachers have provided my children with a quality education. While the sports teams have had a tough time, the coaches work with the kids as people and I like that. The other extracurriculars are very good as well. River Forest gets and A+ from this parent.
As a parent of a RFHS graduate and another who has transferred out, I feel the overall academic and extra curricular clubs at that facility are below standard and since they have failed to meet Indiana State Board of Education and their AYP (please see web site for INSB), the school is on academic parole.
I am a proud graduate of River Forest, K-12. While we may not be the most affluent school, nor do we have state of the art technology; the faculty and staff are second to none. I am now about to graduate from Anderson University with a degree in social work and doing what makes me happy. The lessons I learned at RF along with the diversity and creativity that comes with being in a school with a lower income has provided me with lasting insights and views that shape for the better the way that I perceive the world. Education is like anything else, you get out of it what you put in. I thank everyone who has helped me come this far at RF, your efforts do not go unrecognized. Thanks!