As a former teacher there I believe RCA is the best private Christian school around. It's really disturbing to read these negative reviews because they are lies. The only reason the former teacher is upset is because she were fired from RCA. The former principal was let go for ABSOLUTELY valid reasons. There are NO gangs! This is a family based small Christian school and Jesus is the center of it. It hurts to read these reviews from former parents and teachers who left on bad terms so they feel they have to write terrible lies about RCA. I love Riverdale and I will be sending my own children there one day. Enrollment is better than ever and the doors will be open for years to come!
My child was at this school for several years but this last year was unbearable as the school has become a voucher mill. While I agree with vouchers, no placement testing was done for incoming students. Many were in a grade far beyond their abilities thus hindering the rest. Textbooks are very outdated (5+ years) and in poor shape, if you even get one. Gang/thug behavior is prevalent. In October, 2013, the sheriff's office searched the school with drug sniffing dogs based on parent complaints to the sheriff. Arrests were made but to date the school has not acknowledged the event. As a parent, I find that very disturbing but it demonstrates the demeanor of the administration. The principal is a non-entity as the pastor and PE coach seem to be the key players. The pastor's family is in every facet of the school - wife is office worker, mother is secretary, sister-in-law is teacher, relative as PE teacher, another relative over PTA... No enrichment programs exist. You're basically paying $5000/year for something the EBR schools give away for free.
As a former teacher at Riverdale I can honestly say that this school is for the dogs. I also had my two children enrolled at Riverdale. After moving my children to another private school my children were far behind all the other students, even though the both maintained straight A's while they were at RCA. Gangs, students with tattoos, violence and drugs run rampant at the school. Voucher students are not corrected in the same manner as paying students. The former principal was terminated for NO reason and all of the middle and high school teachers except one have left the school. I would warn parents that at some point this school will close without warning and your tuition won't be refunded. There are only two sports available boys basketball and baseball. Do your research! The few electives offered are only taken once a week. No computers are at the school. While working at RCA all teachers were told to go on the Internet and write positive reviews for the school.
I found this school by accident five years ago when I was looking for a place to put my child. The fact that there is only one class per grade and they only allow at most 18 kids per class has allowed my kids to excel in the academic area. The Teachers are so qualified and so caring. They challenge my kids everyday with new material and new ways of doing the material. The teachers make it so fun for the kids to learn. They also keep you well informed about what your child is doing and how they are doing, especially when a child is not understanding the material, everyone pitches in to help (parents, teachers, principle...) The school is like one big family and everyone takes care of each other. The school is truly a christian based school. I would tell anyone if they are looking for a school that will allow your child to be who they are and help them grow and learn in a positive environment then this is the school to look at.
This private school (K4-12) has an excellent, qualified teaching staff! The administration is highly educated and experienced with both teaching and administration.
I love Riverdale Chrstian Academy! The school give me a since of securty while my child is away from home. RCA also give my child better sense of morals and values and give him a great christian view on life like he's at home.
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