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Riveroaks Elementary School

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Posted August 8, 2014

I have been involved with Riveroaks for a long time. It used to be a wonderful school, but I have been noticing the decline in professionalism. The reason being is that all the proffessional concerned teachers that loved their job are no longer there. There are still a few concerned staff members that are still there, and the office staff is always helpful. The new principal is rude and has a lack of concern for the students or the staff. I had a problem and tried to consult the principal and see did not respond in a timely manner (it took her weeks to respond after I continued to call). I am really having a change of heart about a school the I spoke so highly of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

This school is horrible. I took my daughter(grade k) out to homeschool, which broke my heart being that she is so social. She will be going to a different school next year. Her teacher was great, however the staff is extremely unprofessional and rude. Many times she was sent home sick or hurt without any phone calls. Every time I spoke with the administration, they were rude. When I pulled her out to homeschool the principal threatened me with calling the authorities on me with truency all becuase she didnt understand how the process worked. While I was waiting to meet with her another mom was in there to talk about her son being bullied at which point the principal refused to speak with her at that time "because she didnt want to fight in front of the child" The mother was not fighting or even rude. She just wanted to talk. Also, at ceremonies it became chaotic at the end because they didn't discipline the kids. Another thing, when one of the kinder teachers quit, they split up the kids adding more students and more stress to the existing k teachers just because the principal "felt they were doing good and could handle it."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2014

So unhappy. My daughter get bullied by the kids and teachers. I have complained in the past and the pricipal just tells me its my daughter the one with the problem. Last week my daughter came home crying telling me that one of her teachers got in her face and yelled at her and when she stared crying she told her that she was a big baby. Worst school ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

I'm so happy with my son's teacher, she is really good professional I know my son is in good hands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

this is my daughter first year there and so far she likes it. her 2nd teacher is very nice, in spite and the negative comments, i think the school has a dedicated staff.... and concern principal ....go eagles!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2011

I believe Riveroaks is just a big JOKE!! The teachers are not teaching the students they send all the work home for the parents. Teachers give the students either all good grades or enough that they will pass. It's not fair to those children. If they fail a test give them a failing grade. Alot of the students see what those teachers are doing and now think "it doesnt matter if we do homework or study we will pass anyway so what's the point". I think that's pretty sad! Those kids think grades and everything else will be handed to them. They feel there's no reason to apply themselves. It's wrong no matter what way you look at it but they are kids and I can't blame them for having that kind of outlook on the situation. Can you tell me how that is fair?? The principal needs to be fired. It's her job to run the school, know whats going on in the classrooms. The sad thing is she does know. Since she is the root of the problem get rid of her. Most parents dont like her, a good bit of teachers do not like how she runs that school either.Teachers are quitting all the time. Teacher turn over rate from that school is insane
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2010

I've been at this school for 6 years.Yes im a student and in fifth grade they really prepared me for 6th grade.This school is great.


Posted March 16, 2009

I think it is an okay school, my daughter enjoy going to Riveroaks. I do think they need teacher aides in the class rooms. I visit during class time, and one set of eyes can not watch everything the kids are doing. I sat there and watch one kid misbehave and the teacher didn't see it. I had to tell the kid to stop. I just wish i had more time to get involved. When my daughter was in kindergatern @ Riveroaks i had more time to visit and spend time in her class room. Now things has change now that am a single parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2009

This school is run very professionally and the children are overall well-behaved mainly because the teachers have the right approach to them. The principal is a sincere, hard-working woman who obviously loves her job and the children. It shows in her actions and her conversation.


Posted August 3, 2007

I am the school librarian at Riveroaks, and taught Kindergarten there last year. We are under new leadership with a fantastic new principal, and let me assure you that our school is one of the best in the parish-we now have positive, hard working teachers that are truly interested in the achievement of our students. If you have a chance to send your child to Riveroaks, do it!


Posted May 17, 2005

Well I been there for 6 years and I am SO happy to be out of there. There is NO parental involvement anymore and also there is no real supervision. There are people there that don't take their job serious and I wonder why they are still there. The school was outstanding years ago, but now I have to change my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2004

I attended Riveroaks Elementary and my mother also was a substitute teacher there. The school was great. Most of the teachers are very much involved in helping the kids. However, the principal was too strict in rules and sometimes the 'rules' seemed very ridiculous. But, overall the school was great.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 15, 2004

Wow! What a great school. The teachers are very knowledgeable. The amount of parental involvement is phenomenal. What more can I say? Thanks Riveroaks for caring so much for my child. I look forward to the day when my youngest enrolls.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
55%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
57%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
56%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
67%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) to assess students in grades 4 and 8 in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The LEAP 21 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 58% 45%
Hispanic 18% 4%
White 18% 47%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Shilonda Shamlin
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  • (225) 272-2447

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950 Fountainbleau Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
Phone: (225) 275-4600

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