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Riverdale Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 760 students

 

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Posted March 5, 2010

Riverdale Middle is a great school. I have had three children attend the school and could not have been more pleased. The IBO program provides outstanding opportunities for students to learn and develop. Other parents I have spoken to feel that the school is too strict, but I am grateful to have a public school that has as high a standard for behavior as it has for academics. The students are required to take courses each year in technology, art, and foreign language in conjunction with the standard curriculum that other middle schools offer. The atmosphere of the school has changed a great deal over the past few years with the establishment of the International Baccalaureate Program. If you are shopping around for a great school where your child will receive an excellent education, then you need to visit this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

Riverdale Middle School in Jefferson LA is an absolutely awesome school. Riverdale Middle is an International Baccaulaureate School - in fact the only middle school on the East BAnk with that honor. The faculty and staff at the school are extremely caring and do their best to help each and every child reach his/her potential. It is the only middle school I know of that offers foreign language, piano, quilting, art, computer classes as electives to middle school students. The school is strict in that it expects the best out of each student. Following rules is what people should do, rather than a school having chaos. Any parent who has not visited RMS should schedule a tour to see this school during the school day. There is no screaming at students. It has to be the safest best run school anywhere. Schedule a tour to see for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

i go to riverdale middle school. it is a wonderfull school. i love it it has so much to offer. so if youre putting your child in a school but youre still looking riverdlae middle school should be your first choice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2008

Riverdale Middle School is one of the most likely public school were kids will be influenced to suceed in life. The faculy members and staff are greatly miasmatic, and are very caring and concerned. Though they are strict, they do this for our own well-being. I will admit that they may be a little too strict, but that is only when they are worried about the student and the other pupils. The students are very excepting, and are kind to everyone. Not one student is put down there. Only on rare occasions do they get into small fights, but that happens at every school you go to. Riverdale gives the same education as one of the most finest private schools in the state, if not, more. The parents get very involved and they are a great help to the school. I have always been happy with Riverdale Middle School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2008

A place where Technology exceeds humanity. Riverdale doesn't care about people, parents or children. They only care about their rating - at any sacrifice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2008

Honestly, as a student, I believe Riverdale isn't up to the correct standards. Teachers seemed to have not much experience in discipline over their own classes. Discipline is high-priority around school, but the consequences are too strict. Also, what I've seen around the school, this policy of discipline is not working so well. Yet, most of my teachers are capable of giving knowledge to their student. During lunch, there is a sugar shack that is usually open every day, where they sell certain kinds of snacks (although limited). But if your child plans to eat lunch at shool, I recommend you to have him bring his own lunch. From my opinion, out of all the schools around, this school is not what I recommend, and I've experienced the reasons at the school myself. Although the teachers are capable of giving their students a chance to learn, discipline is either too little or too strict at times.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2008

My child seems to like Riverdale Middle School alot. He seems to be adjusting well and the staff are very nice. I just wanted to give credit where credit is deserved. Riverdale Middle school seems to make a difference in many students lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

My son just spent two of the worse years of his education at Riverdale Middle. The Principle did seem to care, however, there was not a lot he could do. The chaos in the school has taken over any ability to teaching, learning and education. It is simply a babysitting service to some of the worse kids in Jefferson Parish so that the normal students would have a chance to learn. I do hope they keep this school open however, so the same people do not follow us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

I went to Riverdale Middle for 3 years. The principal is wonderful, nice, and he loves to get involved with the kids and their activities. There are a lot of after school and during lunch activities for everyone to have something to be a part in. The teachers and faculty at Riverdale try their very best to help every student in classroom. The school runs on a block schedule so on Mondays there are 8 classes not counting homeroom. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they have their first four classes and on Wednesday's and Friday's they have their last four classes. Six of these classes are the basic Math, English, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and P.E. But then the other 2 classes are electives. The parent involvement is pretty good with parents helping out with all of the activities Riverdale Middle has. The discipline is real good with a good balance school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 28, 2006

My child was an a-b student in k-5, but now my child isn't. The only class that my child really like was band. The band teacher is really graet with the kids. Thank you mr. G. Thank you riverdale for a bad year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2005

I am a new parent at Riverdale Middle School. My son, who has been on the honor roll since Kindergarten, was having a hard time adjusting to his new school. The principal met with us and had some very encouraging words for my son. I already have a good feeling about the school based on my meeting with the principal. He definitely cares about the success of our children. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2005

I think that riverdale is going downhill because they are to strict about small things but the very large things are ignored and the office just doesnt care.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2005

I think that Riverdale Middle school is a very good school. It inspires me to work hard. The Quality of academic programs, Availability of music, art, sports, and other extracurricular activities, and the level of parent involvement is a great sucess. I think it is a wonderful school in my opinion. I think the faculty and staff is very caring and supportive. They are also very hard workers. I like this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2004

This was a great school til the past and present principal took over they are to strict on some thing and not hard on this that count.There is very little talking to the office staff because they don't really care to hear a parents opinion on what is going on in the school.I feel when you are focasing on the issue of how short a pair of socks are or what color a pair of tennis shoes are this is just way to much and no concren of the school.The school needs to focas on education and safety of our children and no worry about the no important this such as clothes.The teachers are great but it is the office staff that needs to be worked on and weeded out.If this was a milatary school then this would be a great school.
—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 70% in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
52%
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 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
59%
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 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
54%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
58%
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

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
Black 44% 45%
White 40% 47%
Hispanic 11% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Randy Bennett
Fax number
  • (504) 833-5125

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
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3900 Jefferson Highway
Jefferson, LA 70121
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