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Riverdale High School

Public | 9-12 | 1073 students

 

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Posted September 10, 2013

a great school this is my childs' first year a freshman. He signed on the football team and was accepted playing first string. The coaches are great they are helpful in every way. The coaches seem to care about their academic achievements as well as the sports. They have also taken an interest in his feeling as a human being always there to encourage. I give RIVERDALE A FIVE IN THE RATING SYSTEM. At this time I have not met any teachers therefore I can not comment in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2012

teachers at riverdale are caring, knowledgeable, and push students to achieve. its almost like a family atmosphere
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2012

This is definitely the best public high school of the big four on the East Bank. Riverdale is smaller than Grace King, Bonnabel, and East Jefferson, which also benefits the students as they get a more personal education. My son really enjoys attending school here and is involved in many sports and will be entering the IB program. The teachers and administration seem to really care about the students and it shows. If you want the best education for your son/daughter without having to pay a fortune for private school, check out Riverdale High School. You won't be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2012

I began attending Riverdale High School in the fall of 2008. This is the same year that the current principal took over. Throughout my past four years at Riverdale, this school has vastly improved and has taken over the "throne" as having the highest test scores in the Jefferson Parish Public School System. The teachers really care and push and encourage you to academic excellence. For those who need a challenge in school, they can enroll in the IBO program. The IBO program not only challenges your academic ability, but allows you to prepare for college and get a feel for what is to come. I am currently in the IBO program and it has definitely made me grow as a student. There are various sports that you can play and many other organizations such as National Honors Society, Student Council, Go Green Club, etc. Riverdale High School also has an award winning art program with many of its students placing at the state level. Just as with any other school, there are those who come to school because their parents make them, not because they want to learn. That is the only downfall. The pros definitely outweigh the cons, and I am proud to be graduating from Riverdale this year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2010

I had already registered my daughter at a parochial high school when I got invited to check out Riverdale High School. I thought I should know what I was rejecting so I thought I could at least check it out for myself. It was not what I expected! I was impressed by the quality of the programs, teachers and the facility. I then had my husband tour the campus and then my child. We all liked what we saw. Her first few days were awkward but now she loves it. She has found friends with similiar values and interests and has been positively encouraged by her peers and teachers to do her best to a degree she has not recieved before. I particularly have found the teachers to be excellent. They are there for you if you are interested. There have been IBO graduates in specialty areas and by now I'm sure some have obtained a full IBO degree. The program was initiated in 2006. The quality is there for the taking but your child must have been raised to value education, respect others, and be-self motivated to get the most out of it. I would tell others to check it out for themselves and decide.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

I have had children at Riverdale High School for the last 8 years. It's interesting that while it promotes itself as an IBO school - there have been ZERO IBO graduates while Ehret has had numerous students each year. The school needs a serious overhaul. Teachers have absolutely NO interest in helping students succeed in school or life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2009

As a current student of Riverdale, I agree that while it does have its challenges, it is also a great school. The teachers teach to the extent that they can, but it is up to you to ask questions to clarify what you don't understand. The after-school tutoring program can help you if you still don't understand some of the material. When I came to Riverdale my Freshman year, I wanted to hate it. Then, I met some really awesome people and I found that it was impossible to hate a school that cares so much about you and it's also impossible to be in every club.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2008

I attended Riverdale in the early 80's it was a wonderful school. Sadly that is no longer true. While some very good people are still hanging in there- it's not enough. My son is student at RHS. next year he will be in private school. Instead of working towards a better environment, they take a so called zero tolerance policy. Zero tolerance is a lazy persons way of avoiding issues. Bathroom are locked between classes and the 1st & last 15 minutes of class. No exceptions. The school perimeter is now gated as a parent coming in you must be buzzed into the adminstration area. If your teenage is bullied, action is only taken if he/she pushes back, then all are suspended. Which teaches a student that if you want to go to class and stay out of trouble just surrender to bullies. Teacher & Admin seem to fear real troublemakers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2006

I am a student at Riverdale High School and I believe that it is an outstanding school. I am a sophomore and have two years left, yet the amount I have learned already and the help and support I get from my teachers has already prepared me enough for college. In fact, I've already received multiple letters from colleges, some who wish to take me for my Junior year. Riverdale has prepared and is preparing me for all challenges I may face in years to come
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2006

It is a good school if students apply themselves and at this level of education they should be able to do some independent work. This is my son's first year there, I can assure you he is one of those that needs a push. All the teachers are very helpful, to the extent that they can be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2006

As a past student at Riverdale High School I can truly say this is the of the best schools you could attend. The challenges poeple say that some of the teacher sometime put them though, in the long run they will only benefit you. The year I spent at Riverdale will be somting I will never forget and hope other student can enjoy it as much or more than I did. -Smiley
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2005

As a recent graduate of Riverdale, I can only give thanks to the staff and faculty there. Riverdale is a wonderful. . . family, if you will. Teachers help all students in everyway possible; Not only are they your mentors and guides, they are your instructors. I really do not think that I would have gone half as far in life if it were not for the amazing efforts of those individuals at Riverdale.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 15, 2005

Riverdale is a wonderful school in that it is highly different from the mainstream. There really is no kind of stereotypical social heirarchy and therefore it's very easy for children to grow and learn at there own pace. It is a school for the independant in the sense that the teachers don't follow typical teaching protocol, they're really more like very good friends who lend a helping hand whenever it's needed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2005

I am a student at Riverdale High School and I feel that it is a wonderful school. I am currently a sophomore and I love the teachers. Although students are required to do a lot of work on their own, I feel that it prepares us for the 'real world'. -Kourtnee
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 29, 2005

You have to be very independent at this school thats why I moved to a wonderful school in Albany, Louisiana.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 5, 2004

It's a good school if your child can teach themselves, because some of the teachers don't teach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2003

Great school for advanced, independent students.


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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 64% in 2010.

175 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2010.

175 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
77%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
37%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
34%
English II

The state average for English II was 93% in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
46%
English III

The state average for English III was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
19%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the End-Of-Course (EOC) tests to test grade high school students in English 2, English 3, biology 1, algebra 1 and geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The EOC is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

Source: LA Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 47%
Black 39% 45%
Hispanic 9% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 56%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Music
  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • DENISE CARPENTER
Fax number
  • (504) 837-5401

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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240 Riverdale Drive
Jefferson, LA 70121
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