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Riverside Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 456 students

 
 

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Posted March 26, 2011

We transfered to Shreveport and were nervous about starting a new school. We feel that we have been blessed to have our 3 sons attend Riverside. The teachers and principal sincerely care about the students. I have been very invlolved as a parent and parent involvement is always encouraged. It is such a huge relief knowing that I am dropping my sons off in the morning at a school that provides great learning and has the best interest of my sons at heart. Riverside is Grade A+.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2010

Riverside has been a great school for us for the past three years. I have no complaints with the principal. My only complaint was with the school counselor. She would not return phone calls, I requested a conference and never received a reply and also sent emails to her and she replied six weeks later with an answer that had nothing to do with the question that I ask. She was helpless....Im excited to see that we have a new counselor this year. I hope that she will be helpful if needed for any reason.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

We actually have been going to riverside now for 3 yrs. I had one issue so far and that's it. Matter of fact, I didn't even have an appointment but the office staff was wonderful and let me wait. They took thier time and listened while I went on and on. Ha ha they immediately took care of the situation and it has been wonderful. I could not ask for a better school. As far as the comment about the principal, I'm so excited she has made the changes. I feel as if my child is safe. I do not worry that when we drop her off, and we feel the principal is very involved. Thanks riverside for being such a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

We have been at Riverside for 2 years and we love it!! The teachers and all other staff are top notch. They do all they can to challenge all the children and make sure they are learning all they can. I know my daughter is cared for and safe the entire time she is at school. Because Riverside is small, it is truly a family environment. They know each child and parents are encouraged to visit. I could not be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2009

Wonderful, Great, A+ school. I love Riverside. We are moving to another state and I am so sad that we will be leaving Riverside. I have no complaints at all. Keep up the great work. Thank you Mrs. Joffrion and Mrs. Epps.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2009

My daughter just graduated from Riverside and I want to say that she was more than prepared to enter middle school. The teachers and staff were kind and caring. The high expectations of doing your best and making good choices helped my daughter to become a wonderful student. The principal was always out and about expecially in the mornings and afternoons making sure everyone arrived and departed safely. Thank you Riverside for 6 wonderful years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2009

We have just started our second year at Riverside (1st grade this year), and I want to say that it is a great comfort to me, every morning, to be able to drive away and KNOW that my little girl is well taken care of and safe at Riverside. Everything is well organized! The teachers, as well as the office staff, are wonderful and caring and present a family atmosphere to anyone who is willing to accept it. The PTA is really great. I am extremely pleased with what my daughter has learned in kindergarten and look forward to her accomplishments in first grade and in years to come. This is a great school. I have never been made to feel unwelcome by anyone at the school. I would highly recommend this school to anyone, especially parents who want to see their child(ren) succeed and be happy. We Love Riverside!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2009

I was a bit surprised to read the more recent comments about Riverside and the new principle. Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course, but I do not think that the new principle has created a wall or pushed the parents out. I do think that things have become more stringent when picking up and dropping off your child, but quite frankly, I prefer it that way. I do not want people walking up to the school having access to my child. I also worried about the disorganization of how you picked up and dropped your child off with the last principle. I watched small children crossing the street where the buses ran with very little or no supervision. Now it's more stringent, but also a lot more safe. As far as the office staff, it's the same staff we've had for years. The teachers are all still great, and quite frankly it's hard to argue with the excellent test scores coming out of this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2009

I have been disappointed with Riverside over the last 2 years since the new principle has taken over. It is like she has created a fortress around the school that keeps parents out. The office staff is also very unfriendly, which makes parents feel as if they are intruding. On the other hand, the school does have great teachers and they seem to care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2009

Riverside is an excellent school. The teachers and administration are wonderful to work with. The school has grown in population a lot since my kids started 4 years ago. My kids love the school and are happy to be there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

Everything was great until the new principal came in about 2 yrs ago now and the parents are no longer welcome. She has done everything to push the parents away. It is a shame it was a great school. I took my children out of it as other parents have since her arrival
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2007

It is the greatest school in the 50 states!


Posted September 2, 2006

Riverside is a wonderful school! This will be my son's third year at the school, and we couldn't be happier with all of his teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2006

Riverside is a wonderful neighborhood school. The teachers are competent and helpful and truly care about the children. This school has all the characteristics of a magnet school but better. I am so glad my children are at Riverside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2005

Riverside Elementary School was very accommodating to my grandchildren who attended there during the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The academic program was challenging and the teachers were very helpful helping meet the children's needs. The children also enjoyed the strings program and the French program offered at the school. Both children celebrated their birthdays at the school and made many new friends. Thank you so much.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 4, 2005

5 Star Rating. This school is awesome. They have a fabulous Special Education Dept. In one year my autistic child went from being a special needs student to attending Kindergarten with regular children and having a Gifted Teacher help him excell in his reading. He is now reading at a 3rd grade level! Amazing school. A+ This school is a very caring, loving school with wonderful teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2004

This is our first year at Riverside. The teacher's seem so excited about learning. I really am excited to see the 3rd grade teacher's making such a big impact on the kids. Back-to-school night was a great turn out! The school seems to be runned by a great principal. He is out and walking the school all through the day. My son is thrilled to go to PE. He loves the coach. Thanks for making my child want to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2004

Mrs. Meis is the very best! ~zachary a. & Mom
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2004

Riverside is a great school. The teachers and general staff really care about the children. Riverside is like a second family for the students.
—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.

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83%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
75%

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69%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
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

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
84%
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

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 47%
Black 30% 45%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 34%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Shreveport, LA 71105
Phone: (318) 865-3576

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