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River Hill High School

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Posted June 25, 2014

I attended River Hill for all 4 years of high school. The teachers and curriculum were outstanding. To this day I still keep in touch with a select few of my teachers and consider them my mentors. River Hill was constantly on the cutting edge of employing new technologies into the classroom. Through the numerous extra-curricular activities offered at River Hill I involved myself with the Academy of Finance, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honors Society, and many other organizations. These programs set me up to obtain my college degree in economics and successfully create and manage 6 businesses. I am currently living within Howard County and hope to move back into River Hill's district by the time that my son reaches high school. I Highly recommend this high school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

We are grateful for the RHHS teachers. Our daughter went to one of the most prestige college and found out that she was totally prepared for it. Clarksville is the best place to raise a family with great schools. It is perfect!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

I just finished freshman year and i can say some of the things people have been saying are not true. First in athletics all you have to do is actually work at the sport as much as possible. the previous summer i went to so many camps for cross country and lacrosse including rhhs boosters and when i tried out i made both teams. It was my first year in XC and my fourth in lacrosse and i did fine. Also in academics you have to realize that there will be alot of homework and whining about it wont change anything. I took biology GT algebra II and honors english and history and finished the year with a 3.6 along with sports because I applied everything i had to do it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2013

I been at rhhs since freshman , now I am a senior and I will be moving next year. Rhhs is only a good school from the outside , but inside its a whole different story. They are NOT inclusive to everyone. sports teams practically require you to be an Olympic athlete , well at least for the boys teams. There is are lots of mice and the building is dirty. I've have seen people being bullied. I have lots of friends , but I don't see them that often because everyone is always studying for a test or exam. Rhhs spends all the money on their precious ap and honors students. Nobody Is RITCH here ! DO NOT MOVE IN THE AREA JUST SO YOUR KID CAN GO HERE !!! River hill is not The Harvard of public schools . They pride themselves in being NO.1 in the state but now they are like number 20 ! If you can afford it send your kid to another Howard county school or a catholic school they are both better!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 7, 2013

This is the end of my freshman year. I have finals next week and honestly some classes i do not feel ready for. I have had teachers who are sexist against the boys in my class. I have gotten held accountable for assignments that my teachers have lost. The faculty is only worried about the stats. Once you actually attend River Hill its not very fun. I play lacrosse here and our varsity head coach is horrible. During school we are held to very very very high expectations yet we only get about and hour per week to relax. I play multiple travel sports and i still go home and have an average of 8 hours of homework. I end up going to bed around 2 am or later. Only a select few teachers are good. My biology gt teacher never lets me have an opinion. At river hill i expected to have a fun time. i am willing to work hard but there are limits to how teachers treat students. RIver Hill is a paradise from the outside but once you actually attend it, it is horrible. I have made friends but i rarely get to talk to them. I am popular too. We dont get enough time to relax and talk to friend and make our time enjoyable.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2013

This school is good because the students are smart. It is the students' credit not the school's. We are new to this school and learning that the administrators or staff have no contact with the family. No news letter, emails. I signed up to volunteer but I don't get any call for anything. School encourage extracurricular activities and has a long list of activities on the web site but in reality very few of them are functional. Staff don't show up or just cancel meetings etc. Seems to me the students are working hard but the staff including the administration really do not do much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2012

I know I am unfairly basing this on several bad experiences with only a handful of teachers but it is really a shame that the administration at this school chooses to do nothing about a long standing problem. There are tenured teachers that basically choose to act in a unprofessional manner and bully the kids in her classes as if he/she is on some power trip. Many kids and parents complained but the administration chooses to do nothing because he/she is tenured. Teachers at this school are too often misplacing kids' assignments. If kids are accountable for this then how come teachers are not held to the same standard. I so many more issues that I can talk post but there is a limit to what I can post. I know this is a National Blue Ribbon School but I can tell you it's not because of the teachers. I see why parents with kids in this school district send their kids to private school. I am so underwhelmed with the teachers here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2010

I am currently a senior at River Hill High School. Not everyone may love this school due to bad experiences with the teachers or the administrators, but in reality to compare this school to others it's one of the best. I have many friends who are graduating this year with me in 2010 who will be attending Ivy League schools. The kids at this school continue to work hard every day, even when 'senioritis' is suppose to be kicking in. There are always flaws in every school. But every teacher here is willing to take time out of their day to try and help, if not them than other students will. It's a very positive and competitive environment. You can't coast through and expect to gain a good education, you have to devote your time and effort. This is a facility that will help you get far in any career field.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2010

I was a student at River Hill many years ago and lets put it this way. 'I was happy to say bye' High School is suppose to be a great time for memories 'not me' It was some of the worse memories I have had. The one thing I will say is I loved Dance. I still Dance thanks to Blizz. Besides that the staff is horrible. They are lazy and do not care to take time out and make sure you understand, the assistant will just do your work for you. I will say it is a safe school as far as crime but it is not a school to learn at if you want a career!


Posted September 11, 2009

I can't praise RHHS enough, the education I got there is absolutely priceless. After graduation, I attended a very competitive California university and was better prepared for the rigorous curriculum than most of my peers. I had no idea what a first-rate high school I had attended until I met kids from other high schools and found out how lacking their educations had been. My teachers really went above and beyond to make sure I got the most out of my classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

We are new to the state this year, and moved from a very elite private school. We have been very pleased with the curriculum, principal, and teachers at River Hill, and feel it lives up to its reputation as one of the top public schools in the country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

River Hill High School has high quality teachers. The Student Guidance/Service team headed by Mr. Philip Vangeli is very strong. They provide help and support for students both academically and psychologically. I rate this school 5 stars without hesitation! Sharon Lu
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2009

I used to go to RHHS and I can say RHHS has prepared me for experiences in my undergraduate classroom studies. Sure, some teachers may have not felt like teaching, but tell me a major university in which you have atleast one professor who doesn't focus more on the quality of his research rather than the quality of his teaching at the school. It is the greatest school because it provides an atmosphere that is caring but realistic about what happens in the real world. If extracurricular activities do not appeal to a broad variety of students, then those students have the ability to start their own club.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2007

This school is amazing I am glad that my daughter goes there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2007

Academic programs are good, but some teachers just dont feel like teaching so they read out of a book during class. This results in the students having to go home and spend 4 to 8 hours a night restudying the whole curriculum. The students are the ones that work hard to get good grades, not the teachers.(execpt for a select few) Since the students are pressured to do well, they do, and thats why River Hill has such high scores. The principal only cares about how the school looks to parents, county and state officials. In reality, he implements any means necessary to curb student 'fun' while learning. Parents are extremely involved. Extracurricular activites do not appeal to broad variety of interests
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2007

Graduates of RHHS are competative at elite universities and strong preparation in all fields of study. Able and competative students thrive in the environment. Less able students may find the programs demanding and will need support. There is a wide range of arts, drama and sports with a history of success in state competitions. The faculty and staff are professional and focused on academic success as well. There many other exceptionally strong schools in the district as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2006

Teacher and administation do not always get along and it is evident in the atmosphere at the school. The teachers seem to 'run' the school. The principal is not visible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2005

With River Hill, there is not much to describe except for the fact that it is elite in everything. The majority of the other schools in Howard County rival River Hill in everything from academics to athletics. River Hill constantly out perferforms the state and national averages for all tests. Every teacher is hand picked from the top in Maryland and are respected among all students. If you want an exceptional education with the High School experience of having a strong athletic program, then River Hill is the school to be at.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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99%

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English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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98%

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 24% 6%
Black 7% 35%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 5%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Lime Kiln Middle
Clarksville Middle
Folly Quarter Middle
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Maryland Blue Ribbon School (2007)
  • National Blue Ribbon School (2007)

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:25am
School end time
  • 2:10pm
School Leader's name
  • William Ryan
Fax number
  • (410) 313-7406

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
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Students typically come from these schools
Lime Kiln Middle
Clarksville Middle
Folly Quarter Middle
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12101 Route 108
Clarksville, MD 21029
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Phone: (410) 313-7120

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