My child is a student at Riverdale, and it hasn't been a good experience. He's been there from K-5 - 8th. The principal really don't listen to the parents, and the teacher is always right. Edline is a joke with some teachers. One minute you think your child has an A, the next minute when it's report card time, you find out that your child has a D. When questioned about the grades the teachers states that you should have come to them. When you explain that you had no reason because you thought your child was getting an A, they act like you are wrong. The teachers fail to realize that when they know that your child is not doing well in school that they need to contact you!
I attended RBS from K-5 to 8th grade. I'm so happy I left. Riverdale isn't all its cracked up to be, and it only gets worse the older you get. When I went to Flowers HS after riverdale I realized I wasn't as well prepared as the other students who went to a public MS. But at Riverdale I was getting 3.5 and above. If i stayed at Riverdale I dont think it would have prepared me for the real world as much as Flowers did. The teachers baby the students where as at Flowers if you don't do the work its on you. Riverdale is a sports school. As much as they like to claim their academics are challenging they're really not. When I went to Flowers I was so behind with my learning making my first year at a public school, ever, extremely challenging. If you do want to send your child to a private school I would suggest a catholic one, and not Riverdale.
I attended Riverdale Baptist School from K-5 through 12th grade. It was not always the best experience, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Riverdale. The curriculum is challenging. The class size is small and you get to know your teachers. The school is not perfect, but they more than make up for it in the way they care for each student. You can tell your teachers really want you to succeed, not just academically, but spiritually. Its a down to earth, safe environment. I've never felt shunned or ignored by teachers or staff. The building and grounds were built in the 70's, but its in better condition than most public schools in the area. The sports programs are out of this world. They just got a brand new sports stadium for soccer, football and track. Its fantastic. I would highly recommend not judging this school on what I've said or any of the other reviewers though. Go and see them, go with an open heart to where God is leading you to send your child. Riverdale is an excellent school.
My son attended this school because I thought it would be a great alternative to the public schools in my area. He attended for K-5 and first grade. And although he had wonderful teachers both years, Mrs. Reed and Mrs. White, I withdrew him following several incidents and observations that really left me disillusioned. Two incidences in particular really caused me great concern. A Scooby Doo cartoon movie was shown by a sub while our regular teacher was out. It was an episode with zombies and demonic spirits. I do not allow my son to watch this cartoon at home. When I brought this to the attention of the administration it fell on deaf ears. As did the voicemail and email I sent to Principal Harbel about my son being inappropriately touched by a classmate. I gave a star to his two teachers in my rating. The administration is unresponsive.
My child went to the school to take the exam, I had to call for almost a month to get results. Bad customer service, they were quick to process my payment. No follow up and they told me to be patient..Really?
The teachers have no form of customer service. They go weeks not responding to emails, the math teachers dumps grades in at the last minute, some teachers do not load grades into edline until the report cards are due. The principal stands by her teachers no matter what. This high school experience has been a living nightmare. The administration knows how to come after you for a payment if you are less than 1 week late but you are not getting any service for your money. These teachers need to be held accountable. It is a disgrace how the faculty has no regard for the parents/students.
I was releuctnat to enroll due to al the reviews but I had no choice in the matter. I sent emails to 3 particular teachers and I would not get any responses. They do not put the grades into edline like they are supposed to. The principal can be down right disrespectful with her lack of regard to her parent's concerns. She allows them to do whatever they want and the scary part is the teachers know it and they behave with a lack of regard for the parents. Alot of parents are taking their children out and I hope they do not wonder why.
My son is in 8th grade he has been here since 4th grade. His educational experience have been great and very challenging. I also must say that the students there are great kids, well mannered and respectful. As a parent we always focus on the teachers and the education, but one of the main thing is the students peers. And Riverdale students reflect a very positive religious attitude.
My son has attended RBS from K5 thru 2nd grade. We don't have experience with the current middle or high school, but RBS has an excellent Elementary program with a dedicated and friendly Elementary principal. All of our son's teachers have been qualified and professional. Teacher communication has been wonderful with email and use of Edline. Our son has grown both intellectually and spiritually. For Elementary, I would highly recommend RBS for your child.
it seem like it only tends to the athlete not any actitvites really good most of the money that does come in seem not to go to the eduction side of things but to the afletices instead they need lots of stuuf fot the acedicmis but it not there
He doesn t have to apologize to begin with. The point I am trying to make is that God will always do the right thing, and as Christians, we should ask ourselves in any situation How would God handle this? If a Christian can t humble his or herself to offer an apology and something that is small as such, then how can we be lead by the Holy Spirit and do the works of God? It can t happen, which might explain the high turn over at RBS. What s at the top flows to the bottom and the rest of the school. This is why Mrs. Bingham could not apologize for misplacing my daughter s work and later finding it. The same is true with Mrs. Campbell- she did not return to the meeting, offered no apology nor explaination. Perfect example of what s at the top will certainly flow to the bottom.
Sorry But Riverdale is no more what it used to be. I am trying now to locate a good school to enroll my son who is currently attending Riverdale in 5th Grade. I actually wrote to the principal expressing my dissappointment over studies students recieve. My son had been in Riverdale since 2nd grade and it seems every year the quality of education is deteroriating more and more and this year 2010-2011 has been the worst so far with High rate of turnover for teachers and very unskilled teachers etc... Not worth the money anymore.
My daughter attended Riverdale for four years (9-12). One of the best private school educations available for a reasonable cost. She loves her school and her teachers. I am very satisfied as a parent.
My daughter was at Riverdale Baptist for elementary, middle school, and one year of high school. Although middle school had it's problems, mainly it was very disorganized, the high school experience was horrific. We left there running and will never look back. The grading practices and poor followup from teachers and the high school principle made our lives a living hell. The quality of the teachers is very poor and they spend too much time on discipline in the classroom. If a parent wants to visit the classroom a two-week notice must be provided and it must be approved by the principal. I realize this is because they have much to hide. There are teachers who do not understand how to protect confidential information and share personal information about families with other parents - highly inappropriate. The high school principal has poor social, communication, and management skills - trickles to teachers.
I appreciate the Christian environment at RBS. The teachers & students who I have met over the past four years have been great. I am going into my 5th year at Riverdale. I have one child in Public School and two at Riverdale and I honestly see the difference in both academics and athletics. Keep in mind that parents have to work with their children at home no matter what school they attend. However, I am confident that my younger children are receiving a better academic start at RBS than my older child has received in Public School. I have some concerns about the available options/curriculum at the high school level, so I need to do some comparisons in that area. I am confident the Elementary and Middle School programs have well prepared my younger two.
My daughter started at RBS at age 3. She came to school being able to read and since that time RBS has fostered her love of learning. She is currently in the 5th grade. We left RBS for 3rd grade at another christian school and returned for 4th grade. This year we left again to experience one day of the TAG program in the PGCPS. Needless to say we have returned HOME to RBS. THE GRASS IS NOT ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE. We won't leave again because the challenge of the curriculum and the Christian environment are what we have grown accustomed to. The teachers we have had are truly CALLED to teach. My daughter is happy which makes my husband and me happy.
I was a student at RBS for about 10 years, K4-8th grade. Elementary school was great, however, when I got into Middle School, even though I was a straight A student, Riverdale failed to successfully prepare me for High School. My whole middle school experience was horrible. As other students have said, if you're not a jock you're nothing. Teachers really don't seem to care and I wonder if some of them really are functioning christians. I FINALLY got out of Riverdale, after MUCH begging, after 8th grade and attended Eleanor Roosevelt. When I got to Roosevelt I felt that other students who attended public schools for MS were more prepared than I was for HS. I ended up graduating at the top of my class from Roosevelt, no thanks to RBMS, and my parents and I agree that taking me out was the best decision they could have ever made.
I am a student a RBS. I have been going there for 8 years. I am leaving next school year. Most students do not act in a christianly manner. The education is shaky Elementary is shaky mostly hte teachers, MS is worse, and HS is BAD.I have seen a decrease in the quality of the teachers and the school. I am happy to be leaving. And I feel the parents are wasting their money. And money is all the school cares about more than the students!
I m a parent of a middle school student who has been enrolled since K3. Overall, I m pleased with the high quality challenging education that my child receives. This is confirmed when I review the results of his standardized test scores. RBS includes elementary, middle, and high schools. I think some of the concerns raised in these posts may not apply to the entire school. The elementary programs are awesome. My only recommendation for elementary is to make better use of Edline. The middle school is good, but I d like to see foreign language included. It s offered for elementary and high schools. RBS is not perfect and there are opportunities for improvement. I see the administration working to address them. For instance, Expanding Horizons is now a meaningful computer class and communications have improved drastically since implementing One Call and Edline. However, I d LOVE to see the website updated more frequently.
RBS has its up and downs. My daughter has been there for two years now she is in the 7th grade now. However, the academics and sports opportunities for middle school students are great!!! The private school we left was horrible and offered no middle school sports. Parents no matter what have to engage in their children for academics and sports. We think all because we pay 10K a year the schools is suppose to do everything for the children and make the grades for them. This school is Great and the examples are the Kids that leave for Great Universities.
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