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River Valley Charter School

Charter | K-8 & ungraded | 288 students

 
 

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Posted October 13, 2010

The teachers are amazing and the children learn by doing. Hands on work reinforces what they learn making learning a fun, experience with life lessons interwoven. It's a magical, amazing place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2010

Our two children have attended River Valley for the past four years. They are thriving here and love to go to school. Students are allowed to learn and develop at their own pace, so our kids have stayed engaged and their self-esteem has flourished. Our wonderful teachers are involved both academically and in the social learning that is so important in these years. While performance on state tests is not the driving focus of our school, students do better on the state tests the longer they attend the school. Note that Great Schools ranks River Valley an 8 for grades 5 - 8. Our middle school transitions students from Montessori to a more traditional school environment to prepare students for high school. We are lucky to have this educational option available to our five local communities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2009

RVCS is an exceptional community of students, teachers, staff, parents and grandparents working together to demonstrate by example as well as by academic discipline what it means to be a thinking, caring and working member of a world beset with environmental, economic, and dysfunction. It is a great school and it is a pleasure to volunteer there. FZGoldberg
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

RVCS is a kind, peaceful and safe public charter Montessori school that provides a rigorous educational environment. My 1st grader loves to go to school everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

We are the first public charter Montessori school in our state. We have shown that alternative education can be powerful and successful. We have demonstrated our success through test scores and happy, well-informed students. We have shown active commitment to our community. Hurray for RVCS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

River valley Charter school allows children to be themselves. My children have not lost their natural curiosity, creativity and zest for life while still loving school and all that it has to offer. We are also a very caring community, where the entire family is a member.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

The River Valley Charter School has incredibly devoted teachers. The children are responsible for their own learning so they become actively involved in their studies. Children are self motivated and are genuinely excited about school. Grace and Courtesy are added bonuses in the curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

RVCS showed my kids the larger world, beyond their neighborhood. They were allowed to nurture their creative talent. They are amazing students, people and citizens of the world!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

River Valley Charter School brings montessori education public. Our students have a unique environment that allows for experiential learning via field trips and visitors to our school. We have top scores in testing for the state and have a community of dedicated families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

It The River Valley Charter School is an amazing place that emphasizes experiential learning. The children work collaboratively and learn at their own pace. My children have both graduated but credit their success in their current schools to their RVCS background.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

River Valley is Public Montessori at it's finest. Children in K-8 get a fantastic education from dedicated teachers and staff. The school hums with activity that I wished I had as a kid!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

A Montessori education in a public school with fantastic parental involvement, peace education and an emphasis on community service.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

My two girls attend the RVCS and my wife and I feel blessed. It is by far one of the greatest gift we have been fortunate enough to have given our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2006

My child was floundering in her previous school setting. At River Valley she was able to reach her potential. The instructors raised the expectation level for what her was capable of learning. Parents are expected to volunteer 40 hours annually at RVCS, most families do more. Music, art and movement are woven into the many classroom lesson plans but the students receive a weekly encounter with a specialist in these areas. The school does lack a second language offering to the student during the school day and sports teams are unavailable at this time but RVCS does try to offer these items after school for a small fee. The staff and educators look at the whole child which I find so important. Multi-age classrooms allows the lessons to be reinforced each years and different levels for different age levels in the class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2005

We left the Triton District after many problems. We have been at River valley for 5 years and wish this school had been around for our older son. The staff is a cut above other schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 57% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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55%

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Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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54%

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63%

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 53% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
39%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 67% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students62%
Female75%
Male41%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students54%
Female60%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students67%
Female75%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students51%
Female50%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White49%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students85%
Female90%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students59%
Female60%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students59%
Female65%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Female85%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students66%
Female70%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students76%
Female82%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students79%
Female87%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students48%
Female44%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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How schools in the state rate:

24%
of schools in the state are Below average
50%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 68%
Hispanic 4% 15%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian 2% 6%
Black 1% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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