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Posted April 27, 2014
- a community member
This school is okay for the most part. I have noticed though that a lot of the students here don't appear to have any social or academic problems. A lot of the kids here seem 100 percent normal to me. The really good thing about this school though is that bullying is very rare here compared to most schools. So overall I'd say that even though this school doesn't really have kids here with actual disabilities it's still a very friendly place.
My daughter attended Riverview School from the 10th grade through a forth year of the GROW program. She is a young lady with autism spectrum disorder, a slightly below average IQ, and a tremendous desire to learn. At Riverview she thrived, being given the opportunity to express herself, learn important life skills, make wonderful friends and above all develop a sense of self that has allowed her to be successful in her transition to independent living. I am so proud of her every day and realize that the staff and teachers at Riverview deserve many thanks for their support and for working tirelessly to provide my daughter with an environment that was nurturing, practical, challenging and unforgetable! What she took away is irreplacable. We will be forever grateful.
Riverview School was a life saver for our family and especially for our daughter! She's on the autism spectrum, very bright & determined, but needed a strong, comprehensive program where the expectations and goals were consistent across residential, social, and school life. That was Riverview! After 4 years there, she left at 21 because she felt competent and excited to go out in the world! She's worked in a restaurant ever since, using many skills she learned at school. Since returning home, she's also gotten a driver's license, bought her own car, and is saving to start her own business, all things that were unthinkable when she went away to school there! Riverview helped guide her (and us) towards achieving her many goals, and we'll be forever indebted to the dedicated, caring, smart, and well appointed staff. There were all types of students there, some with obvious deficits, others that displayed very few issues, and all had friends, a place to bloom and grow, and became accepting and loving towards all. What a gift! I only really wish there was a school like this in every single community!
Riverview School provided our daughter with the knowledge, experience and most importantly, the confidence to go out into the world, become employed, become a contributing member of her community and to live independently in her own apartment. None of that would have been possible without the tools Riverview gave her. Many kids with disabilities have trouble becoming active participants in school. At Riverview, all students have the opportunity to play on the sports teams, have the lead role in the school play, go to the school prom and have friends with whom they can enjoy all the normalcies of adolescence. This is a priceless gift and the confidence it inspires, in both students and their families, allows them to become independent adults.
Our daughter has attended Riverview since her freshman year of high school. She graduated, then transitioned to GROW, the post-high school program. We feel so fortunate that she's had the opportunity to develop her academic, social and independence skills as a member of this supportive and caring learning community. Her self advocacy skills have blossomed, as have friendships with her peers. As in any school, there is a range of ability and issues among the student body, but what is most important and clearly evident are the strengths and talents of each individual student. The beauty of Riverview is the way each student is supported to achieve their personal best and accepted as the unique individual they are. Our daughter sees herself as a capable young woman and has gained the skills to manage her life successfully as a young adult. We believe this self confidence will enable her to be successful! Employment and independent living are achievable goals thanks to all she has gained as a student at Riverview. Administration, staff and faculty have always communicated openly and professionally, been open to our concerns and displayed respect for our family.
I agree this is not a good choice for higher-functioning students. I was there from 2009-2012 and at first it was great, then the population got lower-functioning each year. Now, its all kids with Down syndrome or severe delays and such. The staff gossip behind students' back expecting them not to hear it. They also are so obsessed with it being "individualized" that soon they turn that into making excuses individualized to each child rather than helping them overcome their issues. After-school activities weren't structured enough, basically all we did was watch games in the gym or sit around bored. Summer program is too repetitive. I was there 4 years and it didn't change a bit. The health & wellness program scared kids to death over things unlikely to happen.
This school is great if your child has no way of ever livving on their own If however they are high functioning and have an IQ above 70 this is definitely not the school for them, The staff have no idea how to teach or deal with a student who can actually speak their mind or advocate for themselves
This LD boarding school is phenominal. From the teachers, dorm staff and adminatration it rates an A is our book. It is particularly good with kids with complex neurological issues involving language. Every child has friends here and that is the real magic of this school. They bloom and grow and find their own voice.