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Riverside Middle School

Public | 5-8 & ungraded | 1049 students

 

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Posted October 31, 2013

-Staff unprofessional and uncaring,some are rude! -Bullies everywhere and out of hand and staff does not do much about it -Courses and materials does not yield in the advancement of the students I feel like the student takes the same thing for two years. I have two children in Riverside and they come home with mispelled work, wrong work, missing work and I later find out that the teacher looked over them!! This happens all the time!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

riverside is a very good school. I loved it. the diversity is amazing, and the students make you feel welcomed. the teachers are excellent. they have this program called student to student., it is when a student helps a special education student. the special education students understand the students more than the teachers because they pick well students who are able to help and motivate the student to learn. the teachers are very good and teach well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

this is very good school to go to although bullies are very much out of hand you will do good class wise but to make friends and get to know anyone is a constant struggle do to the ignorance!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2012

Riverside Middle School is a D rated school. The staff are not held accountable and seem unmotivated, the principal is not an effective leader and makes excuses, and parent volunteers are not encouraged nor welcomed. I am an involved parent with high expectations of my children first, staff second. I've tried to be communicative with my child's teachers and have gotten resistance & even attitude. I've had issues with teachers marking assignments as missing, however the assignment would have a red check mark across the top. The few times I've come into the office, I was not greeted warmly. I've offered to volunteer on my few days off, and no one seemed eager to find anything for me. I don't take it personally, because the staff doesn't know me; it's pretty much the culture of the school. Dry, cold, and unfriendly. I've expressed concerns to the principal regarding my child possibly needing help in areas of reading/writing and he stated all the kids are struggling at the school and that's something they're trying to work on. Well, I can only speak for my child, not an entire school. I'm disappointed with Riverside and have ALREADY paid the full tuition for private school this fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2011

This school is AMAZING! Coming to this school as a 5th grader you are really welcomed into the wonderful atmosphere. The teachers there actually cafe for you opinion and do not discriminate. Academicly this school suceeds in giving advanced clases and remedial classes for those who need it. The princepal there is strong, strict, but has an approchable side. He will take care of the students and will do anything to protect them. This school is a multiracial school, it has a varity of Arabs, Whites, Africans and Asians! Letting your child go to this school gives them an advanage in life and in education!


Posted March 20, 2011

So far so good. I was extremely worried to place my child in this school but there was a change of principal this year, to the best. He is tough but I want tough, kids these days are hard to deal with. Academics seem right on spot but kids could use more homework at home. True that kids correct tests and homework sometimes and that can be not a good thing for mediocre students but it is a good lesson if not abused. Parents involvement is low. I guess the grade of 5 should be improved...maybe next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2010

I went to this school from 5th-8th grade, and it wasn't that bad. Like all schools, there are always those few teachers that no one likes, but there were a lot of nice ones too. Also, that person was right about lost assignments. They do seem to do that a lot. But all in all, this was a good school and i have a lot of good and fun memories from it. Each year there is a class field trip for each grade and they are very fun. I enjoyed going here.


Posted November 3, 2010

As a former student of this school, I have mixed feelings about Riverside. While the atmosphere and a few of the teachers were great, many of the teachers were very rude, never gave after-school help, and on many cases - went through student's belongings. I personally had a notebook taken from me and went through by one of the teachers, without reason. She highlighted anything she found unsatisfactory, and threatened to search the rest of my things. We also had teachers search through our bags and purses during "bomb scares." Students were forced to go out and purchase clear backpacks or carry all of their belongings by hand. I would never send my child to this school.


Posted April 17, 2009

This school is nice but has harsh teachers. For example they seem to lose assiments and dont give one on one time with the student, out of that it is a pretty nice school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2006

Moving from Detroit to Dearborn Heights, I thought it would be not just a big adjustment but hard for my children to blend into the schools not knowing the make-up of the diversity. But since school has started my children love it and I love it. I love the interaction that I have with the teachers, I love the fact that I can stay on top of my 6th grader's assignments by viewing them on the internet and even communicating with the teachers! And they are so prompt in responding to your emails! The teachers are so nice and they care about education no matter what! Thanks for making us feel so welcomed. MRS D
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2005

RMS has great programs for my 2 kids, and if not for the great teachers, it could not happen. The principal and asst.principal have always been approachable as well as my kids' teachers. While serving in Iraq, my kids' classes and many others sent me and my sailors alot of goodies and cards, so it proved that RMS is both patriotic as well as academically strong. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2004

My son is just finishing his 8th grade experience here. We love this school. The teachers are very involved in the whole growth of the student. The band program is awesome! There are plenty of sports and extracurricular events to choose from including cooperative programs with the high school. The principal and vice-principals are very responsive to parent and student concerns. We moved in here 4 years ago from another district and could not have made a better choice.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

237 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

236 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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62%

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69%

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Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

240 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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3%

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

263 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

252 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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65%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 27% in 2014.

268 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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19%

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24%

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27%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

255 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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31%

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48%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

249 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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61%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

250 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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50%

2013

 
 
60%

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57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 35% in 2014.

268 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

257 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

282 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
13%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

19%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 69%
African-American 8% 18%
Asian 2% 3%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian N/A 1%
Multiracial N/A 2%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Dennis Faletti
Fax number
  • (313) 792-0201

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25900 West Warren St
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