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Riverview Community High School

Public | 9-12 | 1015 students

 
 

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Posted April 7, 2014

I love, love, love RCHS and so does my son. The Principal is a great leader and all of the teachers are fabulous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2013

I am a current student at RCHS and I love it! I have been in this district since I was 7, so yes, I am school of choice. Sure, there may be some bullying issues, but not all of it comes from School of Choice kids. In fact, people who I have had problems with in the past are Riverview residents. As far as the teachers go, they are very supportive and will go out of their way to help you when it is needed. We have a very large Student Council and Diversity Club and there are many opportunities to get involved. Definitely a great school! Go Pirates!


Posted September 24, 2013

I love this school and so does my family. We were school of choice, now we moved to Riverview!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2013

RCHS is hands down the BEST school in the downriver area. I graduated this year, and I can honestly say I loved my four years at Riverview. Yes, I am school of choice. Now does that mean I'm out to tear down the school? Absolutely not. Of all the schools in downriver, Riverview has the most quality in the education they have to offer. Teachers constantly go out of their way to help out the students, they really are great! Graduating from a class, where there were so many people who had over a 4.0 the top ten couldn't even hold all of them, a class where together we beat the ACT score average by a whole point (it's big deal, trust me), a class where the AP test scores were amazing, and athletics? Yeah, this year was a great one for Riverview. I'm sure there so many more great years to come for RCHS. Bottom line, RCHS is awesome and the staff is amazing:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2013

I don't understand why people like ragging on the school of choice kids. What does the city you're from have to do with your character? I'm a school of choice student and I also happen to be a National Honors Society member. As a matter of fact, I can think of three different school of choice students with 4.0's off the top of my head right now. If you live in Lincoln Park, Taylor, or Southgate, chances are you're attending Riverview to escape a poor district and better yourself for the future. Be happy that a lot of desirable people want to attend this desirable district. Riverview is an excellent school and I'm entirely grateful the opportunity to attend was there. When I graduate next year, I know I'll be missing this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 2, 2013

School of Choice Parent. Excellent. Son's GPA is 3.8+ all honors classes - National Honor Society - Two varsity sports (and letters) - One detention as a freshman for a phone violation. So for those who do not like the school of choice students consider that approximately 50% of your district is school of choice students. Image your high school academically with only 500 students versus 1000. Imagine losing 1/2 of your teachers. And yes my tax dollars do go to OUR SCHOOL. My property taxes go to Lansing and then to Riverview. MY CHOICE. Sorry a bit peeved by the SOC issue. GREAT SCHOOL!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2012

I do like this school because it's small and I think there is a lot more opprtunity for individualized attention to be paid to students. I do agree that the school of choice program should be limited to a certain amount students accepted per year. While I would like to think students from out of dictrict are looking for a better education, I feel as if some are problem students that have bounced from district to district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2012

RCHS is an awesome school. Everybody tends to get along rather well and there are not many fights, it is rare for there to be a fight actually. The teachers are nice and supportive. Just an all around good school. #RIPAMJ #FlyHigh
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2011

I am currently a student at RCHS and love it. I am one of those "undesirable" school of choice kids the parents love to talk about in these reviews. We're not all bad, the current valedictorian in the class of 2013 is a school of choice kid. if your child is not succeeding its your fault or theirs, do not put that on the school district or type of kids the school district generously takes in. As far as the bullying goes, I am not a popular guy, or jock, but I do not get messed with. If your child is being bullied maybe you should tell them to stand up for themselves because your not going to be able to hold their hand their entire life. Try taking some responsibility instead of running your mouth on a website and being embarrassed by a kid in 11th grade.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 2, 2010

The district has changed negatively since school of choice instituted. The bullying particularly at the High school level is terrible. My son was pulled out of and attends another district now. I drive him 40 minutes round trip simply because the not only are teachers in the new district more supportive, they actually have and enforce a antibullying policy. The new district is also school of choice, but they have somehow found a way to maintain educational standards and safety even with integrating students out of district. To poster who said the student's Laziness was the cause of poor grades this is not true. This student and parents did seek help many times and was told the child's academics were 'fine'. The US Dept of Education recently made the district rewrite all their antibullying polices. There are many things 'students' reviewing Riverview as 5 stars don't know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2010

Both of my children attended Riverview. Teaching to the test is absolutely true!! I don't understand why they don't align their curriculum with the state's standards...then there would be no teaching to the test. Second, the bullying at this school is out of hand. Stop school of choice students from coming to Riverview if they are not there to create a positive atmosphere. Receiving the almighty dollar doesn't help the students whose parents pay taxes toward this district. It's ridiculous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2009

I met a substitute teacher a few weeks back and if this person is typical of the teachers at RCHS I am very pleased. My 2 sons think he is the best teacher they ever had but unfortunately they wish they had him as a regular teach. Two of the science teachers have been excellent for their preparation for college and overall we are quite pleased with their academic progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2009

I am currently a senior at RCHS and I love it there. A person before me wrote about how her child had scores of math and english at 5th and 4th grade levels and Riverview Schools passed her each year; I am in Calculus right now and had a score of 33 in math on my ACT and 29 in english. If her student was struggling, she should have gone into her teachers for help. I know someone who worked at private schools and insulted the public schools for their teachings in all subjects. The teachers can not be blamed for that students laziness. The 'atmosphere' at Riverview is also not terrible. There is a large Student Council and Diversity Club along with teachers that actually can help you. School of choice, while 'diluting the quality' also brings in more money to help out the school improve in other aspects.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

I love Riverview Community High School because it provided my daughter the excellent education she needed to continue on to a higher education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2009

RCHS is by far one of the greatest schools downriver. The only thing that disappoints me is the fact it is a school of choice school. I know they have to do this so they can receive additional funding, but some of the kids who come here from other districts area not very desireable students. I wish there was a way that RCHS could weed out 'undesireable' students. Some of these kids hold the whole class back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

I have 3 children that attend the Riverview Community School district, 2 of them are at the High School, and also to mention that 1 graduated in 1999. I have enjoyed the school system as a whole. There has always been a strong line of communication with grade school through the high school. I have met just one teacher that was so cold that she belonged working in the military or something of that capacity. However all in all I get a very immediate impression that the teachers really do love their jobs with the district. That truly makes the classroom a productive class. Very positive, motivational, inspirational.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2008

The academic scores are very deceptive. I had my child tested for academics by a private institution and found scores were at 5th and 4th grade levels for math and english. This a younge person Riverview Schools passed right along year to year since kindergarten, refusing to give resource room time, qualify for special ed services etc. This is a young person parents were told was doing just 'fine' look at the grades yearly yet we could not determine why he was struggling so much upon entering high school. Socially the atmosphere at RHS is terrible. Opening up to school of choice has definitely diluted the qualityof the schools. Instead of servicing a small community the district opened wide the to neighboring communities and some rough kids are entering. We removed our children and they attend private schools. The administrators are terrible in this school with a 'clique' mentality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

I have had two children graduate from Riverview in the past 4 years. Both have been involved in extracurricular activities. One has a scholarship due to these activities. Sure once in a while I found I did not love the teacher, learning to deal with that is one life lesson that every child should learn. I was always treated with respect by teachers a administrators and any problems were addressed promptly. I give Riverview 5 stars in all respects except for parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2007

I'm a current senior at Riverview, and I must say that I absolutely despise this school. The faculty, for the most part, doesn't care about the students. The teachers do teach specifically to the test and are incredibly restricted by the school's curriculum, particularly the foreign language department. I'm an active member of the student body and I must say that the extracurriculars here are very lackluster. They work for the student who simply wants to build up a number of pointless extracurriculars for a college application, but for others who want to experience the arts... Go somewhere else. The theatre program is underfunded. Get away from Riverview if you love the arts or innovative education!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2006

The special education department is particulary bad. The teachers for most part in my expereince are good and caring although with a few bad apples here and there that aren't so caring or good. That is typical amongst teachers anywhere. Administration needs to get on the ball. Major issues. Hopefully a new superindependent will help to fix some of these issues. This district is in a need of a good bullying district-wide policy as well. There are some issues here.
—Submitted by a parent


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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

252 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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 29% in 2014.

225 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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25%

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27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

226 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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66%

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Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

225 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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28%

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27%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 44% in 2014.

225 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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46%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

226 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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71%

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64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME 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 state standard.

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 MME 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

All Students25%
Female12%
Male39%
African American10%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female66%
Male65%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students28%
Female18%
Male39%
African American10%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students46%
Female36%
Male57%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students71%
Female73%
Male69%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME 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 state standard.

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 MME 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

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55%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

93%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

90%


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

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 69%
Hispanic 6% 6%
African-American 4% 18%
Asian 2% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 1%
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 26%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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12431 Longsdorf Street
Riverview, MI 48193
Phone: (734) 285-7361

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