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K-7
Public charter
Calverton, NY
Students enrolled: 280

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3685 Middle Country Road
Calverton, NY 11933

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(631) 369-5800
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October 29, 2014
The principle Mr. Arkrum has worked very hard to filter out all staff members who chose to believe in a Union including the Union President. There are all new teachers with less than 2 years experience and are under Mr. Arkum rule!! There are no bad kids only bad behavior that need to be redirected. I like to know why bad kids don't deserve a place at that school? I know they are not special needs friendly. This school has a lot a things going on that are not very good including the principle!!

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2014
The principal and teachers of this school do care and Mr Ankrum has worked very hard this past year to filter out poor staff and bad kids that don't deserve a place there. Children are pushed and encouraged a lot but for their own good. Any child under Mr Ankrum's watch is safe and this can't be stressed enough. 5 stars for the principal. The staff that are efficient, have high energy and enjoy their work. No child gets left behind at this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2014
I think that RCS is fantastic. With 70% minority student enrollment and zero disorder this school is the definition of unity, tolerance and diversification. I wouldn't want my child anywhere else. The teachers and students are held to a high standard which is why they continue to be successful.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2014
What a disappointment. This was after school until the current administration ruined it for everyone. I would not recommend this school anymore. My grandchildren are upset everyday, wondering of their teachers will be "next" to lose their jobs. All of the best teachers have been let go due to being pro union. The principle is narcissistic and a power hungry BULLY. Awful. -Mary E. Dunne

- submitted by a community member
June 06, 2014
We used to love RCS, but no longer. My older children attended and had a wonderful experience. The school was growing, adding new programs, and improving every year. When my youngest started last year, we started to see changes we didn't like. The new principal got rid of the best, most experienced, most creative teachers and hired a lot of brand new, freshly-graduated teachers in their places. Our favorite art teacher left at the end of last year, one of the music teachers left, and now the other music teacher has disappeared. It's true what another parent said---the best teachers seem to just vanish, and nobody is told why.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
RCS is not a school I would recommend. It used to be a wonderful place, with caring teachers and a close-knit, family atmosphere. With the new principal, everyone is tested to death with an excessive homework load, and achievement scores, from NYSSMA to ELA and Math, are going DOWN. All that paperwork, and the students aren't learning! I would avoid this place like the plague, until they clean house in administration and make a fresh start.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
Let me just start off by saying my children are very fortunate to have such a wonderful school to attend. I have been nothing but pleased with everything about Riverhead charter school. I pulled my children out of the school district we live in because my oldest child was not having a good experience there. I am absolutely happy with the choice I made to put them in RCS . The school is still developing but it will only continue to exceed .Education and self growth are some of the top priorities this school offers for the children. All of the teachers have been wonderful . My youngest daughter couldn't read when she started kindergarten. After enrolling her into rcs that october she learned to read exceptionally wellwithin a few short months. I have nothing but great and positive things to say .Everyone I know and meet I recommend them . My children are learning so much . My son will also start kindergarten this September.I love that parents are welcome to voice their opinions and are able to be fully evolved in every aspect of their childs academics.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
I am seeing for myself & thru others that our reviews are being taken down! How sad that a select few individuals think they have the power to intimidate us as well as their coworkers! I applaud the teachers who are finally speaking out against their coworkers & administration! Investigations have been launched by several organizations & hopefully justice will be served. The background of the principal needs to be looked into closely, there are some serious allegations against him! The education of our children is the #1 priority here. We need teachers and administration that actually care & go over & above for the sake of the children. I wont deny that some of the staff that was let go needed to go but some great teachers were fired only because they refused to be bullied into going against their own beliefs. The inner workings of the school are the parents, as well as the publics business! I don't want my children being taught by someone who is afraid he/she is going to lose his/her job. When the teachers are being intimidated, threatened, bullied & shunned they can not perform their job to the best of their capability! Also, has the principal forgotten there is a dress code?

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2014
I am very happy with my child's education from RCS. We have been at the school for 2 years now and yes there have been staffing changes but I trust the principal and board have my child's best interest in mind when making these decisions. If an employee is not working to the schools standards then they should be let go. My sons teachers have always been warm and welcoming. I receive phone and email responses quickly, even after hours and on weekends. I couldn't be happier with the school. My sons loves it there and always looks forward to going to school.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2014
As a proud parent of one alumni student and one present of RCS, I have nothing but positive things to say. Both my daughters attended RCS since kindergarden. My oldest daughter graduated two years ago and now attends our district school, only because at the time of graduation RCS only went up to 6th grade. Because of the education she received at RCS she is in all honors classes and remains on high honor roll throughout the quarters. My second daughter who currently attends RCS can run rings around other students in my school district (no offense). My last daughter will be attending RCS this coming school year 2014-15 and I only expect the best for her as well. My son who is only two years old will also be attending RCS when his time come. I recommend RCS to any parent who desires a great education for their child or children. Principal Ankrum is a great asset to the school!!! He provides nothing but positive improvements to the school as well as for his students. Keep up the good work RCS!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
As a parent, I feel that the inner workings of the school are none of the parents' business. All I am concerned about is the education of my child...about which I am very happy. I trust that all decisions are made for the good of the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
As an informed member of the RCS community, I can whole-heartedly state that RCS makes decisions based on what is best for students. To those who posted previously regarding teachers "vanishing" and "disappearing" -- yes, there have been staffing changes, but each of these changes was made because children were not receiving the instruction they deserve! Looking forward to the opening of the new building which will provide many amenities that RCS students have been dreaming of for many years: a library, art room, cafeteria/gymnasium, etc.. Great things ahead for RCS!

- submitted by a community member
March 13, 2014
I am a proud parent of a Riverhead Charter School student whose child attended public school during the school year of 2011-2012. Last year (school year 2012-2013), I decided to enroll my child into Riverhead Charter School. Thus far, I have to say I am pleased with my child's success at RCS and I have nothing but positive things to say about the school. I have noticeably seen positive changes take place within my child, which I attribute to my child attending RCS. Having my child attend Riverhead Charter School is a choice, my choice. A chosen opportunity that allows my child to receive the benefits of a quality education designed to be based on private schools standards in conjuction with public school options. Riverhead Charter School is aiming to become a school of excellence. And, in time I do believe under the leadership of the principal Mr. Ankrum, his staff, and continued positive changes taking place within the school and staff, this school will achieve their goal. I would recommend RCS to any parent looking for a quality education in a school where their child is exposed to a diverse student body while learning. Signed......Proud Parent of a RCS Student

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
RCS is an amazing school!!! Mr. Ankrum is a highly supportive administrator. While working with him, I have been continually impressed with his commitment to excellence. He is uncompromising in his efforts to provide quality education for his students and never loses sight of students and their needs. He is a person of high integrity who places students at the forefront of everything he does. Mr. Ankrum has strong people skills and has earned a reputation as someone who listens to and respects other voices and opinions.

- submitted by a teacher
March 12, 2014
My daughter is a current student at RCS and my son graduated from RCS 2 years ago. When we first moved to Long Island my children attended there district school for 2 years. My children was in charter schools when we lived in NYC and they attended Sisulu Walker Charter School. I am a advocate of charter schools. When I realized that there was a charter school in Long Island I enrolled my children in RCS. I am very happy with my decision. My children have excelled much further being in the charter school then they would have if they stayed in there district school. The school is great, the staff is great, they give 100% every day. The teachers love the students and go above and beyond to make sure that the children excel. I see what this little school has done to keep children active, involved and constantly learning. This school understands that education is most important, not only through textbook learning. This little school that has no gym no auditorium takes the time to develop and expose there students in music, history, art, etc. My daughter has been NYSSMA, The Step team, Special vocal group, she learn to play musical instruments. I am very well pleased with RCS.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
RCS is a great school, I see how the school has evolved for the better within the past 2 years. The principal and the teachers have a sincere heart for the children. What I enjoy most about RCS is there is a standard that has been set and it is being accomplished. RCS believes there students potential and the staff of RSC makes sure that there students operates in there full capacity. The education of the RCS students are not taken lightly. RCS is about to open there new school this up coming school year RCS will have K-8th grade. I hope by the time my son goes to HS, RCS will have a HS. I wish there were more schools like RCS, we need more schools like RCS, a place of structure, a place of growth, a place for learning, a place of development. What RCS needs is more parent involvement. I am excited about the growth of RCS and I am proud to be a parent of a child that attends such a great school where kids needs are put first.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
I am a parent of 4 kids, and I have noticed the change in our education system. Many schools are not putting as much emphasize on education as I think they should. Homework is rarely given if given at all. Teaching methods are very mediocre and bland not bringing any excitement or joy to learning. But not at the Riverhead Charter School, this school is amazing. My nephew who goes to school in Queens who is in the same grade as my daughter, he is not as advanced as my daughter. My daughter can do power point presentations, her read reading capabilities is above her above her required reading level. This school is diverse and that is something that grasp my attention. The teachers are so wonderful with the students, they are so supportive and understanding as well as caring. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants to see there children grow in there academics. The Children needs are a priority at Riverhead Charter School.. RCS understands the importance of education and learning. What I enjoy most is the children get homework assignments during there breaks from school. That is just how important our children education and success is valued at RCS.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I am a new parent, with two children in kindergarten and I am deeply impressed about communication with the teachers. I can not compare with other schools or previous years, but I think is not much usual that the teachers encourage parents to call, email or talk in person as many times as they want, to work together in the child's needs, to make a great learning experience. Parent participation is welcome, and I personally received immediate response from the principal or teachers when I tried to reach them. This school allows parents to be really involved in their children's education. I'd like to see more programs offered in the near future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2013
This school is poor. With a lack of any technology and sports programs, students are at a disadvantage. How can you run a school without working computers? Other local schools have smart boards, tablets, and computers. This schools has none of the above.

- submitted by a community member
July 03, 2013
My daughter completed 3rd grade at RCS, this is our 1st year here. I am nothing short of impressed & grateful for the education & support my daughter/family has received this past year! RCS instils respect for one self/others, morals & confidence in their students each day. The staff truely care about their students well being & education. They lead by example. My expierence with her teachers has gone above & beyond my expectations! From Sept-Dec she went up 5 full reading levels! I did not realize how much my daughter was not learning in public school until she became a student at RCS! The education she received was personally tailored to enhance her strengths & decrease her weaknesses. Our family went through some very painful changes this year. The schools social workers not only gave her the tools to handle our situation, they loved & nurtured her through it all. I am positive that if she was in public school this past year, she would have been lost on the mix. Principal Ankrum is an energetic, strong leader. He seems to connect beautifully with the students.I have witness my daughter become a strong student & a confident young lady at RCS. I look forward to another 5 years!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2012
This is a wonderful school. My daughter started the year in public school, which didn't last long due to the lack of education, arrogant teachers and to be desired environment she was in. After looking for schools we came across Riverhead Charter and decided to check it out since it was a longer school day, no tuition, smaller class sizes and seemed more personalized with an enrichment of classes as well. We did have our reservations though. Our biggest concern about the school was the rumors that it was "for bad kids" or had a high minority student body . Neither was true and the school is a wonderful blend of a multi cultural diverse student body with very dedicated teachers to boot. Thus far I am beyond pleased with the education she is receiving along with her wonderful teacher. Would recommend this school to anyone looking for a better alternative to public schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2012
I Graduated from this school last year and this school needs 5 stars. This school is very strict and teaches alot. They help people When they are having trouble. This school helped me get ready for Middle School. Although this school doesnt have high quality materials they have the best teachers ever! I been in this school through k-6 and i loved it. They also have strict rules so all staff and students are safe. i loves this school! Love, Taiviana :D

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2012
The school is wonderful and the teachers amazing. My daughter started middle school ahead because of the education she received here. However the principal leaves room for improvement. Sadly if she doesn't agree with a teacher they are let go and many great teachers have been lost from RCS in the 5 years she is there. I will say Putting my daughter in this school is the best decision I even made.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
The principal and office staff are not really very personable, but the teachers work very hard to make it a great school!

- submitted by a teacher
May 19, 2011
i am extremely happy with the school and teaching staff- the decision was simple, my youngest daughter was starting kindergarten and the school she was to attend was only offering half day sessions, and my eldest daughter was a target for bullies in that same school because of her sweet and kind disposition.Since making the switch my eldest daughter loves school her anxiety is gone , and she comes home happy and eager to share what she's learned for the day. my youngest who started kindergarten this year loves her teacher's and classmates and her love for learning had jumped off the charts. her reading has improved tremendously , the information she knows that compared to other kids her age in public school are not even learning yet is incredible. if your a parent who is thinking about switching to this school i say do it you will not be disappointed . There is more one on one time , and you have direct access to the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2010
RCS has come along way - their test scores are up, they implemented a great electives program on Fridays, called "Explorations", they participate in NYSSMA, as of 2009-2010, they have a new instrumental music program (including strings!) My kids are happy that they have hot lunches now, instead of the cold lunch that had been provided by Riv. District. The Spanish teacher is amazing. I love all the teachers - the only drawback is the principal, who's really not a people person...but she gets the job done.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
I am very happy with the school staff except for the current principal. The staff outshines her in all areas. The education levels expected for the children are far above what is expected in other public schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The school provides a safe learning environment; top-notch teachers; science-based learning; and diversity.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
My stepson attended this school for 3 years and then because of long days and long commute sitched to public elementary school in the longwwod district. The riverhead charter school is not up to par with what the public schools are teaching. My son went in to 4th grade and was expected to know his times tables up to 12 and know how to right script. Riverhead charter taught him up to 8 and no script. I suggest you not put your kids in this school, because it will set them back.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2008
My son attends the charter school since the 2nd grade and could not be happier.The teachers are the greatest and give their all and are an extremly dedicated staff. I wish that I could say the same for the current principal who I have seen be openly rude and disrespectful to the teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
my son has been in Riverhead Charter School since the middle of kindergarten and is now just beging 2nd grade, I couldnt be any happier with the teachers that he has had all caring and respectful and they have that reasonable push to get your children where they need to be. I hope this year is as sucessful as the past two and I am very happy to have my son in this school and pray that they are able to expand in grade level before he enters 7th grade

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 17, 2008
The teachers are very warm and caring, unfortunately the current principal is not. The past principal was much friendlier

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 25, 2008
There is no cafeteria, no gym, no dedicated art or music room. There IS reading, math, social studies, science! And it is taught by caring, dedicated teachers. There ar also standards for behavior and consequences for misbehavior. They set the bar hgh so the children have something to strive for, and they do rise up to meet those challanges! Everytime I visit my child's classroom, the staff and children are o polite, friendly and welcoming. None of the sarcasm, smart aleckness, and cliqueishness I saw in or local public school. Love it, love it, love it!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2007
Our son transferred to the RCS half way through first grade. He tested at a beginning Kindergarten reading level when he first enrolled and by June he was reading on grade level. The RCS understands the importance of basic education: reading, writing and arithmetic. RCS lays a solid educational foundation then builds on it in a logical, methodical fashion. Our son's academic success has led to a happier child overall who truly enjoys going to school. He is thriving in 2nd grade and we look forward to the day our toddler will also attend.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2006
I have 2 children that attend Riverhead Charter School. They started out in Kindergarten and are now in the 3rd and 4th grade. I am very pleased with the level of education my children are receiving. I couldnt have made a wiser decision. I have had a wonderful experience with all of the teachers and staff. I only pray that by the time my children reach the 6th grade that they will have gotten the grants to extend the grades. I have recommended families in the past and I will recommend for the future. If you want your child to have a strong educational foundation, The Riverhead Charter School is the way to go.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
This is a great school. Riverhead Charter School has small class sizes, (18-20) 90 minutes a day of reading instruction, an active parents community, Spanish lessons begining in Kindergarten, computr lesons begining in first grade, a great Principal (Dr. Pinckney) and teachers who really listen and really try to give the parents what they ask for. And it is free (a publicly funded, public school). Note however that they can afford their small class sizes etc. because they have made sacrifices in other areas. They have no cafeteria, no auditorium, no gymnasium etc. The gym teacher, the art teacher the music teacher the Spanish teacher etc. all move from room-to-room. Compared to school district kids my son is several years ahead of grade in reading and almost a full year ahead in math, but is significantly behind in his ability to do macaroni art or sing 'The Zipa Dooda Song.' Hmm, tough choice.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2006
This school has a great curriculum, a caring and dedicated staff and an incredible reading program.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
My 6 year old attends the Riverhead Charter School and Loves it. She started there 3 months ago and we could not be happier. She is learning so much more and has more one on one then ever before. I love the fact that each child is tested on their reading levels and put into the reading program that will benefit the student the most, not according to the grade they are in. The class side is alot smaller then the public schools. It's nice that the Principal Dr Pickney meets the buses every morning and greets each child. this school is the best thing that we could have ever done for our child, just wish I had done it sooner.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I just transferred my kindergarten daughter from a private catholic school to Riverhead Charter School. I couldn't be happier! Unlike her previous school, parents are strongly encouraged to be involved and welcomed with open arms. I get weekly progress updates and am able to call the classroom directly if I need to speak with her teacher. There are a minimum of four parent conferences per year, but the teachers are available as much as needed. The curriculum is the same as private school, but the activities are far greater, including art, music and spanish beginning in kindergarten! The atmosphere is safe, secure, loving and extremely welcoming. I only wish I knew about this school last september. I highly recommend Riverhead Charter School - and it's free!

- submitted by a parent
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Riverhead Charter School
3685 Middle Country Road, Calverton, NY  11933
(631) 369-5800
Last modified Riverhead Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-7. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Riverhead Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top