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Clayton, NC
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108 Athletic Club Boulevard
Clayton, NC 27527

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(919) 359-6300
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February 06, 2015
Such a disappointment! I had so many high hopes. We have been at the school for years and it seems to get worse every year. Not to say that there aren't amazing teachers at this school, because there are. For me, the principal is Destroying the moral of the teaching staff. It sounds as if those really great teachers and looking to move elsewhere. If you are not a stay-at-home mom and can volunteer at the school 3 to 5 days a week: beware. It can also be extremely cliquish. At this point, if I could homeschool, I would.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2014
Riverwood ES is new, clean and well-run. The teachers are very nice, the children well-behaved and the parents very involved. However, the curriculum of Riverwood ES, as well as most other schools in NC, is horrendous! We moved from a state with the best schools in the nation (to bad for us, right?) and were seriously disappointed in the level of rigor our 4th grader was given. Honestly, much of the stuff was at least 2 grade levels behind. The schools seems to only care about ensuring kids pass the end of year grade level exams. If you want your child to get a rigorous, thorough and academically challenging curriculum, Riverwood is not the place or... any other school in NC for that matter. Thanks Koch brothers!

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2014
Very unhappy with this school. My son's 1st grade teacher has left us with horrible memories. It is so unfortunate and disheartening that some teachers unleash their frustrations on innocent children. What's worse is that the office attempts to blame the child or the parents rather than deal with the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
I wish we could report a good experience here, but this is a cliquish school. The principal is flakey and my child gets no remediation for her learning disability. Totally reactive and not proactive approach here. Teacher was nice but unable to help.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
I love the school and the staff seem really nice but my child is in kindergarten and is scared to death of his teacher. I've had three other parents tell me their child had the same teacher and were scared as well. His confidence has gone down since he started school and he says she yells at him. There are no programs to help with kindergarten students that are struggling after school only for the upper grades so I'm paying two tutors as well as obviously working with him myself. She is very condescending and talks down to the kids and from my experience the parents as well.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
Nothing but great things from this school. Lots of parents participate, and are very helpful. Community is awesome as well.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
This school is the best school my children have been to. Every person in that school is very helpful and caring to the children. My child has excelled and was more than prepared for the next school year. I am very grateful for all the teachers and staff have done.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
Since moving from Wake county to Johnston. We have been thrilled with Riverwood. There focus on academics has been completely refreshing. Please keep up the great work!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
First, let me say the comments about no buses and chaotic drop off have not proven true. There are buses, and drop off in the am is actually easier than the bus that is a block from my front door! We have a first grade exceptional student (IEP w/autism). I cannot say enough GREAT things about this school! Last year, our daughter had a terrible experience at a different school, and this left her with a complete lack of trust for educators. The Principal, Asst. Principal, Teacher, TA, Counselor, and Behavioral Specialist jumped in right away, involving us in the process, to help our daughter adjust and be successful. No judgments, no pushing to remove our daughter from a regular class, no restraints- only positive reinforcement. We came up with a plan, and they follow the plan. Again, if you are considering this school, DO IT! We moved an hour away from our last home to be here, and it's the best decision we have ever made for our kids! I can't wait until our youngest starts next year!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
I would definitely agree that she makes it hard to feel heard and to feel listened to. However if the former reviewer has information that proves that, you should take it before the Board or at least the RES Advisory Council (who somewhat privately exist) who can field your concerns. That is the purpose of that service -- to serve the parents and teachers who have needs that affect the well-being of the children, teachers, school, and community. If you can collect enough signatures or valid concerns (with facts and data) from a group of parents, we parents can finally exact change rather than simply leave our frustrations here on a website for us all to sit home and only shake our heads in agreement. You have no idea how many may be ready and willing to join along with you, CONSTRUCTIVELY, for good. I know I am!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
All the teachers are great. The principle is not going to listen to you. She not helpful at all.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2013
My daughter had a hard time adjusting to the school and they did a good job of trying to help her. One event changed everything and I am warning every single parent to be aware of this.My daughter fell off a bed while playing and scratched the back of her neck. Never been to school with a mark on her. They called social services on us who quickly came out and CLEARED US OF ANY WRONG DOING. My daughter is scarred to be taken away from us now, and is stressed out quite a bit. I called the Johnston County Schools to complain, I did not even get a sorry, just a political answer that basically said get lost we do not care about your daughter. Some coward just messed up my kid, and left me to pick up the pieces. I just want to warn anyone who has a child in this school PLEASE notate everything that happens to your child, have eyewitness, and do not trust anyone ever at this school. North Carolina has no laws against making a false claim so anyone can accuse you without due cause.I would give this school negative stars if I could! I just hope my experience goes to warn others who attend here, please be careful it could be you next time.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2013
Riverwood has been an amazing experience for my children and myself. The teachers are very professional as well as the principal. The principal doesn't seem warm and fuzzy on the exterior but I have had several conversations with her and she is very kind and seems to care. She was out running during fun run to keep the kids going while pushing a wheelchair. My children have experienced great teachers. Pta does a great job. My children are getting an excellent education in a great and caring environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
My children have attended this for many years, and we have always loved it. Until last year. The principal is horrible. No people skills what so ever. She has, in 1 and 1/2 years change the atmosphere in the school...and not for the better. She doesn't care about the teachers at all. I could give MANY examples. If you are considering this school...I would look at other schools in the area. East Clayton, River Dell. The negativity in this school is everywhere. Teachers are leaving at an alarming pace, parents don't want to volunteer. It is just not a happy place anymore. It is all because of the new principal. Please, think twice before choosing RES. It's not what it used to be., and I hate to say that. :(

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2012
My daughter has attended kindergarten and 1st grade classes at Riverwood Elementary. The level of teacher involvement and the quality of instruction has been first rate. My daughter has excelled in reading, mathematics, and writing as a consequence of personal attention she has received from her instructors. Although classes include students at varying levels of achievement, the curriculum is tailored to the needs of the individual student. I would not hesitate to recommend this school to a friend or a co-worker. Riverwood provides a safe learning environment backed up by teachers that live in the neighborhood and parents that care.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
To the lady with the walking incident, your kids should not have been walking. As a parent, school personnel highly DIScourages walking to and from school because of the high amount of traffic. Great school though!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2012
Overall, Riverwood Elementary is a wonderful school for most students EXCEPT those who are dyslexic. To be fair I think NC is a hard place to be if you are dyslexic (a dirty word that not a single teacher or principal would utter). Our child had a wonderful experience in early grades but hit a wall (which we learned was dyslexia) and we left. Specific teacher training is required to teach dyslexic children. Although the Special Education instructor seemed to want to do her best, we did not feel that she was qualified for our child's dyslexia. At one point in the discussion our child turned to me and whispered: "Does she know that I have dyslexia?" The spec. ed. teacher made comments indicating lack of understanding of dyslexia (i.e. insisting 90 minutes of required homework time could not be adjusted - implying we were trying to avoid homework because of extra-curricular activities, telling our child that this time "hard work" was required - as though our child simply didn't try hard enough. One teacher insinuated I had not read enough with our child (untrue).) We are now in another state using approved intervention measures (Orton-Gllingham, Wilson, etc.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2012
My children currently attend this school and there really isn't much to say. So far, I have so many issues with this school and the greatest problem is the faculty!!! It's truley a shame however we are stuck here! My comparsion comes from my children attended other schools that seemed to honsetly care about there students this one seems more like a job that they have to come too.. Truly sad

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2012
Our children attend Riverwood Elementary. K, 2nd and 4th. This is our first year here. We transferred from East Clayton. My first complaint is the principal. I do not trust her because of a couple incidents that have occurred in the past. The first happened about the 9th day of school. My children are walkers and the walkers meet up with their siblings and then walk outside of the building to either walk home or meet their parents to take them home. My daughter could not find her brother (the 2nd grader),and so she went to tell his teacher. To make a long story short, it ended up that my son was missing. The school had lost him. They kept insisting that he must have walked home on his own. Which I knew was impossible. I asked the principal to call the police and she responded with "well" and shrugged her shoulders. I never saw any police, so I assume she did not call them. We finally found him at the middle school. He was there because some teacher mistakenly told him to go there. He was missing for well over an hour. She never called to check how we were. Also no buses or continuous sidewalks, we live 1.1 miles away and either walk or drive with the other hundreds of cars.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
I had two children in this school last year.It was their first year in public school.My son has learning differences and my daughter is gifted and talented.The first half of the school year was fine and then I had numerous problems with the principal and vice principal.They didn't understand what my son really needed and they did not behave appropriately.But Ms.Roberts really challenged my daughter.The office staff gossiped too much.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2010
I have 3 kids at Riverwood. My oldest will be in 5th grade this year and has attended the school since kindergarten. We LOVE our school. Two of my children have IEP's and this school has been exceptional at adjusting to kids who are different learners. Mr. Knott, the principal, was a special education teacher himself and takes finding the right people to teach in his school very seriously. The assistant principal is really such a wonderful person once you get to know her. She is the first to give you a compliment (including the teachers). We have been tempted to move to Florida because of my husbands job and the only thing that truly is keeping us here is this school because our children are accepted, loved and thrive. We LOVE Riverwood.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
This school works hard at making a difference in the life of children and their families.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2009
I will have to agree with the parent concerning Mrs. Fisher and the people in the front office. Mr. Knott is ok. The school, PTA, parent support and teachers are great. My daughter is now in the 4th grade and we love the 4th grade teachers. My co-worker has a kid in the same grade but in Wake County and she is always saying that Johnston Co does so much more as far as communication and motivating the students. The workshop that was given last year concerning the EOG was great. I made a copy of the material for my boss because Wake county did not provide alot of information concerning the EOG. We really loved the way the county provided the kids with certificate when they improved their EOG scores. Just the look on their faces on that stage was priceless. Wake County did not do this either.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
My daughter started at this school in K. We had a few issues with our first year, but her first grade teacher triumphed. Mrs. Fisher the assistant principal 8 out of 10 times is very rude and I have not found her consistent with her decisions. Mr. Knott seems to be very slow about making the right decision, but always seems to get there finally. If it was not for the leadership of the PTA, Parent Support and the Teachers - we would have left. If the office staff and leadership could quite gossiping so much and get to work it would be a much better place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 02, 2008
We really love this school. This will be my daughter's 3rd year at Riverwood. She had a wonderful 1st grade teacher. Second grade was not so good but she still excelled. She is now in the 3rd grade and loves it. The 3rd grade teachers are wonderful. We also stay in Riverwood so it is very convenient.

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June 15, 2008
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November 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
My son and daughter go to Riverwood and I could not be more pleased. Everyone from the principal to the janitors is doing a great job. The parents are very involved and the environment is supportive, happy, and conducive to learning. They have a wonderful academic program, and also teach morals and critical thinking/problem solving. Most of the teachers are very willing to bond with the children and put their whole heart into teaching. They have always been responsive and supportive any time I have been in contact with them. We have had an excellent experience overall.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2004
My child has attended Riverwood Elementary School for three years (K-2). It has been most convenient, as we live in the Riverwood Community. I have been pleased with the school curriculum and overall professionalism exhibited by the staff.

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Riverwood Elementary
108 Athletic Club Boulevard, Clayton, NC  27527
(919) 359-6300
Last modified Riverwood Elementary is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Riverwood Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top