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Riverwood Middle

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Posted April 7, 2014

I think River wood is a good school, but if the teachers would communicate with the parent it would be better. My only issue in that the Teachers are not will to partner with the parent who really want their children to learn. Mrs. Evan the 6th principal is awesome, but I cant say that about her Six grade teachers. I'm not trying to be negative I'm just speaking from my own experience. In anything, there always room for improvement..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

I went to Riverwood a few years ago; I'm in high school now. It's sort of gotten stricter and stricter as the years have gone on. When I was there, I didn't have much choice of electives and took gym every year, while some of my friends didn't take gym until high school because of band. Even now, things have gotten stricter. They were really serious about food and drink in the classroom because my seventh grade year, some kids were drinking vodka in their water bottles. It was kind of odd, putting all the kids who lived in the Riverwood neighborhoods and the outskirted kids together in this kind of mixture. I haven't seen my friends who I went to middle school with because of the way the districts divided. It's all very odd. Regardless, it wasn't that bad, but it wasn't that great either.


Posted April 18, 2013

This school is an absolute disgrace. Bullying is extreme with no action being taken to correct after countless meetings with teachers, prinicpal and superintendent. Lack of interest from the teachers on student improvement, Lack of communication by teachers. Since day one at this school we have experienced weekly issues, with students and faculty. Its not my child as I have talked with numerous other parents encountering the same problems. Everyday my child goes to school feeling defeated and counting down the days until we are done at Riverwood! The bad children run this school and adminstration seems to be scared of them or clueless on appropriate discipline. They bribe the "problem students" if you behave you can get free time and cell phone use during free time while the "behaved children" are made to stay in class. If your student needs tutoring, Good luck getting it, teachers are too "busy", but dont worry they will find one of the nice kids who bullies your kid to review the lessons with them, WHAT A JOKE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

This school is very unsatisfactory. The rules are too harsh on the students and the staff does not work hard enough to improve the school or the experience that the students have. The teachers and staff do not do enough to crack down on bullying, either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2013

Poor leadership, teachers who spend a lot of time showing movies and having free time. Not very rigorous education compared to where we came from. Science teacher has no idea how to teach science-admits it to kids. Very strict-kids not even allowed to bring a water bottle-in NC, where it is often hot! They have to carry around backpacks, gym uniforms & shoes, coats-cant go to lockers during the day-how safe is a mass of kids w/ stuffed bags? Oops-forgot to add: there is NO communication from the school for parents. Our old school sent home a packet in the summer with a schedule, fees, lunch program & prices, etc. NOTHING! Still don't know cost of lunch, if we'd pay cash or how it works-my kid is shy and won't ask, but why is no information sent home? The good: Kids are not as snobby as where we came from-big plus. With a new leader, this school could be much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2012

I think this school is great. I think there are alot of kids here that have behavior issues and are very rude with no home training and this is something that the teachers need to address but dont. Overall if these select few students could be expelled or banned or sent to another school then the school would be spectacular. However this isnt the case. Also i think that some of the rules need to be explained either to the students or parents in advance so far as vacation days and abscenses especially for someone coming from out of state. But i guess you live and you learn. I think the kids also need to be better supervised at times instead of spending so much time away from the class saying they are going to the bathroom and doing other things and wandering. This should be some type of security issue i would think. But overall an A+++ school compared to wake county school district who seems to not know there left from right when it comes to teaching or school assignments. And this school has the greatest principal and very caring and works hard to stay on top of things and help when needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

I am a 6th grade parent and so far Riverwood Middle has been a great school. My new 6th grader has adjusted well and I feel she has a great team of teachers that encourage and support her. She has has made wonderful new friends too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2009

It's ok, but i wish that they would tell us about things like when the eog's are instead of just the night before.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2008

I love RMS and my child has had a good experience there. I do however feel that there is a serious lack of elective choices. This is not something the school has much control over though. I remember in middle school having the opportunity to take Spanish or German. The older students get the harder it is to learn a foreign language. RMS currently has no foreign language classes. The basic electives are band, chorus, creative writing, computer science and PE. I know Wake county has many problems with busing and trying to keep kids from the same families on the same year round track but I wish Johnston County would afford the same opportunities in elective choices to it's students. I don't think we should have to give up quality classes for quality of life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

My child is in 8th grade and has had a wonderful experience here. I have found the teachers and administrators to be excellent. The sports teams are various and represent the majority interest in sports in our area. There are also many community and private leagues and groups that offer extra opportunity to participate in other sports events and community service. For those who want to succeed and participate, the opportunities are clearly available. The academic teams are numerous and perform well on the regional and state level. We have found that all the needed components for overall success are clearly present. We have lived in the area many years and the students that graduate go on to some of the highest ranked public and private universities and colleges in the nation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

The school's staff and administration seem to have a wonderful working relationship. The school received so many accolades this past year, that it will be difficult to repeat them again!


Posted August 26, 2008

Love the students and faculty... the best in the county!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 23, 2008

I have enjoyed reading reviews about Riverwood Middle School. As an educator, it makes me feel we are doing a good job with students and parents. However, I am concerned by the number of parents that feel teachers need to lighten up on students. We work students hard so they will be prepared for later middle school grades as well as high school. What many people don't realize is that this generation of children may indeed have a quality of life that is worse than their parents; and it's up to educators to make this a false statement. Do you remember when you were a child and you expected your life would be better than your mother or father's? Well, research shows that this will not be the case and one primary reason is the lack of students pursuing higher education. Please support us in holding students to high expectations. :)
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 15, 2008

To the parent who moved here from out of state I am very sorry you feel like RMS is below your expectations in terms of the what they teach. Teachers teach what they teach at RMS because of state requirements. Most students have bad behavior? Not at RMS. It seems like you had a bad experience with not getting your way about something and it has soured your opinion about the school. The reason RMS only has the sports it has is because of the county. RMS has what other schools have. Why not start a petition to try to get more sports instead of complaining. I was very pleased with what RMS offered my child. Good luck with your child going to a liberal arts college!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2008

We moved to Clayton from a great school in Camden County, Georgia, in the middle of the academic year. The teachers helped make this difficult transition for my boys. They love their school here....caring, supportive teachers. I was extremely pleased, and am only hoping Clayton HS can measure up to Riverwood MS this fall....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

We moved to Clayton from out of state and found RMS curriculum to be below our expectations. Teachers were ill prepared for class, students had bad behavior, administration lacked skills to run the school, and few sports were offered. Students who go to this school and on to the high school will not be prepared for a private liberal arts college. Most kids around here go to state schools. Our family has higher expectations than that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

Teachers at this school are awesome they love the students. Sometimes they go way out of the way to help us pass the EOGs. The school is all about high test grades they do not Stand for bad behavior or bad eogs scores.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2007

I do agree that the middle school gives too much homework in the 6th grade. The teachers forget that the students have many new things to adjust to. However, this is my child's second year in the middle school and the workload has lightened up. If they can get through the 6th grade, the rest of middle school should be a breeze. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

We just moved to Clayton, and we planed the move for the Schools. Riverwood is a Great School. Yes, there may be a lot of homework, however the children then are ready for High School.They do need more extracurricar programes. Most [parents] here do help out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2007

I will agree, I think they expect to much out of the students in there first year in the middle school. I do believe it is a good school!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 39% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students48%
Female47%
Male49%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracial67%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities9%
Non-disabled students54%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students62%
Female61%
Male62%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracial83%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities21%
Non-disabled students67%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students46%
Female45%
Male47%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracial59%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled students50%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
Academically gifted92%

Reading

All Students64%
Female68%
Male61%
Black34%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracial73%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students69%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students35%
Female32%
Male37%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracial25%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students38%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant35%
Academically gifted86%

Reading

All Students56%
Female65%
Male48%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracial75%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled students62%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students66%
Female65%
Male67%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracial83%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities29%
Non-disabled students71%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students55%
Female58%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students54%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Academically gifted73%

Biology

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a

English II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 52%
Black 16% 26%
Hispanic 9% 14%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Phil Lee
Fax number
  • (919) 359-1519

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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