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Riverside High School

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Posted May 26, 2010

Riverside is a wonderful high school with many offerings that allow for the development of the whole child. From academic and service clubs, chorus, dance, band and athletics a student has many options for finding their identity. The school culture sets an expectation of excellence which the principal champions. It is a large school, but the majority of students feel connected to the school and are proud to be a RHS Pirate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I think Riverside stands as a terrific school due to these key elements: 1) Amazing principal that expects amazing results and uses discipline effectively while allowing the students space to be themselves and interact with him and the teachers as young adults 2) Amazing parent participation: Riverside has parents who are excellent boosters for athletics, morale, decision-making, and appreciation of the teachers and the administrators 3) Of course, amazing students and teachers! -- the students go the extra mile to participate in higher-level academics/competitions, sports as players and fans, and artistic performances that win awards and the teachers support the students and provide extra tutoring/mentoring opportunities and take on extra responsibilities that they don't get paid any extra for doing. Since the student enrollment is one of the largest at 1980, the teachers are doing A LOT extra! ROLL PIRATES ROLL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Jim Key is a wonderful principal. He and the rest of the staff do a great job of communicating with parents. The faculty is dedicated to helping all students succeed and they go beyond the call of duty to help make that possible. The expectations are high for all students. Parent involvement is also a key factor in Riverside's success. Riverside parents are a very involved and engaging group. There are ample opportunities to be involved in your students education. The students are also a great group. These kids want to learn and are fired up about learning and being a part of Riverside's success. There are many varieties of classes, lots of AP choices and unique offerings. Riverside is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I went to Riverside High School and graduated in 2008. I love everything about Riverside. The students, faculty, staff, and administrators were all amazing, and wonderful at helping you succeed and honestly cared about your education. The Academics and Athletics were top notch! I am in college and I really miss this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

My son came from a small private school and thus I was very concerned about his transitioning to a school this size. Also, when you hear about gangs and violence in schools today it makes you cringe to drop your child off at school. This said, I am extremely pleased with the commitment from the Principal, Mr. Kee, to keep our children safe! Additionally, his teachers have gone above and beyond to help my son and have kept in close contact with me concerning his progress. Academic programs are fantastic. There is a lot of community involvement in the school even from adults whose children have graduated and moved forward. Of course there are problems! With a school this size you always have some -- however they are well managed. I couldn't be more happy with Riverside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2009

Good school for good students. Teachers in upper level classes are genuinely interested in the students. Consistently has both extremes, a very strong top half and a much weaker bottom, academically. Athletic programs are great and the AP classes are excellent for skipping intro classes in college. I attended Riverside from 2003-2007 and overall would rate it an excellent experience. The only downside would be a lack of individual focus from teachers, esp. in the first two years when classes are less specific.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2008

I am so sorry that the previous parent has had a bad experience with Riverside. I on the other hand couldn't be more pleased. My daughter is loving the school and is doing very well in her honors courses. Coming from private school I was not sure how things would work out but I am very pleased!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2007

The staff is highly lacking. Cafeteria food is unhealthy and does not have many kosher options. The course selection leaves much to be desired and the AP programs are atrocious. Field trips are fun!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2006

Excellent academics and terrific teachers. My son is not a great student, but the majority of his instructors have gone out of their way to help him succeed - great communication from the administration down to the individual instructors. JROTC program is fabulous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2004

Riverside High School is a great school! It's kept safe by the Deputy Sheriff's that we are very thankful for and do a great job! The administrators are very positive and encouraging and the classes are great.I couldn't really complain about the electives but it wouldn't hurt to have a little more, but overall its a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a student


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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 56% in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

442 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
55%
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

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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.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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13%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 82% in 2011.

410 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
74%
Civics and Economics

The state average for Civics and Economics was 80% in 2011.

456 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%
English I

The state average for English I was 83% in 2012.

476 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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72%

2011

 
 
67%
English II

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

386 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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43%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 77% in 2011.

277 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%
United States History

The state average for United States History was 82% in 2011.

416 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%
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 Students13%
Female14%
Male13%
Black9%
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracial30%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students14%
Limited English proficiency6%
Proficient in English15%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant13%
Academically gifted55%

Biology

All Students32%
Female28%
Male34%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracial40%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students33%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English34%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant32%
Academically gifted70%

English II

All Students43%
Female45%
Male42%
Black22%
Asian90%
Hispanic30%
Multiracial67%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities11%
Non-disabled students45%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Academically gifted87%
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
Black 45% 26%
White 30% 52%
Hispanic 20% 14%
Asian 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 4%
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 54%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Security personnel
Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Joel County
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (919) 560-3798

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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3218 Rose of Sharon Road
Durham, NC 27712
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