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6710 Perry Creek Road
Raleigh, NC 27616

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(919) 431-8010
(919) 431-8047
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November 06, 2014
I used to work at this school, and it pains me to give it a one star review. The other teachers (except those who have been sucked into the politics) are some of the hardest working and nicest that I've ever worked with. The students are lovely. However, there is a huge problem with the leadership of this school. The leadership is totally unprofessional and inappropriate. I would caution anyone who is thinking of working here to reconsider. If you are experiencing problems from that area, just know that there have been concerns that have been expressed before and that these have not been heeded. A former poster claimed that this was the result of them being connected, but I don't think it is. I think, in Wake County, they let principals do whatever they want to staff.

- submitted by a teacher

April 29, 2014
my girls love the school.and the teacher.and i am so happy.my girls doing great. i just wishthe school have spanish class.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2014
Riverbend Elementary, my daughter loves her school, the school is very structured ( besides the cafeteria&buses)

- submitted by a parent

March 19, 2014
This is my son's first year in the school and it will be his last. The new principle is rude and uncaring. My son had a hard time transitioning from pre-k at hodge rd elementary to here and his teacher isn't very helpful. She had him feel like he was a problem child and he never wanted to go to school. I asked for my son to be removed from the class and the princ refused ... WORST SCHOOL EVER!

- submitted by a parent

March 11, 2014
I have a 1st grader and a 4th grader at Riverbend. We almost changed schools because the old principle was so hard to deal with. The new principle at this school is great.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2014
I have two children in River Bend, (1) in 3rd (5) grade. My children have attended River Bend for several years. (I'm not surprised) and I absolutely agree with several parents regarding the principals interaction. This is their last year attending and I couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2014
I have two children at RBES and our family couldn't be more pleased with this school. Both of my children's teachers are caring, enthusiastic, and professional. My kids come home happy and are always excited to go to school the next day. Whenever I've interacted with the principal, he's been nothing but courteous, respectful, and eager to offer his help. We love River Bend and wouldn't consider sending our kids anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2014
This is my child's first year at this school and I must say that his teacher is great, however, if you need ANY accomidations this isn't the school for you. Even after speaking to the principal on several occasion, he will not approve any request. The principal is very closed minded and will NOT work with you.

- submitted by a parent

June 30, 2013
My child just completed their first year at River Bend and so far we have nothing but positive things to say about the school, the teachers and the new principal. I've spoken to several parents who feel the same way. Not sure what other negative reviewers have dealt with but the teachers in the lower grades have been fantastic to work with. And the new principal is very involved and personable. We are looking forward to the new school year at RB and seeing what's in store for the students.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2013
Staff is very unprofessional and emotionally immature and creates a negative atmosphere in the school. Mainly teachers in the lower grades. New principal can perhaps improve school quality.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2013
This school's rating might improve dramatically now that Lois Hart has retired. Discipline in the school was good, but She was a very cool character and didn't allow any thing that might have disrupted the school's plan to 'teach the test'. As a result, there was minimal parent involvement---any good ideas presented by the PTA were shot down. She may have had a warm side, but we certainly never saw it. My kids were afraid of her. There was such a high turnover in new teachers. Most new teachers only stayed one year, although there are a few who have been there along time. My son had a great teacher last year, but she seemed to have received very little in the way of orientation to the building's many strict mandates (for teachers, not students!) and was often getting bashed for things she didn't know she wasn't supposed to do. And watch out for that secretary...I once saw her chew out a teacher in front of a group of students for a very minor issue (and since when does the secretary discipline teachers for anything?) If River Bend is Lucky, the new principal will take a different direction, but my youngest got a magnet seat so we are out of there!

- submitted by a parent

November 17, 2011
River Bend Elementary is an excellent school. I am surprised by the negative comments about the school and teachers, but not surprised that people have commented that this school is strict. River Bend as a whole is bit more strict that some elementary schools, but with that being said the kids are held to very high standards and they achieve them! If you go into many other schools in the county the hallways are very loud, the classroom is very loud and so unorganized that you have to wonder how any children area actually learning. River Bend is full of excellent teachers who love the children they teach, and all teachers are highly qualified to teach in their content areas. At River Bend kids are taught that there is a time for fun and play at school, and there is a time to be academically focused. Kids learn this, and are rewarded for their good behavior. The teachers plan fun hands on activities for the kids, but also do a lot of assessments and test to help them figure out what kids need extra help. Many rooms have 4 or more computers, a smartboard for interactive learning, testing remotes, flat screen TV s, document cameras and more. River Bend is a great school!

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2011
My son went here for Kindergarten. When he started having educational and behavioral issues because of ADHD my husband and I wanted to work witht he teacher to assist him and her to make a better learning environment. At first the teacher said it was too late in the school year and there was nothing that could be done. We discovered that this was not true. She was either ignorant of the services in her own school or simply lazy. As far as we could see she (nor the 1st grade teacher) ever put any of the action plan steps in place (the school came up with them not us). I hated the overly strict environment and the feeling that it was a prison and not an ELEMENTARY school. I was so happy when we were informed that my son would be going to a magnet school-so worth the extra effort!

- submitted by a teacher

July 17, 2011
My grandson has been in this school for 3 years now. It's really been a great school. All the teachers are very hard workers( except a problem with the fourth grade teacher). Everyone I have had to deal with are very nice and helpful. I can't comment on the pricipal since I haven't had any contact. But my grandson really likes her. Rules are rules which help protect our children. as long as you follow them its ok. I will surely be sad when he leaves this school. Just hope he goes toi a middle school just like this one.

- submitted by a community member

June 10, 2011
this school has been plagued by incredibly high turnover since day one. When parents like me ask office staff or administrators, we are only told that Mr. or Mrs. ___ has left to "pursue other opportunities." Yet, when we ask other teachers, off the record, they describe this school as a "house of horrors" to work in, and that the principal is the root cause for all of the turnover. Over the past 5 years, River Bend has seen some great teachers (and a phenominal administrator - Mr. Pond, as mentioned below) leave to go elsewhere, yet because the principal is "connected" politically, nothing will ever change. I personally know of serveral parents, me included, who have tried to talk to WCPSS about the principal, yet she, and her dictatorial leadership, remain the status quo at River Bend. The high turnover and low morale is harmful to our children, but WCPSS just doesn't seem to care.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2011
As a parent of a rising 3rd grader I would have to give the school very high marks . I have been impressed with the high quality of leadership that has been displayed in the school. I appreciate that Dr. Hart is strict and has a vision for excellence and we should all expect no less. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2011
I placed a comment on this site and I do not see it. I want to inform the community of how unprofessional the principal and assistant principal are when it comes to speaking to their staff. I have never worked at a job where I felt so uncomfortable because the staff was disrespectful to each other. The school is dictatorship not a democracy. Staff members do not work as a team to better serve the students, they do everything for self gratification.

- submitted by a teacher

January 10, 2011
Unfornately, I can't agree with the others who said positive things. In my opinion the admosphere is challenged and not friendly and many of the staff members displayed very unprofessional attitudes.

- submitted by a parent

July 01, 2009
With my 2 youngest still going through River Bend now after 3 years, I still contend that this is a wonderful school filled with fantastic teachers who really go that extra mile for their students. I was sad to learn that we have lost Mr. Pond for another institution and feel that the Administration is still too stern & rigid for an elementary school setting. The new school is still taking some getting used to, but is too cool. I'm really glad that all of the children are out of the modular. My only other concern is that while having given my child's teacher & the administration staff a review from his pediatrician that he is ADHD, we still have not received any indication that they have attempted to work any kind of plan or assistance for him in his school day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 30, 2009
Is this where Dr. Lois Hart is the principal? If so, I would like to followup on some rather negative comments. I taught under Dr. Hart for 10 of my 28 years. She has been the most outstanding principal I have ever worked with. Yes, she was a strict principal, but I knew that if I did my job well, I would not have any problems. However, woe be unto teachers who do not do their jobs well. Why do you think River Bend has so many outstanding teachers? I taught severe and profound mentally handicapped students. Dr. Hart often came into my room and interacted with my kids; she ate lunch with them. She supported me 100%. She is very quiet but don't mistake that for not caring. She's top notch and I really admire her.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
April 20, 2008
I love River Bend. The staff is great and they go out of there way to make learning fun for the kids. The school has a very diverse student makeup and the teachers do a great job to make sure every students grows as a learner.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 23, 2007
River Bend teachers are awesomes, they show creativity and will beyong their duties and despite an Principal a little too overbearing and slightly uncommunicative with the community The modular setting is still bothering me, particularly when bad weather sets in and no awning are offered to cover the walways Beside that I should say River Bend is an acceptable school with great teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 20, 2007
The Staff at River Bend Elementary should be commended for their devotion to teaching children. They have all made a decision to work in a modular setting, which has many challenges....the Principal does not give teachers the room to be creative and fun with their students. Despite this fact the passionate teachers find a way to stimulate the minds of our students and keep morale high. I have moved my child from this school because the administration is overbearing. We all deserve better.

- submitted by a parent

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River Bend Elementary
6710 Perry Creek Road, Raleigh, NC  27616
(919) 431-8010
Last modified River Bend Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
River Bend Elementary Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top