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Rivergate Adventist Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 157 students

Our school is best known for its family atmosphere.

 

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4 stars

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Posted July 4, 2014

My husband and I chose Rivergate when our oldest boy was ready to go to school because of the great things we heard about the 1st and 2nd grade teacher, Mr. Smith. We felt it was so important to start the early school years right and we thought it would be a good fit for our children. We were so right! We see the advantage of superior teaching! We feel very blessed to have this close knit community of teachers, students and families with the common goal of providing our children a Christian education. One thing I would like to see improved is a more comprehensive music program with properly trained choir and band/orchestra musicians. I realize budget is an issue so I am grateful for the opportunities they do provide. Overall, we are very pleased with Rivergate as a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2014

We have been absolutely thrilled with Rivergate Adventist. The teachers and staff are fantastic. Small class sizes, lots of great activities and a very nurturing environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2014

Rivergate Adventist Elementary. We are so pleased with this school. The parent involvement is phenomenal, and the teachers are amazing! It seems that everyone we come in contact with is loving and genuinely cares about the students at the school as well as their families. We feel very supported and cared for at this school. When comparing what our daughter has learned with other children her age that are at other schools, we are finding that our daughter is learning things that are way beyond what other kids are learning. We have been at another Adventist school before this one, and have found this one to be much more loving and supportive than the last one. There is not much that could be improved upon at Rivergate. The building is a bit old and could use some updating, but this is really not a big deal. The biggest thing my husband feel that could be improved is the PE program. It seems that the PE teacher is not up to date with current ways of teaching PE. Other than this, we absolutely love the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2014

Sending my son to Rivergate was the best decision I could have made for him! He came last year in the 3rd grade and improved in every area. His attitude improved, he has straight A's, and he loves bible study! Ms. Smith is a fabulous teacher! I couldn'the be happier with River gate and intend to keep my son here all the way through=)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2014

Rivergate is awesome in so many ways, the 1/2 and 4th grade teachers are a God send. We have had so many problems in the 5th grade, my daughter cried much of the year, and sadly may have to repeat that nightmare all over again. How can my child fail when paying this kind of money? Sorry, other than that I love it. Parent involvement is superior but I don't see enough going on with the Principal to give a review on him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2014

Rivergate Adventist is a christ centered school that lives what they advertise. As a parent of a second grader, I was amazed by the level of staff commitment and excellence of the instruction my son recieved while attending this year. Sharilyn Smith, the second-third grade teacher, was a godsend to my child. Anyone looking for an investment in their childs future, need look no farther. Rivergate Adventist a place where your child will be loved, instructed in academic excellence, and have fun. God Bless!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2014

We just completed our third year at Rivergate. It's a great school with a down-home, safe, and efficient vibe; nice community of attending families. Sports and curriculum seem solid. Could use some updating with technology programs and the literature/ arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2010

I love this school for my kids, I have 2 kids attending it. Harray for Mr Smith, grade 1&2 teacher!! He is the best teacher-- God Bless!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2010

I love all the teachers, and appreciate how much of their time they give to the children. I do agree with one of the other parents about the office staff. Sometimes great and other times not so great. Depends on the day I guess. I do love all of them though. The principal seems to care for the overall progress of the school and deals fairly when their is an incident to respond to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2009

I wish the teachers/facualty/staff cared if a child was leaving/having problems. I had a child with a problem, we pulled him out of the school. Not one call, letter or nod of the head from anyone regarding the situation. Comings and goings seem to not be cared about. This came full circle, when we attend Camp Meeting and my child saw old friends and faculty. Not one person said they wished he was back. WWJD! It made me sad to know he felt unwanted in a christian setting. Our other child is very happy and healthy at Rivergate. Grades are high and attitude is great. Just a differant personality from our other child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

The pre-school at Rivergate is amazing, full of learning and fun. The pre-school teachers are very friendly. The prices are very reasonable, especially considering the level of care my child received. The teacher is leaving this year, but I'm sure the quality of the program will stay. However I did not have as good of an experience when dealing with the administration at the School, I felt it was unorganized, and I was treated rudely.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

This school has been extraordinary for my children. The school provides a structured, safe and loving environment. The staff (from the front office to the teachers to the latchkey staff) have shown a sincere dedication to ensuring a healthy opportunity for my children to grow academically, emotionally and spiritually. The students are offered healthy, vegetarian meals that are prepared daily. I have complete confidence in and appreciation for the staff at Rivergate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2007

The leadership at this school has major problems. The office personal need to learn better PR. I was always treated with rudeness and disrespect from the school secretary. The 2, 3, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade teachers are wonderful and true examples of true Christianity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2004

This school is exactly what we were looking for. It is small and offers more than larger schools. THe 4th grade teacher is FABULOUS, she cares and actually hugs the students and gets excited about teaching. I appreciate the cleanliness also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2004

The school would benefit from a different leadership than is currently in place. However, parental involvement is outstanding. When my daughters attended, safety was never an issue, but use of funding was questionable.


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 65%
Two or more races 14% 5%
Hispanic 11% 21%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Christopher Tait
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Seventh-Day Adventist
Associations
  • GCSDAC

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Seventh-day Adventist Church
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
157
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
157

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
No

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Portland Adventist Academy
Milo Adventist Academy
Public High School
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1505 Rivergate School Rd.
Gladstone, OR 97027
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Phone: (503) 656-0544

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