Riverdale is more than a school, it is a safe and open community where the children are challenged and parents are engaged. We feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of this family and our three children who are all so very different are all thriving. Thank you Riverdale!
I've now had two children go through Riverdale. There was a time maybe 20 years ago when small class sizes were the norm. The class sizes have been creeping up every year. The school board has been amending the policy on class size to allow larger and larger classes. For years, Riverdale couldn't keep a Principal for longer than a year. The current Principal has set records by staying at Riverdale for two to three years. Before her, we were told several different people were going to take the Principal job until they were left with no one at the beginning of the school year so they hired the librarian to do it. Teachers planned the curriculum with no oversight by the administration or anyone else. TAG students are not given any individualized instructions and Special Education students even less so. The majority of the teachers can't or won't provide differentiated instruction. Riverdale pretends to be a private school but it is like any other public school with a nicer appearance due to the bond measure passed a few years ago to help purchase a new building. I would urge caution in choosing this school. It has a difficult history with its choice of Superintendents. Teachers voted no confidence on the last one and she had to be gently terminated. These are the tribulations of a small school district that just doesn't have it together. Riverdale would be better off merging with Lake Oswego School District.
Best grade school in Oregon! Two sons have gone through it. Oldest got in 99th percentile on PSAT and goes to Riverdale High School. He was well prepared for high school in all subjects. He's well adjusted socially and happy. Youngest also doing excellent. Hasn't taken PSAT yet. I'm thrilled with their grade school and high school experiences.
Riverdale Grade School is truly a special place. It has always been important to us to have a small student/teacher ratio and this was one of the many reasons we selected this school. Yes, it is expensive but worth every penny! Even as an out-of-district family, we have felt extremely welcomed by the community of Riverdale. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a nurturing environment for their child.
Riverdale Grade School has the small class sizes, outstanding teachers, an involved and active parent community, and an incredible new facility for the K-8 students. We moved into the Riverdale district over 3 years ago for the excellent school, and my 2nd and 5th grade boys are thriving in the challenging academic environment and the personalized learning programs. My boys love going to school everyday, and are inspired to work hard and do well. Each of their classes has around 15 students, so they get individual attention and direction in all of their subjects. I am thrilled to be a part of Riverdale and the wonderful school community.
I am a parent of two Riverdale students. Both have been at the school since first grade (a perfect transition from Montessori School). They are now in 6th and 9th grades. Many schools can show strong test performance and academic achievements but we have found the Riverdale experience to be truly remarkable in so many areas. Kids speak and present their work to audiences regularly, experiential learning is a part of most learning, and most importantly the school and greater community is built around respect, understanding and pride. At the high school it is as cool to be smart as it is in the grade school. I think the fact that 22% of our grade school students are from out of District and pay to attend our school along with over 50% of our high school students says it all. Now just wait for our new facility to be built.
Riverdale is an excellent grade school. It is a public school, but offers all the benefits of a private school due to extra parental involvement and financial support. Our daughter is in kindergarten and the teacher is super fabulous. Class sizes are small, the kids are motivated and the community is very inclusive.
One of Riverdale's biggest advantages is the small class sizes. Both of my children have gone to Riverdale for the last 5 years. When independently tested this year, my middle-schooler tested very high in math and language arts--due in part to the excellent academics received in earlier grades. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The parents are very involved. To keep the small class sizes and specials (art, band, music, spanish, library and PE) the parents do a lot of fundraising and are expected to participate financially. We are sad to lose a great principal this year to retirement.