This is an amazing school for students with special needs. We brought our child to Riverdale because of the stellar reputation of its special education department, and we certainly haven't been disappointed. The teachers did extensive testing with our child, wrote detailed reports, explained how the special education laws work, and in the end, gave my child a wonderful chance to participate with peers in a regular classroom. Our previous (large) district was just interested in warehousing children into self-contained or other restricted programs. Thank god for Riverdale.
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.