Riverside Elementary is a wonderful school. I would not send my children anywhere else. The change in principal has been amazing. Riverside is full of teachers & staff that place students first. Teacher are excited about teaching. Staff takes the time to learn students' names. The school has placed academics as a high priority. Riverside is always looking for ways to help those that are behind, while making sure that the high ability students are being challenged. There are opportunities for students to expand their interests through choir, plays, science fair, storytelling, community service, & the list goes on & on. My children have loved being at this school & look forward to going. I enjoy coming & being involved in their classrooms, help with activities & service projects, sitting on Community Council, & cheering on my children as they participate in the different endless opportunities that there is at Riverside. It is an all around amazing school. There is an energy & excitement within Riverside for students to not only come to learn but to succeed. This feeling comes from the caring, knowledge, and dedication of the principal, teachers, and staff members.
I want to address a previous comment regarding the principal. The current principal is male, so I think there was a recent change and judging by the previous comment, it was for the better. My kids have attended 7 elementary schools throughout the country, and Riverside has offered the best experience by far. Our principal works hard to build a community within the school and to build up the community around the school. The teachers and staff are friendly and seem happy and involved, they have even been known to go outside and play with their students during recess and lunch. There are a variety of programs available including choir, student council, a running club, and probably more that I don't even know about. We love Riverside Elementary.
Although there are a few great teachers, my overall experience has been quite negative. The worst thing about this school is the principal. She is a bully and because of her many of the good teachers have quit. She threatens parents and students. Bullying at this school from what I've heard is worse than the surrounding elementary schools. My 3rd grader was held down by other 3rd graders and punched in the face and stomach. If you go an complain about the bullying nothing is done about the bullies! They just send the child that was hurt to go see a counselor...which by the way is useless. Three counselors were fired last year! Unfortunately there is no accurate record of seeing how many parents are pulling their kids out because a massive development went in recently and because of this the numbers of the school stayed the same. If your child is advanced I would suggest looking at George Washington Academy. If not even Horizon and Little Valley are better than Riverside.
My children both attend Riverside and they have had some of the best teachers ever. They have had teachers that recognize your potential and push you to reach that.
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