Our daughter has had a great two years at RES with wonderful teachers. With the new principal, the overall feel of the school has improved- teachers, staff, and students seem genuinely happy to be there! Communication is from the administration is much better, and IME was already good at the classroom level. The addition/expansion of the school's STEAM program has also been very appreciated.
2 years at this school and the changes in one year have been amazing. After years of neglect from the school board, we have a new principle who is going to great lengths to change the atmosphere. Both years our teachers have been excellent. They respond immediately to my emails. Their doors are always open for meetings. They call me with positive updates. Class sizes are small and manageable. Communication lines are improving.
Such a great experience having my first child in kindergarten! And I owe that to his wonderful teacher & her aid. My son has really enjoyed school, learned a lot of valuable life lessons and grown tremendously over this past year. I know that wouldn't had been the case of he didn't have 2 great teachers teaching him!
It is obvious that teachers and administrators care about the success of all students. Their reaction to discipline does not end with a consequence. They consider and implement a support plan that helps students develop empathy and helps them truly learn from their mistakes. My kids are not your typical trouble makers, but there was one incident this year, and I appreciated the way it was handled by one of the assistant principals and other staff.
This school is going through a transformation this year with a new principal. The biggest change I have seen has been with the positive learning environment. My kids love going to school now and their effort has improved drastically. I also notice a major improvement in communication and community outreach.
The bullies and disrespectful students are allowed to disrupt classrooms. The most recent teacher feedback / working conditions survey indicates the Administration doesn't support teacher's efforts to maintain order in their rooms and this describes the situation i've experienced. One of my children had a peaceful classroom with cooperative children and had a great, productive year. The other had foul mouthed bullies who frequently abused teachers, and pushed, threatened, and hit fellow students resulting in a year that was not very productive. I expended a great deal of energy working to get the classroom environment improved. If the situation is as bad this year, I will move the kids to another local school. There is a high rate of staff turnover at this school. I would not consider staying here except it is our assigned AAP center. Woodley Hills ES is a wonderful school, highly recommend it... consider going there instead.
So far my child has enjoyed her years at Riverside. She is in 3rd grade AAP this year and really looks forward to school. There have been a few issues in the past and I have talked to whomever I needed to take care of the matter. Teaches and other staff have been great at helping with any of our concerns or issues. I love the ladies in the office and so does my daughter (we walk in to say good morning everyday ).