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Riverside Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 592 students

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Posted September 1, 2013

If you have a child who has any kind of special needs do not send your kid there. They do not care about your child. My son was there for 3 years. He was in the same classroom with 3rd,4th & 5th graders for 3 years straight. They were kids that had behavioral problems even though he was there because he had a learning problem. He had one teacher who was overworked and an assistant that did not have a degree. My son did not learn anything because the whole time the teacher concentrated on behavior problems. He was so nervous in that class that he started to bite his nails and scratch them to his skin. We had an IEP meeting to try to take him out of the school and the worst mistake I could have made that last year was listening to the principal (who did not care) and the case manager and decided to keep him there. I was told that my son will not do well where ever he went. Thank God they were wrong after my son left there and went to the Middle school he made the honor roll and with a lot of hard work he was transitioned to general ed classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2013

I subbed at Riverside last year 2012-2013. As soon as I walked in, people stared at me like I had three heads. The teachers were complete snobs and treated subs like we were just released from prison! I was walking down the hall and heard a group of teachers laughing about the names of their subs! Really? It was like being back in middle school with a group of giggly girls laughing about someone's name. My daughter was assigned to Riverside for TAG next year. No thanks! Why would I send her to this school? She attends Hilton now, which is way better than Riverside will ever be! The art and music teachers don't even have classrooms. They go class to class with a cart! Ridiculous!


Posted March 26, 2012

I do not agree with all of the negative comments. My daughter is in Kindergarten this year and absolutley loves it. The teachers give great feed back on how the students are doing through out the year. They have a lot of special events through out the year, I don't think I have ever seen so much school spirit in an elementary school. They take pride in their students and they take pride in their school. The front office staff is very friendly and very helpful and my daughter's teacher is amazing. My son will be joining her there next year and I am very thrilled about that. This is a great school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2011

Run run as fast as you can this school is where they teach your kids to grow up fast and teach them how to hate school .my kids loved school before going here . Thank god they have one more year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2011

As soon as I walked into the school, I was hit with the horrible stentch of mold, second of all the office handed me only a black and white paper of things that are needed i order to go the school. No brochure was given. The classrooms are 23 kids and 1 teacher and one part time aid. I have a fried whose child goes there as well. When they bring the children to the lunchroom then to be picked up for the day, it was pure choas and no organization. You don't get a chance to talk to the teacher and find out how your childs day went either. No thank you, I'll pass on this school...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

I agree, the teachers aren't on their game, they don't give the students time to input the information they get. They are not MBA students their just kids, trying to learn how to roll with the schools. My son is smart and I don't want to put him back a grade because he didn't get the foundation that he needed in first grade, he is in 2nd. I wouldn't bring my child here if I was you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2009

My daughter attends Riverside in third grade TAG (talented and gifted). Her teachers are fabulous the program is challenging and they integrate many different types of technology. Home work and projects are as expected to be in a challenging program but never more than 40 mins. or less of weekly work. She is still able to attend her extracurricular activities. We love Riverside!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2008

My son was needing help with learning pre-reading skills and this school is providing him with one on one time through their intervention services to see that he is not left behind, he loves school and especially loves his art and music teacher. So far we are pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

Extracurricular activities are fantastic. Teachers are not on top of their game. Homework is excessive.
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Posted May 9, 2008

Riverside has a lot to offer: A great library, an outdoor garden, and truly dedicated music and art teachers complement the academics. The active PTA puts on Family Fun and Reading Nights, Fun and Fitness Nights, Movie Nights, Spelling Contests, foreign language classes (Spanish, French, German, and Chinese in 2007/8), a Spring Carnival, and more. Ask about the new advanced technology in the classrooms, and check out the full-time TAG (Talented and Gifted) program. My 2 girls and I enjoyed our time here and can recommend the school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

My son is in third grade. This is his 4th year at Riverside. I think that this school is amazing. Every teacher my son has had has been wonderfull and genuinly concerned and involved with my sons educaiton.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 72% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 87% in 2012.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 71% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
92%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students74%
Female students77%
Male students72%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students57%
Female students64%
Male students52%
Black students35%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English58%

Science

All Students83%
Female students84%
Male students82%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students67%
Female students71%
Male students63%
Black students36%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

Math

All Students72%
Female students75%
Male students68%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students72%
Female students71%
Male students73%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

English: Writing

All Students65%
Female students73%
Male students58%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English65%

Math

All Students66%
Female students74%
Male students58%
Black students43%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English65%

Science

All Students82%
Female students82%
Male students81%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

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Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

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  • School psychologist
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  • Ms. Christine Pilger

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Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
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  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

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  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
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1100 Country Club Road
Newport News, VA 23606
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