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Staunton, VA
Students enrolled: 525

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17 Howardsville Rd
Staunton, VA 24401

(540) 337-2535
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Map of Riverheads Elementary School address.

March 12, 2013
First, regarding the facilities. We have been told that the "pod schools," of which RES is one of 3, will be the next renovated facilities in Augusta County. I anticipate that by 2015 school year. The future middle school is at least a decade away. We would like to see more specific application for Gifted students before grade 4. As with most schools, the focus is on catching up the poorer students than pushing the challenging students. The AYP issues are not particularly well addressed by the administration, but I don't care much about that bureaucracy anyway. We have seen some teachers show an exceptional amount of creativity and ability to apply new methods...but we also have seen some teachers closer to retirement who seem to be mailing it in. Overall, we sense that the teachers are invested and care about the students. We see much more of the Assistant Principal than the actual Principal, maybe that is by design. We have consciously been very involved parents and the teachers and administration seem to have been welcoming. The PTA could do more, they seem to be comfortable organizing school-wide events and less interested in developing bigger picture ideas.

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August 30, 2012
I have two children at this school. We moved from another district in Virginia where one child was in the gifted program. We came here and was given the run around about him being tested. When I have requested a conference with all my child's teachers only one shows up. How can the math teacher answer questions I have about reading? The principal gives text book answers when asked why the school hasn't made AYP. Saying the level they are to achieve is to high is not an appropriate answer. The school administration also doesn't listen about concerns until something happens that could get hurt happens. Thankfully no one did get hurt and that someone finally did something about the bus driver.

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April 02, 2012
All three of my children have gone to this school. The teachers and support staff are top-notch, in my opinion. The emphasis on learning is well managed and always in the forefront of whatever is being done at the school. The school may be older than some, but the structure is only a small part of the story. The teachers, from pre-K to the fifth grade are truly interested in their students and do a tremendous job with limited funding. If your child is at Riverheads elementary, you can be assured he or she is important to everyone working there. One visit to a classroom will show that each room is full of colorful, motivating materials and the children are well cared for. The level of parent involvement is unsurpassed! Thanks RES!!!

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May 25, 2010
Disappointed with lack of response to address special concerns/needs of students. Honesty and openness lacking. Feel parents are met with rehearsed answers instead of sincere concern for children who have needs that may not be convenient to deal with.

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August 19, 2008
I really do like the school, the teachers for the most part do care and try but was so shocked by the outdated problems! No lockers(I didn't realize it was a problem until my child pointed out how unprepared for middle school they would be not know how to use them!) Not to mention that they would rather pay money for a soccer field than for land for a middle school. I understand one can't compare with the other in price but there isn't even talk of one. Several elem. schools all merging to one outmoded middle school, sad!

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April 24, 2008
I love this area and the school as well but we need to keep our ears and eyes open to what teacher instructs your child or children. I don't feel they monitor our teachers like they monitor our children. We need more help in this area.

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January 17, 2008
I love this school because It has really helped my son who has disabililties and also my daughter goes there too.My son is in Kindergarten and My daughter is in 2nd grade.I rate this School #1 in elementary school in Augusta County.

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June 23, 2006
I transferred my children to Riverheads last year. The staff at Riverheads are very on top of things and have a strong handle on where the childen are academically and go above and beyond meeting each childs needs. From observation, I have witnessed unbelievable parental involvement such as eating lunch with the children, volunteering for field trips and in the classroom.We were welcomed with open arms.Also, the encouragement and devotion of the teachers are few and far between. Riverheads is focused on the confidence and outcome of America's future.I have witnessed schools test children yearly and focus on test scores so much that they forget about the actual child. Comparing Riverheads to another school. I have not witnessed one child left behind. The school embraced my family from day one. From Mr. Bateman the principal,Mrs Fregosi, Mrs. Cox and the guidance counselor Mrs. Presbury, they made our transition extremely smooth.

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August 28, 2005
The parents at RES are supportive and very involved aswell as informed. Mr. Bateman encourages the students and staff to work together to inform parents of the progress. RES has worked very hard to prepare the students for SOL's, searched to find the problems and worked with the students individually and as groups to improve this area. RES always puts saftey first and stresses the importance of working as a team to keep the children free of any attempted danger. The PTA meetings and parent meetings are seldom boring or routine. Updates and new information is always given aswell as information into individual student progress along with recognition. My students love this school, I feel safe and secure that the teacher's and staff right down to the janitorial staff each day give their all to educate and nurture my children. With recent violence in the world today, it is such a comfort!

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Riverheads Elementary School
17 Howardsville Rd, Staunton, VA  24401
(540) 337-2535
Last modified Riverheads Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Riverheads Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 11 reviews. Top