GreatSchools Rating

Riverside University High School

Public | 9-12 | 1608 students

We are best known for Advanced Placement courses.

 
 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
No new ratings

Sweep tile
No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on April 1, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 on April 30, 2014 (the “Promotion Period”). Open to legal residents of the U.S. and D.C., 13 years and older. Each school that receives a new, published review will get one (1) entry into the sweepstakes, up to ten (10) entries throughout the Promotion Period. See the Official Rules for details. Sponsor: GreatSchools, 1999 Harrison St., Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612.

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

15 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted February 24, 2014

I went to Riverside 9-12. I would say that the school is great with AP classes but the regular classes are not as challenging. I love how the teachers are involved with the students with extracurricular activities. My only bad complaint is that, students there misbehave a lot, but overall the student population is very diverse, ranging from Hmong, Hispanic and primarily African-American
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2013

I'm a former student of RUHS. I attended this school from 9th to 12th grade. It had a lot of programs to choose from to help you toward the career you wanted to go into. It was a descent school to attend and I hear that they have improved in the programs they provide for the children. If I can't get my daughter into the school I really want her to attend then this is my 2nd choice. A lot of the teachers I've had in the past are still teaching at RUHS and other old staff had further their education which allowed them to have a better position in the school


Posted September 28, 2013

Riverside is a very good school with many activities--something for every student to become part o f this school's community. Their AP program is outstanding and one of the largest in Wisconsin. Teachers are always available to help students at the end of the school day. Riverside has a new principal who is working hard to make the school even better.


Posted September 16, 2013

Couldn't have attended a better school. My experience here was wonderful. Once a tiger, always a tiger. -Alumna


Posted May 6, 2012

I am VERY disappointed in this school. I did not receive a good education here. I remember being in a classroom and children constantly fighting and getting kicked put. I am not very happy with this school and something needs to be done. I have not learned ANYTHING. Here I am in my college year and a bunch of people constantly getting kicked out of the classroom and disrupting the classroom. I transferred to rufus king high school in my sophmore year and those students are more Harvard-type students and extremely intelligent. Even though rufus king's classroom have more than 35 students I still learned alot because there were students who were so focused on education. I think that rufus king id better than riverside, based on academics. This school is not as good as it seems.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 17, 2010

I would recommend this school, they are great!! I have two children that attend RUHS, one is in all honors classes and the other the special education program. The one in the honors classes went to Reagan and found it too easy since she has been going to RUHS it has been more of a challenge, which is a good thing, it makes her have to study!! As for the one in the special education she is doing great and the support is wonderful. I am proud to say that both are holding a 3.0 GPA and above and are both involved in sports. Keep up the good work!!!! Thank you from a proud parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

I am very unhappy with riverside not a good school for any child to attend, they might say its a good school but parents keep looking. not et me wrong some teachers are wonderful in teaching and assisting students, but the qwuality of teacher and adm are very poor!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

it's a great school to attend, with great opratunities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2008

Riverside is a good school, but they seem to cater to the students with a higher financial background, even though those students are really on the same academic level as those with a lower financial background. Riverside pressures the students with un-neccassary fees. The faculty also tends to be more favorable to those students with a two-parent up-bringing. There are several single-parent students doing just as well, if not better, than numerous students with both parents in the home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2006

My daugher went to Riverside last year and thought it was okay however she preferred a smaller school. Riverside is in the top 1000 schools in the country according to Newsweek and their AP classes are second to none. Only 14 high schools in Wisconsin made that list. If your child is in the AP Honors track the school is amazing but if not, the school is average. Another parent said, if this is one of the gems in MPS...' Well, it Is a gem if you are in the college prep track. They actually have it where A students can go to The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for classes while still at Riverside for Free! No other school can feasibly do that. Riverside is right down the street from UWM. The problem is that many students are Not in the college bound track and have issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2006

I am a Junior at Riverside and I there are pros and cons to it as there are in all schools. To start Riverside has a great sports department. There are several opportunities to meet new friends and stay out of trouble. However there are some cons to this school. First, the admissions to the school has dropped. There are many pros and cons to Riverside but you might want to take a closer look before you decide to come to this school of excellence. Just want to let you guys know the truth.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2006

I am a Junior here at riverside. I would reccommend Riverside if your child is going into excelled courses. These courses offer a great environment with great teachers and there is way more teaching than babysitting. Our excelled courses are great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 17, 2006

I am currently a 16 year old junior student at RUHS.I must say that I am a bit dissapointed. When I applied to get into RUHS I thought it was the greatest thing ever to get accepted but today I find out that they let in mediocre below 2.5 GPA students and I think that's a disgrace if we are to be one of the top schools in our city. It is important that everyone gets a proper education but honestly...I have never seen so much failure to want to learn amongst my classmates. Our new principal is doing an okay job but I feel that locking our bathrooms and having to be escorted by secuirity is outrageous. I appreciate RUHS very much, students are what makes the school but they are deteriorating it slowly. I recommend this school for its teachers and classes but not otherwise.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted December 8, 2005

I am not a parent, but have recently graduated from their and am actively involved in the education of my younger school age cousins and siblings. I would like to point out that there are good teachers at the school. If only they would be allowed to teach and not have to babsit then maybe it would be a school worth recommending, but until then I would not recommend this school to anyone. If this is one of the better schools in MPS I don't even want to know how bad the other schools are.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 28, 2005

This school is supposedly one of the 'gems' in the Milwaukee Public School District. As one who works in the district I can assure you that it is anything but a quality school. The athletic programs are profoundly weak. Discipline is inconsistent.
—Submitted by a staff


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.

About these ratings

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.

Grade level

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
41%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 82% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

All Students43%
Female49%
Male36%
Black, not of Hispanic origin39%
Asian/Pacific Islander55%
Hispanic53%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities5%
Non-disabled48%
English learners19%
Proficient in English44%
Non-migrantn/a

Math

All Students8%
Female5%
Male10%
Black, not of Hispanic origin5%
Asian/Pacific Islander24%
Hispanic11%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantaged11%
Students with disabilities3%
Non-disabled9%
English learners0%
Proficient in English9%
Non-migrantn/a

Reading

All Students8%
Female5%
Male11%
Black, not of Hispanic origin4%
Asian/Pacific Islander14%
Hispanic11%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged9%
Students with disabilities3%
Non-disabled8%
English learners0%
Proficient in English8%
Non-migrantn/a

Science

All Students38%
Female34%
Male44%
Black, not of Hispanic origin36%
Asian/Pacific Islander49%
Hispanic40%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities11%
Non-disabled43%
English learners0%
Proficient in English41%
Non-migrantn/a

Social Studies

All Students54%
Female55%
Male51%
Black, not of Hispanic origin49%
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic68%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities16%
Non-disabled59%
English learners25%
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

GreatSchools Rating

What makes up this rating?

Academic rating
1 / 10
Climate rating
5 / 10

This school's GreatSchools Rating is based on academics (90%) and climate (10%). The academic rating measures students' test scores, academic growth and college readiness. The climate rating measures safety, cleanliness, parent involvement and more.

Learn more about our methodology

What is the new GreatSchools Rating?

Rating legend
Below
average
Average
Above
average

Our rating (from 1 to 10) reflects a school's overall performance. The higher the rating, the more likely the school will prepare your child for the future, so choose an above-average school (8-10) if possible. For average schools (4-7), do careful research and look for evidence that the school has high-quality programs. For below-average schools (1-3), take caution; a low-performing school may not provide the instruction or environment your child needs to learn, and you may need to supplement classroom lessons at home.

Academic rating

The academic rating is made up of equally-weighted parts: students' test scores, their academic growth (for elementary and middle schools) and their readiness for college (for high schools). The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the city and state.
Overall academic rating

1

Below average

Test score rating 2013*
This school
City
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Learn more about this school's test scores »

College readiness rating 2013***
This school
City
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
This school
Percent of 12th graders taking ACT: 95%
Average Composite ACT score: 17

*Test scores are based on the 2013 WSAS results from the state of Wisconsin.

***This rating is based on composite ACT scores for all 12th graders in 2013. This rating takes into account how many students took the ACT, giving more credit to schools with a higher percentage of graduates taking the ACT exam. The ACT data is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Climate ratings

This rating encompasses five elements of school climate: safety and cleanliness, respect and relationships, expectations for students, teacher collaboration and support, and parent involvement. This school's climate ratings are the result of GreatSchools' analysis of teacher survey data from the Spring 2013 School Climate Survey developed by Milwaukee Public Schools.

We rated schools on …



Keeping things safe, clean, and orderly.

This rating evaluates a school's environment, based on its safety, order, cleanliness and more. More highly rated schools have well-kept facilities and a safe environment conducive to learning. Schools rated poorly may have a chaotic environment, conflicts among students or even theft or violence.


Creating healthy, respectful relationships.

This rating measures whether the school has a positive learning environment and cultivates an atmosphere of respect. At a school with a higher rating, it's more likely that the school's culture celebrates hard work and learning, students treat their peers and teachers with respect and class lessons reinforce character strengths such as kindness and tolerance. A school with a lower rating may have a weaker learning environment or allow disrespectful behavior.


Promoting high academic expectations for all students.

This rating sheds light on the academic expectations that teachers have for students. At a school with a higher rating, educators are more likely to stress academic success, ask kids to work hard and expect kids to be college-bound. At schools with lower ratings, it may be more acceptable for students to put in average or minimal effort, perform poorly on tests and lack strong academic goals.


Supporting its teachers.

This rating indicates how teachers feel about their school's professional environment. At a highly rated school, teachers are more likely to work well together, learn from one another, have opportunities for professional development and feel supported by the administration. At a school with lower ratings, teachers may not interact much, feel appreciated or have much input in school decisions and policies.


Informing and including families.

This rating reflects how much communication parents can expect from this school. A highly rated school is more likely to have regular communication (e.g. newsletters, emails, and meetings) between administrators, teachers and parents. This may include information about student progress, homework help and volunteer opportunities. At lower-rated schools, parents may not get regular updates and may feel less welcome at school.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black, not Hispanic 69% 10%
Hispanic 14% 10%
Asian 9% 4%
White, not Hispanic 8% 73%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Disabled students 17%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 6%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Morse Middle School
Lincoln Center of the Arts
Read more about resources at this school
Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 87%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 43%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 100%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Consistently identified by Newsweek Magazine as one of "Americas Best High Schools".
  • Consistently recognized by the Siemens Foundation for Advanced Placement

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Medical
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Engineering
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Special olympics
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:35 am
School end time
  • 2:45 am
School Leader's name
  • Michael Harris
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Engineering
  • Medical
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Engineering

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
Transportation options
  • Citywide
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Forensics club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
School colors
  • Black and Orange
School mascot
  • Tigers
School leaders can update this information here.

Apply

 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Apply now
 

What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Morse Middle School
Lincoln Center of the Arts

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
UW-Milwaukee
UW- Madison
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

1615 E Locust St
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Website: Click here
Phone: (414) 906-4900

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Choosing a school in Milwaukee?

Planning a visit?

Download the school visit checklist

Download

Need more information?

Call the GreatSchools hotline at 414-748-1211