My children go to this school, and one of them needs speech therapy and OT every week. This school is wonderful when it comes to helping the children learn and grow. They keep it a very safe enviornment and do not tolerate bullying or any behavior not suited to grade schoolers. Students from Riverview have higher scores then the rest of the district, as well and regionally and nationally. 2nd graders are learning multiplication and division, as well as basics of geometry and statistics. They learn a great deal of history, social studies, and they have fun in class. My boys LOVE this school and LOVE to go to school each morning. The principal is sensible and understanding, as are the rest of the staff. They know my boys by name, they know our family, and they treat everyone equally and with respect.
Without a doubt the only highlight of this school is the music program! Riverview has an exceptional band and music teacher. The rest of the school however is anything but exceptional. The principle and administrator pick their favorites and totally ignore the needs of other children. They also have stripped that school of all creativity and individuality. Kids not longer get the choice of electives they would like to take and are instead forces into the electives they have to take. And the teacher's children get special treatment. They seem to be the kids that always win the awards and they get away with EVERYTHING. The teachers(especially the junior high teachers) get away with to much also. From what I've seen a lot of the teachers actually pick on the students . Also I've seen how badly teachers treat the children with special needs. Teachers have actually forcefully dragged the children with special needs out of assembly's many times. However there are a few wonderful teachers scattered around the school. Those teachers keep that school together not the principle or administrator. I would highly suggest this school for anyone with children that have a passion for music!
I went to Riverview and absolutely loved it! The teachers were amazing and so were the extra-curriculars. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone, the atmosphere is so friendly! I am now a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will graduate this year. I don't think I would have gotten this far without the foundation I gained at Riverview.
I am not sure how many reviews below are actually parent reviews and not staff that has children attending Riverview and calling it "submitted by parent". The PTO is a closed knit of the same woman year after year that elect themselves. There is no outside participation since most parents have probably at one point tried to make a difference and were either shot down on ideas or the group is just so closed off that no one can try to make a difference. The school lacks world history/culture with 94% white students, they need to come out of their shell and teach these children a little about the world and what it's like outside of little rural Silver Lake. Educational field trips besides the same apple orchards and zoos is needed. How about a museum in Chicago, a ballet, or even the symphony? There are no after school activities for children younger than 4th or 5th grade. With high child obesity rates children need to have more than 2-3 gym classes per week. There is no close by community options for gymnastics, music, or drama instructions. One has to travel at least 10-15 miles to find extra curricular activities. The playground is probably as old as the school. Needs replacement!
The new administration has made this a 5 Star school! Everyone should open enroll here!! I do!
The teachers care about the kids so much that they stay late, use their own money to cover students' needs, and treatthem as their own children. The kids accept each other for who they are despite their social/economical status, too. Learning takes place at enagaging levels and kids feel like this is home.
We have a great community of teachers, students, and parents who really care about our school and are enthusiastic participants in the many extra activities that our school provides.
Riverview is a great school with dedicated teachers and a supportive community. We take pride in our smaller class sizes and have many staff members who are alumni. I pour my heart and soul into this school everyday and as a teacher and a parent of the students here I wouldn't have it any other way.
We have two children at Riverview and every year the teachers have not only met, but exceeded our expectations. We had looked at private schools, but after spending time inside the classrooms found Riverview to be BETTER than the schools we would have paid for.
I could not be happier with this school. Our children have been in a few different schools throughout my military career and I honestly have never seen a school as proactive and sincerely concerned for the childrens education and overall wellness. The teachers are energetic and actually enjoy their jobs. We could not be any happier.
This is our first year at Riverview and we are very pleased. The teachers are great, parents are involved, and they keep our daughter challenged and yet excited to come. Lots of extra curricular activities also. Great school.
Hi, I have two kids in this school and I can't wait to get them out of there, they only focus on practicing school policies and don't have any positives activities to motivate children, specially with ADHD.
Riverview is a well-disciplined school with relatively few discipline problems. The school atmosphere is consistently at a level that is conducive to learning. Studens are respectful and always held accountable for their actions. It is a very student-centered school with teachers who seem to really care about the success of each student. They also have a very strong music program that allows student to succeed musically at a very high level. Riverview also has a very high level of parent involvement through the PTO. Parents are also welcome to be involved through the Apple Core volunteer program.
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