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About This School

Rivers Elementary School is a public elementary school in Atlanta. 587 students go to Rivers Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 14% of the Rivers Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 45% of the 587 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 41% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Rivers Elementary School is 11:1. Christ the King School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
  • Languages Taught

    • French
  • Sports

    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 41% 10%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 0.8%
Black, non-Hispanic 27% 83%
Hispanic 25% 5%
Asian 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.06%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 76%
Limited English proficiency 14% 3%
Economically disadvantaged 45% 75%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Last summer I moved from North Buckhead (Sarah Smith) to South Buckhead (E Rivers) and our entire family (2 kids included) couldn t be happier with E Rivers. Everyone has gone out of their way to make us feel welcome. Even though Sarah Smith is a great school I have to say that level of parent involvement in E Rivers truly amazing and far more impactful then I observed at Sarah Smith. I was worried that we were sacrificing education quality for a better location/more convenience by living in Peachtree Hills but now we have the best of both worlds!

  • (9 months ago)

    This is our family's 4th year at this truly neighborhood school. Our 3rd and first grader have had excellent teachers who love the school and diverse student body. Teachers are creative and push students academically but in a warm caring environment. Our children have also had amazing experiences with the Challenge/gifted teachers which they would not have elsewhere (such as dissecting squid). Mr. Rogers principal since fall 2011 is an excellent leader. He knows students and parents by name and has the utmost respect of teachers. Thanks to Rogers leadership the school is a very caring learning community which doesn't just teach the IB principals but lives them. The best predictor of a child's success in school is how active parents choose to be. Dedicated parents are visible in all aspects of the school with volunteer opportunities to fit each parents schedule/availability/ skills/talents. Currently the school is in a temporary campus while a completely new complex is being built (to open by fall 2015 at latest) in our home campus. Students and staff are excited to be receiving a building reflecting the excellent education which has been offered at here for years

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to school here from kindergarten through 5th grade. Charles Arter and David York were the principals at that time the mid to late 1970's. I loved this school and always felt that the staff and other school personell cared for the students

  • (3 years ago)

    Couldn't be happier 7 years now. My son graduated here at E. Rivers and now my daughter going to 2nd grade. Principle Dr. White is AWSOME!!!! LOVE ALL THE TEACHERS AND STAFF. AWSOME SCHOOL. ))

  • (3 years ago)

    This is our fifth year at E. Rivers and we've been thrilled with our decision to send our children to our neighborhood public school. Mr. White is an outstanding principal and my children have had some truly wonderful teachers. The Challenge Program for gifted and talented students is fabulous. Children in the Challenge program spend 45 minutes each day doing enrichment activities. My children have covered an amazing range of topics in Challenge -- robotics the Roman Empire architecture Ancient Egypt and photography just to name a few recent projects.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am so impressed with this school the parent involvement and the leadership and dedication of Principal David White! We couldn't be happier.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a grandparent who does some volunteer work at the school I have had the opportunity to see firsthand the caliber of E. Rivers. Mr. White is an amazing principal always striving to better the school. All of my grandsons' teachers have been qualified dedicated caring and wonderful to work with. Definitely a top notch learning experience for the students.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son is in his second semester of kindergarten at E Rivers and we could not be happier that we chose this school over the Atlanta private schools. He loves his teachers his classmates and looks forward to each day. He is learning at a challenging pace and is well into reading and math. The children here are wonderful as are the teachers and Principal White. It has been a 100% positive experience and we look forward to our daughter starting school here in another year!

  • (4 years ago)

    Our son is in Kindergarten and we could not be more pleased with E. Rivers. The principle and staff are remarkable. His teacher is getting her PHD in childhood education and has far exceeded our expectations. He LOVES going to school and wants to be the first one there every morning. He went to 2 prestigous Buckhead preschools but says E. Rivers is his favorite. The curriculum is strong and the work is challenging but his teachers make it fun. His reading and math skills are off the charts and he has 2 field trips this month thanks to the wonderful PTA (Botanical Gardens and Center for Puppetry Arts). He has made great friends from the neighborhood (we live in Haynes Manor) and enjoys the short bus ride home everyday. E. Rivers was the best decision we ever made and we cannot imagine sending him anywhere else.

  • (4 years ago)

    E Rivers has surpassed every wish we could have. Its hard to list it all but for starters the Principal is second to none. He holds his staff responsible as well as his students. The staff is outstanding with many having a long tenure. The parent involvment is fabulous and it seems to only get better. It is a great school and from what I read it is giving all other schools a run for their money.

  • (5 years ago)

    It has been great to watch the surrounding community FINALLY get it that E Rivers is such a gem. Rivers has done nothing but strengthen since our 2 sons graduated -- one of whom is a Senior at Duke the other a graduate of Emory. They both say the best teacher they ever had was Mrs. Smith in 5th grade.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has been attending E. Rivers for 3 years now and we couldn't be happier with the quality of education she is receiving. The school's diversity is a real advantage and one the school recognizes and celebrates. My son will start E. Rivers in the Fall and we are thrilled to send 2 children to such a great neighborhood school.

  • (5 years ago)

    We love E. Rivers! After comparing all the local private schools we could not believe our first choice for our son would be our local public school - but it is! It has a diverse international feel in the middle of Atlanta. I highly recommend E. Rivers!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is truly the best kept secret in Buckhead. Unlike many other schools in the area we are not overcrowded. Each student recieves the individual attention that they need. The teachers are the best. THey are warm caring and challenging all at the same time.The schoool's diverse student body make it a great place to learn about different cultures and beliefs from around the world. Why would you NOT want to send your child to this wonderfully enriching school??

  • (6 years ago)

    E. rivers is a wonderful and loving school. it's academic values are superb. All the teachers are all so kind when i hear other kids' horror stories of their evil teachers i just cant relate. the challenge teacher is very smart and an excellent teacher all in all. I've been very well prepared for middle school and have high a's in all my classes thanks to my excellent education at e. rivers! the diversity is wonderful with many children from all different backrounds. The french program is absolutely great with the best teachers out there. the new principal is great he takes care of all the problems from disiplinary to academic easily and is a great addition to E.rivers! if i were deciding on which school to send my child i would chose E. Rivers in a heartbeat!

  • (7 years ago)

    E. Rivers is the best little secret in Buckhead elementary school education. It is loving very sweet environment for children and provides a great education. My son started taking French in kindergarten and giving oral book reports. The advanced placement teacher seems more like a college professor and the staff is very very dedicated and friendly; overall an outstanding environment and the diversity--(kids from loving families from all over the world) makes it a truly magical experience. I was hesitant before I stepped through the door since it isn't as popular as some other district schools. Once I did I have never considered anything else for my child. It has been an enriching experience in so many ways.

  • (8 years ago)

    E. Rivers is a wonderful school from top to bottom. We relocated to Atlanta after Katrina everyone at the school welcomed not just my daughter but our family into theirs. The curriculum at E. Rivers is stimulating and I could not have hand picked a better faculty. My daughter was in the first grade last year with Ms. Cheroff and had a great year! We have returned to New Orleans and my daughter wants to move back to Atlanta to continue school there. We really miss E. Rivers there is none like it. Thanks to all of the faculty an staff at Rivers!

  • (8 years ago)

    The academis programs here are great. From french to art to music the stduents will be well rounded when they leave this school.

  • (10 years ago)

    Great School - it has a French Program and a low student to teacher ratio. There are well respected Counselors and an excellent principal. The cultural diversity makes it rich the PTA moms are a pain but they mean well. _ Great School!

  • (10 years ago)

    E. Rivers is a small school that is culturally diverse. It is more like a salad bowl where every culture is respected and not forced to assimilate. My daughter loves the school and her teachers. This is the type of school I wanted for my child it is rich with culture and experiences. The PTA is strong and parental involvement is very high!

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