Rivers Elementary School

8 Peachtree Battle Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 802-7050

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 635 students 11 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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About this school

Rivers Elementary School is a public elementary school in Atlanta. The principal of Rivers Elementary School is Mr. Matthew Rogers, whose e-mail is mdrogers@atlanta.k12.ga.us. 635 students attend Rivers Elementary School and are mostly Asian; Asian/Pacific Islander; and White, non-Hispanic. 19% of the Rivers Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 44% of the 635 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 42% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Rivers Elementary School is 11:1. Christ the King School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • French


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 6% 0.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 39% 12%
Black, non-Hispanic 30% 79%
Multiracial 3% 1%
Hispanic 23% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42% 75%
Limited English proficiency 19% 3%
Economically disadvantaged 44% 76%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    It is a privilege to be a part of the Rivers community! We are a diverse and dynamic family with a common focus on academic excellence character development and international mindedness. If you would like to learn more about our school community please check out the following sites E. Rivers Facebook page Rivers principal Facebook page http //eriverselementary.com/

  • (11 months ago)

    E. Rivers has amazing teachers and a dedicated principal. We have had such a wonderful experience at this school!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Our daughter went to Rivers for 5 years love the staff and it is truly a neighborhood school. She had some amazing teachers and the principal knew her by her first name which is different than my experience at Sara Smith right now. My education experience at Rivers is on par or exceeds what I have now at Sara Smith.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love this school. The community is warm and enthusiastic the teachers and administrators are focused on giving all the students the best education and experience possible and the kids are wonderful individuals each unique and appreciated for who he or she is.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have 3 children at E. Rivers and our oldest will graduate this year. We were sold on E. Rivers after talking to other parents in our neighborhood many of whom sent their oldest to private schools and now wish they had started them all at E. Rivers. It was the best decision we ever made. The quality of education is excellent. Our children have have developed a love for learning thanks to the incredibly talented teachers most of which hold advanced degrees. The Principal Matt Rogers has done an excellent job ensuring only the very best teachers get hired. He gets it! Also the new building is going to be state-of-the-art. We're lucky to have such a wonderful neighborhood school!

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has been going to E Rivers for 3 years now and we are very pleased with the level and quality of education the staff and the facility. It is one of the best schools in Atlanta.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have two daughters at E Rivers. We love the community administration and staff there. Both of our kids are thriving and we have been very impressed with the quality of the instructors. They are very enthusiastic about school and learning. The parent involvement and support is amazing. This school will only get better particularly after the new campus is completed.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school! My son has been going there since kindergarten and now he is in Forth grade! He loves it. The teachers are great! We are so excited about the new school almost being done! Can't wait for my two years old to go there!!

  • (1 year 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!

  • (1 year 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

  • (2 years 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

  • (4 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. ))

  • (5 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.

  • (5 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.

  • (5 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!

  • (5 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.

  • (5 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.

  • (6 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.

  • (6 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.

  • (6 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.

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