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About This School

River Dell Elementary is a public elementary school in Clayton. The principal of River Dell Elementary is Mr Jason Smith, whose e-mail is JasonSmith@johnston.k12.nc.us. 821 children attend River Dell Elementary and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 23% of the 821 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at River Dell Elementary is 15:1. East Clayton Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 20%
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 16%
White, non-Hispanic 78% 60%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian 1.0% 0.7%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.9% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.07%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23% 45%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    For me it's pretty simple.... Caring staff & attentive teachers make this school my #1 choice!!! My youngest started Kindergarten this year & was very emotional at that... Everyone was so helpful into getting him acclimated & feeling comfortable & ready to learn!!! Thank you River Dell Staff & Teachers!! Go Racers!! -)

  • (1 year ago)

    My granddaughters' school is unique....The lunch isn't too bad either. I love going to field day with them. It is so much fun. Mrs. Wall is my favorite kindergarden teacher. And of course Mrs. Coats too.

  • (1 year ago)

    I give 5 stars to River Dell Elementary. My son attended kindergarten and 1st grade at this school and I have to say I am very satisfied with the excellent level of education my son received. The teachers are very professional and the staff is super friendly. Couldn't have asked for more!

  • (1 year ago)

    We've recently moved back to Clayton and to River Dell. I am glad that my kindergartener got the same teacher that my now 3rd grader had. We loved the principal (Mrs. Spaulding?) when our younger daughter started school VERY caring & loving and extremely effective. I've met the new principal Mr. Smith and he seems very nice as well and can't wait to learn more about him and the direction he's taking the school. Website information about him would be great; some teachers' websites are excellent tools and are current; I hope Mr. Smith will continue to push for this type of communication from the teachers to parents. I've also loved it that there is a presence at the morning carpool drop-off; not all schools have this (eye contact waves smiles and greet the children and parents) so I strongly commend this school for this practice.

  • (2 years ago)

    We had our son originally in a private Christian school for kindergarten and then transferred him to River Dell starting for first grade. We could not be more pleased with River Dell. The administration the teachers and everyone associated with the school does a first rate job. Our son loves it much more than his previous school. Everyone is very warm and truly cares about the learning and well-being of the children. Our son is really thriving.

  • (2 years ago)

    We enrolled our grand daughter there shortly after the school year started. The teachers and staff were great in helping her to aclimate. Our grand daughter just loves River Dell and her teachers. The school is clean and bright which makes it a great atmosphere for learning.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent school we were thrilled with everything about it. We have had experience with several elementary schools between our two children. I have to say that River Dell is really what everyone here is saying. I cannot say enough good things about the principal I really have never seen a more involved caring person. My daughter just graduated last year and although middle school is going well I miss the people at River Dell.

  • (4 years ago)

    River Dell is a great school. The principal and staff are very much available to parents and encourage contact with parents. They are all very caring and hold themselves to the highest standards.

  • (4 years ago)

    Absolutely wonderful school...exceeds all expectations...my three children enjoy each day and as a parent I could not be happier! Very open communication between teachers and parents the principal is absolutely wonderful...so glad I live in this school district! A+++++++++++++++++++++++++

  • (4 years ago)

    River Dell Elementary is an Excellent school. The teachers are wonderful and create an exciting learning environment for the children. The Principle and Asst. Principle make parents feel welcome and encourage a very friendly and nurturing atmosphere. The school makes good use of their website and teacher / parent communications. Movie nights and dances lend to the feeling of community within the school. I've had one child go through 5th grade in this school and now have my second attending and I wouldn't choose any other school!

  • (4 years ago)

    When you walk through the front doors of River Dell Elementary School you can tell that it's a great place to be and belong. The staff at RDE truly creates a feeling of family and community both within and outside of the school walls. The pride that the teachers take in their students is evident in the comments heard as you visit the campus. Students are held to very high expectations and EVERYONE at the school works together to raise the bar for them no matter what the staff member's position or function is. My children both come home from school everyday with smiles and stories overflowing with excitement from the day's activities. There is no other school I'd rather have my family be a part of than River Dell Elementary.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our daughter started Kindergarten this year and loves it. Everyone at the school from the Principal to the ladies that work in the office are very professional and go the extra mile for you addressing any concerns you may have and ready to do what is neccessary to help you. Thanks to all the staff. Go Racers!

  • (5 years ago)

    Awesome school very organized in all that they do. Everyone is approachable from the principle to the janitors.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is awesome! Our family has been around to many Johnston County Schools with our older son. Never before have we seen the quality of excellence that is at River Dell. The way each grade level works together for the benefit of each child is unbelievable. Luckily our daughter has been able to experience the greatness that River Dell offers. The administration never asks of anything that they would not do themselves.

  • (5 years ago)

    As an educator this school is on target to meeting the needs of students. The staff make sure all students are taken care of and if there is a need everyone joins together to find the answer/help.

  • (6 years ago)

    We moved here two years ago from New York. We take education very seriously and had high expectations. Our child was quickly tested and put into a program for academically gifted children. She received advanced instruction that was not available in public school where we came from. The staff is excellent caring and capable. Diversity issues were not a problem for our family. We are very happy that we chose River Dell!

  • (6 years ago)

    Great School! Teachers invited me to discuss my child's progress as often as I feel necessary. One even volunteered to pay for his school trip out of their own pocket if the family couldn't afford it. If that doesn't speak volumes about caring teachers I don't know what does!

  • (7 years ago)

    great school...great parent/teacher involvement....safety is important here. I love the school the teachers and other staff take the time to get to really know your family

  • (7 years ago)

    I love this school! The administration especially the Principal are very kid friendly. Focus is on rewarding good behavior and academics as well as finding ways to make academics fun. My boys are both excelling in this school where my older son was not in the Wake County school district.

  • (7 years ago)

    Great school. We've been there 3 years. Lots of parent involvement and activities. Not overcrowded as of March 2007 but there are houses springing up everywhere around it.

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