School Details

Riverwood Elementary

108 Athletic Club Boulevard, Clayton, NC 27527
(919) 359-6300
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 833 students 16 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

78%
62%
61%
75%
60%
60%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2013-2014 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Johnston County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
53%
54%
72%
55%
56%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2013-2014 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Johnston County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
58%
56%
73%
57%
54%
77%
65%
64%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2013-2014 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Johnston County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Riverwood Elementary is a public elementary school in Clayton. The principal of Riverwood Elementary is Ms Dorlisa Johnson-Cowart, who can be contacted at DorlisaJohnson@johnston.k12.nc.us. 833 children attend Riverwood Elementary and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 21% of the 833 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Riverwood Elementary is 16:1. Cooper Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 20%
White, non-Hispanic 81% 60%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 16%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian 1.0% 0.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.5%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.07%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 45%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Such a disappointment! I had so many high hopes. We have been at the school for years and it seems to get worse every year. Not to say that there aren't amazing teachers at this school because there are. For me the principal is Destroying the moral of the teaching staff. It sounds as if those really great teachers and looking to move elsewhere. If you are not a stay-at-home mom and can volunteer at the school 3 to 5 days a week beware. It can also be extremely cliquish. At this point if I could homeschool I would.

  • (9 months ago)

    Riverwood ES is new clean and well-run. The teachers are very nice the children well-behaved and the parents very involved. However the curriculum of Riverwood ES as well as most other schools in NC is horrendous! We moved from a state with the best schools in the nation (to bad for us right?) and were seriously disappointed in the level of rigor our 4th grader was given. Honestly much of the stuff was at least 2 grade levels behind. The schools seems to only care about ensuring kids pass the end of year grade level exams. If you want your child to get a rigorous thorough and academically challenging curriculum Riverwood is not the place or... any other school in NC for that matter. Thanks Koch brothers!

  • (1 year ago)

    Very unhappy with this school. My son's 1st grade teacher has left us with horrible memories. It is so unfortunate and disheartening that some teachers unleash their frustrations on innocent children. What's worse is that the office attempts to blame the child or the parents rather than deal with the teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    I wish we could report a good experience here but this is a cliquish school. The principal is flakey and my child gets no remediation for her learning disability. Totally reactive and not proactive approach here. Teacher was nice but unable to help.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love the school and the staff seem really nice but my child is in kindergarten and is scared to death of his teacher. I've had three other parents tell me their child had the same teacher and were scared as well. His confidence has gone down since he started school and he says she yells at him. There are no programs to help with kindergarten students that are struggling after school only for the upper grades so I'm paying two tutors as well as obviously working with him myself. She is very condescending and talks down to the kids and from my experience the parents as well.

  • (1 year ago)

    Nothing but great things from this school. Lots of parents participate and are very helpful. Community is awesome as well.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is the best school my children have been to. Every person in that school is very helpful and caring to the children. My child has excelled and was more than prepared for the next school year. I am very grateful for all the teachers and staff have done.

  • (1 year ago)

    Since moving from Wake county to Johnston. We have been thrilled with Riverwood. There focus on academics has been completely refreshing. Please keep up the great work!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    First let me say the comments about no buses and chaotic drop off have not proven true. There are buses and drop off in the am is actually easier than the bus that is a block from my front door! We have a first grade exceptional student (IEP w/autism). I cannot say enough GREAT things about this school! Last year our daughter had a terrible experience at a different school and this left her with a complete lack of trust for educators. The Principal Asst. Principal Teacher TA Counselor and Behavioral Specialist jumped in right away involving us in the process to help our daughter adjust and be successful. No judgments no pushing to remove our daughter from a regular class no restraints- only positive reinforcement. We came up with a plan and they follow the plan. Again if you are considering this school DO IT! We moved an hour away from our last home to be here and it's the best decision we have ever made for our kids! I can't wait until our youngest starts next year!

  • (1 year ago)

    I would definitely agree that she makes it hard to feel heard and to feel listened to. However if the former reviewer has information that proves that you should take it before the Board or at least the RES Advisory Council (who somewhat privately exist) who can field your concerns. That is the purpose of that service -- to serve the parents and teachers who have needs that affect the well-being of the children teachers school and community. If you can collect enough signatures or valid concerns (with facts and data) from a group of parents we parents can finally exact change rather than simply leave our frustrations here on a website for us all to sit home and only shake our heads in agreement. You have no idea how many may be ready and willing to join along with you CONSTRUCTIVELY for good. I know I am!

  • (1 year ago)

    All the teachers are great. The principle is not going to listen to you. She not helpful at all.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter had a hard time adjusting to the school and they did a good job of trying to help her. One event changed everything and I am warning every single parent to be aware of this.My daughter fell off a bed while playing and scratched the back of her neck. Never been to school with a mark on her. They called social services on us who quickly came out and CLEARED US OF ANY WRONG DOING. My daughter is scarred to be taken away from us now and is stressed out quite a bit. I called the Johnston County Schools to complain I did not even get a sorry just a political answer that basically said get lost we do not care about your daughter. Some coward just messed up my kid and left me to pick up the pieces. I just want to warn anyone who has a child in this school PLEASE notate everything that happens to your child have eyewitness and do not trust anyone ever at this school. North Carolina has no laws against making a false claim so anyone can accuse you without due cause.I would give this school negative stars if I could! I just hope my experience goes to warn others who attend here please be careful it could be you next time.

  • (2 years ago)

    Riverwood has been an amazing experience for my children and myself. The teachers are very professional as well as the principal. The principal doesn't seem warm and fuzzy on the exterior but I have had several conversations with her and she is very kind and seems to care. She was out running during fun run to keep the kids going while pushing a wheelchair. My children have experienced great teachers. Pta does a great job. My children are getting an excellent education in a great and caring environment.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children have attended this for many years and we have always loved it. Until last year. The principal is horrible. No people skills what so ever. She has in 1 and 1/2 years change the atmosphere in the school...and not for the better. She doesn't care about the teachers at all. I could give MANY examples. If you are considering this school...I would look at other schools in the area. East Clayton River Dell. The negativity in this school is everywhere. Teachers are leaving at an alarming pace parents don't want to volunteer. It is just not a happy place anymore. It is all because of the new principal. Please think twice before choosing RES. It's not what it used to be. and I hate to say that. (

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter has attended kindergarten and 1st grade classes at Riverwood Elementary. The level of teacher involvement and the quality of instruction has been first rate. My daughter has excelled in reading mathematics and writing as a consequence of personal attention she has received from her instructors. Although classes include students at varying levels of achievement the curriculum is tailored to the needs of the individual student. I would not hesitate to recommend this school to a friend or a co-worker. Riverwood provides a safe learning environment backed up by teachers that live in the neighborhood and parents that care.

  • (3 years ago)

    To the lady with the walking incident your kids should not have been walking. As a parent school personnel highly DIScourages walking to and from school because of the high amount of traffic. Great school though!

  • (3 years ago)

    Overall Riverwood Elementary is a wonderful school for most students EXCEPT those who are dyslexic. To be fair I think NC is a hard place to be if you are dyslexic (a dirty word that not a single teacher or principal would utter). Our child had a wonderful experience in early grades but hit a wall (which we learned was dyslexia) and we left. Specific teacher training is required to teach dyslexic children. Although the Special Education instructor seemed to want to do her best we did not feel that she was qualified for our child's dyslexia. At one point in the discussion our child turned to me and whispered "Does she know that I have dyslexia?" The spec. ed. teacher made comments indicating lack of understanding of dyslexia (i.e. insisting 90 minutes of required homework time could not be adjusted - implying we were trying to avoid homework because of extra-curricular activities telling our child that this time "hard work" was required - as though our child simply didn't try hard enough. One teacher insinuated I had not read enough with our child (untrue).) We are now in another state using approved intervention measures (Orton-Gllingham Wilson etc.

  • (3 years ago)

    My children currently attend this school and there really isn't much to say. So far I have so many issues with this school and the greatest problem is the faculty!!! It's truley a shame however we are stuck here! My comparsion comes from my children attended other schools that seemed to honsetly care about there students this one seems more like a job that they have to come too.. Truly sad

  • (3 years ago)

    Our children attend Riverwood Elementary. K 2nd and 4th. This is our first year here. We transferred from East Clayton. My first complaint is the principal. I do not trust her because of a couple incidents that have occurred in the past. The first happened about the 9th day of school. My children are walkers and the walkers meet up with their siblings and then walk outside of the building to either walk home or meet their parents to take them home. My daughter could not find her brother (the 2nd grader) and so she went to tell his teacher. To make a long story short it ended up that my son was missing. The school had lost him. They kept insisting that he must have walked home on his own. Which I knew was impossible. I asked the principal to call the police and she responded with "well" and shrugged her shoulders. I never saw any police so I assume she did not call them. We finally found him at the middle school. He was there because some teacher mistakenly told him to go there. He was missing for well over an hour. She never called to check how we were. Also no buses or continuous sidewalks we live 1.1 miles away and either walk or drive with the other hundreds of cars.

  • (4 years ago)

    I had two children in this school last year.It was their first year in public school.My son has learning differences and my daughter is gifted and talented.The first half of the school year was fine and then I had numerous problems with the principal and vice principal.They didn't understand what my son really needed and they did not behave appropriately.But Ms.Roberts really challenged my daughter.The office staff gossiped too much.

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