School Details

Riverside Middle School

265 Eleanor Street Northeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
(616) 819-2969
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 386 students 13 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

59%
65%
42%
58%
65%
72%
38%
49%
27%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.
  • This school in 2014
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

44%
62%
39%
46%
60%
61%
10%
30%
53%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.
  • This school in 2014
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
55%
35%
61%
48%
73%
55%
51%
20%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.
  • This school in 2014
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Riverside Middle School is a public middle school in Grand Rapids. The principal of Riverside Middle School is Donna Boman and can be contacted at bomand@grps.k12.mi.us. 386 students go to Riverside Middle School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 92% of the 386 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Riverside Middle School is 13:1. Immanuel-St James Lutheran School Pk-8 is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 42% 39%
Hispanic 24% 28%
White, non-Hispanic 21% 20%
Multiracial 11% %
Asian 1% %
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 1%
Hawaiian 0.3% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92% 86%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Others should know this was the best middle school that i have ever went to. They have great school dances great students wonderful teachers. What I always liked was how heartwarming and welcoming Riverside was and how much the art teacher there taught me so much and now i love to paint all the time always creative doodling everywhere i go i wish i could go back. What they can do to improve is have a celebration for the students each time the hit a high score just a little peace offering and appreciation

  • (2 years ago)

    representing my school. its not bad and its not the best but its a school a normal school . there are some troubled kids but that doesn't stop us from learning alot. we have great teachers and great students. its a great place for people to come. if your child doesnt have alot of friends and you live in the area i promise your child will have friends here.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great staff. The school has many good programs to support academic success including LOOP P.A.S.S. PBIS (incentive program) tutoring etc. Staff are friendly and courteous and are very helpful to students and with parents.

  • (3 years ago)

    Riverside is not a bad school it's some of the kids that attend Riverside that make it hard for the other kids to learn. My daughter is a honor roll student and has been since the two years she has attended Riverside. If parents took out more time with their kids I think every kid would succeed and make good decisions. But it starts at home we have to teach our kids to show respect for everyone. It's not the teachers responsibility to teach our kids respect. The teachers are there to teach the kids what is needed in life to get to the next point of their lives. Parents need to take time out go to the school and see how their kids are progressing in school. Like I said my daughter is a honor roll student. Riverside is what you and your kids make of it.

  • (3 years ago)

    There are too many fights and other issues at Riverside. I don't know how kids can learn anything. It is like a dumping ground for troubled kids. Most of the kids are bussed in and a big share of the neighborhood kids do school of choice and go to Knapp Charter or Northview. The child I care for wants out of the school but we can't get transportation for him. The kid is stuck in a bad school where he is scared of the stuff going on.

  • (5 years ago)

    There are a number of troubled students at this school. Although the teachers are great and try to control what is going on there are a number of studets who choose to fight disrupt not cooperate in any way of form to what is necessary to learn. Unless these students change or are driven from this school the other students will continue to suffer

  • (6 years ago)

    Although there are alot of fights at Riverside it is a great school. You will learn so much there. The teachers are fun and the students are great! There are alot of fun field trips like tube sledding skating whitecaps. A;so you have alot of fun dances. I have attended Riverside for 2 years. I hope I still can attend on the last year of midde school!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is the best school with the best students. I've attended Riverside for 2 years and i hope to attend this school for my last middle school year. How could this school be rated a 2 out of 10... this school is more like a 10 out of 10!!! I say this truthfully.

  • (10 years ago)

    Riverside is making progress in the math and reading areas. They are working under pressures from the No child left behind as are all of the Grand Rapids Public schools.

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