School Details

River Valley Middle School

2220 Veterans Parkway, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 288-4848
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 871 students 16 students/teacher (IN avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

77%
72%
79%
75%
80%
86%
63%
60%
64%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2013-2014 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Greater Clark County Schools average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
71%
78%
67%
68%
81%
54%
62%
71%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2013-2014 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Greater Clark County Schools average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
65%
76%
72%
75%
82%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2013-2014 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Greater Clark County Schools average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
66%
70%

End-Of-Course (ECA)

In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Greater Clark County Schools average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

River Valley Middle School is a public middle school in Clarksville. The principal of River Valley Middle School is Mr Wallace Denny. 871 students attend River Valley Middle School and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 8% of the River Valley Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 64% of the 871 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at River Valley Middle School is 16:1. Clark County Middle/High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 62% 68%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 13%
Hispanic 14% 10%
Asian 1% 0.8%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% 0.2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.06%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64% 58%
Limited English proficiency 8% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I am a current student that attends RVMS so far at this school i have recognized many changes throughout the 3 years I'm currently attending We have gotten the privlage of Chromebooks but I find them useless . We barley use them in classes and they are very easily damaged . Most kids use them for games but i do find this school fun and acceptable . I do not believe we are a " D " average school . I think we can make it to a C+ . There are smart/intelligent students attending and then attend the Geo bee We come into this school expecting to learn and expecting the worst when thats not it at all . The teachers in my grade actually get down to the students level and work one on one Just don't be shy enough that you can't raise your hands . The rules are tighter this year and as long as their followed we get the great privilege to do more things that contribute to learning WHILE having fun . Our princible is always there to get onto our level and talk to us . The staff are very nice this year and I was surprised they have achieved many things this year and I know my years at RVMS have been great !

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm just getting out of seventh grade and going to 8th. The past two years I've been here have been pretty horrible. I don't feel challenged enough and sometimes I feel as if I am stupid when I ask a question. I can't say I have the best grades because I don't but I think one of the reasons is that my teachers weren't pushing me hard enough. When I get home I usually complain about how it seems that everyone in my classes would rather act up and be funny than actually learn. I don't mean to sound rude but I feel as if I'm one of the few who aren't stupid. My mom agrees with me so much she wants to have me skip a grade. River Valley is an okay school but I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone.

  • (1 year ago)

    I my self am a n 8th grader and to my belifs river valley needs a study hall to let us study and do our home work. If they had this I might just rate it a four I am sorry to say that but it is true.

  • (1 year ago)

    I was very impressed with River Valley this morning! The school is very nice and open. The staff was so friendly and helpful. The band sounded amazing such young talent. We enjoyed the Chorus team as well. I feel very thankful my Grandson attends such an awesome school he is in the 6th grade so we look forward to spending more time at River Valley Middle!

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is a wonderful place where you see students learning everywhere in the building. Although we may not have the best language at this school we have many other qualities that are four star worthy. We have magnificent overall grades and a friendly environment. I should know because I am a student there. We also have many sports and clubs that anyone can join. We have choir art gym and many other special areas for students to attend throughout the day. I highly recommend that you send your student to RVMS. I love this school and hope to finish out the years to come with great standards. Go River Valley Raiders!

  • (2 years ago)

    I think if you have a child who is more of a leader than a follower and doesn't need a whole lot of one on one attention then this school is okay. I have 2 children who have done well. My 3rd child has had issues. I have never been impressed with this school mainly because teacher communication is awful! So much has gone on that could have been avoided had I received a phone call or email. Bullying is rampant and not effectively handled. I think maybe the school is too big and the teachers are overwhelmed.

  • (2 years ago)

    I've seen some of the reviews on here in the past and I have to disagree with the unfavorable ones. As a seventh-grader on the Flood team and having previously been on the Varble/Navigator team I've felt like I was challenged enough in advanced classes. The teachers care about what you have to say and want you to learn but will not hesitate to reprimand you if you step out of line. This is my second year here and I'm enjoying it.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have my daughter at rvms and its a wonderful school atmosphere and the teachers are great

  • (4 years ago)

    Everyone makes false statements about Rvms I am a student there. Most of the teachers are great. They Truly love the students. There not just there for the money... Because they don't get paid enough to be there for the money. River Valley has a nice building better than half the buildings in Jcps or New Albany Schools. The Princible Mr. Denny has great leadership. Since he has been there we have raised or testing scores tremendously. We have a great Admininstrative and Teaching Staff. If your trying to find a Middle School for your I highly suggest this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    i really enjoy school it was fun the favorite teacher would have to be mrs. hurst

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a 6th grader at RV and I'm in AP classes.I think it is a wounderful school.The teachers create fun ways to learn that arent just challenging but rewarding also.

  • (6 years ago)

    no that is not true some kids like to pick on other kids that have needs so some kids at that school aint all that good and the staff aint that good.

  • (6 years ago)

    Not always the best communication between teachers and parents. The few good teachers they have are outstanding if your child is lucky enough to get in that teachers class you will be satisfied with the school. the new principal is a improvement. so hopefully they are on a up swing

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter is in the 7th grade at RV and has had a wondeful experience both years. She enjoys going to school and feels that it is preparing her for her future. The teachers at RV are caring and want to work with the students to help them reach their full potential. Many students do not come to school with the desire to learn and this creates problems for both the other students and the teachers but this will occur in every school even private schools. River Valley offers the best academically as well as extra-curricularly for all students. They have a wonderful music/theater program and an athletic program that includes a variety of sports to meet many different student abilities. I am more than happy that she is here. Parents are encouraged to be involved and I wish mored would take advantage of that opportunity. It would definitely help!

  • (9 years ago)

    My child is a 6th grader at this school and I think it is a wonderful school. I was one of the first students to go to this school when it was first built. The staff I have dealt with so far have been wonderful. They have showed much love and concern for my child and have bent over bckwards to help her. Anytime I have been there or called they have done all they cld to assist me. I always say you get out of a situation what you put into it. You put in negative you get negative bck. You put in positive you get popsitive bck. as a parent you have to be willing to help by any means possible. The teachers need our help as parents and it is our responsibility to be there to help them.

  • (9 years ago)

    At RVMS The students run the school there is a lack of disipline as well as a lack of intrest from most of the staff there ( not all ) But they do not have a Good Leader to follow. I hate to see children who want to learn being hassled by agressive children who are not the least bit interested in learning anything other than how to get away with whatever you can !

  • (10 years ago)

    When I first started from what I heard this was a bad school. There are fights and the food (monday-wednesday at least we get pizza hut and subway) isn't all that great but it's not as bad as it sound. The teachers are nice and some are fun the punishment is a little low though. They usually just throw people into In School Suspension most of the time. But there are plenty of dances and events so once you grow used to it it's really simple.

  • (11 years ago)

    i came to this school thinking i was going to do good but it turned out that it wasnt that great of an experience...the teachers didn't seem to interested in teaching they just wanted to get their job done..it wasn't really the peer pressure that got me it was the teachers not explaining things and my peers and I trying to figure out how to do things. I loved the last days of school because we didn't do anything and it meant we didn't have to see our teachers anymore(no offense).my 2 years going to RVMS have been pretty bad so far except for my friends who have helped me make it better.RVMS isn't that great of a school has good classes but we don't get much focus from teahcers and the principal..the assistant principal was great and I wish she didn't have to go away!

  • (11 years ago)

    My experience with this school is that most of the teachers are either burnt out or have an 'I don't care' attitude towards the students and they think that most of the students are liars. My experience with my child in particular is that they loved school until he came to middle school not because of the pressure from other students so much as it is the interaction he/she receives from the teachers. ' School should not be a place that children fear or suffer put downs from teachers thus causing 'low self esteem' in these very critical times of development! It seems that there is a large disconnect between the teachers / adminstrators. When you call school no one seems to know whats going on as long as they make the grade why are you concerned?

  • (11 years ago)

    I really don't like this school because the majority of the teachers have an I Don't Care attitude toward the students. It seems like the teachers are burnt out from teaching and they want to retire early. I formaly go this school and I like the majority of the teachers and the principal. I like the assisant principal and about eight of the teachers there and that's it. I will be glad when I leave this school because it's terrible.

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