School Details

River Forest Jr-Sr High School

3300 Indiana Street, Hobart, IN 46342
(219) 962-7551
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-12 646 students 21 students/teacher (IN avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

63%
63%
74%
78%
78%
81%
52%
66%
69%

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

In 2011-2012 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. 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
  • River Forest Community School Corporation average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
63%
76%
63%
63%
81%

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

In 2011-2012 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. 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
  • River Forest Community School Corporation average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
59%
70%
44%
44%
46%
66%
66%
78%

End-Of-Course (ECA)

In 2011-2012 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
  • River Forest Community School Corporation average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

River Forest Jr-Sr High School is a public high school in Lake Station. The principal of River Forest Jr-Sr High School is Mr Shayne Snider. 646 students attend River Forest Jr-Sr High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 11% of the River Forest Jr-Sr High School students have "limited English proficiency." 68% of the 646 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at River Forest Jr-Sr High School is 21:1. Martin Luther King School Alt is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 48% 47%
Hispanic 43% 42%
Multiracial 3% 5%
Asian 0.6% 0.5%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68% 76%
Limited English proficiency 11% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    River Forest may not have the best technology department new resources or a variety of classes. But we are a family. A family that looks after each and one another. I feel it is not the schools fault but our own state funding is the problem. The State of Indiana cuts out millions of dollars from Education every year that is the real problem. I love this school but I don't want to see it close in the future. If you are an involved parent please call the state. That is where the real problem begins and the student and staff pay the price. I am currently attending River Forest as an 8th grade alumni and planning to graduate then proceed to Ball State University.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is not up to par. They offer the opportunity to go to the Career Center but the kids are responsible for their own transportation there and back. That's Crazy! How many 10th graders are driving cars? Why offer it to them if you can't provide transportation? If there are buses for the normal school day they could have provided one bus for the other student who wanted to explore other talents. Every other school in the area that offers the Career Center option provides transportation and River Forest should be no different.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is a complete laughing stock of the region almost as bad as Lake Station schools. the quality of education has declined over the years and the push for students to achieve better opportunities when they graduate is non existent. You would be better off home schooling your children instead of sending them to this school. There is a reason why all of the good teachers are retired almost retired and/or moved to another school district. The only 2 instructors in my opinion that care about the students is Mr. Whiting & Mr. Burton other than that the majority of them don't care. Most of the good teachers have retired or taken better opportunities.

  • (2 years ago)

    I dont even go here and just by saying its close to gary explains alot to me!

  • (3 years ago)

    i am 1964 graduate of river forest. was proud to say so. but when my daughter went there it was less the school i went to. now i have two grand kids there the school does not help the special kids who need it. they are kept segregated from the other children teachers just dont care any more. i am not proud of my school any more

  • (4 years ago)

    As an alumna who had attended River Forest for all four years I can say without a trace of uncertainty that the high school is far below the academic standards that is expected of any educational facility. Students who struggle are left in the back rows of class while students who excel are limited to the few honor classes that are provided. There is a small number of teachers who put an honest effort into their work but without the support of their fellow colleagues these dedicated teachers are forced to deal with students who are permitted to slack in other classes. Also if the subjects are continually being 'dumbed down' then the standards are bound to fall and the hopes of achieving a college degree or even the hopes of attending a college are thrown out the window.

  • (7 years ago)

    I agree that River Forest is a great school. Before Mr. Wielgus got there children with problems were kicked out of school and not given much of a chance. Now those children are worked with and given the opportunity to be the best that they can be.

  • (7 years ago)

    I disagree with the negative assessment of this school. Mr. Weilgus is a very innovative man and really seems to care about all of the students at RFHS. The teachers have provided my children with a quality education. While the sports teams have had a tough time the coaches work with the kids as people and I like that. The other extracurriculars are very good as well. River Forest gets and A+ from this parent.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a parent of a RFHS graduate and another who has transferred out I feel the overall academic and extra curricular clubs at that facility are below standard and since they have failed to meet Indiana State Board of Education and their AYP (please see web site for INSB) the school is on academic parole.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a proud graduate of River Forest K-12. While we may not be the most affluent school nor do we have state of the art technology; the faculty and staff are second to none. I am now about to graduate from Anderson University with a degree in social work and doing what makes me happy. The lessons I learned at RF along with the diversity and creativity that comes with being in a school with a lower income has provided me with lasting insights and views that shape for the better the way that I perceive the world. Education is like anything else you get out of it what you put in. I thank everyone who has helped me come this far at RF your efforts do not go unrecognized. Thanks!

  • (9 years ago)

    Unfortunately I am a graduate of this school and offer a little advice to the administration. I feel if the administration focused on academics instead of sports you would have more parent involvement and higher academic accomplishments. Other factors include favoritism to those in sports or what family name you carry. We wonder why kids are bullied or favored- its the school that promotes the problem. Fortunately if the young adults are smart they can get out and become successful without the help of the school and you wouldn't have to wonder why more than half of the graduates stick around the community after graduation and amount to nothing. My advice to future graduates- After high school go to college and lead a successful life. You won't have one if you stick around that community.

  • (9 years ago)

    I'm not a parent but a student at River Forest Sr. High School. I don't see how anyone can write anything bad about our school when they don't attend or work at that school. My school went through a very difficult time with our school beings et on fire. However My teacher helped my friends and me to keep our head high and continue on. We studied even harder and worked together to make the most out of our condition. Our teachers are always challenging us with new things. So please Give us the benefit of the doubt.

  • (9 years ago)

    It's funny how someone writes how bad the schools is yet doesn't use proper grammer or spelling. Maybe you need to use your time studying instead of making excuses.

  • (9 years ago)

    This School realy does no goo[d] for children.

  • (10 years ago)

    Overall the other students are good however the upper administration appears to be self-serving. Questioning their rule is harshly dealt with. Most other parents are also in the same financial and economic lifestyle and generally are 'salt of the Earth'.

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