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About This School

River Charter School is a charter middle school in Napa. The principal of River Charter School is Linda Inlay, whose e-mail is linlay@nvusd.k12.ca.us. 358 students attend River Charter School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 4% of the River Charter School students have "limited English proficiency." 19% of the 358 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at River Charter School is 19:1. Harvest Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 36%
Multiracial 6% %
Asian 4% 2%
Hispanic 27% 44%
Filipino 2% 5%
Unspecified 14% 10%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.8%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.3% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 18056%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 38%
Limited English proficiency 4% 22%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    please don't bring your kids here! my teachers didn't exactly teach they just gave out paper and our books! now I have to go to tutoring !there curriculum as gone way down through the past years and im not supprised! plus a reen slip for not pushing in your chair? that's worth a warning ! i mean come on! one time my friend got a green slip by sneezing! she tried to tell her she was sneezing no she told her to have a conference! plus I told my teacher that too! well guess what? if you interfear (aka if you are pretty much witness!) your supposed to stay out of it or green slip! dress code ridiculous. no gloves?! in winter whent was 28 degrees out my hands were freezing! but the office just said "im sorry but that's the dress code!" I was just ready to leave this school ! so I did ! next year I'm now going to Silverado and proud! the only reason why I stayed this year was because of my friends! pluis river is bankrupt so we have to walk to our fieldtrips and we never have gone anywhere educational for us except conolly ranch and walked there. thank you.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is in her 2nd year at River. I have seriously considered relocating her however I don't think there are any decent middle schools in Napa. I am disappointed with the teachers at River and find that most of them slack off and use the excuse of "teaching the students responsibility". Teaching my child responsibility shouldn't make the teacher exempt from their job including updating grade books in a timely manner and recording graded assignents. We have spent so much time babysitting teachers that are far from responsible. Unfortunately when we report a concern to the Principal little to nothing is done about it. Just lip service. Very disappointing! At least they offer great electives which is the only reason I keep my child at the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    So yes It doesn`t really count since I`ve only been here about one year but in my perspective this school is extremely diverse! Back then at my old Elementary school I was always the "weird" kid. But at river there were people from different schools exactly like me. I am no longer categorized as the weird kid. I disagree with the parent who posted below me. Teachers rarely yell or are ever cruel to any of the kids or at all. Or at least the ones that Ive had. The school is very small. 367 Students and roughly 20 or so teachers. There are 16 classrooms and the only class we dont have on campus is P.e. We recently decided to get a new gym and the majority of the time River Uses it. We still use locker rooms with Harvest but rarely see them . Apparently we`re supposed to have some rivalry but I havent had any problems with any of them except for dirty looks I guess. River has some leadership programs and some clubs including KRC (keep river clean ) And also SAP ( student advisory panel ). There is a garden and we also have a courtyard. There is open enrollment in January And I have signed up to go to elementaries and present about river. I really recommend it!

  • (2 years ago)

    This rating is lower than i would normally post to make up for the 11 year olds that posted. most of the teachers are good; the curiculum is okay; they've gone to a project based learning where kids work in groups and grade each other this year bad idea. no teaching going on in group learning. Don't embrace positive discipline techniques. Constantly handing out "green slips" for bad behavior "to learn". draconian. this is why i rated the principle low; it's her philosophy; and she won't conform to new standards of positive discipline. Bad special education coordinator; rushes kids snaps at them etc. causes more harm than does good. Vice principle great; great demeanor with kids and parents. Principle not connected. math is behind the rest of the middle schools. nice small school. lots of different kinds of kids all lumped together good thing these days. lots of diversity. safer school than the rest though it has its problems too. small campus area so they keep a better watch on the kids. relatively little bullying thanks to vice principle. .

  • (5 years ago)

    I never had to coach my daughter to do wellonthe standards tests before she came to River school. She attended a 'mixed' elementary school (economica ethnic) and though the overall scores were state average my daughter excelled. At River her scores plummetted the first year. I kept track of her progress second year noticed that many math standards were not addressed in class and picked up the slack at home. I think part of the reason they can brag about their test scores relative tot he other middle schools is because the population is not representative of the district--there are no English language learners and few free and reduced lunch kids. My daughter loves the school however and feels safe their. It would be great if they could provide this and address math standards at the same time.

  • (5 years ago)

    this school is wonderful the teachers the princible mrs. inlay and even the vice principle mrs. akiu they are all so fun!!!! im a 6th grader at river school 2008 2009 and it has been great!!! right now we are working on our land scaping in the courtyard. and the sap (sudent advisory panel) has came up with a new way to keep the courtyard clean it started when the school wanted to be able to chew gum but the teachers voted no because they said the court yard was already a mess imagine it with gum so now if your advisorys clean at the end og the day you get paper money.... river has made my 6th grade really fun i suggest that you should send your kid there.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is over the top when i first came to River i was so scared about being popular and making friends but when i got there everyone was so nice there wasn't really any groups of a kids that would be casted in. Another thing is that River does share a campus and sports with Harvest Middle School. Who just installed a pool! Who Can find out more about River at their website RiverSchool.org

  • (5 years ago)

    this is the best school ever im in 7th grade and everybody's really nice. i love this school i really dont wanna leave next year. any Q's i can totally answer

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is over-the-top exceptional. The core values are very important for learning at this difficult age.

  • (6 years ago)

    Three short years ago we were facing the challenge of middle school with a boy who was quiet unsure and insecure in the world. River has been the perfect transition with the smaller school making a big effort to make sure all the grades treat each other equally and with respect. My son felt comfortable very early in 6th grade which allowed his learning to begin. In this area he was held accountable for his work. Assistance was always offered but when his grades suffered the first year he was to learn from this. When he found out on his last report card before 6th grade summer that he didn't have to go to summer school he learned a big life lesson. Since then he is strong confident and takes on more interests and endeavors and will never put himself in stress again for not working hard enough.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am the parent of an 8th grader and I also have a son who graduated in 2005. I have also been very involved in the school's fundraising endeavors for six years. I would like to say to all prospective parents that nothing comes free and for those who might view the school's focus on parent hours or fundraising as a negative you need to realize that the enrichment programs offered by the school cost money above and beyond what the State provides. These programs are vitally important to provide a quality complete educational experience for our children. Because of the support from parents and fundraising the school is able to offer small class sizes and also performing and visual arts. The most valuable enrichment the school provided to my children was to empower them to make good choices and to understand that they are responsible for their choices.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am now a 9th grader but without River School I wouldn't have been as inspired to excel in high school. River not only challenged the left side of my brain but it also encouraged activity on the part of my right hemisphere. Mrs. Inlay has made it one of her many goals to create a safe environment in which one can feel free to excercise their 1st amendment rights and become comfortable with being creative. I have never felt more empowered to speak my mind. I began to appreciate challenges and I was motivated to create work that I was proud of. It offers great parenting classes because the staff recognizes that at such a difficult age it's essential for parents to understand accept and motivate their pre-teens. Overall I highly recommend this wonderful school..that is if you believe in the importance of education and the grandeur of creativity.

  • (6 years ago)

    I attended River School for three years. As a college student I can honestly say that River School has helped me so much throughout my high school and college years. Adolescence is such a difficult time and being in an environment that promotes high self-esteem and self-sufficiency helped me to succeed in later years. I felt like I had a voice. I felt like when I made mistakes I was given the opportunity to learn from it rather than just being punished. My teachers took the time to get to know me instead of just treating me like another name on the roll sheet. I am so grateful that there is a place where young adolescents can feel safe to express themselves and learn from their mistakes.

  • (6 years ago)

    I attended River School several years ago as a 6th 7th and 8th grader. I can honestly say this has been one of the best decisions of my life. I am now a senior in high school and realize that the skills I have now are largely based upon what I learned as a student at River. River School taught me to be an individual and the environment of trust and respect allowed me to grow in such a way that I needed as a middle school student. My education there was top notch and I learned much more than just academics. Many of the teachers at River are still my friends and I visit them whenever I have the chance. I benefited more than I ever expected to from River's close student-teacher interactions. In my mind students would be crazy not to choose River School.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two children who attended 6-8 grade at River Middle School (one graduating in 2004 the other in 2007). My children are quite different in nature and learning styles. River School was an excellent environment for each of my children in quite different ways. They were each very well prepared for high school academically socially and emotionally. Through the integrated curriculum listening groups oportunities for leadership and responsibility and excellent elective program they each were able to feel supported respected and valuable. They entered high school well prepared and able to work well in groups delegate and share ideas confidently. They were given many leadership opportunities at River and were truly listened to by staff and peers. I am extremely grateful to the school for many reasons and highly recommend this program.

  • (6 years ago)

    Our daughter loves attending River and has felt that way since the first day of 6th grade. Now in 7th grade we are feeling that she is not being academically challenged as much as we all would like. She's getting frustrated. As parents we contribute a lot of time and money to keep things running but the feeling of being right on the edge of not having electives because there isn't enough money makes us very uneasy. The offering of electives are great - even though a second language is not available - and is the reason why the school continuously asks for money. I don't see it as a way to keep economic demographics separate. The school simply needs money to operate. Overall we would not send our daughter to any other middle school in Napa including the many private school options we explored.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm an 8th grader and I LOVE going to River. I have changed a lot over the last 3 years. i was soo shy iin 6th grade and going to River really encouraged me to not be self concious and be loud and outgoing.River is really a great school.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter's second year at River has not been that great. There is a large turnaround of teacher's every year and they are experiencing some growing pains. The teachers are not very consistent in enforcing and regulating the school rules. They rely too much on parents who are volunteering their time to monitor the dress code behavior problems etc. The principal is a great lady but I think she's too caught up in the philosophy of the school and looses sight of other more important issues. River also needs it's own campus. It's becoming far too crowded.

  • (8 years ago)

    Both of our children have attended the River School. This school gives a tremendous amount of thought into the philosophy that the students are ultimately responsible for their education. This philosophy is carried out by every member of the River School staff. The children learn it is ok to make a mistake and then learn from it. There is a high level of parent involvement that is expected and required. Class sizes are smaller than the traditional middle school. The downside to that is that not as many extra curricular activities can be offered. There is a great community spirit at River School for the children and parents willing to commit to the unique philosophy of this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I used to go to the river school. I am now in highschool and can remember my years that I went there very well. I went there sixth sevent and part of eight grade. Before I went there academcis came easily but afterwards my grades slipped. The school said it was ok and its part of an experiance. Im still struggling because of the experiance there. The teachers dont care although mr.Denny was a wonderful teacher as well as mrs.Akiu. Many teachers pick favorites adn it is deminstarted clearly. Our experiance was horrible and I very much advice not sending your son or daughter to this middle school. Instead try silverado I loved it there and excelled.

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