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About This School

Riverdale Elementary School is a public elementary school. The principal of Riverdale Elementary School is Mr. Sean Maguire, whose e-mail is 655 children attend Riverdale Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic. 21% of the Riverdale Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 76% of the 655 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Riverdale Elementary School is 14:1. Page Private School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Hispanic 46% 35%
White, non-Hispanic 27% 30%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 27%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 62%
Limited English proficiency 21% 14%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Excellent school my son have been there for 3rd 4th & 5th grade and had all awesome teachers and a great experience. Very clean & nice building & well organized faculty.

  • (2 years ago)

    My kid started his school life in Riverdale and now he is in First grade. We consider ourselves fortunate to have this school during the formative years of our only child. The KG teacher had been remarkable -- a sophisticated knowledgeable deep person with lots of compassion. The first grade teacher is also nice and pushes the student to achieve more and more. And the principal Sean Maguire is a fantastic unassuming person -- always active with the kids and the parents. The parent-teacher interaction is superb in this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    The teachers seem very happy here and I think that is important. My K-5 experience at Riverdale has been truly wonderful. The teachers were very communicative always responsive to my e-mails. One teacher that seemed inexperienced did not return the next year so that was good. I didn't connect with the 3rd grade teachers but my daughter was happy with them and they always swiftly answered my questions/emails. Grade 5 has been outstanding my daughter is very happy with her instructors. They have a real committment to art & music which I am sure has been threatened by budget cuts so cudos to Riverdale for hanging on to these important intangibles. You will see the same few very involved parents (mostly moms) that are very involved but largely I think the parents are absent or don't speak English very well.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son loves going to Riverdale Elementary everyday The staff and teachers are great and so helpful ...

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been a parent whose children have attened and still attend Riverdale. My son has attened since kinder and is now graduation the 5th grade this year my daughters are now attending the 2nd grade. I have been nothing by pleased by the faculty and leadeership of this school. The teachers are always willing to go the extra mile. The PTA has been great the past 3 yrs very involed with the school and it's progress to better the surrounding our children are in each day. They support the teachers to make them feel special and have done may projects for the school to make a better enviorment for it's students and faculty.

  • (6 years ago)

    Riverdale has been my home for 7 years now and I don't want to ever go to another school! The faculty and office staff make it enjoyable to go to work each day. Not to mention the students... every classroom is going to have some behavior problems and some low achievers but I make sure that every child has been listened to spoken to praised and pushed academically each day. There is a reason for our school mission... 'Our mission is to grow academically emotionally socially physically and artistically to the best of our ability.' Ask any teacher student and most parents and they can recite it! Some parents disagree with the way that Mrs. Boyd runs the school but 99% of the time it is because they did not get their way. She is famous for backing her teachers (cause she only hires the best!).

  • (6 years ago)

    The principal is very judgemental with the students. Mrs Boyd keeps the parents out of the loop through alot of situations. This school has no guidance counseling nor they have 5th grade gratuations. The teachers are great but like stated outherwise not enough parent interaction allowed.

  • (7 years ago)

    Riverdale is an excellent school. The teachers are committed and the principal is involved. If more schools were like Riverdale I doubt there would be such a shortage in teachers. The fifth grade teachers are particularly wonderful.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son transferred to Riverdale a couple months before the end of the year but I am very impressed with the school. I look forward to a full year there for him next year.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a clean nice school however the curriculum is not very up to speed at all. I do not believe they push the children to maximize their potential. Due to lack of family involvement as well I am sure the teachers get frustrated of babysitting instead of teaching. My son enjoyed fun Fridays. I was not pleased with the aftercare crew who are young ladies who really do not watch over the children carefully or notice fights. So lack of discipline and awareness is a problem.

  • (8 years ago)

    Riverdale is a fantastic school with excellent leadership that challenges all students to reach their full potential. It feels like a family there and everyone is involved is making sure that all students learn.

  • (8 years ago)

    Riverdale is a good educational facility run by a commited woman. However mix is wearing on those who really want to be achievers. Mixed weekly is sports art and music. Level of parent involvement is missing by a long stretch faculty pulls it all together in lieu of missing parents.

  • (8 years ago)

    An excellent school with a very diversified student body. A large emphasis on the 'arts' complimented with academic learning.

  • (8 years ago)

    Riverdale Elementary has an excellent academic program. I could not have asked for a better foundation for my child. Extracurricular activities are what one would expect for an elementary level however I would say this school and particularly the principal does promote the arts more so than what I would think other elementary schools do. This promotion is mainly on the school level and not necessarily arts in the community. Parent involvement is not always welcome especially if you are critizing or questioning a teacher or school policy.

  • (9 years ago)

    My Child attened Riverdale in First Grade. We were very pleased to the activitys it offered. The after school programs. The teacher that my son had I felt like she was more them quafied for the job. If we moved back to that area again I would be more then happy to send my child back.

  • (10 years ago)

    My son attended this school for kindergarten 2004 and we couldn't have been happier. The teachers were excellent. He has received an incredible foundation for grades to come. We were especially pleased with Riverdale's focus on performing arts as well as school safety measures.

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