School Details

Riviera Elementary School

365 Paseo De Arena, Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 533-4460
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 715 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

81%
72%
56%
81%
78%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Torrance Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
62%
46%
85%
81%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Torrance Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
82%
65%
89%
85%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Torrance Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
79%
60%
86%
78%
65%
88%
77%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Torrance Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Riviera Elementary School is a public elementary school in Torrance. The principal of Riviera Elementary School is Christie Forshey, whose e-mail is cforshey@tusd.org. 715 students go to Riviera Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Filipino; and Unspecified. 13% of the Riviera Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 9% of the 715 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Riviera Elementary School is 20:1. Valmonte Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 49% 33%
Filipino 2% 4%
Unspecified 2% 9%
Asian 18% 31%
Hispanic 15% 18%
Multiracial 13% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 24081%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 19%
Limited English proficiency 13% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    My daughter is in her 4th year at this school and loves it. The only complain is the class size. But you have it at every public school thanks to the budget cuts.

  • (12 months ago)

    Everything is great about RES. We feel blessed both of our girls are attending this school at Torrance. We have been living at Torrance since 6 months ago and we got lucky our girls were accepted at RES. Mrs. Forshey seems to love her job very much. She seems to always enjoy whatever she is up to. Her leadership is working well since the school management is always smooth.

  • (1 year ago)

    Please note that 10 or the last 11 reviews (all amazingly positive) were done on/near 9/27/13.... hmmmm .... PTA board members perhaps a day or 2 before the School Site Council meeting on 9/30? Typical of our experience at Riivera. There is a select few privileged parents (including the teachers w/ students at the school) whom get all of the great teachers. The dregs are left for anyone who EVER questioned the principal's decisions. There is so much potential at this school -- an amazing PTA committed parents but the office personnel led by a politically-proned principal keeps it from being so.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children are in 3rd grade and so far we have no complaints about the school. I love the friendly family environment. The community as a whole is very supportive and fun. The education has been fantastic too. Despite statewide budget cuts the PTA has supplemented the curriculum to include art music science lab technology lab...all the things that are being cut elsewhere are going strong at Riviera.

  • (1 year ago)

    Amazing! I have 3 children and 1 completed K-5 at Riviera and the other 2 are still there. Riviera is an excellent school with a wonderful staff and administration. I am very thankful for this neighborhood gem and the top notch education that my children have received and continue to receive.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am amazed that there are ANY negative reviews about Riviera! There are the obvious things that folks look at like test scores and demographic make-up of a school and a district. What most don't consider or talk about is the "experience" that kids have in elementary school. Of course the mechanics of learning the content and the manner in which it is taught is of paramount importance and Riviera does an excellent job in this respect. Sure some teachers may not be the ideal instructor for your child or do things the way you or I might do things but it is unrealistic to think that 100% of all teachers at a school are "perfect" or a "perfect" fit for every kid. But the environment and experiences that elementary-aged children receive is also critical to a healthy learning environment. Riviera provides those experiences every day. It is a positive nurturing environment for kids to succeed and my two kids are a testament to that. It also appears most of the folks who have given "negative" reviews to Riviera have not seem to take an active role in their child's education which is also an important factor in the failure or success of the educational process. Riviera is AWESOME!

  • (1 year ago)

    We are starting our third year at Riviera Elementary School and are so impressed by the commitment to quality education by the teachers and staff as well as the super supportive PTA that provides so many extra opportunities for our son. It is a wonderful community of people led by a very caring and dedicated Principal.

  • (1 year ago)

    Riviera is an AMAZING school on so many levels. Despite budget cuts at the state level our teachers provide the best learning environment around. Our Principal is hands-on knows every child by name and is a huge supporter of the PTA. The PTA is the BEST...bar none! Not only do we raise money for programs (music science ipads art library field trips assemblies nutrition chorus etc) we also fund part-time teachers to help battle larger class sizes - by providing small group instruction. Riviera also participates in and puts on community events such as a Holiday Craft Fair Annual Family Movie Night Skechers Walk Valentines to Veterans International Fair Beach Clean-up Day and more! My three sons have all attended Riviera (my youngest is in 4th grade) and it's so sad to read negative comments about this school. I am constantly on campus and what I see are happy smiling learning children who are being provided a well-rounded education who are consistently performing at high levels and who are supported by a wonderful staff a hard-working group of volunteers and a loving community! I highly recommend Riviera to you and your family!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our 6th year at Riviera and we'll be here for several more. We couldn't be happier. The teachers make every effort to get to know your child as an individual and the principal knows the kids by name. Every teacher we have had has welcomed direct parent involvement in the classroom so you can see the classroom environment for yourself. The curriculum is rigorous and engaging. There is a very active PTA that provides a lot of fantastic programs to pick up the slack in areas that state funding no longer provides for (music art PE library etc). There is an iPad lab computer lab and science lab that children visit weekly. The school also has many events for the whole family - Movie Night restaurant nights beach cleanup etc. Also if you need before or after school care there is a YMCA child care center right on campus. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Riviera to any family moving to the area.

  • (1 year ago)

    I've had kids at Riviera since 2007 and still have a 2nd grader. What's so amazing about Riviera Elementary School is its incredibly strong PTA. The cooperative involvement from the teachers parents and school board has gone a long way evidenced by the amazing achievements our school has made through California's rough economic environment of the last 7 years. Riviera continues to make amazing strides in educating our children and providing a caring environment for the best enrichment of our children. The number of programs that the PTA has provided our children over the years is second to none nutrition music art computer and science labs Spark PE classes to name a few. The parents who volunteer their time and energy to assist in the classrooms is a testament to the teachers and the principal who constantly encourage us and our children. I wouldn't live anywhere else in the South Bay. The Hollywood Riviera offers us an amazing educational opportunity for the children who will be our future! You too will love Riviera Elementary!

  • (1 year ago)

    We moved to this area 7 years ago in hopes that our 3 year old would attend an elementary school with strong academics as the focus . My daughter has attended Riviera since Kinder and has just started her 4th grade year. We are so blessed to have found such a hidden GEM! The teachers support staff and PTA are AMAZING! With public schools systems growing in class sizes it amazes me that every teacher including the principal knows every child on a first name basis (including my little one.. a future Roadrunner). Riviera has not only provided an exceptional academic career for my daughter but has done so in a loving manner. My daughter has two families the one at home and the one at Riviera.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have 3 children who are either still attending or attended Riviera Elementary. It is a great school with a very positive atmosphere of learning. I read through the previous posts with negative remarks and can say that I have had a very different experience. Riviera is a great Torrance school! We are proud of the teachers and staff here.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have 3 children who have attended Riviera and all 3 of them have had amazing experiences there. Yes we have suffered through state budget and class size issues but the teachers principal and PTA have all worked together in making the education experience a thriving one. We are so thankful for the all the programs that are offered. Our children's memories will forever be filled with dancing at Spark PE movie nights star gazing craft fairs and the wonderful friends they have made. We absolutely recommend Riviera to anyone new considering it!

  • (2 years ago)

    We recently relocated into the area. We read the reviews online and we were of mixed opinion about the school. We enrolled our son and have been very happy with the school and our sons teacher. Our son is learning so much more than his school back home and the structure of the school is great too. The lady Amy in the office has been very friendly and helpful and his first grade teacher seems very switched on and attentive to individuals progress. We hope the school continues to impress and so far we would recommend Riviera Elementary to parents considering enrolling their children.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have complted 3 years at Riviera Elementary school unfortunately its hit and miss regarding teachers. My daughters teacher refused to meet with me after we received a concerning mid semester report. Then when I continued to insist on speaking with the teacher I was treated in a hostile manner and the teacher refused any direct communications for the rest of the year. I was considered "hostile" because I then requested a room change even though it was the teacher who initiated what I consider hostile behavior by refusing to speak with me without insistence and behaved very defensively although I had NEVEr spoken with her before. When we asked for a classroom change we were told we could leave the principle enabled the teacher's unprofessional behavior. I have also spoken with other parents who are afraid of speaking up because they are concerned they will be treated as "trouble makers". Whereas other parents literally seem to "run amok". an interesting mix to be sure. I am taking my daughter out of this school. Now I hear my daughter telling her friends that she never had such a bad year because of the toxic environment the teacher created.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our family recently moved to this area from out of state. We have had a wonderful experience at Riviera Elementary. I was very concerned when we started about the class size. My daughter is one of 30 kids in her class. The teacher does such a great job with the class though that it has not been an issue. In fact my daughter has excelled since she has had to work more independently. The curriculum is more challenging than what we had at our previous school which is a good thing. My daughter looks forwarded to going to school everyday. She has had lots of opportunities after school to explore artistic interests like art music and theatre all without leaving campus. She has been able to receive speech therapy for her articulation issues that she did not qualify for at her previous school. I would recommend this school to anyone.

  • (3 years ago)

    Wrong. Riviera is no longer the highest performing school in Torrance Anza Elementary is and Riviera is performing horribly on the same school index which really is the best measure of performance.

  • (3 years ago)

    Riviera Elementary is an excellent school. So far this school has exceeded my expectations 100%. My daughter has only been here 1 year but I can tell that she is completely happy to be there. The teacher she has is extremely helpful and kind. Her classroom is neat orderly and well balanced in terms of academic presentation and cleanliness. My daughter brings home homework 4 days a week consistently. I always check it before and after and the grading is accurate. At my daughters other school her homework would come back graded incorrectly a sign the teacher didnt really do the dilligence required to grade homework. The front office is always attentive and on top of things. I understand the budget cuts are affecting all schools across our nation but I can tell by that Riviera is doing all it can to help maintain the quality of education. In fact you would never know that there are budget cuts going on behind the scenes. The playground is huge and well cared for. The bathrooms are clean. There is no problem with parking. And the view of the ocean coming home from school isnt bad at all. Overall Riviera Elementary School gets an A+ from me and my family.

  • (3 years ago)

    It dissapoints me to see the horrible reviews to my almamader I went to Riviera only a few years ago and besides one teacher in particular my experience was wonderful! My teachers truly cared the principal was truly involved and I had the time of my life!!!! Since I don't go there now I can't say that it is still the same; but you can definitely feel the culture and spirit of the school just being on campus which is beautiful. Sorry I just had to stand up for my school!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    While it's not fair to blame the school for the high number of kids in each classroom I do think there is an issue at Riviera with the high numbers of special needs kids in each classroom. Seems higher than other K-5s in the TUSD. The result is that an overcrowded classroom is barely under control because of the constant disruption of the mainstreamed kids & their aides. My kid had had multiple years at RE with both good and bad teachers (old & young). If you look at early reviews of the school you see how happy people were with the education their kids were receiving. That was before overcrowding and some of the crazy things the teacher's union has implemented (co-teaching is one big fat failure for sure). I can't blame the teachers for the overcrowding. But WHO is making the decision to have so many special needs kids mainstreamed? If parents knew how much $$$ was being spent on these kids who may never fully function in society they would go crazy. I feel terrible to say it but it's really a babysitting service until these kids turn 18. Bottom line it's at the expense of the rest no doubt about it.

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