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About This School

Chemawa Middle School is a public middle school in Riverside. The principal of Chemawa Middle School is Sean Curtin and can be contacted at scurtin@rusd.k12.ca.us. 1,112 children attend Chemawa Middle School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 16% of the Chemawa Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 74% of the 1,112 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Chemawa Middle School is 21:1. Riverside Christian Schools is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 73% 54%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 9%
Asian 2% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 17% 30%
Filipino 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.6%
Multiracial 1% %
Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.6%
Unspecified 0.8% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 42270%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 74% 57%
Limited English proficiency 16% 19%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Most of the teachers at Chemawa are great! They care about the kids and want to see them succeed. However there are teachers at Chemawa that are not there to teach...they are there to collect their paycheck and benefits. The principal seems to be there only as an advocate for teachers not students. I will be a happy parent when I don't have to deal with this principal or his staff of office administrators with bad attitudes towards parents and anger towards the children.

  • (3 years ago)

    i hated this school I went here for 2 months and the first 2 days were good then I brought my money for p.e clothes and lunch also bus money and they stole it then the next day they did the same thing.The teachers dont care if you foyour homework or classwork.8th grade Language arts doing 6th grade language arts!

  • (5 years ago)

    Our principal Mr. Sean Curtin is the best. He is very hands-on and readily available. He truly promotes the collaborative learning community. He is a watchful eye with our students and always open to suggestions and new ideas. I am so glad my daughter attends Chemawa!

  • (6 years ago)

    My granddaughter's two year experience at Chemawa Middle School was awesome. The teachers administrators and classified staff were accessible and supportive. Teachers answered emails rapidly and were readily available if a conference was requested. Administrators were highly visible and accessible. The office staff were friendly and helpful. My granddaughter made a personal connection with Mrs. McBriety who helped her throughout the two years. Chemawa was a positive experience that she continues to talk about and miss. Thank you to the Chemawa staff for not only being outstanding educators but also outstanding human beings. A proud grandmother

  • (6 years ago)

    Chemawa Middle School is the only middle school In Riverside that I would want my daughter to attend. The administration teachers and support staff are outstanding. They care about each student and welcome all parents on campus. This community is one of the most outstanding learning communities in Riverside. The staff is there to make sure ALL of the students learn do their best and have a safe campus. The communication is excellent. Progress reports are sent home e-mails are answered and the principal always has an open door. Thank goodness there are schools like Chemawa.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is quite possibly one of the poorest run schools in the district. The administration is consistently unavailable. Sean Curtin vice principals and the campus supervisors allow the same students to misbehave and disrupt class. The teachers try to maintain discipline but it is clear that without a stronger more effective administration this is impossible. The test scores are very low in the core subjects as well. I plan to transfer my child to a stronger academically and better run school at the end of this school year.

  • (9 years ago)

    Chemawa Middle School has literally changed since my now 19 year old son attended there. My current son who is 14 is having a blast at the school learning new things each and everyday. Im glad for Chemawa and the teachers there. There all so wonderful and I want to say thank you for everything.

  • (9 years ago)

    Chemawa is a very good school. The academic program allows me to constantly know my child's progress performance and current grade status on a consistent basis. The school provides a written status of all homework quizzes tests and other projects along with the grades on an ongoing basis. I have even received postcards and phone calls for the outstanding progress of my child which is unusual when they are doing well. The program also allows my child to experience curriculum changes thoughout the year that provides a broader scope of education including food and nutrition language arts and spanish. There are also a number of activities that keep my child involved and participating in things that she may not otherwise have been including social activities and dances. The level of parent involvement is overwhelming and supportive especially at open house and award nights. I'm definitely satisfied with Chemawa.

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