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About This School

River Glen School is a public middle school in San Jose. The principal of River Glen School is Millie Colon-Arellano. 538 students go to River Glen School and are mostly Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 26% of the River Glen School students are "limited in English proficiency." 41% of the 538 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at River Glen School is 20:1. Sacred Heart Nativity School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 69% 52%
Multiracial 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 24% 27%
Unspecified 2% 2%
Asian 2% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.9% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.8%
Filipino 0.2% 2%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 33271%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 48%
Limited English proficiency 26% 27%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I was a parent at Riverglen for 16 years the spanish immersion program was a success w/my children. However I disenrolled my child from the 5th grade due to lack of support that she received from the new principal& her 5th grade teacher. My child is IEP & she was left behind in this "no child left behind" era. What troubled me the most was the lack of support & the indifference of her 5th grade teacher & of the principal. I was a devoted parent for many years here & have seen quite a difference. The motto of the school prior to this new principal was the success for ALL students. Now if the child is struggling academically they are forgotten & the minimum support is offered. My daughter is now in the 7th gr. struggling due to the indifference she received from the principal/her 5th grade teacher. So if your child is an average student they will succeed anywhere but if you are a parent with a child that has a learning disability look elsewhere because they will not prepare your child for high school. My meetings of concern for my child seemed to have annoyed the principal; I'm sure he is very happy that we left. I was there for 16 years; River Glen is NOT THE SAME!!!

  • (7 months ago)

    Amazing teachers & staff wonderful students engaged parents grandparents and extended families... a true community that values learning. The leadership of the principal is exciting!

  • (1 year ago)

    I love the teachers and staff at River Glen cause they care my two neices attened R.G. and I know this school is great I choose it for my son!

  • (2 years ago)

    It is difficult to read the previous post and have someone try to speak on behalf of the entire Parent/Student community. Our new Principal is a great leader and he is always extremely professional. He is generous with his time and gives of himself all that he possibly can. He attends every school function and is hands on helping any way he can. He is supportive with any event or activity. His first words are "Let me know how I can help" When disciplining he means business. What's wrong with that!?...although we miss our past principal's....we are very fortunate to have Mr. Salcido!

  • (2 years ago)

    This was a great school until the new principal arrived this year. He lacks leadership and experience on working with children. He is unproffesional not a people person. Lacks communication skills. He intimidates the staff to turn against the children for his own personal ego. He doesnt belong at River Glen the kids dont like him and neither do parents or staff. He's turning our family environment into a cold feeling school being run by Mr. Scrooge.

  • (2 years ago)

    It's been a pleasure and an honor to be part of the River Glen family. I've been a teacher of this school for many years now and have loved every day of it!

  • (2 years ago)

    A fabulous school with incredibly dedicated teachers and very enthusiastic and involved parents. My daughter has excelled in all academic areas. She has finished middle school loving science and is incredibly proud of her bilingual skills. I love this school and cannot imagine my children at any other school.

  • (3 years ago)

    River Glen is fantastic. My daughter is now graduating after 9 great years from a caring community that absolutely integrates parents-teachers-kids-volunteers. She is so prepared for high school; as a fluent Spanish-speaker non-latina she is already special. I'm glad my 4th grader has years to go so I don't yet have to say good-bye to my RG family.

  • (3 years ago)

    It has a wonderful and dedicated staff and great parents.

  • (3 years ago)

    the teacher are great and very caring they love our children at the same timevery assertive

  • (4 years ago)

    The sense of community- the parents and teachers are very involved much like a private school. The bilingual immersion program pushes the non-Spanish-speaking kids to excel and boosts the confidence and performance of the English learners.

  • (4 years ago)

    The immersions program rocks as do the totally committed teachers. The family community is the best. Being part of the huge San Jose Unified school district can be frustrating and I do think the administration needs strong leadership in order for the school to maintain high standards.

  • (5 years ago)

    My kids are excited to go to school everyday. The teachers seem to really care about the students and theres a lot of parent participation which also keeps the teachers accountable. Its like a little village where everyone takes care of there River Glen family.

  • (5 years ago)

    like nothing else! our family has been at this magnificent school for 14 years now! IT is truly one of a kind.

  • (5 years ago)

    Being that my husband and I are monolingual English speakers I was intrigued by the River Glen two-way immersion model but worried that I couldn't adequately support my children in a language I couldn't speak. I now have a 2nd and 4th grader at River Glen and the school has far exceeded my expectations. Not only are our children reading writing and speaking fluently in both languages but they take pride in being bilingual. And the teachers other students and parents are so supportive of each other in this tight-knit community that I should not have worried -- it's amazing how quickly learnings in one language (regardless of subject) seems to seemlessly transfer over. We love River Glen the teachers the two-way immersion model and the wonderful community support among the families. I can't say enough about this fantastic school and wouldn't consider another for my 4-year old.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was an 8th grader at River Glen last year and I'm on my way to high school this year. I'm proud to say that I'm fluent in two languages. I'm glad I got this opportunity. But I didn't like the small community. Having less then 60 kids in your grade does not prepare you for high school. Its makes the transition much harder. Also in my middle school years the teachers weren't very good. Last year most seemed to lose intrest. Math used to be great but with the new teacher it was bad. Anybody looking to send their kids here in the next couple years...Just hope that the middle school improves before your kids get there.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is the best! I have so much fun

  • (6 years ago)

    I am completing my second year at a Ivy League Univeristy and I am greatful that my parents chose River Glen. Because I am bilingual and biliterate I was selected for a research and endeavor overseas. Mil Gracias a River Glen.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is a very great Spanish-immersion school my son is in 8th grade and is enjoying his last year at river glen. if only there were a high school like this.

  • (6 years ago)

    Good school but not for the 'outside the box' learners. The parent involvement and second language are a plus but the math and science programs are very basic. We are considering moving our kids to another school.

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