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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Riverside High School is an above average, public school located in Durham, NC. It has 1,734 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 41% of students are at least proficient in math and 40% in reading.

Riverside High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
40%
Percent Proficient - Math
41%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
1130
229 responses
Average ACT
24
143 responses
AP Enrollment
19%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$55,851
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,005
National
$949
Median Home Value
$207,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
61%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 53 responses
  • Athletic games
    23%
  • Pep Rallies
    23%
  • Theater Shows
    15%
  • Chorus shows
    11%
  • Cultural events
    9%
  • Dance Concerts
    6%
  • Homecoming
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,734
Free or Reduced Lunch
53%
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,354
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.8%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.40 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.40 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.40 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,350/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.44 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.44 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.44 responses
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What I really enjoy about Riverside High School is the way the counselors worked with the students. The relationship that I had with my counselor was great. She helped me pick the right classes for me. I failed 2 classes because of depression and I was on the edge of not graduating on time but my counselor guided me in taking online classes in order for me to graduate on time. Teacher and staff on the overall maintains a good relationship with the students.
Especially what I loved about Riverside was the chorus family. Once you join in the chorus class , you have another family to count with. You act different when you’re with your friends and once you walk into the chorus class. It’s a awesome experience!
Riverside high school could improve in the administration. They don’t stay with their rules to everyone. They’re not fair with every student. If they could work with their administration, the school on the overall would be excellent!
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The one thing that I’ll never forget about Riverside is just how diverse the crowd is. There are so many ethnicities, so many different cultures, that all tend to blend in as you walk through the halls. Seeing such a massive group of people made me realize how great it is to get this opportunity to meet different people each day. My only problem with Riverside is not having enough inclusivity. Although many cultures tend to blend throughout the day, there are still many groups such as the LGBTQ+ community who get pushed back. We’re not brought up enough within discussions regarding anything within the school.
The staff and administration at Riverside is amazing. They do a very good job of connecting and sharing information with students. I would like to see more college advisors, possibly five or six. The current college advisor at Riverside is great and has helped me in the past, but with a senior class of over 400 students, more than one college advisor would have been very beneficial. I shared with my advisor my questions and concerns about college, and eventually came to think of her as a close friend I could share anything with. The relationship between advisor and student is important, and more college advisors would mean more personal connections and one-on-one time to prepare for the transition from high school to college.