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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D
Riverside STEM Academy is a top rated, public school located in Riverside, CA. It has 641 students in grades 5-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 92% of students are at least proficient in math and 94% in reading.
Address
4466 Mount Vernon Ave
Riverside, CA 92507
Telephone
(951) 788-7308
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Riverside STEM Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
94%
Percent Proficient - Math
92%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1340
52 responses
Average ACT
28
17 responses
AP Enrollment
58%
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NG
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    NG
  2. Good for Families
    NG
  3. Housing
    NG
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$37,205
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,097
National
$949
Median Home Value
$122,604
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • ASB Events
    18%
  • Grade-level Science Trips
    18%
  • Science Olympiad
    14%
  • Color Run and silent auction
    9%
  • Grade-level Humanity Trips
    9%
  • Homecoming
    9%
  • Pep rallies
    9%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
641
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
0%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$90,981
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.1%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,831/ year
National
$12,239
44%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.9 responses
22%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.9 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.9 responses
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Riverside STEM Academy Reviews

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Teachers don’t communicate unless you first communicate with them. I volunteer and have made it clear that I am available and two teachers did not let me know there was an issue until my child was struggling. We did homework together but there was an issues with his knowledge of technology in the classroom which brought his grade down. When I requested a meeeting I was told I could not have an individual meeting with the teacher who’s class I volunteer in but I needed a conference with all of my child’s teachers. How stigmatizing! Also I felt bombarded because I was told in that meeting it’s my responsibility to contact them and find out what’s wrong. It seems talking in the classroom isn’t enough and I have to pinpoint the issue that I didn’t know existed. Also when my child was being bullied the school didn’t contact me until there was an incident and then told me they were aware for over a week. Where’s the communication?!?!?
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To be honest, I am disappointed. My expectation was that this school would prepare my kids to be successful in STEM majors and careers, which is the school's vision. I expected that the approach to instruction would be innovative, that my kids would have experiences that they wouldn't have at a typical middle school. I am afraid that that is not the case. This school is training my kids to be calculators. They are assigned hours of busy work, endless practice in calculation, that has no purpose (the teachers do not grade the work). My kids have learned that math, which is the foundation for the science, technology and engineering, is tedious and boring, which is not driving them to want to pursue STEM careers. They can get this type of education at any public school, with much less work and stress.
I've enjoyed my experience at Riverside STEM Academy. I've been here since seventh grade, and I quite enjoy the smaller overall class sizes as it gives more time to connect to classmates as well as teachers. The teachers are nice, and I enjoy what I learn. However, sometimes- because the school is a bit insular- I feel like the administration and staff get caught up in the idea of being 'special' or 'exceptional'. While that isn't a bad thing, it leads them to sometimes skip over basic explanations in order to do far-fetched problems without any guidance. It is just sometimes very disorganized. Overall, my experience has been average to positive.