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River Charter Review

River Charter opened in 1995 to offer the community an alternative to traditional schools with a curriculum that blends visual arts, performing arts, and a music program with core subjects. The school serves students in 6th through 8th grades.

Along with core subjects, the school offers a variety of other activities including sports, student clubs, and other events throughout the year. The after school club is our Yearbook Club however, according to the interests of the students and parent involvement, the school has offered a large array of clubs which include gardening, anime, cooking, knitting, robotics, and filmmaking. Parents are very involved in the school, which provides students with more opportunities to delve into other activities besides the core subjects.

The comments of parents and students are very mixed with the majority being negative. Quite a few parents stated that the teachers are very inattentive, that the school changed to a project based curriculum recently and allow students to grade their peers without much teacher involvement at all. Students on the other hand said they really like their teachers and the curriculum. Other parents are not pleased that the school has to share a gym with another school instead of providing a designated area for physical education classes.

The Academic Performance Index showed a decline of 1 point from the previous year to a score of 829. The statewide goal is 800. Parents are happy to see that the school is above the goal set by the state.

The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades.

The percentage of students passing the exams was mixed with percentages being above and below state averages. A few examples include 42% of 6th graders passed the math exam with the state average at 55%, 79% of 7th graders passed the English exam with the average at 62%, and 32% of 8th graders passed the Algebra I exam with the state at 49%.
Overall, River Charter is providing the educational tools needed for students to enter high school. If you have any concerns with some of the percentages of students, passing the exams it would be a good idea to talk with teachers and learn more about the curriculum before enrolling your child.

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River Charter
2447 Old Sonoma Road
Napa, CA 94558
Phone: 707-259-8048


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