About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system.
River Springs Charter School made AYP in 2012. Under No Child Left Behind, a school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if it achieves the minimum levels of improvement determined by the state of California in terms of student performance and other accountability measures. See River Springs Charter School's test results to learn more about school performance.
A school's Academic Performance Index (API) is a scale that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the school's performance in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet.
River Springs Charter School had an API growth score of 750 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. River Springs Charter School's 2012 base score was 728 and the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.
In 2010, River Springs Charter School had 19 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher. Learn more about River Springs Charter School's students and teachers. more
|School Name distance||TestRating||Community Rating|
|Keegan Academy 0.2 miles||n/a|
|Mercury on-Line Academy of Southern California 0.6 miles||n/a|
|Hillcrest Academy 1.1 miles||n/a|
|Temecula Elementary School 1.2 miles|
|Temecula Montessori 1.2 miles||n/a|
I want to become a history teacher. So with the help of River Springs I was assigned an internship with a 4th-5th combo class. I have been actively involved in the internship for three months and absolutely love it. I have been able to interact with the kids and get the full experience of teaching. This internship program has allowed me to form my own opinion about teaching 32 students. For year’s people I told me I’m crazy for wanting to teach, but thanks to this experience I now know that I do want to pursue this line of work. The internship program has been a great experience for me. It has helped me narrow down the line of work I want to pursue in the future and helped equip me with the tools I need to pursue employment.
River Springs not only has a great internship program but they also have wonderful academic courses. I was a student in another School District for 10 years until I moved into the Temecula area. I have always had difficulty with math. Since I have been a student at River Springs I have raised my understanding of math tremendously. I currently have an A in Algebra II and a 3.7 GPA. River Springs Charter Schools internship program and academic courses have given me the knowledge, experience and tools I need to achieve my future goals.
Three of our children have IEPs and they virtually are written and placed into the black hole that is River Springs special Ed dept. The special education department started from scratch again this year when most of the staff quit, leaving inexperienced, untrained staff to fumble through. It is the blind leading the blind even with a "consultant" to help guide them. The school is sorely out of compliance in even the basics of holding annual IEP meetings and following through with services written in the IEP. If you have a choice, go else where.
I volunteered in the class and spoke with the teacher about her teaching style and it is ANYTHING but unique and she DOES NOT cater to the individualized learning styles of each student!! In fact, this teacher did not know the definition of differiented instruction...???? This was a huge RED flag that my child was not and would not receive the best instruction in this school. It was a big dissapointment because I loved the mission statement of the school.
The school as a whole is very unorganized. There are no special activites or programs to recognize the students (student of the month, student awards, afterschool clubs) as promised. There is no outdoor play area for the elementary students, no lunch room, and not a big enough autitorium for plays that were promised.
As a parent, I was not informed of the what the students were learning in school. The website is too vague and not updated too frequently. I was concerned with the writing curriculum in my daughter's class. When the teacher explained what she was teaching and why (had to ask during a conference), I found out she was teaching way below the state standards. When I asked about this her response was, "I have a very LOW group of students!!!" Wow!!!! I was shocked at this response. This was the deciding factor for me to withdraw my daughter from this school. I would not want a teacher teaching ANY child that held this attitude.
Needless to say, my daughter is now reenrolled in Temecula Unified School district and as a family we could not be happier!!! It did take her 1 1/2 months to catch up in some academic areas.
I felt the need to post this to help out any parent that is deciding to place their child at this school. These are things that are very concerning to me and I did speak with the head director about these issues.
With the amazing public school system in Temecula and Murrieta school system, I would put your child there.
The comment above from the grammatically incorrect parent is way off. Parents are actively involved in their Childs learning everyday at RS. If you want more control over how/what your child learns, RS is for you. If you don't, a regular public school is what you want.
(8th year at RS)
As little or as much help as you need, the funding for extra classes or materials really helps us to get more out of our homeschooling.
Enrollment (2011)Total: 4600
Student Economic Level (2011)In 2011, River Springs Charter School had 40% of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch programs. California had 53% of eligible students for free or reduced price lunch programs. Eligibility for the National School Lunch Program is based on family income levels.
Student Ethnicity (2011)
Riverside County Office of Education District Spending
In 2010, River Springs Charter School had 19 students for every full-time equivalent teacher.Compare to other schools in Riverside County Office of Education School District
About the CST
What is it?
The California Standards Test (CST) is an annual exam used to measure a student's mastery of the state's grade-level academic standards. The CST is one of the five components of the STAR Program.
Which Grades and Subjects?
Students are assessed in grades 2 through 11 in English language arts and math, in grades 5, 8 and 10 in science, and in grades 8, 10 and 11 in history/social science. In grades 9 through 11, students may also be assessed in math and science, depending on course enrollment.
How is it Scored?
Students receive one of five ratings: far below basic, below basic, basic, proficient or advanced. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
About the CAHSEE
What is it?
The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) is used to measure student mastery of specific skills as determined by the state. Students must pass both sections of the exam in order to graduate from high school.
Which Grades and Subjects?
Each student is assessed in grade 10 in English language arts and math. Students can retake the exam up to five times after grade 10.
How is it Scored?
The CAHSEE is an untimed pass/fail test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.