Riverbend Elementary

Summary:

Riverbend Elementary is a public elementary school in Juneau, Alaska, serving 268 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the Juneau Borough School District, which is ranked 13 out of 24 districts in the state and has a 3-star rating.

Riverbend Elementary stands out for its diverse student population, with 31.72% of students identifying as two or more races, higher than nearby schools like Auke Bay Elementary and Juneau Community Charter School. However, the school has struggled academically, ranking in the bottom third of Alaska elementary schools and receiving a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger. Its test scores in STAR/English Language Arts are significantly lower than the district and state averages, with only 26.02% of students proficient or better, compared to 35.19% for the district and 31.8% for the state. The school also has a relatively high percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, with 45.52% receiving free or reduced-price lunch.

Riverbend Elementary's performance has declined over the years, with its statewide ranking dropping from 78 out of 185 Alaska elementary schools in 2018-2019 to 130 out of 176 in 2022-2023. There are also notable disparities in academic performance among different racial groups, with the school's Asian students ranking 10 out of 36 Alaska elementary schools, while its Native American students ranked 43 out of 50. To address these challenges, the school may need to implement targeted interventions, such as additional academic support, professional development for teachers, and community outreach programs to engage families and address the needs of its diverse student population.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 2901 Riverside Dr
       Juneau, AK  99801


(907) 796-5700

District: Juneau Borough School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
130th of 176 Alaska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $21,108 Help


Students who attend Riverbend Elementary usually attend:

High:    Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at KalT
    Thunder Mountain High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.5 Help
Number of students:  268

Racial breakdown:

Two or more races:
31.7%
White:
28.0%
American Indian:
15.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  45.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Riverbend Elementary ranks worse than 73.9% of elementary schools in Alaska. It also ranks 7th among 8 ranked elementary schools in the Juneau Borough School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 29.77. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Riverbend Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: two or more races (31.7%), White (28%), American Indian (15.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 45.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Juneau Borough School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Riverbend Elementary is 12.5, which is the lowest among 8 elementary schools in the Juneau Borough School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Riverbend Elementary is $21,108, which is the 4th highest among 8 elementary schools in the Juneau Borough School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Riverbend Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Riverbend Elementary 130th of 176 Alaska public elementary schools. (See Riverbend Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Juneau Borough School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Juneau Borough School District 13th of 24 Alaska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Riverbend Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Riverbend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 65.23 90th 213 57.7%
2006 76.41 40th 218 81.7%
2007 64.90 91st 212 57.1%
2008 52.72 126th 219 42.5%
2009 47.31 131st 226 42.0%
2010 61.61 101st 229 55.9%
2011 55.61 116th 223 48.0%
2012 58.94 108th 227 52.4%
2013 54.85 120th 223 46.2%
2014 60.60 102nd 218 53.2%
2015 43.94 134th 246 45.5%
2017 46.38 97th 180 46.1%
2018 52.98 87th 186 53.2%
2019 57.31 78th 185 57.8%
2021 13.44 158th 173 8.7%
2022 14.85 153rd 171 10.5%
2023 29.77 130th 176 26.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Riverbend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 90.76 2nd 73 97.3%
2023 23.84 64th 74 13.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Riverbend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 53.90 65th 147 55.8%
2021 26.05 85th 110 22.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Riverbend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 69.06 48th 159 69.8%
2021 13.30 128th 141 9.2%
2022 14.33 130th 143 9.1%
2023 34.43 99th 152 34.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Riverbend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 41.39 97th 159 39.0%
2021 12.54 132nd 142 7.0%
2022 17.67 131st 148 11.5%
2023 33.57 102nd 148 31.1%
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Rank History for Asian students at Riverbend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 59.82 11th 41 73.2%
2023 66.06 10th 36 72.2%
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Rank History for Native American students at Riverbend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 23.85 43rd 50 14.0%
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Rank History for White students at Riverbend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 67.11 39th 147 73.5%
2022 19.42 124th 137 9.5%
2023 54.48 57th 138 58.7%
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Data source: test scores: Alaska Department of Education and Early Developmenr, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

Riverbend Elementary Test Scores
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Data source: Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

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Enrollment information for Riverbend Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1998 243 11 49 15 146 n/a n/a 0 464
1999 244 12 60 12 156 n/a n/a 0 484
2000 248 8 60 12 127 n/a n/a 0 455
2001 228 6 66 17 135 n/a n/a 0 452
2002 193 5 64 21 128 n/a n/a 0 411
2003 193 5 64 21 128 n/a n/a 0 411
2004 196 2 58 22 122 n/a n/a 0 400
2005 170 1 56 24 116 n/a n/a 0 367
2006 174 2 55 26 101 n/a n/a 0 358
2007 192 2 60 28 95 n/a n/a 0 377
2008 196 1 54 25 109 n/a n/a 0 385
2009 191 1 41 17 96 6 0 0 352
2010 173 2 44 17 82 10 8 0 336
2011 160 2 37 23 90 8 14 0 334
2012 139 7 43 15 91 9 20 0 324
2013 136 4 35 11 92 11 20 0 309
2014 111 2 32 8 104 5 26 0 288
2015 102 2 35 8 97 4 30 0 278
2016 122 3 33 9 95 10 45 0 317
2017 117 3 33 14 82 12 55 0 316
2018 117 1 31 13 74 9 67 0 312
2019 91 1 30 12 72 12 88 0 306
2020 93 1 33 12 64 12 111 0 326
2021 64 1 32 13 45 14 86 0 255
2022 88 2 36 18 44 12 75 0 275
2023 75 0 34 21 41 12 85 0 268

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Riverbend Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1998 464 24.0 19.3 20.9
1999 484 27.5 17.6 21.9
2000 455 32.0 14.2 18
2001 452 30.0 15.1 22.3
2002 411 27.5 14.9 25.5
2003 411 27.5 14.9 25.5
2004 400 26.0 15.4 27.5
2005 367 23.4 15.7 29.7
2006 358 25.0 14.3 36.6
2007 377 25.8 14.6 31.8
2008 385 27.5 14.0 32.5
2009 352 26.4 13.3 28.1
2010 336 27.8 12.0 33.9
2011 334 26.8 12.4 43.1
2012 324 24.0 13.4 38.9
2013 309 22.3 13.8 42.4
2014 288 21.6 13.3 44.1
2015 278 21.0 13.2 49.6
2016 317 21.0 15.0 45.1
2017 316 22.1 14.2 44.6
2018 312 23.7 13.1 50
2019 306 21.4 14.2 51.3
2020 326 22.9 14.2 51.5
2021 255 23.2 10.9 n/a
2022 275 19.4 14.1 n/a
2023 268 21.4 12.5 45.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Riverbend Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1998 464 24.0 19.3 20.9
1999 484 27.5 17.6 21.9
2000 455 32.0 14.2 18
2001 452 30.0 15.1 22.3
2002 411 27.5 14.9 25.5
2003 411 27.5 14.9 25.5
2004 400 26.0 15.4 27.5
2005 367 23.4 15.7 29.7
2006 358 25.0 14.3 36.6
2007 377 25.8 14.6 31.8
2008 385 27.5 14.0 32.5
2009 352 26.4 13.3 28.1
2010 336 27.8 12.0 33.9
2011 334 26.8 12.4 43.1
2012 324 24.0 13.4 38.9
2013 309 22.3 13.8 42.4
2014 288 21.6 13.3 44.1
2015 278 21.0 13.2 49.6
2016 317 21.0 15.0 45.1
2017 316 22.1 14.2 44.6
2018 312 23.7 13.1 50
2019 306 21.4 14.2 51.3
2020 326 22.9 14.2 51.5
2021 255 23.2 10.9 n/a
2022 275 19.4 14.1 n/a
2023 268 21.4 12.5 45.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Riverbend Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,260 (10.7%) $18,848 (89.3%) $21,108

Data source: Alaska Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Riverbend Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 78th of 185 Elementary schoolsRanks 130th of 176 Elementary schools
 31.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
All Grades Science (Riverbend Elementary)48.940
 8.9%
   All Grades Science (Juneau Borough School District)51.342.9
 8.4%
   All Grades Science (Alaska)44.736.9
 7.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students306268
 12.4%
African American10
 100%
American Indian7241
 43.1%
Asian3034
 13.3%
Hispanic1221
 75%
Pacific Islander1212
White9175
 17.6%
Two or More Races8885
 3.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients51.3%45.5%
 5.8%


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Students at Riverbend Elementary are 32% Two or more races, 28% White, 15% American Indian, 13% Asian, 8% Hispanic, 4% Pacific Islander.

In the 2022-23 school year, 268 students attended Riverbend Elementary.

Riverbend Elementary ranks 130th of 176 Alaska elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Developmenr.

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