Riviera Elementary

Summary:

Riviera Elementary is a public elementary school in Torrance, California, serving 624 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. This high-performing school is part of the Torrance Unified School District, which is ranked 179 out of 1,560 districts in the state.

Riviera Elementary consistently ranks among the top California elementary schools, with a statewide ranking between 322 and 347 out of over 5,800 schools in recent years. The school's students perform exceptionally well on standardized tests, with significantly higher proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science compared to the district and state averages. Riviera Elementary's diverse student population, including strong performance for Hispanic students, English Language Learners, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, demonstrates the school's focus on equity and inclusive practices.

When compared to nearby schools, Riviera Elementary stands out as a high-performing institution. For example, Walteria Elementary and Anza Elementary, both within the Torrance Unified School District, lag behind Riviera Elementary in several key metrics. However, some schools in the neighboring Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, such as Cornerstone at Pedregal Elementary and Rancho Vista Elementary, outperform Riviera Elementary in certain areas, particularly in Mathematics and Science.


Detail:

Public K-5

 365 Paseo de Arena
       Torrance, CA  90505-6226


(310) 533-4460

District: Torrance Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
349th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $4,732 Help


Students who attend Riviera Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Edward J. Richardson Middle
High:    South High

Student/teacher ratio:  24.2 Help
Number of students:  624

Racial breakdown:

White:
47.4%
Asian:
17.9%
Hispanic:
17.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  12.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Riviera Elementary ranks better than 94.1% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 3rd among 17 ranked elementary schools in the Torrance Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 95.08. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Riviera Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (47.4%), Asian (17.9%), Hispanic (17.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 12.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Riviera Elementary is 24.2, which is the 7th best among 17 elementary schools in the Torrance Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Riviera Elementary is $4,732. 15 elementary schools in the Torrance Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Riviera Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Riviera Elementary 349th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Riviera Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Torrance Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Torrance Unified 181st of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Riviera Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Riviera Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 94.39 264th 4809 94.5%
2005 94.72 244th 4822 94.9%
2006 93.60 296th 4818 93.9%
2007 92.47 383rd 5113 92.5%
2008 91.80 382nd 5113 92.5%
2009 93.06 284th 5193 94.5%
2010 89.80 450th 5314 91.5%
2011 82.31 879th 5377 83.7%
2012 89.46 453rd 5390 91.6%
2013 89.51 497th 5530 91.0%
2015 94.65 347th 5611 93.8%
2016 91.87 507th 5614 91.0%
2017 91.89 526th 5692 90.8%
2018 86.62 819th 5662 85.5%
2019 88.13 746th 5789 87.1%
2022 95.61 322nd 5883 94.5%
2023 95.08 349th 5874 94.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Riviera Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.29 198th 339 41.6%
2019 50.87 253rd 445 43.1%
2022 76.45 130th 610 78.7%
2023 69.39 204th 669 69.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Riviera Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.68 259th 3246 92.0%
2022 91.65 146th 3311 95.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Riviera Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 89.24 180th 2420 92.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Riviera Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.07 912th 5084 82.1%
2022 84.05 594th 5264 88.7%
2023 75.97 950th 5374 82.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Riviera Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.95 718th 5413 86.7%
2019 89.07 609th 5492 88.9%
2022 94.54 331st 5635 94.1%
2023 95.42 250th 5617 95.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Riviera Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.48 263rd 2128 87.6%
2019 80.27 326th 2585 87.4%
2022 85.89 222nd 2227 90.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Riviera Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.30 922nd 5431 83.0%
2019 84.05 860th 5510 84.4%
2022 95.04 299th 5663 94.7%
2023 91.67 520th 5650 90.8%
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Rank History for Asian students at Riviera Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.22 636th 1071 40.6%
2019 61.28 539th 1149 53.1%
2022 78.03 200th 1154 82.7%
2023 76.46 242nd 1190 79.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Riviera Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.58 1066th 4830 77.9%
2019 84.13 546th 4963 89.0%
2022 93.20 255th 5084 95.0%
2023 96.34 121st 5098 97.6%
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Rank History for White students at Riviera Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 73.97 679th 2737 75.2%
2019 65.79 978th 2834 65.5%
2022 83.29 334th 2726 87.7%
2023 79.91 422nd 2662 84.1%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, 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.

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Enrollment information for Riviera Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 341 2 63 20 0 n/a n/a 0 426
1989 349 1 72 28 0 n/a n/a 0 450
1990 403 4 62 25 0 n/a n/a 0 494
1991 427 6 61 34 0 n/a n/a 0 528
1992 446 4 79 29 0 n/a n/a 0 558
1993 462 2 74 17 0 n/a n/a 0 555
1994 470 1 49 15 6 n/a n/a 0 541
1995 515 6 63 17 2 n/a n/a 0 603
1996 515 6 63 17 2 n/a n/a 0 603
1997 492 10 64 18 4 n/a n/a 0 588
1998 465 6 79 22 3 n/a n/a 0 575
1999 471 1 94 30 3 n/a n/a 0 599
2000 469 2 115 29 7 n/a n/a 0 622
2001 437 5 124 33 4 n/a n/a 0 603
2002 447 3 136 40 5 n/a n/a 0 631
2003 447 3 136 40 5 n/a n/a 0 631
2004 425 5 164 50 6 n/a n/a 3 653
2005 424 6 156 51 6 n/a n/a 7 650
2006 408 5 143 51 7 n/a n/a 13 627
2007 401 9 126 52 4 n/a n/a 61 653
2008 376 6 132 46 3 n/a n/a 0 563
2009 384 7 132 42 3 0 133 0 701
2010 414 9 141 55 3 0 84 0 706
2011 408 9 116 64 3 0 99 0 699
2012 406 9 133 67 3 1 96 0 715
2013 381 7 135 74 5 0 95 0 697
2014 329 4 132 103 1 0 97 0 666
2015 306 8 140 96 1 0 94 0 645
2016 303 7 131 104 1 0 106 0 652
2017 299 9 145 106 1 0 95 0 655
2018 303 9 152 104 1 1 98 0 668
2019 312 9 141 111 0 1 92 0 666
2020 310 4 131 117 0 0 85 0 647
2021 277 6 123 114 0 0 96 0 616
2022 283 5 105 112 0 0 83 0 588
2023 296 7 112 112 0 0 96 1 624

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 Riviera Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 426 14.0 30.4 n/a
1989 450 16.0 28.1 n/a
1990 494 16.0 30.8 n/a
1991 528 21.0 25.1 n/a
1992 558 21.3 26.1 4.3
1993 555 21.0 26.4 4.5
1994 541 20.0 27.0 6.5
1995 603 22.5 26.8 9.1
1996 603 22.5 26.8 9.1
1997 588 24.5 24.0 7.8
1998 575 25.5 22.5 5.7
1999 599 26.5 22.6 4.8
2000 622 29.0 21.4 6.1
2001 603 30.5 19.8 5.5
2002 631 33.0 19.1 4.4
2003 631 33.0 19.1 4.4
2004 653 30.5 21.4 3.7
2005 650 29.0 22.4 5.6
2006 627 28.5 22.0 5.5
2007 653 31.0 21.1 6.1
2008 563 33.5 16.8 8
2009 701 33.0 19.5 3.9
2010 706 29.5 23.9 6.4
2011 699 n/a n/a 8.9
2012 715 30.1 23.6 n/a
2013 697 32.2 21.6 9.9
2014 666 23.0 28.9 9
2015 645 24.0 26.8 9.1
2016 652 25.0 26.0 11.2
2017 655 25.0 26.2 10.5
2018 668 26.3 25.3 13.6
2019 666 25.5 26.1 14.9
2020 647 n/a n/a 12.8
2021 616 25.3 24.2 15.1
2022 588 26.7 21.9 12.2
2023 624 25.7 24.2 12.2

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 Riviera Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 426 14.0 30.4 n/a
1989 450 16.0 28.1 n/a
1990 494 16.0 30.8 n/a
1991 528 21.0 25.1 n/a
1992 558 21.3 26.1 4.3
1993 555 21.0 26.4 4.5
1994 541 20.0 27.0 6.5
1995 603 22.5 26.8 9.1
1996 603 22.5 26.8 9.1
1997 588 24.5 24.0 7.8
1998 575 25.5 22.5 5.7
1999 599 26.5 22.6 4.8
2000 622 29.0 21.4 6.1
2001 603 30.5 19.8 5.5
2002 631 33.0 19.1 4.4
2003 631 33.0 19.1 4.4
2004 653 30.5 21.4 3.7
2005 650 29.0 22.4 5.6
2006 627 28.5 22.0 5.5
2007 653 31.0 21.1 6.1
2008 563 33.5 16.8 8
2009 701 33.0 19.5 3.9
2010 706 29.5 23.9 6.4
2011 699 n/a n/a 8.9
2012 715 30.1 23.6 n/a
2013 697 32.2 21.6 9.9
2014 666 23.0 28.9 9
2015 645 24.0 26.8 9.1
2016 652 25.0 26.0 11.2
2017 655 25.0 26.2 10.5
2018 668 26.3 25.3 13.6
2019 666 25.5 26.1 14.9
2020 647 n/a n/a 12.8
2021 616 25.3 24.2 15.1
2022 588 26.7 21.9 12.2
2023 624 25.7 24.2 12.2

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.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Riviera Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201295.0%3.0%1.0%1.0%95.0%95.0%96.0%95.0%95.0%
201473.0%2.0%0.0%25.0%88.0%98.0%98.0%91.0%89.0%
201581.0%5.0%0.0%15.0%90.0%92.0%95.0%91.0%86.0%
201686.0%0.0%7.0%8.0%89.0%93.0%93.0%89.0%92.0%
201796.0%0.0%0.0%4.0%≥99.0%97.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%98.0%
201893.0%0.0%4.0%0.0%96.0%93.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%
201996.0%2.0%2.0%97.0%97.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%
202096.7%2.2%1.1%96.7%
202195.1%3.7%1.2%95.1%96.3%95.1%96.3%
202296.5%0.0%3.5%96.5%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Riviera Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $4,732

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Riviera Elementary

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 746th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 349th of 5874 Elementary schools
 6.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Riviera Elementary)74.876.8
 2.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Torrance Unified)66.765.7
 1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Riviera Elementary)80.477.9
 2.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Torrance Unified)73.971.9
 2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Riviera Elementary)78.583.3
 4.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Torrance Unified)66.670.5
 3.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Riviera Elementary)77.178.6
 1.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Torrance Unified)70.572.5
 2.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Riviera Elementary)6673.2
 7.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Torrance Unified)70.470.6
 0.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Riviera Elementary)61.373.2
 11.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Torrance Unified)65.764.4
 1.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Riviera Elementary)47.263.9
 16.7%
   5th Grade Science (Torrance Unified)52.453.4
 1.1%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students666624
 6.3%
African American97
 22.2%
American Indian00
Asian141112
 20.6%
Hispanic111112
 0.9%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White312296
 5.1%
Two or More Races9296
 4.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients14.9%12.2%
 2.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Riviera Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 624 students attended Riviera Elementary.

Yes. Riviera Elementary ranks in the top 5.9% of California elementary schools.

Students at Riviera Elementary are 47% White, 18% Asian, 18% Hispanic, 15% Two or more races, 1% African American.

Students who attend Riviera Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Edward J. Richardson Middle
High : South High


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