Riverside Elementary

Summary:

Riverside Elementary is a public elementary school in Orlando, Florida, serving 540 students in grades PK-5 as part of the Orange County School District. The school faces significant challenges, including a high percentage of African American students, chronic absenteeism rates well above nearby schools, and consistently low academic performance compared to district and state averages.

Riverside Elementary has a student population that is 48.15% African American, which is significantly higher than the surrounding schools, which range from 15.37% to 83.76% African American. The school also struggles with chronic absenteeism, with rates ranging from 24.0% to 38.2% over the past few years, far exceeding nearby schools like Bear Lake Elementary School in the Seminole County district. Academically, Riverside Elementary consistently underperforms compared to the Orange County and Florida state averages in English Language Arts and Math proficiency across all grade levels.

The high rates of chronic absenteeism at Riverside Elementary appear to be closely linked to the school's low academic performance, as students who are chronically absent likely miss critical instructional time. Additionally, the school's spending per student, ranging from $10,284 to $11,784, is on par with or slightly higher than nearby schools, suggesting that additional resources or targeted interventions may be needed to support student learning. While the nearby Aspire Academy Charter performs significantly worse than Riverside Elementary, the challenges facing Riverside highlight the importance of factors beyond just school type in driving student outcomes.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 3125 Pembrook Dr
       Orlando, FL  32810


(407) 296-6520

District: Orange

SchoolDigger Rank:
1884th of 2,256 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,780 Help


Students who attend Riverside Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Lockhart Middle
High:    Wekiva High

Student/teacher ratio:  16.3 Help
Number of students:  540

Racial breakdown:

African American:
48.1%
Hispanic:
30.2%
White:
15.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  72.4% Help


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Compare Details Riverside Elementary ranks worse than 83.5% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 144th among 163 ranked elementary schools in the Orange School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2024 the calculated Average Standard Score was 20.78. (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 Riverside Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: African American (48.1%), Hispanic (30.2%), White (15.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 72.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Riverside Elementary is 16.3. 99 elementary schools in the Orange School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Riverside Elementary is $10,780. 101 elementary schools in the Orange School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Riverside Elementary was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Orange:

SchoolDigger ranks Orange 31st of 68 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Riverside Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 58.66 714th 1688 57.7%
2007 44.71 1047th 1786 41.4%
2008 32.19 1305th 1789 27.1%
2009 30.50 1394th 1847 24.5%
2010 30.74 1419th 1919 26.1%
2011 19.94 1695th 1985 14.6%
2012 27.35 1511th 1984 23.8%
2013 30.02 1485th 2029 26.8%
2014 41.70 1210th 2064 41.4%
2016 34.38 1391st 2087 33.3%
2017 27.90 1555th 2112 26.4%
2018 18.77 1814th 2118 14.4%
2019 26.22 1682nd 2182 22.9%
2021 21.78 1779th 2247 20.8%
2022 30.96 1552nd 2219 30.1%
2023 22.04 1833rd 2240 18.2%
2024 20.78 1884th 2256 16.5%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Florida Department of Education

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by a parent
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Open Quote Horrible parents. Horrible students. Faculty with their hands tied. Steer clear of this school. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Riverside Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 427 69 12 56 1 n/a n/a 0 565
1989 431 70 13 75 1 n/a n/a 0 590
1990 421 84 16 87 2 n/a n/a 0 610
1991 430 105 14 96 0 n/a n/a 0 645
1992 444 85 7 42 1 n/a n/a 0 579
1993 461 113 10 53 2 n/a n/a 0 639
1994 428 86 11 50 0 n/a n/a 0 575
1995 419 137 20 56 1 n/a n/a 0 633
1996 419 137 20 56 1 n/a n/a 0 633
1997 544 197 18 101 3 n/a n/a 0 863
1998 555 225 18 108 2 n/a n/a 0 908
1999 495 216 15 125 1 n/a n/a 0 852
2000 435 184 17 137 2 n/a n/a 0 775
2001 427 183 17 139 3 n/a n/a 0 769
2002 328 195 9 111 1 n/a n/a 0 644
2003 328 195 9 111 1 n/a n/a 0 644
2004 344 221 10 108 0 n/a n/a 0 683
2005 306 247 10 130 0 n/a n/a 0 693
2006 291 227 11 129 0 n/a n/a 0 658
2007 230 199 13 131 0 n/a n/a 48 621
2008 220 201 18 148 0 n/a n/a 46 633
2009 201 223 19 143 0 n/a n/a 55 641
2010 196 220 16 130 2 n/a n/a 52 616
2011 183 227 12 129 1 0 48 0 600
2012 184 262 13 142 1 0 35 0 637
2013 157 264 11 137 0 0 29 0 598
2014 169 278 10 158 2 2 23 0 642
2015 174 273 7 151 2 2 28 0 637
2016 175 289 8 146 2 2 31 0 653
2017 161 277 10 155 1 0 38 0 642
2018 142 245 11 160 0 0 28 0 586
2019 125 267 15 150 0 0 29 0 586
2020 110 286 12 126 0 1 22 0 557
2021 84 253 12 118 0 0 21 0 488
2022 84 259 12 147 1 0 20 0 523
2023 86 260 11 163 0 0 20 0 540

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 Riverside Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 565 32.0 17.6 32.9
1989 590 36.0 16.3 32.5
1990 610 38.0 16.0 35.7
1991 645 38.0 16.9 36.1
1992 579 33.0 17.5 0.2
1993 639 33.0 19.4 20.7
1994 575 34.0 16.9 19.5
1995 633 32.0 19.8 37.9
1996 633 32.0 19.8 37.9
1997 863 42.0 20.5 46.6
1998 908 51.0 17.8 39.5
1999 852 53.0 16.1 56.5
2000 775 48.0 16.1 59.9
2001 769 43.0 17.9 57.7
2002 644 43.0 15.0 52.6
2003 644 43.0 15.0 52.6
2004 683 42.0 16.3 55.2
2005 693 43.0 16.1 71.1
2006 658 44.0 15.0 62.8
2007 621 42.0 14.8 64
2008 633 40.0 15.8 69
2009 641 42.0 15.6 70.6
2010 616 39.0 15.7 72.5
2011 600 42.0 14.2 74.5
2012 637 47.0 13.5 66.6
2013 598 41.0 14.5 81.9
2014 642 46.0 13.9 82.1
2015 637 44.0 14.4 80.7
2016 653 43.0 15.1 99.5
2017 642 44.0 14.5 99.5
2018 586 40.0 14.6 74.7
2019 586 35.0 16.7 68.6
2020 557 36.0 15.4 80.1
2021 488 36.0 13.5 71.1
2022 523 31.0 16.8 76.1
2023 540 33.0 16.3 72.4

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 Riverside Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 565 32.0 17.6 32.9
1989 590 36.0 16.3 32.5
1990 610 38.0 16.0 35.7
1991 645 38.0 16.9 36.1
1992 579 33.0 17.5 0.2
1993 639 33.0 19.4 20.7
1994 575 34.0 16.9 19.5
1995 633 32.0 19.8 37.9
1996 633 32.0 19.8 37.9
1997 863 42.0 20.5 46.6
1998 908 51.0 17.8 39.5
1999 852 53.0 16.1 56.5
2000 775 48.0 16.1 59.9
2001 769 43.0 17.9 57.7
2002 644 43.0 15.0 52.6
2003 644 43.0 15.0 52.6
2004 683 42.0 16.3 55.2
2005 693 43.0 16.1 71.1
2006 658 44.0 15.0 62.8
2007 621 42.0 14.8 64
2008 633 40.0 15.8 69
2009 641 42.0 15.6 70.6
2010 616 39.0 15.7 72.5
2011 600 42.0 14.2 74.5
2012 637 47.0 13.5 66.6
2013 598 41.0 14.5 81.9
2014 642 46.0 13.9 82.1
2015 637 44.0 14.4 80.7
2016 653 43.0 15.1 99.5
2017 642 44.0 14.5 99.5
2018 586 40.0 14.6 74.7
2019 586 35.0 16.7 68.6
2020 557 36.0 15.4 80.1
2021 488 36.0 13.5 71.1
2022 523 31.0 16.8 76.1
2023 540 33.0 16.3 72.4

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Riverside Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $957 (9.9%) $8,692 (90.1%) $9,649
2019 $1,137 (12.0%) $8,329 (88.0%) $9,466
2020 $1,222 (11.9%) $9,061 (88.1%) $10,284
2021 $1,988 (18.6%) $8,719 (81.4%) $10,708
2022 $2,866 (24.3%) $8,919 (75.7%) $11,784
2023 $2,192 (20.3%) $8,588 (79.7%) $10,780

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Riverside Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1682nd of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 1833rd of 2240 Elementary schools
 4.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Riverside Elementary)4040
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Orange)5554
 1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5853
 5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Riverside Elementary)5449
 5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Orange)6261
 1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Florida)6258
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Riverside Elementary)3935
 4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Orange)5757
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5857
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Riverside Elementary)4935
 14%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Orange)6362
 1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6461
 3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Riverside Elementary)4341
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Orange)5453
 1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5655
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Riverside Elementary)4949
   5th Grade Mathematics (Orange)5752
 5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6052
 8%
5th Grade Science (Riverside Elementary)4141
   5th Grade Science (Orange)5459
 5%
   5th Grade Science (Florida)5351
 2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students586540
 7.8%
African American267260
 2.6%
American Indian00
Asian1511
 26.7%
Hispanic150163
 8.7%
Pacific Islander00
White12586
 31.2%
Two or More Races2920
 31%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients68.6%72.4%
 3.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Riverside Elementary

Students at Riverside Elementary are 48% African American, 30% Hispanic, 16% White, 4% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 540 students attended Riverside Elementary.

Students who attend Riverside Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Lockhart Middle
High : Wekiva High

Riverside Elementary ranks in the bottom 16.5% of Florida elementary schools.


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

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