Riverwatch Middle School

Public 6-8

 610 James Burgess Rd
       Suwanee, GA  30024

 (678) 455-7311

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District: Forsyth County

SchoolDigger Rank:
3rd of 551 Georgia Middle Schools

Student/teacher ratio:  19.3
Number of students:  1,388

Racial breakdown:


Free/discounted lunch recipients:  4.7%

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We updated the 2018-19 rankings and test scores for this school on Friday, July 26, 2019.

Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2019, Riverwatch Middle School ranked better than 99.5% of middle schools in Georgia. It also ranked 2nd among 10 ranked middle schools in the Forsyth County School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 99.38. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Riverwatch Middle School has the largest middle school student body size in the Forsyth County School District. Racial makeup is: Asian (48.7%), White (38.7%), Hispanic (5.2%). (See more...)
Compare Details 4.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Riverwatch Middle School is 19.3, which is the highest among 10 middle schools in the Forsyth County School District! (See more...)
Compare Riverwatch Middle School employs 71.9 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2019 Rankings:

Riverwatch Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Riverwatch Middle School 3rd of 551 Georgia public middle schools. (See Riverwatch Middle School in the ranking list.)

Forsyth County:

SchoolDigger ranks Forsyth County 5th of 189 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Riverwatch Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 91.77 2nd 420 99.5%
2007 91.73 3rd 445 99.3%
2008 92.41 2nd 462 99.6%
2009 90.77 2nd 466 99.6%
2010 89.55 3rd 494 99.4%
2011 88.33 2nd 504 99.6%
2012 86.27 7th 508 98.6%
2013 86.50 4th 527 99.2%
2014 85.24 11th 521 97.9%
2015 99.33 2nd 537 99.6%
2016 99.43 2nd 545 99.6%
2017 99.72 1st 539 99.8%
2018 99.72 1st 543 99.8%
2019 99.38 3rd 551 99.5%

Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Riverwatch Middle School Test Scores
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by a parent
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Open Quote We recently moved here from Virginia. My daughter has always struggled with learning and has had an an I.E.P. (Individualized Education Program) for the last 3 years which basically means she's allowed certain accommodations to help her learn. With Riverwatch being #1 & having such high test scores and my daughter coming from a less than desirable school in Virginia (low test scores) I was concerned Riverwatch would be so focused on getting those high test scores that she'd be pushed aside as a lost cause or pushed so much to get high test scores that she'd be stressed out. However, that has NOT been the case. Her Math & ELA classes are her extra help classes and her Science & Social Studies are regular classes all four teachers have been amazing! They truly want your child to succeed & they make sure any improvement your child makes is recognized. That means if your child gets a D on a quiz but a C on the test, the teachers congratulate them on their improvement. They're not just telling the A students good job. This is SO encouraging to my daughter! She was mostly a C student before Riverwatch & now she has all A's & B's on her 1st & 2nd quarter marking periods. She is SO much more confident and is a much happy child. I know some of the improvement in my daughter is due to the way Forsyth County teaches but I also know it's mainly due to Riverwatch & their awesome teachers!
Oh and as for loads of "busy work" and homework some reviewers have talked about, that has also NOT been the case. At least so far for 6th grade. Most of her homework has been to study for a quiz or test, which is mostly done through games & videos that the teachers put on the It's Learning app Forsyth County schools use. This is a really fun way for them to study & my daughter LOVES it! Close Quote

by a student
Friday, June 1, 2018

Open Quote I am a senior at Lambert high school, I wrote a review a couple years back (could not find it on here?) and I still stand by every word I said. It was a VERY long and detailed review. Let me start with this: I don't know who is giving good reviews and telling you that RMS is a great school. Your children are lying to you if they tell you "oh yeah it's fine". Only specific kids have it good there, because of all the bias and favoritism the teachers posses. Although there were some nice things I remember about my time there, when I am asked how my experience was, my first response is always negative. Shoutout to Misty Southern, Melissa Ryan, Mr. Prather, Amy Johnson, Lisa Alliston, Ms. Storm, Ms. Hunley, Ms. Rodriguez, Mr. Koperniak, and a few others for being good teachers that actually care. Otherwise, most/a large portion of the teachers do not seem to care. They depend on textbooks and outdated videos to teach, and give the students too much busy work, with less time spent teaching/learning. For example, I had several teachers that did not teach at ALL, they gave busy work with fill in notes that you have to find yourself online or in textbooks. There was a lot of material given on tests/quizzes that were not taught prior to taking them. The counselors like to tell themselves that showing us sad YouTube videos and more fill in notes will definitely help every student and that they're job consists of nothing more. RMS was a huge contribution to my depression, anxiety, and more. I enjoyed participating in the plays, however there was always still some bias. Food is straight up bad. Prison food is statistically better and I'm sure 99 of the students agree. They leave no room for social life, free time outside of school, or childhood. I do NOT recommend RMS. If possible, find another school. They are straight up rude, pessimistic and give no attempt to understand the students better. Close Quote

by a principal
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Open Quote The principals don't know a thing about science!!! You can't punish a kid for being curious about science, but they did. 3 days of OSS for science, not even something unsafe like during a lab and not following instructions. Just looking up some stuff about biology on the bus. So glad I'm out of that hellhole Close Quote

by a parent
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Open Quote All I ask is for some sort of fair, respectful, positive type environment for my child to learn. Riverwatch is not that place. At least half of the administrators and teachers absolutely DO NOT CARE about the children at all. Reminds me of pushing a herd of cattle through a system. Disappointing in so many ways. Close Quote

by a parent
Monday, February 2, 2015

Open Quote Extremely disappointed. The principal does not care for academies, but puts more emphasis on sports.
Being a parent of a student on the Academic Bowl, I thought the school would provide the money to support the club.
However, unlike schools who focus on academics and support it, they made us pay $40.
I do not mind paying the $40. However, what's shocking is that the school gives little interest in those areas.
Not just academics, but also areas like band and chorus. Student numbers increase for band every year. However, the band room's size stays the same.
The school takes pride in academics and arrogantly boasts that Riverwatch is the best public school in Georgia.
However, the reality is strikingly and shockingly different.
The real world are math and science competitions.
However, Riverwatch discourages that and so do the students who attend there.
Compared to schools like South or Piney Grove, Riverwatch lacks in a lot of areas.
Riverwatch, stop being arrogant and ignorant. Open up your eyes to see the reality.
My child tells me teachers boast about how Riverwatch is always #1 or #2 in Georgia.
And he has attended for 3 years.
Terrible, terrible school. Close Quote

by a parent
Saturday, December 27, 2014

Open Quote Extremely rude staff; principal does not care about academics. She cuts academic, music, and arts programs in favor of additional funding for the football and basketball teams. The administration/counseling staff are very rude and selectively enforce rules, always taking the word of white children over my (Asian) kids. The gym floor is renovated every year, but the band room constantly exceeds the fire department's occupancy limits because it is too small to accommodate the students. I have seen this for myself. The Spanish language program has almost been entirely cut. But guess what: the gym floor was renovated again. The science program runs on a smaller budget than the gym. Awful school. Truly awful. Close Quote

Enrollment information for Riverwatch Middle School

Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2005 760 8 22 13 1 n/a n/a 6 810
2006 867 13 31 16 0 n/a n/a 9 936
2007 970 11 60 30 0 n/a n/a 8 1079
2008 865 14 71 24 0 n/a n/a 16 990
2009 910 28 112 30 0 n/a n/a 15 1095
2010 837 25 137 63 4 0 32 0 1098
2011 875 38 167 82 6 0 30 0 1198
2012 905 46 193 69 8 0 35 0 1256
2013 985 37 249 74 5 0 38 0 1388
2014 981 48 303 70 3 0 44 0 1449
2015 821 50 422 64 4 0 33 0 1394
2016 673 48 520 68 5 0 35 0 1349
2017 586 53 611 68 5 1 36 0 1360
2018 537 58 676 72 4 2 39 0 1388

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 Riverwatch Middle School

Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 810 49.0 16.5 1.4
2006 936 60.5 15.5 1.6
2007 1079 70.5 15.3 2.8
2008 990 69.5 14.2 2.9
2009 1095 73.0 15.0 3.3
2010 1098 68.0 16.1 5.8
2011 1198 66.5 18.0 6.9
2012 1256 71.0 17.6 7.7
2013 1388 72.0 19.2 6.9
2014 1449 77.8 18.6 6.7
2015 1394 73.0 19.0 5.8
2016 1349 70.0 19.2 5.3
2017 1360 70.5 19.2 5.1
2018 1388 71.9 19.3 4.7

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Riverwatch Middle School

Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 810 49.0 16.5 1.4
2006 936 60.5 15.5 1.6
2007 1079 70.5 15.3 2.8
2008 990 69.5 14.2 2.9
2009 1095 73.0 15.0 3.3
2010 1098 68.0 16.1 5.8
2011 1198 66.5 18.0 6.9
2012 1256 71.0 17.6 7.7
2013 1388 72.0 19.2 6.9
2014 1449 77.8 18.6 6.7
2015 1394 73.0 19.0 5.8
2016 1349 70.0 19.2 5.3
2017 1360 70.5 19.2 5.1
2018 1388 71.9 19.3 4.7

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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