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Did you know Riverwood is ranked in the top 10% of Best Charter High Schools in America as analyzed by Niche?
Niche ranks nearly 1000,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents. Read more here.
February 2020 Headlines
Four Riverwood students were named by the Reporter Newspapers to the annual "20 Under 20" list of outstanding students who give back to their community. Read about the four senior Raiders here.
Riverwood Student Named Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award
Riverwood Senior Hayes Miller has been selected by the Sandy Springs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution as their 2019-20 Good Citizen award recipient.
Riverwood Students Win Fulton High School Chef Competition
Riverwood's culinary students won first prize for their recipe, "Chicken, Spinach and Ricotta Calzone," which will be served in area high schools! Learn more here.
January 2020 Headlines
Advanced Placement Test Results Earn Honors
The Georgia Department of Education named Riverwood a 2020 AP STEM school, an AP Humanities School, an AP School of Distinction, and an AP Access and Support School based on the Spring 2019 Advanced Placement scores. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work.
Georgia’s public-school class of 2019 has the 17th-highest Advanced Placement (AP) pass rate in the nation, according to the College Board.
The STEM award recognizes schools with achievement in AP Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics courses. An AP STEM school has students testing in at least two AP Math and two AP Science courses. 183 High Schools in the State earned the AP Stem designation.
An AP Humanities School has students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one English/Language Arts course, two social science courses, one fine arts course, and one world language course. The Georgia Department of Education added the AP Humanities category in 2015 and Riverwood has earned this designation every year since it began. Only 70 high schools in Georgia made the AP Humanities list this year.
An AP School of Distinction has at least 20% of the total student population taking AP exams and at least 50% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher. Only 70 high schools in Georgia earned this designation in 2020.
An AP Access and Support School has at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African American and/or Hispanic, and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of three or higher. Only 78 high schools in Georgia earned this designation in 2020. Learn More
Congratulations to the 2020 Riverwood STAR Student and Teacher!
Congratulations to Riverwood Senior, Ricardo Ruiz, as the 2020 STAR Student and Mr. Rod Schopke as STAR Teacher. Ricardo is being recognized for receiving the highest combined SAT score in the Class of 2020 on a single test date. Mr. Schopke was selected by Ricardo as his STAR teacher for having the most significant impact on his scholastic achievement.
Four Riverwood Seniors Receive the Posse Scholarship
The following seniors were awarded the Posse Scholarship and will receive a full-tuition scholarship for four years to attend a Posse college and university partner school that they matched to attend. Congratulations to Tyara Thompson, America Betancourt-Guevera, and Zion Vital will attend The College of Wooster. Jermyle Jones will attend Texas A&M.
December 2019 Headlines
Riverwood Students Sign on National Signing Day
Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs recently had six student-athletes sign national letters of intent with the colleges of their choice on the NCAA’s early signing day.
Three teachers led Sandy Springs’ Riverwood International Charter School to bringing an award-winning outdoor garden and classroom coming to fruition. The garden won the District 3 Fulton County Citizens Commission on the Environment award on Oct. 16.The teachers involved included Patti Lawrimore, chair of the science department; Elissa Oliver, a chef and culinary arts teacher; and Isaac Seals, a science teacher and coach.
Sandy Springs students who once had to travel miles outside their local school zone to receive special education and peer support services are now the beneficiary of a thriving program at Riverwood International Charter School.
The Community Based Instruction program at Riverwood, founded when the new school opened in 2017 with oversight from Fulton County Schools, provides students with disabilities the opportunity to learn academic, community, daily-living, and career skills within the communities where they currently live, work, and shop.
The Raider Math and Writing Centers kicked off the 2019-20 school year with grand openings at Riverwood International Charter School. Unique to Fulton County and modeled after similar centers offered in collegiate settings, these two centers provide tutoring in math and writing for Riverwood's nearly 1,800 students. Each center is designed to enhance the learning experience and improve academic performance for students in grades 9-12. Combined, the centers offer nearly 70 tutors and each center plans to conduct at least 1,500 tutoring sessions this year.
Artwork created by Riverwood International Charter School juniors, Renee Alnoubani and Luna Ramirez, has been selected to appear in the 2019 Fulton County Schools Annual Comprehensive Financial Report. Each year the Fulton Schools Accounting Department requests art submissions from students in all 106 Fulton County Schools to be considered for publication in the annual report which is distributed to Fulton County employees and stakeholders. Submissions are provided by teachers and pieces are selected to represent the various districts within Fulton County Schools.
November 2019 Headlines
Riverwood Students Snags Perfect ACT Score
Riverwood Senior, Hanna McDaniel, scored a perfect score on the ACT. Read her story of how she prepared and her plans for the future!
Riverwood International Charter School hosted the grand opening of the recently finalized Raider MakerSpace for students, parents, administrators, and funders on Nov. 8. One of just a few makerspaces available to high school students in the Fulton County School System, the Raider MakerSpace is the ultimate in experiential learning, allowing students to conceive, fail, and persevere as they engage in creating things from the ground up.
Proceeds from the Nov. 9 race support the volunteer projects of the Riverwood Community Service Club, including Habitat for Humanity. Proceeds will also help purchase supplies for the 2020 Community Service trip to Nicaragua in April 2020. Approximately 25 Community Service Club members will participate in this trip helping communities in need in Nicaragua.
PTSA Reflections Winners 2019-2020: "Look Within"
The National PTSA Reflections program is an arts recognition and achievement program for all high school students. Each year, students from all over the country submit original creative works responding to the 2019-2020 theme: "Look Within". The list of Riverwood Reflections winner and North Fulton Reflections winners are listed here.
October 2019 Headlines
Raiders Named National Merit Commended Students
Seven Riverwood International Charter School seniors were named National Merit Commended Students in recognition of their exceptional academic promise. Congratulations to Neha Devineni, Sharon Lim, Luca Maddaleni, Chandler McCleskey, Casey Scheele, Eashan Sinha and Ryan Stoddard for this achievement. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized as National Merit Commended Students.
September 2019 Headlines
Riverwood Culinary Students at Southern Wing Showdown
Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs recently sent 20 culinary arts students to the Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown at The Fairmont in west Midtown, where they assisted 30 chefs from top restaurants across the Southeast. The students, all juniors and seniors, were paired with chefs to provide help with plating, cooking and other culinary duties. The Southern Wing Showdown, produced by the Taste of Atlanta, raised funds and awareness for two charities: Angel Flight Soars and Second Helpings Atlanta.
Spring 2019 Honor Roll and Principal’s List Announced
Principal’s List students earned a cumulative grade point average of 95 or higher; they were recognized during the school day on Thursday, September 5. Honor Roll students achieved a cumulative average between 90-94.9 and were recognized during the school day on Tuesday, September 10. Congratulations to these outstanding scholars for a successful semester and for their demonstrated commitment to academic excellence.
August 2019 Headlines
13 Raiders Selected for Youth Leadership Sandy Springs
Congratulations to Katie Abbott, Allie Abbot, Alexander Garcia-Gama, Taylor Goldman, Eliza Hodges, Lily Hodges, Layann Kashlan, Rob Lindberg, Piero Maddaleni, John Mason, Max Ortson, Charles Proctor, and Zoe Siegel for being selected for the 2019-20 Youth Leadership Sandy Springs Class. The 13 inductees join 38 Sandy Springs area high school students in the year-long program designed to enhance and enrich their understanding of the city. Throughout the year, they will examine the environment, city government, non-profits, law enforcement, as well as business and public safety. Launched by Leadership Sandy Springs in 2011, YLSS is based on Leadership Sandy Springs’ successful 31-year-old program developing community leaders. The Raiders are proud to carry on the tradition of having significant representation in YLSS.