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Atlanta Schools Guide: Riverwood International Charter School

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Overview:

Riverwood International Charter School is located in Sandy Springs and services students in grades 9-12. It is one of four magent schools in Fulton County and offers a four-year International Studies program and International Baccalaureate program. The school accepts students living both in the Riverwood area and within the Fulton County School District.

School Basics:

Riverwood International Charter School

5900 Raider Drive NW
Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328

404-847-1980; 404-255-8709 (fax)

email: info@riverwoodcs.org
www.riverwoodics.org

Administration

Principal: Eddie Echols
Assistant Principals: Pete Harris, Lenora Patterson and Kari Schrock

The school has approximately 1,400 students.

Other related information:

The school offers students classes in foreign language, including Spanish, French and Japanese. Riverwood also offers a number of clubs and organizations such as chess, debate, National Honor Society, recycling, SADD, student council and yearbook. Students have eight 48 minute classes a day.

Academic Achievements:

  • Newsweek (2010) ranked Riverwood as the #1 public school in Fulton County and #2 in the state.
  • Made AYP for the 4th consecutive year (2009-2010).
  • Class of 2009 were offered more than $12.1 million in scholarships and were accepted to 184 universities and colleges.

According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, charter schools are independent public schools that are free to be more innovative and are held accountable for improved student achievement. They foster a partnership between parents, teachers and students to create an environment in which parents can be more involved, teachers are given the freedom to innovate and students are provided the structure they need to learn.

There are currently more than 120 charter schools in the state of Georgia with nearly 65,000 students attending those schools. Read about other charter schools in the metro Atlanta area: Atlanta Preparatory Academy, Walton High School, Tech High School, KIPP South Fulton Academy, North Springs Charter School, Chamblee Charter High School, Dunwoody Springs Charter Elementary, Fulton Science Academy, and Amana Academy. In Georgia, 83 percent (82.9) of Independent charter schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP, the national measure of student performance) in 2009 compared to 79 percent (79.1) of all traditional public schools. Also, 81 percent (81.1) of all charter schools made AYP compared to 79 percent of all traditional public schools.

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