Riverheads Elementary School Not Making the Grade

By: Sonia Randev
By: Sonia Randev

"We want every child to be successful. I want everybody to understand that. We're not making any excuses," says Gary McQuain.

For the past three years, students at Riverheads Elementary school have passed the SOLs and have been fully accredited by the state. But last year, they missed meeting the marks required for "No Child Left Behind." Because the school receives federal funding to help children in high poverty areas, it's required that parents be given the option to transfer their child.

Approximately 560 students attend Riverheads elementary school. Parents here have been sent a letter home explaining all of the transfer options. The transfer option would be available at no cost, and transportation would be part of this.

Riverheads Principal Robert Bateman says they have implemented remediation programs to ensure every child is successful. "We have worked very hard to improve not just the children in our sub groups but for all children in our school that were struggling with reading. We've been working very hard to improve those scores," says Mr. Bateman.

The deadline to transfer is August 12.


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