Principal's Message

Dear Staff, Students, and Parents,

Welcome to the new school year. Our commitment at Riverside Drive Charter School is to provide a safe and intellectually challenging environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers and inspired learners prepared to thrive in the twenty-first century. Riverside Drive Charter is a student-centered school that prides itself on working closely with families to create an exceptional learning environment for our students. It is my desire to keep the focus on increasing student achievement and doing whatever it takes to help all our students be successful and enjoy coming to school each day. I believe that an elementary school should be the foundation for a lifetime of learning.

The Riverside Drive staff desires to provide your child with the best educational program possible. We are committed to the following:

  • Creating a safe and caring school that students enjoy going to and parents are proud to have their children attend.
  • Increasing student achievement for ALL students and helping each student master curricular standards.
  • Knowing each student as a unique and special individual so that we can challenge him or her at his or her current level.
  • Developing a strong school/family communication and support system.

Regularly checking on your child's progress is very important. It will help you notice strengths and find areas that need to be strengthened. Talk to your child daily about what he/she does in the classroom and on the playground. If you have concerns or questions about your child's progress, please contact your child's teacher. The school's phone number is (818) 990-4525 or email your child's teacher by accessing the Staff Directory section of our website. In addition, prompt and consistent attendance is a necessary and important component of your child’s education. To help us provide your child with the best education possible, please avoid being absent unless absolutely necessary. If your child is absent, please call the school at (818) 990-4525 to report the illness and send a note on your child’s first day back. 

You are the best gift you can give your child. You are your child's first and most important teacher. Spend time with your child. The elementary years go quickly, but they are among the most important and fundamental years of your child’s life.

Great things are happening at Riverside Drive Charter School! We encourage you to get involved by becoming an approved volunteer, be a part of the Governance Council, joining the PTA, and by taking an active role in your child's education. Please don't hesitate to let us know if we can be of any assistance. We are here to help you and, most importantly, to help your child be successful!

In conclusion, I wish you all a wonderful school year.

Nicole Richardson, Principal