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14601 Montrose Ave. OH Cleveland, 44111-1322

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School Summary


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Self-contained gifted & talented


At Riverside School we focus on the whole child. Students here are empowered to see themselves as leaders, today as well as in the future. Not only does our excellent staff of educators build the 21st century skills that scholars need to thrive, they also create a nurturing environment. They provide opportunities for all students to shine.

Every morning, our day begins with student-led teams who create and deliver the morning announcements, sharing their vision for the day with personal flair. Our student leaders work with the administration through an active student council to create mutual direction and understanding. In addition, our peer-mediation and peer-tutoring programs create relationships of trust among the student body. At Riverside School, we believe that every community member has a voice that should be heard.

You will find an administration team who make it a goal to build one-on-one relationships with every student. Whether visiting classrooms for read aloud time, engaging younger student in small group “Juice and Jokes” sessions, or celebrating scholar success with “Pizza and Prizes,” the focus is always on building trust. Students are encouraged to expand higher-level thinking through programs such as Accelerated Reader, First in Math, Bridge Club, Science Club, and much more. We know your child as a learner and as an individual.

Riverside school also boasts a strong athletics department, offering Girls Basketball, Girls Volleyball, Co-ed Soccer, and Boys Basketball. In recent years our teams have taken top honors in the city. Our dedicated staff gives generously of their time to make this opportunity a reality for scholars in grades seven and eight.

Special education servicing at Riverside is robust. Every scholar, from the gifted to the medically fragile, will find a home here. We are proud to have a diverse learning population that provides an environment of acceptance and tolerance.

Thanks to the generosity of Cleveland residents, Riverside School provides state-of-the-art facilities including a full gym, technology lab, science lab, performance stage, and much more. We encourage you to visit our school to find out for yourself the great things that are happening in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Special Programs

Highlighted Academic Offerings

  • Gifted and Talented Classes, 2nd to 5th grades
  •  Honors Courses
  •  Spanish, Pre-K through 8th grade
  •  Pre-Algebra

Student Engagement and Activities

  • Girls Basketball – District Second Place Winners 2014
  • Girls Volleyball – District Winners 2014
  • Co-Ed Socceer
  • Track & Field
  • Boys Basketball
  • We Run This City! Running Club – Largest Team 2014 and 2015
  • Morning Open Gym for middle school during winter months
  • Camp Invention After School Program
  • Student Council

Parent & Community Involvement

  • Parent/Teacher Council
  • Diversity Center Partnership
  • Camp Hiram Outdoor Education Partnership

Student Resources and Services

  • Applewood Social Services
  • Multiple Handicapped Units
  • Speech, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy Services
  • Peer Mediation
  • Full-Time Nurse
  • Free Breakfast and Lunch for all students
  • Technology Lab
  • Full Gym
  • Science Lab


Students at Riverside engage every day with technology.  Each classroom is equipped with a Smart Board and numerous computer stations.  We also have a computer lab that classroom teachers access weekly.

Our technology focus is to build student capacity through engaging programming.  Riverside students have the following incorporated into daily instruction:

  • Read 180
  • Imagine Learning
  • Accelerated Reader
  • First in Math
  • Vizzle
  • A to Z Reading
  • Classroom Dojo
  • Brain Pop


  • Riverside school has 1.5 security guards to ensure safe entrance to the building each day.
  • Security Cameras
  • Carline for Arrival and Dismissal
  • Crossing Guards


  • Principal, Paige Baublitz-Watkins, is licensed in special education, gifted education, and administration.
  • Assistant Principal, Ricardo Torres, is licensed in special education, administration and is Spanish bilingual.

Transportation Info

The District provides yellow bus service grades K-5 for all students who live at least a mile from their “assigned school.” In grades 6 through 12, CMSD will pay the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to transport students who live at least a half-mile from their “assigned school.” If a student chooses to attend another school that isn’t their “assigned school” or a designated “specialty” school, then the District may not be able to provide transportation services. For information about transportation options, call 216.634.7020. Additional services available from Pre-K to 12 based on a student’s special needs and Individual Education Plan. Contact the student’s IEP case manager at the school for details.

Special Education

MD/Autism, Gifted & Talented, LEP/ELLs

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