Cool School: River Oaks Middle School

Cool School: River Oaks Middle School (Image 1)

River Oaks Middle School has well-rounded students, excelling in academics, fine arts, and athletics. We’re in Dorchester county for our Cool School of the week.

Classical guitar, dance, piano, chorus, band, orchestra, visual arts and steel drums, River Oaks Middle School has a state of the art facility and an outstanding fine arts program. Located in North Charleston area of Dorchester District Two, the Palmetto Silver award winning school has 1025 students.

River Oaks has received an “A” rating the past two years on the federal report card. The school has a strong academic program that offers several high school credit courses at the middle school level. They have an award winning robotics program, that has competed regionally and advanced to the state tournament three years in a row. Principal Scott Matthews says River Oaks Middle School continues to thrive on three founding principles: excellence, innovation and relationships. Matthews says,”Our kids are very proud of our school. The spirit in this school is just tremendous and to me that’s what it’s all about with the kids. Not only are they learning, they’re excited about learning, and they’re taking advantage of all the opportunities we have here.” Eighth grade student Diego Valenzuela says, “We have a lot of after school opportunities like sports, robotics, junior Beta Club. We have a great staff, our teachers are lovely. They make the work amazing. It’s not just boring work, they make it fun.” Sixth grade student Trinity Versey says, “River Oaks offers a lot of opportunities like extra curricular activities and the teachers here are really sweet. Whenever I first moved here since I moved here from Colorado, I didn’t have any friends, and so when I got into middle school, I know all these really nice teachers and i just gained a lot more confidence in myself in middle school.” Teacher of the year Matthew Moschel says, “River Oaks Middle School is a Cool School probably because of our students. We have a very diverse population of very motivated students as well as the teachers here are motivated.” Eighth grade student Julian Fite says, “They’re nice and they care about you. It’s like so nice and awesome. Every kid should come to this school and enjoy it.”

River Oaks’ honors band and chorus will perform at Walt Disney World in May. They’re top notch when it comes to athletics as well, River Oaks has won district championships this year in football, boys basketball and girls volleyball and the girls basketball team finished as the district runner up.

Coming up Wednesday on News 2 today, we’ll tell you about a cool and unique program at River Oaks, the Civil Air Patrol program, which allows students opportunities to fly airplanes.

We want to hear about the good things going on at your school. Send an email to Octavia at, maybe your school will be the next Cool School of the week.

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