Dr. Debra Smith, Principal
Donna Wiggins, Assistant Principal
1742 Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30501
770-534-4141  FAX:  770-531-3054
Twitter:  @riverbendes

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School Supply Lists for 2013-2014 School Year 

2013 -2014 School Supply List - If you are student who is entering the ASA program for grades below, please use the supply lists below. 

ASA First Grade Supply List

ASA Third Grade Supply List

ASA Fourth and Fifth Grades Supply List

Kindergarten Registration for 2013-2014
March 25th, 26th, 27th - 8 am - 2 pm
March 27th - 4-7 pm

Illustration of school supplies, a box of crayons
Please bring the following for kindergarten registration:

1.  Your child
2.  Your child's birth certificate
3.  Your child's social security card/number
4.  Certificate of Immunization (form 3231)
5.  Certificate of Ear, Eye, Dental exam (form 3300)
6.  Proof of residency in Hall County district

Please see below for information about the Advanced Scholars Academy at Riverbend.  Any student in Hall County may apply.

North Hall Community Education Foundation

4th Annual


The Foundation Shrimp Boil will take place March 29, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the 
Walters Barn in Lula.


For more information, please click on the Foundation's logo on the right sidebar of our home page.

Riverbend Elementary's 
"Birdies for Books and Tees for Technology"
9th Annual Golf Tournament

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Click HERE for a brochure!
Please see our golf tournament page for more information too.

*Visit our Little Free Library at Riverbend!  It's located in the grassy area to the right of the school.

For more information about our reading opportunities like Ebooks and Audio Books, please visit the Hall County Summer Learning page.

Congratulations to 

Allison Conley

Riverbend's 2014 Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Riverbend for earning a Bronze National  Recognition Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation!

  Advanced Scholars Academy at Riverbend

Please read the following press release from the HCSD superintendent's office:

Advanced Scholars Academy at Riverbend:
Part-time Enrollment of Home Schoolers
The State Board of Education (SBOE) has granted a waiver of State Board Rule 160-4-8-.12 ALTERNATIVE/NON-TRADITIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS to allow elementary students to pursue a high quality educational experience in multiple venues and in multiple classroom environments so that they can progress with their education at the point of readiness, without regard to traditional seat-time requirements. The Hall County Board of Education submitted the waiver request on behalf of Riverbend Elementary School's Advanced Scholars Academy (ASA), a program of choice for academically advanced students. ASA will make available a true "move on when ready" venue for qualified full-time students and now, as part of the agreement with the SBOE, ASA will accept up to 20 part-time students who are currently being home-schooled.To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time in history such an opportunity has been extended to elementary students.
ASA accepted 115 full-time students during its spring 2011 application period, and those children began school on Monday, August 8th , 2011.  Now, with approval from the SBOE, ASA is willing to provide flexible enrollment for home-schooled students. Parents of selected home-schooled children will work with ASA staff to plan a rigorous, highly personalized program of study to meet the needs of their children though a combination of at-home and at-school experiences. For example, some parents may elect to bring their children to Riverbend for math and science instruction only. Others may want their children to participate in writing and foreign language instruction at school while they take primary responsibility for the other content areas. At-home studies will be guided and supplemented through on-line communication with ASA teachers.
All ASA students, whether enrolled full or part-time, will benefit from customized schedules and instruction designed to challenge them at an accelerated pace and appropriate academic level. The program will have a nurturing environment with high expectations and will offer fluidity within and between grade levels in the school.
Home-schooling parents who are interested in ASA may read more about the program and download an application on the Riverbend Elementary School website, or they may go by the school to pick up a copy. Through the application process, parents will need to submit evidence of their children's advanced academic achievement, outstanding communication skills, creativity, motivation and ability to work independently and in small groups. 

Riverbend Elementary, with the approval of the Hall County Board of Education, has created this year  the Advanced Scholars Academy at Riverbend Elementary.  With this move forward, we are offering an accelerated curriculum to students kindergarten through fifth grade who qualify based on test scores and teacher recommendations.  All students that live in the Hall County School district are eligible to apply.  Students living outside the Riverbend school district will need to provide their own transportation. 

The Advanced Scholars Academy at Riverbend Elementary is an innovative program of choice that seeks self-motivated, passionate students and their families who are ready for a rigorous, personalized and authentic learning experience that has been carefully and deliberately created to meet the needs of the individual learner. The faculty and staff of Riverbend recognize that all children come to school with different levels of prior knowledge, skills, interests and needs and are eager to design customized schedules and instruction to better serve the unique needs of each student.  

Ultimately, our goal is to create a learning environment that will help every child reach his or her maximum potential as they become productive and contributing citizens of the 21st Century.

For more information about the Advanced Scholars Academy at Riverbend Elementary, please click on the links below.

ASA Grades K-5 Application 

ASA Grades K-5 Application - Spanish version

Program Description

A STEM Exploration Experience at North Hall Middle School

What is the Earhart-Edison Academy?

The Earhart-Edison Academy (E2) is the Hall County middle school program of choice where students explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in a rich, interdisciplinary context. Students are immersed in an environment of STEM exploration that emphasizes service-learning, career exploration and leadership development.

Who may attend the Earhart-Edison Academy?

Students who are enthusiastic about learning, especially in the STEM disciplines, are candidates for the creative learning environment of E2. The Earhart-Edison Academy is open to applications from North Hall Middle zoned students, but for 2014-2015, E2 may accept up to 20 students who do not live in the NHMS school zone.

For more information, contact:

Kathy Mellette at Kathy.mellette@hallco.org or Laurie Ecke at Laurie.ecke@hallco.org.


Contact Information:

Postal address
1742 Cleveland Highway Gainesville, GA 30501
Electronic mail
General Information: Nan.Bishop@hallco.org

    Principal:  Debra.Smith@hallco.org

Our Partners in Education:

Georgia's Own Credit Union

Jason Thompson, Attorney at Law

Memorial Park Funeral Home 

Padgett Business Services

North Hall Foundation



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We also recycle ink jet and laser cartridges, cell phones, DVDS, iPods, video games, and laptops.  You can view the list of recyclables here.  Please send these items to the Media Center too. 

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