The Learning Environment

Student achievement and student engagement

Student achievement and student engagement are carried out through varied learning opportunities, exploration, cooperative learning, developing independence and differentiation in our instruction. We provide for the intellectual, social/emotional, and physical development of each student. Montessori’s “follow the child” belief is realized in our excellent academic core programs and within the specialist areas of study. We offer quality programs in Music, Art, Health, Physical Education, French, Spanish and Library. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are integrated within the curriculum areas and our 1:1 iPad program in Grades 5 and 6.

Friday Specials

“Friday Specials” were created to provide further enrichment for our students and connect them with other peers, educators and experts in the field. Programming includes courses like Cooking, Geocaching, Dance, Mandarin & Spanish language, Math and Science problem-solving groups, Art, Athletics, Drama and Cultural Studies to name a few.

Instructional Aides and Resource Teachers

Resource support is available to support children who require additional intervention or enrichment. We employ Instructional Aides serving a variety of purposes. Full time 1:1 Aides are assigned to work with a particular child full-time (severely coded students who receive funding). We also have “floating” Aides who are assigned a timetable that has them moving throughout the school to work with individuals or small groups at specific times of the day.

Meet a River Valley School Aid

Our resource teachers provide a pull-out program to work with individuals or small groups in specific areas such as Reading and Math intervention. We employ a Speech and Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist to work with our coded students as well as others who benefit from SLP and OT services (including social skills). Teachers are given opportunities to learn new strategies to differentiate for their students as ongoing professional development opportunities occur throughout the year.

Meet a River Valley School Aid