Our Programs

River Valley School is an independent school offering an exceptional, one-of-a-kind early childhood and elementary school experience from Pre-JK (Age 3) to Grade 6. We are a growing school of approximately 250 students situated in a beautiful riverside campus in in the heart of Calgary, Alberta.

Drawing from the best educational pedagogies (including Montessori, Reggio and Progressive models), we foster each child’s inherent intellectual and creative potential, while fulfilling their innate desire to learn – in a nurturing and innovative environment. It is an inquiry-based, student-centred program where learning is hands-on, contextual and centred around big ideas and questions that engage our students.

Our before and after school program offers a safe, caring environment for children ages 3 to grade 6 from 7 AM to 6 PM Mondays through Fridays year-round. We also offer bussing to our students that service specific communities in the SW, Central and NW quadrants of the city.

Early Learning Programs

Our Early Learning programs include Pre-JK (3-year-olds), Junior Kindergarten (4-year-olds) and Kindergarten (5-year-olds). All of our littlest students participate in hands-on, inquiry and play-based learning in core academic areas as well as exposure to French, Music, Phys. Ed, Library and Outdoor Education. Kindergarten students also work with Art and Drama specialists to unleash their true creative potential. It is a great introduction to school with a perfect balance of academics, play, creativity and exploration!

Pre-JK (3-year-old Program)

  • Half-Day: Monday to Friday
  • Full-Day: Monday to Friday

Junior Kindergarten (4-year-old Program)

  • Full-Time: Monday to Friday

Kindergarten (5-year-old Program)

  • Full-Time: Monday to Friday

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Elementary Programs

Our Elementary students are immersed in inquiry and project based learning experiences that challenge them to question, explore and create. Our curriculum and activities are grounded in design thinking, which provides students with a ‘road map’ to identify challenges, gather information, generate ideas, and test solutions. In addition to core subjects, students enjoy enriched programming in Music, French, Art, Health, Drama, Physical and Outdoor Education, Library, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).

Grades 1 – 6

  • Full-Time: Monday to Friday

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