Our Programs

We are a growing school of approximately 250 students, preschool to grade 6, situated in a beautiful riverside campus in Bowness, Calgary, Alberta.

We operate with low pupil-teacher ratio, maximizing instructional time and the personalization of learning for students age 3 to grade 6. 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.

With our Before & After School programs, River Valley School 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 Services 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

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

The Arrowsmith Program

The Arrowsmith Program is an optional program within River Valley School that is geared specifically towards our Grade 1-6 students with identified learning disabilities and/or learning challenges.

Our Arrowsmith certified teachers focus on the science of Neuroplasticity to retrain the brain and give students the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and in life. River Valley School is the only school in Alberta that offers the Arrowsmith Program. Students can participate in this program on a full-time, part-time, after-school or through various customizable schedules!

Various schedule options are available:

Quarter Time Arrowsmith Program
Part Time Arrowsmith Program
Three Quarter Time Arrowsmith Program
Full Time Arrowsmith Program
Afterschool Arrowsmith Program

Curious if this program is right for your child? Contact admissions@rivervalleyschool.ca and we’d be happy to provide more information on this specialized program!