The Learning Environment
Student Achievement and Engagement
Student achievement and student engagement is carried out through varied learning opportunities, hands-on exploration, collaboration, developing independence and differentiation in our instruction. We provide for the intellectual, social/emotional, and physical development of each student.
Our teachers instill a growth mindset focusing on helping students understand the values of effort, persistence and risk taking to cultivate their talents and abilities for future success.
River Valley School values the benefits of inquiry, project-based and cross-curricular opportunities to learn. Along with core subjects, we offer quality specialists programs in music, art, drama, health, French, library, physical and outdoor education. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are integrated within the curriculum areas and our 1:1 iPad program in grades 2 to 6.
Innovation and Technology
River Valley School promotes student engagement in the domains of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (as well as the fine arts – STEAM). We believe it is imperative for kids to explore, create, play, and make, in order to learn about the world around them.
Students become champions of the Design Thinking process and explore 21st-century learning skills such as entrepreneurship, critical thinking and digital literacies like coding, web design and robotics.
We know that when it is effectively integrated, technology can be used to extend and deepen learning in powerful ways. At River Valley School, we offer:
- SMART and/or Apple tech in all classes
- 1:1 iPads for all students (Grade 2-6)
- zSpace, Augmented Reality Lab
- Design thinking, coding & robotics
- Information and communication technologies (ICT) are integrated within the curriculum areas