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. We offer quality programs in Music, Art, Drama, Health, Physical Education, Outdoor Education, French and Library. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are integrated within the curriculum areas and our 1:1 iPad program in Grades 4 to 6.

Innovation and Enrichment

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.

Programs include Athletics, Outdoor Education, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and Cultural Studies.

Instructional Aides and Learning Support Specialists

Our Learning Support Team provides 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.

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.