Frequently Asked Questions

We welcome questions and look forward to serving you. Our commitment to each child and family is reflected in our individualized approach during the admission process.


Q: When is the best time to begin the admission process?

The ideal time to start is during the fall or winter months prior to the year you wish to enter.

Q: How does Riverside differ from a public school?

Riverside is a not for profit educational institution guided by our mission to educate the mind, nurture the spirit and foster the development of the whole child.

As an independent school we retain the right to choose our own curriculum, which is enriched by arts, physical education, technology and more. For more information about independent schools, visit National Associate of Independent School (NAIS) or Florida Council of Independent School (FCIS).

Riverside is fully accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC.

Q: Does Riverside offer financial assistance?

Yes. Riverside offers need-based financial assistance to applicants for admission; however, the processes of filing for assistance and applying for admission are separate ones. This separation is intentional so that we can ensure that our admission process is need-blind and that a student’s need for financial assistance does not influence admission decisions. Parents can access the FAST online application specific for Riverside families provided in our Financial Assistance information.

Q: Does Riverside support diversity?

Yes. We believe a student body that is rich in diversity of racial, ethnic, religious, economic and geographical backgrounds is a healthy and vibrant learning community for our children.

Q: Do Riverside students attend a chapel service?

Yes. On Thursday mornings, the Riverside family gathers in the sanctuary of Riverside Presbyterian Church to celebrate God’s love through music, verse and lesson. This blend of faith within our academic community provides each student and family an exceptional and loving environment in which to grow and learn. Parents and grandparents are invited to join us for Chapel each Thursday at 8:20 a.m.

Q: Are students involved in community service?

Yes. A tradition of service is at the core of the Riverside experience.
RPDS is committed to nurturing a sense that responsible citizens help others. For this reason we select and support other non-profit agencies needing volunteers, supplies and gifts during the school year.

Q: What middle schools do Riverside graduates attend?

Historically, the majority of RPDS graduates attend either Episcopal School of Jacksonville or The Bolles School. Recently, many other school choices have emerged to include St. Johns Country Day School, Hendricks Day School, regional Catholic schools or Duval County magnet schools. Graduates of the Class of 2017 matriculated to seven different middle schools.

Q: What is the average class size and the student-teacher ratio?

Riverside's average class size is 16-20 students. The student – teacher ratio is 9:1.

Q: What are Riverside’s school hours?

PreK 3 and PreK 4: 8:00am to 12:00pm
PreK 3 and PreK 4 Lunch Bunch: 12:00 pm to 1:30pm
Kindergarten: 8:00am to 1:30pm
Grades 1-6: 8:00am to 3:00pm

Early morning supervision is available from 7:00am to 8:00am. Students may participate in our Riverside in the Afternoon Program until 6:00pm.

Q: Do Riverside students wear uniforms?

Riverside has a prescribed dress code with the belief that students perform best when dressed neatly and conservatively. The dress code applies to students in grades 1-6. Parents have the option to order RPDS school attire through Lands' End. PreK 3, PreK 4 and Kindergarten students should be dressed in neat and comfortable attire.
Calendar
    • ThuDec14 Lessons & Carols - 4th Grade Performance 8:20 AM to 9:00 AMRPC Sanctuary
    • FriDec15 Early Dismissal - Beginning of Christmas Break

      ** Early Dismissal Times

      11:00 am - PK3, PK4 & Kindergarten

      11:30 am - 1st - 6th Grades

    • FriDec15 School Wide Christmas Sing-A-Long 8:30 AM to 9:30 AMKissling Hall
    • MonDec18 Christmas Break
    • TueDec19 Christmas Break
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