Riverside Presbyterian Day School

Core Curriculum

Every RPDS teacher serves on an academic Vertical Team. These teams are teacher led and structured to maximize the expertise of teaching at every grade level; PreK 3 through 6th Grade. A vertically aligned curriculum is developmentally inspired for optimal learning and student engagement. Our collaboration results in a learning model where faculty skillfully teach to the needs, curiosities, and learning styles of their students. Through high quality teaching and professional teamwork a superior RPDS curriculum is intentionally designed. We are committed to providing a solid academic foundation that is responsive to the hearts, hands and minds of each child.


Lower School: 1st - 3rd Grade

A challenging curriculum which nurtures the spirit and fosters the development of one’s self.

The Lower School spans the elementary school years, 1st - 3rd Grade. With small class sizes throughout, the vertically aligned curriculum builds the content knowledge, work habits and motivation necessary for students to develop strong academic and personal confidence. Within each self-contained classroom our Lower School teachers are dedicated to creatively teaching Literacy, Math, Science, and Social Studies content through comprehensive and engaging units of study. Their teaching infuses technology and writing in ways that prepare students for Upper School learning and success. Elementary school students are inspired to think creatively while working in small groups and are expected to demonstrate dedication and effort when learning independently. Lower School students frequently culminate lessons and units of study through performances, demonstrations and public speaking. Each academic day includes Physical Education and recess. Weekly enrichment instruction includes a Science lab experience, Bible, Music, Art, and Spanish classes, as well as visits to the Media Center. Lower School student character development is fostered and taught through living each day The Riverside Way.

Upper School: 4th - 6th Grade

Our graduates enter middle school knowing how to think critically, respect themselves and others, and conduct themselves in service leadership roles.

Comprised of 4th - 6th Grade, the Upper School at Riverside Presbyterian Day School provides a rigorous, enriched program of academic excellence and service learning. As students move from childhood to early adolescence, they gain opportunities to experience a middle school model learning schedule. Each Upper School class is taught by a subject area teacher highly trained in their expertise. Students move in a relaxed yet responsible manner to each of their core classes. These include English, Mathematics, History, Language Arts, Spanish and Science. Upper School students gain competency with technology and on-line textbooks as well as developing projects. The Upper School schedule includes daily Physical Education and recess. Additionally Upper School students attend weekly specialized courses including Art, Music, Drama and Bible and STEAM. Chinese is also offered as an optional course.

Upper school students demonstrate the RPDS Graduate Traits through daily school service, weekly chapel leadership and community service leadership projects. Upper School students’ commitment to service learning is invaluable to living the mission of Riverside Presbyterian Day School.