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Welcome to Riverside

I am pleased to welcome you to Riverside Presbyterian Day School. At Riverside, we passionately believe in our mission to “educate the mind, nurture the spirit, and foster the development of the whole child." Our dynamic educational program reflects this commitment and is designed to build knowledgeable, well-rounded, critical thinking individuals who respect the differences of others in preparation for life in a global community.

Our teaching and learning community understands that a quality education cannot come exclusively from the transition of facts from teachers to students, but must be comprised of an integrated and interactive approach where instruction focuses on the attainment of knowledge through discovery and reflection. To achieve this we employ various methods of instruction in order to cultivate the intellect and develop ideas and skills required for life-long learning and citizenship. Our students thrive when they are presented with meaningful, engaging lessons that challenge them to question, explore, analyze, and present their newly acquired knowledge.

At RPDS we believe a children's educational experience should be memorable, rewarding, and point them in the direction of their dreams. I welcome you to explore our website to learn about our programs and curriculum, and how your child can grow in knowledge, faith, and experience as he or she joyfully engage with other students and faculty.


Ben Ketchum
Head of School

RPDS Calendar

Fall Break - No School/No RITA
all day
Professional Development Day - No School/No RITA
all day
6th Grade Project LEADS
all day
Rise 'n Shine
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6th Grade Project LEADS
all day
Chapel
all day
6th Grade Project LEADS
all day
4th Grade - MOSH
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Fall Book Fair
all day
Fall Book Fair
all day
Fall Book Fair
all day
PK3 - Pumpkin Patch Party
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Rice Sports Zone
PK3 McNeil Only - Vision Screening
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In classroom
Chapel
all day
Fall Book Fair
all day
Fall Book Fair
all day
Chapel
all day
Faculty Professional Development Day - Early Dismissal/No RITA
all day
6th - ISEE
all day
Individual Picture Retakes
all day
Individual Picture Retakes
all day
Chapel
all day
RPDS Fall Festival
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Ben Ketchum

Head of School

Our dynamic educational program reflects this commitment and is designed to build knowledgeable, well-rounded, critical thinking individuals who respect the differences of others in preparation for life in a global community."

Ben Ketchum
Head of School

Our Program

Unique opportunities at Riverside.

Since 1948, Riverside Presbyterian Day School has remained steadfast in its commitment to provide children and families in Jacksonville with a challenging academic curriculum, while remaining sensitive to the whole child. As the oldest independent school in the area, RPDS understands the importance of instilling foundational education principals while also integrating innovative teaching practices and learning opportunities for the students we serve from PreK 3 through 6th Grade.

 

The Early Learning Experience

PreK 3 & PreK 4

Our PreK 3 and PreK 4 programs are intentionally designed to make your child’s introduction into the school environment seamless and focused on making learning joyful, playful, and memorable.

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The Elementary Experience 

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

The Elementary Experience at Riverside is focused on providing opportunities for our students to grow academically, physically, socially and emotionally. Riverside offers a comprehensive curriculum that takes advantage of the critical foundational years of learning to help develop the whole child.

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The 6th Grade Experience

6th Grade

The 6th grade experience at Riverside is focused on preparing students for their secondary schools, instilling them with self-confidence, strong leadership skills, and a comprehensive academic foundation that will help them find continued success in their academic journey. 

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