Strategic Plan 2019-2024

Since its founding in 1948, Riverside Presbyterian Day School has thrived as a pioneering and beloved school community that has embraced change and innovation while holding true to its mission, traditions, and values. Established as the first independent elementary school in Jacksonville, RPDS has continually grown and advanced by building on its founding principles, the strength and vision of the community, and the exceptional work and strategic efforts of the past.

As we look to the future, we are proud to present our new strategic plan. This bold and spirited plan takes a 5-year point of view and builds on our core beliefs relating to the all-important childhood years and the school’s many strengths and resources. Utilizing research, best practices, and the expertise of our talented school community, we will enrich and further strengthen our foundation, broaden the learning and the experiential opportunities for our students, develop and enhance a passionate and accomplished faculty and staff, provide a safe and engaging campus reflective of our dynamic, child-centered approach, and ensure accessibility and sustained institutional excellence for many years to come.

This comprehensive strategic plan is a recommitment to RPDS’s all-important mission to “educate the mind, nurture the spirit, and foster the development of the whole child.” It outlines our vision for the future and positions our community to pursue a path of continued growth and excellence. Together we will embark on this exciting journey, focusing our collective efforts on ensuring our children continue to emerge from the RPDS experience well prepared academically, ethically, socially and spiritually for lifelong success in a global society.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership and helping us to realize our vision and goals.


Ben Ketchum
Head of School


John-Paul Saenz
President, RPDS Board of Trustees

Strategic Goals and Priorities