Riverside Presbyterian Day School

Admission FAQ

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.

When is the best time to begin the admission process?

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

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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. 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.

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.

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. Learn More >>

Are students involved in community service?

Yes. A tradition of service is at the core of the Riverside experience. RPDS is committed to nurturing responsible citizens whose mission is to help others. For this reason we select and support other non-profit agencies needing volunteers, supplies and gifts during the school year.plies and gifts during the school year. Learn more about Service Learning at Riverside. >>

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 2018 matriculated to seven different middle schools.

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

Riverside's average class size is 14-18 students. The student to faculty ratio is 9:1.

What are Riverside’s school hours?

PreK 3 and PreK 4:
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

PreK 3 and PreK 4 Complimentary Lunch Bunch:
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Kindergarten - 6th Grade:
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

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

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 1st - 6th Grade. Parents have the option to order RPDS themed attire through the School Store or Lands' End. PreK 3, PreK 4 and Kindergarten students should be dressed in neat and comfortable attire.

Additional questions? Please contact our Admission Office at (904) 353-3459 or admission@rpds.com.