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Welcome to RPDS

At Riverside, we strongly believe in our mission to “educate the mind, nurture the spirit, and foster the development of the whole child." Our 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 the heart of the RPDS, our committed faculty members collaborate and function as a learning community dedicated to meeting the individual needs of the students. They are themselves, lifelong learners, passionate about their craft, and are experienced in creating positive, child-centered learning environments that foster the growth of the whole child. As you walk the halls and campus you will see that our students are provided with a strong academic foundation that allows them to explore and develop their own ideas, interests, and perspectives. We see children as natural learners, and guide them toward realizing their potential, pointing them in the direction of their dreams.

Human growth and learning cannot be achieved in isolation but must be done in union with the larger community. At RPDS we value community and see it as a necessary component to creating successful learning environments where children feel safe to explore the world in which they live. Uniting parents and faculty in the academic, spiritual, and social-emotional development of the child is essential to student success and the creation of an inclusive school community. It is the sense of community that makes RPDS unique and the spirit of cooperation that ensures the school’s strength and vitality.

A child’s educational experience should be memorable and rewarding. I welcome you to explore our website to learn about our programs and curriculum, and how your child can grow in faith, knowledge, and experience as they joyfully engage with other students and faculty.

To learn more about RPDS or to schedule a visit, please contact our Admission Office at (904) 353-3459.

Ben Ketchum

Head of School

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