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Message From Middle School Division Head

Toby Clark

 

Over the past 14 years, Riverfield’s upper grades have grown significantly.  Even as we grow, our goal is to keep class sizes at 15-16 students (many are smaller) as well as to offer a full range of electives and extra-curricular options. This is done in a family atmosphere where students have a comfort level with faculty and students that make Riverfield truly unique.

Riverfield has always had a reputation for innovation at all age levels. The Middle School years (grades 4-8 at RCDS) transition students from the multi-aged self-contained classrooms of the Preschool and Primary Divisions, to the college preparatory classes in Upper School. Students begin to take their core subjects at grade level, but they still have some classes, electives, and activities in a multi-aged setting. The Riverfield philosophy is to give teachers autonomy to teach their classes so they are engaging and meaningful.  Our curriculum focuses on problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, technology integration and adaptability, writing and oral communication skills, NOT teaching to the test.

We have had 200 graduates (30 in the  Class of 2016) who have been admitted to over 100 colleges and universities across the country. Students meet weekly with our College Counselor starting in 10th grade, and great emphasis is placed on finding the “best fit” for our students when they leave RCDS. While Riverfield is not a “teach to the test” school, our students perform well on standardized tests including the EXPLORE, PLAN, PSAT, SAT, and ACT. Our ACT average over the past 5 years is 25 (National Average 21.1, OK average is 20.7).

The beauty of the Riverfield experience is to have the opportunity to participate in many activities. It is common for an individual to participate on multiple sports teams and/or extra-curriculars, while also getting to delve into areas they are passionate about like music, drama, art, speech, debate, etc.

We invite you to come check us out. In the fall of 2013, we completed a 15-classroom academic building with a learning center, science lab, cafeteria, and more which will allow future growth as well as provide a teaching environment that matches the quality of the program. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Sincerely,

Toby