River Farm Philosophy

We believe that learning should be dynamic, organic, and integrative. Wherever possible, the River Farm curriculum seeks to integrate subject matters and allow for student-directed learning. To do so, River Farm draws upon an eclectic curriculum that supports the development of lifelong learners. The instructional premise pulls concepts from various educational theories and schools of thought. Children are unique, and there is no “one size fits all” approach in our learning model.

Progressive Education

As a progressive school, River Farm follows in the footsteps of educator and philosopher John Dewey, who embraced hands-on learning, critical thinking, and a belief that education should prepare children to become active citizens in a democracy. For that reason, social justice is an important value to the River Farm community. 

The Cooperative Culture

A cooperative educational model is based on the premise that both parents and children are integral parts of a school community of lifelong learners. By incorporating parents into the classroom, students place a higher value on their education, family bonds are strengthened, and a true community is fostered. To this end, parent involvement is not only encouraged in the cooperative model, but also required. Please read more about our parental and/or guardian requirements here.