River Farm Philosophy

We believe that learning should be dynamic, holistic, and integrative. Wherever possible, the River Farm curriculum seeks to integrate subject matters and allow for student’s voices and perspectives to be heard. To do so, River Farm draws upon an eclectic curriculum that supports the development of lifelong learners. While RFC students learn math, writing, reading, history, science, and cultural studies on a daily basis (and Spanish on a twice weekly basis), the overall 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 – we strive to meet children where they are, and challenge them to excel. The average RFC student scores above grade level in the annually issued TerraNova2 standardized test.

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 school day, 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.