Beautiful and historic Mount Vernon is the setting for Riverside Elementary Professional Academic Center. Built in 1968 on land once owned by George Washington, Riverside serves a culturally rich and economically diverse school community. The staff is committed to helping all children achieve high academic standards. Support is provided for students who demonstrate difficulty meeting those standards.
The vision of Riverside Elementary is "to develop students who are self-reliant, responsible citizens who recognize their potential, engage in lifelong learning, and contribute effectively in a global community." This vision is supported by a mission, "to nurture a safe and supportive learning environment that promotes high academic and social achievement for all students." We will increase student achievement by keeping current in best instructional practices and using technology effectively. We will meet the needs of all learners through meaningful instruction based on ongoing assessment, and work collaboratively with colleagues and parents to provide multiple strategies that support student learning.
Riverside teachers offer a balanced instructional approach to ensure student learning. Lessons and activities range from those that stress creativity and individuality to those that focus on learning basic skills. Students are assessed regularly and teachers use those assessments to plan instruction. Teachers use a variety of instructional strategies, such as individual and small group instruction and team teaching to meet each child's needs. Working together, parents and staff individualize learning objectives for students with disabilities or for English speakers of other languages.
Students are challenged by high expectations, a wide variety of learning opportunities, and helped to develop positive self-images in a safe, comfortable atmosphere that encourages community support and involvement. The Riverside staff models and integrates the following character traits throughout the school day and within the curriculum: respect, responsibility, caring, cooperation, honesty, perseverance, resiliency, and community.
Opportunities for students to develop leadership skills are encouraged through participation in the Student Council Association, Safety Patrols, and our Peer Mediation program. Many classes have established relationships with buddy classes. Older students mentor younger buddies. Students in grades 4-6 also have opportunities to participate in chorus, band, and strings classes and to work on the WRES morning news team.
The active PTA provides support for the instructional program through volunteer efforts in the school. The PTA works to provide the students with enrichment activities and funding field trips as well as sponsoring Family Fun events scheduled throughout the year. The parents, teachers and administrators work together for the common good of our school community, to promote school spirit and to celebrate our cultural diversity.
Last Updated: 2012-07-09