Started in the year 2001 with 27 students, 7 teachers and one modified-bungalow-turned-school, in just over a decade Riverside school has been named one of the top schools in Gujarat. The school has experimented with the latest learning models and has established itself as a pioneer in the field of education. Kiran Bir Sethi, a graduate from NID established this school by integrating her knowledge of the design thinking process into creating an educational experience that was embedded in common sense.
Riverside School offers the IGCSE curriculum (International General Certificate of Secondary Education – conducted by Cambridge International Examinations) for Key Stage 3, which includes Grades 8-12. For the rest of the school, they use the Riverside Well-Being Curriculum developed in school. It is a world class, no compromise, primary and middle year’s program that ensures optimum well being of children at all four levels: social, emotional, physical and cognitive.
The number of children in each class is restricted to just 26 students to ensure each child gets the maximum possible attention. The school practices the concept of ‘Differentiated Instruction,’ which means the child’s unique needs are taken care of in a way that suits him or her. The teacher to student ratio is 1:6 which means there is one teacher for every 6 children at the school.
Riverside is an example of a creatively designed space that is not designed for students but with students. By design, every space at the school is multi-purpose. For the youngest children, the bathrooms are placed in the classroom because that is what they are used to at home – an easy access to the bathroom whenever required. Their classrooms have small plastic chairs and low tables that can easily be moved around and even carried out to the yard if the students so desire.
Riverside School is a school with difference in its approach. A visit to the school and a tour by the students will change your perception about education.
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