The school’s mentoring programme seeks to establish and maintain sustained relationships between students and carefully selected members of the school staff who serve as their mentors. A mentor is assigned a small number of students who, through continued involvement with the assigned students, offers them support, guidance, and assistance as they are exposed to new and unfamiliar surroundings, go through difficult phases at school, face new challenges, or work to correct earlier problems. Mentors play a crucial role in a residential school such as ours where parents are unavailable and unable to provide responsible guidance for their children.
The mentors are seasoned teachers and individuals who provide this specialized fostering and serve as parents away from home. The mentors at RiverDale have learned to motivate their assigned students and provide them with emotional and intellectual support without getting judgmental and compromising their objectivity. In short, the school’s mentoring programme offers the students a highly effective additional support system that complements the work and relationships of students with their teachers and dorm parents.