The staff associated with the school's High School fulfill a distinct need in working with the students of Grades 9 and 10: to build on the preliminary training offered in their formative years, and provide the necessary training and orientation that will help them cope with the demands of the ICSE curriculum.
LEARNING AND KNOWLEDGE MASTERY
At this level, just as other leading high schools in Maharashtra and India, students are offered the choice of two academic streams: Science and Commerce. Students need to decide on the stream they wish to follow and choose the subjects thereof early in the term in the 9th grade and have these registered with the Council.
The students are put through a strict regimen that includes routine daily class periods, extra classes, and individual self-study sessions. Regular assessments based on portions covered, and past question papers help accustom students with the Board's examination patterns.
Although a major portion of the time of these students is spent in refining and strengthening their academic progress, they do engage in their share of leisure, sports, games, and extra-curricular activities, which help to keep them refreshed, stress free and focused.
At an age when students are fast developing into teenagers, they are also given the necessary guidance for imbibing strong moral values so that their innate goodness is brought out in the stressful and often tumultuous state that they find themselves in mentally and emotionally. It is from here onwards that students begin to take charge of their actions and emotions and develop a more acute sense of responsibility and accountability.
Students of RIS are helped to maintain a fine balance between the development of their capacities in the fields of academics and other extra-curricular activities, all the while enjoying their work and life at school.
12 REASONS TO COME TO RIVERDALE
1 RiverDale has been ranked among the top 5 best boarding schools in India for the past few years. It follows an excellent tradition of excellence in academics, supported by an array of approaches that help students in their conceptual and cognitive learning.
2 Students are helped to assume ownership for their own learning at RiverDale.
3 Training in sports and games is serious business at RiverDale! A team of trained coaches train students to become more proficient in their choice of sports and games.
4 A wide variety of extra-curricular activities ensure that students develop key skills that will place them on the cutting edge of success and excellence.
5 Training of students in morals and values receives constant attention at RiverDale, a process that is integrated into all avenues of learning.
6 The low teacher-student ratio ensures that all student receive one-to-one attention. No student is ever lost in the crowd at RiverDale. Students are cared for and supervised round the clock by a body of qualified, experienced and dedicated staff.
7 Assigned mentors provide additional emotional and personal support to students coming to a boarding school for the first time.
8 Every possible facility, be it in the field of academics, sports, extra-curricular activities and others, is put at the disposal of every student at RiverDale.
9 The school’s location, and the fact that it is a pure boarding school (no day-scholars are admitted) offer students a safe, controlled and distraction-free environment conducive to better learning.
10 The school’s Board of Governors and management recognize every child’s need to be heard and thus adopt an open-door policy where every student is free to approach anybody at the school to address their issues.
11 Reasoning with students is a culture at RiverDale where instead of adopting a ‘take it or leave it’ approach, students are helped to understand the reason behind every instruction, rule or norm at the school.
12 Students are constantly trained, helped and supported to develop good habits and pro-social traits.