River's One-of-a-Kind Inclusion Program
The River School serves as an international model for the inclusive education of young children ages 18 months through Grade 3. At River, our classrooms have a majority of students (85%) with normal hearing and a few with hearing loss who use cochlear implants or hearing aids. All River students benefit from the robust educational experience that includes a focus on language, literacy and social-emotional learning; theme-based
curriculum; and a wide array of classes in the arts, sciences and physical development. The school uses a unique co-teaching model that pairs a master’s level educator and a speech-language pathologist full time in each classroom, a unique and effective combination that allows for personalized education for each child.
Inclusive classrooms are considered the gold standard in early childhood and elementary education, because they are characterized by highly trained faculty, favorable student-teacher ratios, and a curriculum drawn from leading research.
Inclusive programs naturally encourage students to develop tolerance, empathy and resilie