They say a picture paints a thousand words…so take a video journey through our first nine weeks! It’s just a glimpse into the life of Riverbend Academy – the first 9 weeks. The class of 2021, a glimpse into chapel activities, Spirit Week, Autumn Ball, special days in Grammar and the sweet faces of our Littlest Warriors!
Core Study Areas: Kindergarten – fifth grade students core subjects include the typical math (Saxon) and language arts. We teach our children to memorize their math facts and time them regularly for speed and accuracy. As part of their language arts studies, they study grammar, penmanship, reading, and writing using the Progymnasmata. In addition, they study history chronologically with the Bible. Students memorize the books of the Bible along with biblical and historical events to reinforce God’s hand in all of history from the beginning of time.
Special Area: Each day our Kindergarten – fifth grade students explore an area of study outside their classroom. Starting in Pre-K3, students will develop their creativeness in art and music and they will exercise the bodies and minds in PE. Kindergarten – 5th grade have weekly chapel services. Beginning in 2nd grade, students will add science to their special areas of study to learn more about God’s creation and the world around them.
Chants and Memorization: One of the unique aspects of a classical education model is the memorization at the Grammar level. These young minds have an incredible capacity to memorize and recall the who, what, where, and when of history, grammar, the Bible, and more! Students memorize and recite in fun ways, whether it be in the style of a military march, a reworded catchy tune, or a rap of the Greek gods.
Special Events: A highlight to each classroom is showcasing their studies for their parents. Beginning in Pre-K3, students are able to perform what they’ve learned in class. From the Christmas pageant in December to the individual graded events throughout the year, parents are invited to come see all their child is learning. Some such events include, but are not limited to, King Arthur’s Festival, Celebrate America, International Day, and Walk Like an Egyptian.
Logic & Rhetoric
Extra-Curricular & Electives: As a Classical school, we’ve been able to focus on the arts. Our musical theatre performances are top-notch. We have performed “Our Town”, “Peter Pan”, “A Christmas Story” and plan to perform “Beauty and the Beast” in spring of 2021. Over the years, we’ve offered Art History, Studio Art, Theatre Art, and The Art of Science, the Science of Art. All of these have served to hone and develop the artistic side of students using a variety of mediums.
Other electives offered over the past 20 years include: guitar, choral, drama, computer technology, PE, keyboarding, gardening, culinary, life skills, poetry, Bible studies (various focuses over the years), yearbook, mock trial, and photography.
Class Trips: Each year our 8th grade class travels to our nation’s capital: Washington, D.C. During the 5-day trip, students move from 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM by foot or by metro exploring most all of the major museums, monuments, and historical sites. Two years ago, 9th-12th grades traveled to Williamsburg, VA. There, they visited the historic area each day with a guided tour, character simulations, and free-exploration. This spring, the 11th-12th grade classes will travel to Boston, MA.
House System & Chapel: Each Friday, the 6th-12th classes come together to study the Word of God. After chapel, they enjoy “House Time” where the student body plays games, fellowships, and competes with one another. The House System affords students further opportunity to develop relationships outside of their grade.
Specialty Events: For the Rhetoric Students (9th-12th grades), two highlights of the year are the Autumn Ball and Prom. These dances are held off campus and allow the students to invite a guest to join them for a night of fellowship and dancing.
Spirit Week: Sixth-12th grade students enjoy spirit week in October. The week is full of fun dress-up days that change each year. This year’s students will enjoy camouflage day, super hero day, decade day, tacky tourist day, and detective day. This is a great time for students to deviate from wearing their uniforms so most everyone participates!
Dual-Enrollment Opportunities: As the needs of our students grow and change, we’ve been able to expand the educational opportunities for them as well! Students 10th-12th grade have the opportunity to take up to eight dual-enrollment classes. This allows our students to receive both high school and college credit for the same class. We are able to offer this with our own teachers, incorporating a Christian worldview, and receive college credits. Our partnering institutions are Palm Beach Atlantic, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina, and Daytona State College.