Monthly Archives: March 2013

Riverview Rethinks Learning!

Riverview 1Five short years ago, Riverview Elementary in the Lakeside School District set out reinvent their school. With declining enrollment, school Principal Olympia Kyriakidis worked with stakeholders to rethink / reinvent the learning environment to best meet the needs of today’s student and tomorrows worker. After touring this school last week, two words came immediately to mind when I observed students: engaged and empowered. One word when I observed teachers and staff: passionate. 5 years after reshaping the vision, the results are remarkable. Some takeaways:

IMAGE_5BDAB277-7887-4114-B0F1-28C0DCEA088BSchool and Student values centric around “Covey’s 7 Habits” and “Leader In Me”

Covey 7 Habits for Students

Leader in Me

Other key takeaways:

  • Riverview is School is tri immersion (English, Mandarin, and Spanish).  See Riverview World Language Program
  • Project based learning overlay on standards based curriculum infused with technology as enabler. Incredible student engagement in all classrooms.
  • Student enrollment has grown from 450 students to 900 in last 5 years – with a waiting list of over 100. 72% of students from outside district.
  • Over 12 highly qualified teacher aides support teachers and students, including the Confucias Institute at SDSU
  • Embedded a charter school in the middle of campus which (Mandarin Language Academy) which seamlessly serves students to and attracted over $1MM of grant funding. One principal of both schools – in fact, you would not even know it is a charter school, as students are dually enrolled. It really just serves as way to offer programs to students.
  • No layoff notices in Lakeside. Fiscally sound management – which is true of several of the 42 districts in San Diego.

Visit: Riverview Elementary