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Elementary (Grades 1 - 5)

The elementary level encompasses grades one through five and is committed to providing a strong academic curriculum while encouraging each student's overall development. Students are taught in both self-contained and departmentalized classrooms. Riviera’s small classes help create an environment in which our dedicated teachers can actively encourage each student to achieve his or her full academic potential, explore creative abilities, develop physical talents, and become a productive and responsible individual.

As we challenge our students, the faculty and administration actively support them to meet those challenges. Students learn in a wide variety of settings through the use of diverse tools and methods.

Our challenging language arts curriculum provides students with an understanding of the mechanics and intricacies of the English language with an emphasis on reading, writing, spelling, speaking, and listening skills. Our traditional phonics-based approach to reading successfully prepares Riviera students to use their writing and verbal skills effectively.

Riviera Day School students all participate in our advanced math program and learn at an accelerated pace. Small work groups allow teachers to guide students through the advanced levels while identifying and concentrating on areas of difficulty. Riviera’s math program has consistently led to higher achievement test scores and is an integral part of the elementary school curriculum which successfully prepares students to move on to Riviera Preparatory.

In addition to language arts and mathematics, modern science and social studies programs are important elements of the core academic curriculum. Specialists in Spanish, physical education, technology, music, and art add to the curriculum and provide students with a wide range of knowledge and experiences to contribute to their overall education. Beginning in first grade, students are placed in Spanish classes according to their level of proficiency.  Lab-based computer classes provide our students with the skills necessary to be competitive in our highly technological world. Core subject areas are often integrated with computer lessons to teach computer skills while working toward subject-specific goals. In addition, students use technology in the classroom to supplement their texts, individualize curriculum, serve as resource materials, help learn concepts in unique ways, and to interact with the world around them. Moreover, technology is one of the many tools that are introduced during regularly scheduled visits to the library/media center.  In the upper elementary grade levels, students engage in true one-to-one computing, using school supplied tablets to build essential learning skills and to share and process information dynamically.

Riviera’s strong academic curriculum and varied activities and programs help students develop solid foundations and advance into our Preparatory School ready to excel.