Beyond The Classroom

Student Mentoring

All new students in grades six through twelve participate in our Bulldog Buddies program. The program's mission is to introduce new students to the Riviera family by pairing each student with a mentor. Mentors are available to help new students with any school related issues, and to help in the general transition to Riviera. New students complete an interest inventory form, which helps to connect them with like-minded students. Mentors are typically introduced to their mentees during the New Student Orientation.

Clubs and Organizations

Various student organizations on campus allow students to take on leadership roles and become involved in a variety of school service projects in addition to community service projects.

Membership into our honor societies is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a Riviera student. We strive to give practical meaning to our standards of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character.

These five ideals are the basis for selection as well as a fundamental part of each chapter's activities. Each honor society strives to recognize the total student -- one who excels in all of these areas.

National Elementary Honor Society
NJHS (National Junior Honor Society)
NHS (National Honor Society)
SGA (Student Government Association)
Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society)
HOSA (Future Health Professionals Honor Society)
International Thespian Society
RHO Kappa (Social Studies Honor Society)
SHH (Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica)
SNHS (Science National Honor Society)
Tri-M (Music Honor Society)
NEHS (National English Honor Society)

Preparatory School students have the opportunity to join student clubs. These clubs generally meet weekly after school and allow the students to pursue interests beyond their normal class schedule. Some of the clubs that students have been able to choose from are as follows:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Best Buddies
  • Computer Appreciation
  • Debate Club
  • Drumline
  • Jazz Club Ensemble
  • Key Club
  • Marine Conservation
  • Model UN
  • Modern Music Ensemble
  • Operation Smile
  • Photography
  • Riviera Vocalists
  • RPG/Strategic Games
  • SGA
  • Strings Ensemble
  • Table Tennis
  • Warpaint

Community Service

Riviera students often experience the satisfaction that comes from helping others. The unity, mutual trust, and cooperation flow naturally into every aspect of education here. Each year, our students are involved in a number of different community service projects. Students in both campuses conduct drives, collect goods, and provide hands on service within the community.

Duke TIP Program

Riviera works with Duke University's Talent Identification Program to identify students who are academically qualified for participation in Duke University's Talent Search. Participation by a student gives the student the opportunity to pursue an out-of-level testing experience, to learn more about his/her academic abilities, to be able to compare the results with other academically able youth, and to learn more about educational opportunities and options for the future. The program also provides recognition of students' outstanding achievements.