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Our School

Riverview Alternative School is situated within a thriving community located in the southeast sector of Ottawa. Riverview Alternative School is unique in that it is not a typical neighbourhood school. While some students live close by, many come from a broad catchment area that stretches north to the Ottawa River, east to Cumberland, south to Osgoode and west to the Rideau River. As a result, the majority of our students ride the bus (or van) twice a day.
Oursmall school offers a two yearfull day bilingual kindergarten program. The school provides an Alternative (English/Core French) program from grades 1 to 6. As an Alternative Program, we expect and welcome parental involvement in all aspects of our school life. The program provides each child with an opportunity to become aware of his/her preferred learning style through a wide variety of learning activities and experiences. Hands on activities for discovery learning complement printed material and texts. We offer a balance between teacher-directed and student-centered learning, with a strong emphasis on the arts, the environment, character education, healthy living and well-being.
Riverview Alternative School has an on-sitepartnership with Andrew Fleck Child Care Services who provide before and after school care to students.

Our Students

Our 155  students reflect a diverse learning community and reside in a wide variety of communities located in the south-east sector of Ottawa. They come from a variety of backgrounds and reflect a wide range of talents, abilities, learning styles and learning needs
. A large number of our students are bused as our alternative program attendance boundary is large.

Our Staff

Wehave 7homeroom teachers, as well asa Learning Support Teacher and Learning Resource Teachers,2Early Childhood Educators (ECEs),1.5Educational Assistants (EAs), andPrincipal. Many teachers have additional qualifications in Special Education, as well as other areas of teaching expertise.
Our staffwork as a team to provide a safe and caring learning environment for our students. Like all OCDSB schools, we have access to our central support staff, which includes a social worker, psychologist, speech pathologist, instructional coach and learning support consultants.

Our Community

Our students parents represent a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, and languages. An active and involvedgroup of parents donate generously of their time to support classrooms, run pizza lunches, our milk program, movie nights,fun fairs, family dances andassist with field trips, classroom jobs, reading to students, and various other fundraising activities. They contribute many hours of their time to supportclassroom activitiesand learning experiences.
The School Council meets regularly throughout the year. Fundraising initiatives supportclassroom programs, library acquisitions, school yard play equipment, environmental and science projects, field trips, music, arts and drama programming, Aboriginal education programming, and subsidization of other school initiatives,all contributing to a safe, healthy and strong learning environment for our students.

Mission Statement

Our students, as Kids for a Better World, will become independent life-long learners with a strong set of academic, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills that will allow them to be successful in the world and contribute to it in a meaningful way.

Facilities and Resources

Riverview Alternative School benefitted from a very generous gift of $25,000 from Canada Computers for the purchase of technology resources for our school.
Our school was nominated by a former student who, after winning the Intel Retail Edge Challenge, directed the funds to his former school .
These funds allowed Riverview Alternative to install Smart Boards and projectors in each of our classrooms, as well as augment other technological devices, such as iPads and dongles for iPad projection and interactive use with the Smart Boards, extending student learning using technology.
  • Computer Lab, Chromebooks, iPad minis
  • Library
  • Gymnasium
On-site child care through Andrew Fleck Before and After School Child Care Program.
Our 8.5 acres of school grounds offer ample space to our students for play and learning opportunities.


Google Map of Riverview Alternative School

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

  • 2 Year Full-Day Bilingual Kindergarten
  • Teachers and ECEs partner to enhance and support student learning
  • 40 minutes daily of French as a Second Language Instruction to grades 1- 6
  • An English as a Second Language itinerant teacher supportsPrimary and JuniorEnglish teachers to Primary and JuniorEnglish teachers to support student learning.
  • We use an inclusionary model of in-class support with teachers working with their Learning Resource Teacher partners.
  • We have a Balanced School Day schedule. Our day is divided into three learning blocks, each block separated by a 15 – 20 minute Nutrition Break followed by a 25 - 30 minute outdoor recess break.

Classroom Organization

We offer a 2 year full-day bilingual Kindergarten
program
. Students move between the English environment and the French environment classrooms every other day.Our Kindergarten team consists of 2 Kindergarten Teachers and 2 Early Childhood Educators.
Our grade 1 – 6 classrooms include:
Grade 1/2
Grade 1/2
Grade 3
Grade 4/5
Grade 5/6

Special Education and ESL Programs

  • 1.3 Learning Resource Teachers offer support to students in their homeroom classes.
  • Our 0.5 Learning Support Teacher coordinates, leads and implements student support.
  • 1.5 Educational Assistant provides in-class learning support for students with special needs.

Clubs and Activities

  • Tree Families (multi-age groupings)
  • Choir
  • Alternative Schools Sports Days (Bordenball, Triple Ball, Basketball, Track and Field)
  • Poster Club
  • Computer Club
  • School Spirit Days
  • WITS/LEADS anti-bullying program
  • Seasonal Play Days
  • Pizza Days/Hot Dog Days
  • Breakfast Club

Riverview Run

Riverview Alternative Schoolpromotes active and healthy living. Grade 1-6 students meet towalk or run laps on our beautiful and spacious front lawn. Staff and students from all classes blend together for the Riverview Run. School community and parents are always welcome to join in.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast is offered to interested JK-6 students before school daily, with parental permission. This program is funded by monetary contributions from the Ottawa Network for Education Breakfast Program and generous partners.

Safe Schools Initiatives

Respect is the principle that governs our students, staff and parents understanding of their Rights and Responsibilities within our Safe and Caring learning environment. Staff model and reinforce daily thebehaviour expectations ofour safe andcaring learning environment. Our students respectfulandcaring behaviour demonstrates their ability to communicate and apply their understanding of these rights and responsibilities.
Riverview Alternative School participates in an anti-bully program called WITS, which stands for; Walk Away, Ignore, Talk itOut and /orSeek Help.
Students enjoy opportunities to perform throughout the school year at school assemblies to further communicate and apply their understanding of concepts such as fair and inclusive play, conflict resolution, healthy communication, and cooperation.
We use a collaborative problem-solving approach for conflict resolution, with the focus on developing the students ability to self-advocate using respectful and effective communication skills.
Classes recite andreflect onour Peace and/orEarth pledges as part of morning opening exercises.
As a Community of Character, character education is embedded in the daily learning and is reinforced through many cooperative learning activities, such as Tree Families.

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