Riverside Presbyterian Day School is committed to nourishing children academically, spiritually and physically. As the oldest private elementary school in Jacksonville, RPDS offers programs for preschool, kindergarten and first through sixth grade.
The curriculum at RPDS is built around a challenging academic program with subject matter in the arts, STEAM, physical education, guidance, Bible instruction and technology.
The curriculum inspires children to become life-long learners. It is developed with a deep understanding of child development, knowledge of current educational pedagogy and commitment to the school's mission to educate the mind, nurture the spirit and foster the development of the whole child.
At RPDS, the faculty encourages students to understand that each assignment, service project, relationship and spiritual experience are part of the building blocks of life.
According to the school's website, "It is our belief that individual teachers and the children they work with have tremendous potential to change the future. Throughout human history, important events routinely are linked to individuals. At RPDS, we too never underestimate the potential in each individual."
Along with excellent academic programs, RPDS offers early morning care and additional hours for parents with busy schedules, as well as after school enrichment programs. There are more than 50 after school academies for parents to choose from, including ballet, karate, gymnastics, tennis, golf, art, music and drama, available for students in PreK 3 to grade 6.
These programs are part of RPDS's commitment to offer parents and students high quality enrichment without the need to enroll in separate programs throughout the city.
On Thursday mornings, the RPDS family gathers in the sanctuary of Riverside Presbyterian Church to celebrate God's love through music, verse and lesson.
The chapels welcome children and parents of all faiths.
With imagination and inspiration, each chapel program nurtures the spiritual growth of the child and assures each one of their special place in God's world. This blend of faith within the academic community provides each student and family an exceptional and loving environment in which to grow and learn.