Students working in science lab

Academic Programs

Team Teaching

English, science, math and social studies are teamed for purposes of curriculum coordination and student individualization. Each team of four teachers shares a common preparation period and common group of students.

Grouping

Most students are assigned heterogeneously grouped classes. Exceptions occur in English and math. Advanced curricula are offered at both seventh and eighth grade levels in English. Seventh graders are placed in regular math, advanced, or Honors Algebra. Eight graders are placed in regular math, Algebra, Honors Algebra or Honors Geometry.

Advisory

RiverTime is a 30 minute block of time at the end of each day which provides students:

  • an opportunity to get started on homework
  • establishes good study habits
  • ISTEP preparation
  • additional support from teachers
  • Physical Education

All 7th and 8th graders must purchase a Riverside Junior High physical education uniform (shorts and tee shirt), to be worn in class. Uniforms are sold the first week of class, and at Preview Day. Seventh graders may use the same uniform in grade eight.

Student Leadership

Students at Riverside Junior High have opportunities to participate in several leadership-building activities. Student Council, class officers, peer tutors, office, technology and library aides all occupy positions of responsibility. Active involvement in extracurricular opportunities also enhances student leadership skill.

Enrichment Opportunities/Special Activities

Within core curriculum delivery, enrichment lessons and activities are offered. Many assignments and projects encourage student creativity and thought. All seventh graders are offered the opportunity to participate in our outdoor education program conducted at Camp Tecumseh. With over 95% participation since its inception, students attend 3 days and 2 nights at a camp near Lafayette, Indiana. Under the direction of teachers, camp personnel, and specially selected and trained Fishers High School student-counselors, RJH students complete a wide variety of environmental and ecological activities.

Within the core curriculum there are many activities that providing exciting, in-depth learning opportunities. The Bayview environmental simulation, egg-drops, model rocket projects, lab experiences, CPR training, social studies debates and simulations, Rube Goldberg contests, literature circles, and cultural fairs are only a few of the activities that are woven through the curriculum.

DARE

The DARE program in grade seven is taught in health classes with the goal of deterring drug and alcohol abuse among our students.