Excellence with Humanity – At Rivers, we believe students achieve excellence and become their best selves when they have access to a rigorous, innovative academic program taught by a community of talented, caring teachers who make each student feel known, valued, and understood, and who encourage students to take risks as they discover new passions and develop existing talents.

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Our Ninth Head of School
We are delighted to introduce Ryan Dahlem, who began his tenure as Rivers’ ninth head of school on July 1, 2023. Ryan comes to Rivers from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, CA, where he held numerous leadership roles across the academic and administrative teams. Ryan is a proponent of student-centered education that emphasizes relationships, community, and supported risk-taking. This approach makes him a perfect fit for Rivers and its philosophy of Excellence with Humanity. In the words of Board President Alan D. Rose, Jr., who led the Head of School Search Committee, “Ryan is an inspiring visionary leader with a keen understanding of multiple facets of independent school management and leadership.” We can’t wait to see Rivers’ next chapter unfold under Ryan Dahlem’s guidance.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy Regarding Students
The Rivers School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.