• In the ninth grade seminar, students explore Rivers’ core value of integritas as well as the civic values of honesty, empathy and personal responsibility. They address the questions of why and how to follow current events in the news.
• In twelfth grade, AP Government offers a deeper dive into the knowledge content of civics and the small seminar-style sections allow students to practice the skills of reasoning, argument and dialogue.
THE CLASSROOM IN THE COMMUNITY
Rivers’ faculty directly connects what is learned on campus to what is happening in the ‘real world.’ Local field trips deepen student understanding and offer an opportunity to practice skills.
THE COMMUNITY IN THE CLASSROOM
Via video-teleconference, Rivers’ faculty welcomes a great array of off-campus experts: ‘creatives’, teachers, entrepreneurs, community organizers, alumnae, and student mentors.
CIVICS EMBEDDED IN CURRICULUM
Art, Humanities, History and Language classes offer opportunities to develop student voice in social commentary. Analytical reasoning, evidence-based argument and the study of power in public life inform Humanities, History and English curricula. Click here to view an AP Government class in action.