Grade 9 Orientation: Windsor Mountain
Prior to the first day of school, all ninth grade students take part in a three-day orientation at Windsor Mountain International Camp in Windsor, New Hampshire. Set on a pristine lake, the camp provides an idyllic setting for a host of activities designed to bring the class closer together. Students stay in cabins with members of their advisory group and take part in activities with their new classmates that helps them to get to know each other and form relationships that will carry through their time at Rivers and beyond. All ninth graders are also introduced to their senior advisor during the trip.
The First Day of School and Beyond
The ninth grade curriculum requires students to take classes in all academic disciplines, including the arts. English 9 focuses on the development of writing, reading, critical thinking, and study skills. In Perspectives in World History, students explore the origins of the present, current events, civic participation, and an understanding of the triumphs and failures of previous human societies. The first of a two-year integrated curriculum, Biology & Chemistry I is the traditional first-year science course at Rivers. Students begin by examining the scientific method, followed by the fundamentals of chemistry and the study of evolution. In geometry, ninth graders learn deductive and inductive reasoning as methods of investigating properties and problem solving. More advanced students can place into honors Geometry or Algebra II. And, finally, students work toward fluency in language and culture as they study Spanish, French, Latin, or Chinese.
Visual & Performing Arts
The visual arts program at Rivers cultivates a lifelong involvement in the arts. The department teaches creative problem solving, fosters cooperation, and encourages risk taking in a variety of media, including drawing and painting, digital and darkroom photography, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture. Students apply what they have learned to the creation of works of art. Through active participation, students develop creativity, visual literacy, and a honed awareness of the visual world.
Clubs and Co-Curriculars
Rivers students are more than scholars; they are athletes, artists, musicians, leaders, newspaper reporters, actors, and poets. And more than a few students are all of those things. Upper School Students are encouraged to get involved in a wide array of clubs, including Debate, Model UN, GSA, DECA, Robotics, RICA, Rivers Givers, and Community Service Council. The school also has three student-run publications: The Rivers Edge, a national award-winning newspaper; The Current, the literary magazine; and The Nonesuch, the yearbook.
Athletics at Rivers
Rivers believes that involvement in interscholastic athletics is a meaningful and integral part of each student's overall education.
Athletics at Rivers complements our rigorous academic program and provides another arena in which students can excel. The personal growth and achievements realized by our student athletes provide them with a balance between academic pursuits, physical endeavors, and social interaction.
The Fall celebration of Homecoming is a great weekend of community events that kicks off with a Red & White competition, continues with a bonfire and a dance, then culminates with two games under the lights on Waterman Field.