Beyond the Classroom

Riverhill School provides a wide array of learning experiences for students. Riverhill’s Buddy System is popular with both younger and older students. Students from the upper grades are paired for the year with students from the lower grades as Buddies (“Big Buddy” and “Little Buddy”). These Buddies sometimes read together, paint together, build together, experiment together, and take local field trips together. Students also step outside the doors of the school to learn. Students can be found sketching a blue whale in the parking lot, following a treasure map, or chasing the Gingerbread Man. Traveling beyond the campus boundaries also provides varied opportunities for learning. Whether attending a local play, picking pumpkins from the pumpkin farm, bringing smiles to the faces of assisted living residents, or traveling to the nation’s capital, all ages learn from their “off-campus” experiences. Listed below is a small sampling of a few of the classroom enrichment activities available at Riverhill.

  • Constitution Village 
  • Thanksgiving Feast 
  • Montgomery trip (4th grade) 
  • Ritz theatre 
  • Farm Visits 
  • Ivy Green 
  • W. C. Handy 
  • Alabama Music Hall of Fame 
  • Pope’s Tavern 
  • Scholars Bowl 
  • Indian Mound 
  • Student Government Association 
  • Technology Fair 
  • Science Fair 
  • Science Family Fun Night 
  • Lego Competition 
  • Shoals Theatre 
  • Exotic Animal Show 
  • Jump Rope for Heart 
  • TVA Water Safety Show 
  • Washington, D. C. 
  • UNA Observatory 
  • Kindness Month 
  • Citizenship Week 
  • Student Appreciation Week 
  • Children’s Museum 
  • Robotics Club 
  • Advanced Art 
  • Manners and Etiquette Elective

Community Service

Riverhill encourages students in all grades to serve others in the community. Students have created gifts for soldiers; collected canned goods, stuffed bears, gloves, and mittens; visited nursing homes; gathered and distributed books to promote literacy; supported the local animal shelter; and adopted families at Christmas.