About Riverhill School

Minima Maximis Cedant


Let those things which are least important yield to those which are of the greatest importance.
Riverhill School is committed to providing a child-centered, academic environment for students. Riverhill students are empowered to become responsible life-long learners and are encouraged to develop positive self confidence.


Riverhill School was founded in 1980 by a group of parents whose objective was to provide their children with the best elementary education available. The school began with fewer than twenty children in kindergarten and first grade and has grown to its present enrollment of about 200 children in Pre K2 through Sixth Grade. Riverhill students are varied in their backgrounds. Numerous occupations and cultures are represented by the Riverhill Family, and these differences serve as one of the many enriching aspects of Riverhill.

In addition to a safe nurturing environment, an atmosphere of excitement and energy is evident in the classrooms and hallways of Riverhill School. Riverhill students are actively engaged in stimulating learning activities, and the Riverhill Staff is constantly working to ensure that our mission of academic excellence is fulfilled in the lives of Riverhill students. 

Academic excellence is Riverhill’s benchmark. However, confidence, respect, independence, and an “I-Can-Do-It” attitude are also stressed for all students. Aristotle is quoted as having said that educating the mind without educating the heart is not education at all. While being careful to maintain Riverhill’s tradition of academic excellence, Riverhill students are also encouraged to look outside themselves to discover how they can make a difference in the world around them. Riverhill School students receive Aristotle’s education of the heart in addition to receiving a strong education of the mind. 


Each member of the Riverhill Family will embrace the following for Riverhill students: 

  • Students will develop positive self-concepts, acceptable manners, proper discipline, and appropriate social skills. 
  • Students will be encouraged to seek answers to questions and to explore new methods of acquiring information. 
  • Students will acquire necessary computer skills and recognize the importance and benefit of technology in today’s world. 
  • Students will be exposed to a student-centered curriculum in which they are encouraged to actively participate. 
  • Students will be immersed in an academic atmosphere that facilitates learning and fosters respect for themselves and for others. 
  • Students will recognize their importance and will be aware that they are in a constant state of growth and development.


  • Riverhill School has been serving families in the Shoals since 1980.
  • Riverhill is a co-educational, independent, PreK-2 through Sixth Grade school.
  • Riverhill provides students access to all-in-one touch screen desktop computers, interactive panels and Chromebooks and headphones for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade.
  • Riverhill’s entire campus is equipped with high-speed wireless internet.
  • Riverhill’s staff provides a safe, secure, and nurturing environment for students, and closely follows CDC guidelines.
  • Riverhill’s staff works to create an atmosphere that facilitates learning and fosters respect for one’s self and for the rights of others.
  • Riverhill School has many favorite traditions: Friday Flag Ceremony, Grandparents’ Day, Daddy-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son Night, Field Day, Movie Night, etc.
  • Riverhill School is accredited by AdvancED, which is the umbrella organization for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA), and numerous other accrediting agencies. Our school also maintains STEM certification through Cognia.
  • Riverhill graduates are traditionally accepted into private colleges, public universities, military academies, Ivy League colleges, and international universities.
  • Riverhill students are consistently high academic achievers in high school and are frequently recognized as Valedictorians and Salutatorians of the local high schools.
  • Riverhill School enjoys a family atmosphere where parental involvement is welcomed and encouraged.
  • Riverhill School fosters relationship building across grade levels through the Buddy Program which helps students foster relationships across grade levels.