Criteria for Enrollment at Riverbend
In order to enroll at Riverbend Community School, you must first book an assessment. This is a sit down meeting with the student, parents and director of the School, Rebecca Halliday. Please contact our office manager Brenda if you would like to book a meeting. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a list of things we take into consideration before allowing a student to enroll:
- Behavioural history. It is critical that students who attend Riverbend are free to learn in a peaceful and supportive environment. Students who have a history of violent behaviour in the classroom or bullying others will not be accepted into our program. We have made exceptions in the past by placing students on a probationary period. Students not willing to respect our classroom expectations will be asked to leave the program immediately.
- Diagnosis of a learning disability. We do prefer students to already have a psychoeducational assessment from a licensed psychologist that identifies their specific areas of difficulty. However, it is not always necessary to begin our program. Often times, the teaching style we use benefits students who may have a suspected learning disability. Typically, most students stay 2-3 years depending on the time they enrolled. During this time we do ask parents to work towards getting an official diagnosis.
- Areas of difficulty outside of learning disabilities. Regrettably, we do not have staff who are trained to take on students who have an alternative diagnosis such as global delay, severe autism, severe mental health issues, etc. We do currently have some students who are on the mild/moderate autism spectrum and we have had great success, but it should be understood we do not have specific training in the area of autism.
- Willingness to work. Students attending Riverbend must recognize they are here for a brief period during their school career to improve themselves. This often means working harder than they have been used to. We assign weekly homework and students must work hard during the day in order to achieve their goals. Many students have been told they are not able to do the same academic tasks as their peers, we are here to prove them wrong. However, that must come with a strong commitment to learning. Students not willing to put in the work required may not be invited back to the program the following year.