46 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
River Rock School is a progressive, independent, state-recognized day school for children ages 5-14. It is also a member of the Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier. We offer hand-crafted education in a multi-aged setting. The school was founded in 2003 and maintains a program based on the emergent curriculum model.
River Rock enrolls roughly 45 students from the Central Vermont community. We have a low student/teacher ratio and create a caring learning environment based on respect for each individual. Students learn with a style and pace that is best for them, within small or large groups and individually.
At River Rock we educate and foster the growth of all aspects of being human—intellectual, emotional, social, physical, spiritual, and creative.
We recognize the importance of helping children become strong, self-assured individuals who know how to live in and contribute to a community that respects and fosters the growth of each member.
River Rock School inspires its community to actively seek knowledge and understanding, think independently and creatively, act responsibly, and embrace challenge.
Curriculum is built from emerging interests of each and every person, while incorporating essential academic components. Those components are naturally addressed—rather than artificially imposed—in the process of exploring thematic areas and projects.
There is focus on individualized learning and expression, concurrent with emphasis on the exchange of ideas through collaborative work and the development of a dynamic democratic community.
Our Montpelier location gives us access to the many opportunities afforded by Vermont's capitol city—State Capitol buildings, libraries, museums, dance studios and places of business. Additionally, we have out-the-door access to wooded and open lands to explore the natural world and exercise our bodies, and our school environment provides space for visual arts, drama, dance, music, cooking, pottery, woodworking, and a variety of other art and craft activities.