River City Academy (RCA), a nonprofit therapeutic day school for children with neurological differences, announces its grand opening in Portland June 2010, with classes beginning in August 2010.
Currently enrolling students for the academic year of 2010-2011
What is River City Academy?
RCA is a replication of The Monarch School, an internationally recognized day school, in Houston, TX. The Monarch School has proven to be successful in providing an innovative, therapeutic education for individuals with neurological differences, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Tourette’s Syndrome, Mood Disorders (Bipolar Disorder, Depression), Anxiety Disorders, and other neurological differences.
By combining education and therapeutic intervention, the staff at River City Academy aims to focus students on gaining awareness and taking ownership of their learning and behavior by focusing on our four core goals of academic competence, relationship development, self-regulation/self-awareness, and executive functions.
River City Academy’s program is shaped in a way that focuses on the critical, cognitive, motivational and affective factors that research suggests determine school and life success. We believe that growth takes place holistically and within a developmental context. The four core goals of our program support the student to progress in the following:
1. Academic Competence
2. Self-regulation and Self-awareness
3. Relationship Development
4. Executive Functions
What makes RCA unique?
River City Academy is a therapeutic school that offers each student a curriculum that uniquely blends psychology and education to provide a highly individualized program to meet the child’s emotional, social and academic needs. We recruit passionate, skilled and well educated professionals who work together within a therapeutic milieu to provide opportunities for our students with neurological differences to practice within the social, emotional and academic areas of life.
Who can benefit from RCA?
All children need a school like River City Academy, where they are able to learn in a nurturing environment that fosters growth in their strengths and interest areas while developing skills in their areas of need. However, for children and adolescents with learning differences, the need for RCA is essential. Learning differences can be social, emotional, and/or academic. Our students’ differences may be so great that they impede upon the child’s ability to integrate into regular school systems or to relate effectively with adults and peers.
What is the profile of RCA?
Academic Enrollment Early Childhood to High School
Grade Levels Unique 4-level system based on social, emotional, and cognitive abilities
Faculty/Student Ratio 1:2.5 – 1:5
Program Length 175-day school year
Optional 5-week summer program
Hours 8:30 – 12:15 pm Monday
8:30 – 3:30 pm Tuesday-Friday
How does RCA group students?
Grouping students at RCA is determined initially by assessing where the child is developmentally, along a progression of levels – Novice, Apprentice, Challenger, and Voyager. Each level has its own set of lessons to be learned and each is attained in sequence regardless of the age of the student. Classrooms at RCA have been arranged to facilitate the progression of students through these levels.
For more information on the admission’s process, Please contact RCA at Rivercityacademy@gmail.com or call 971-255-1454 or 503-380-7285. You can also access RCA’s website at Rivercityacademyportland.org or Monarch School’s website at Monarchschool.org.