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I am thankful for many things in my life. One of the primary things that I am thankful for is to go to Rivermont Collegiate. This school is all I’ve known my entire life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have been coming to this school since I was three years old. This school has greatly impacted my life in a way so profound it shapes who I am. Rivermont Collegiate is a place of family, friendship, and most of all learning. The academic level of the school is astounding. I am so very thankful for the time I have spent at

Rivermont and the time I will continue to spend here. I am especially thankful to all of my teachers who have had to put up with me throughout the years. They have truly shaped my during my childhood and are continuing to mold me into a better scholar.

Rivermont Collegiate has had such a profound influence on my life it would be impossible not to be thankful for it. I have learned everything that I know from this school, whether it’s from its teachers, students, or curriculum. Rivermont Collegiate is my home not so far away from home. I owe everything to this school. I am sure that everyone who has come across it has left with a better understanding of the world.

– Kenton Fee, Sophomore

All that I am today and everything I have accomplished (including being accepted to medical school), I owe to Rivermont. In college, I was well above my peers in my ability to write essays and critically think. Beyond academics, the person that I am and the friendships I've made are because of this school. My best friend from high school is still my best friend, largely due to the close community of Rivermont. At Rivermont, I always felt safe and free to be myself. During vulnerable teenage years, feeling free to be yourself is so important. I highly recommend this school

– Manisha Kumar, Class of 2009

Because of the foreign language foundation at Rivermont, I was able to double major in Elementary Education and Spanish and am now pursuing a bilingual teaching certificate. Rivermont was also a great place to be involved - I cannot think of any other school environment where someone could be in student council, drama productions, cheerleading, and choir at the same time. These activities helped build great friendships and also taught me how to balance the many projects I encounter in my professional life.

– Jennifer Neff, Class of 2003

At Rivermont, you don’t just get an education - you get a family. Teachers teach you, but they also care about you on a personal level and your classmates become your “siblings.” You develop strong relationships and your friends will remain close to you long after graduation - even if you end up living hundreds or thousands of miles away from each other.

– Cassandra Wylie, Class of 2005

The writing skills I learned at Rivermont are far superior to those many of my college classmates learned in their high schools. This allowed me to spend less time worrying about how to write a “good” paper and more time about the specific content for the paper.

– Elena Foster-Pray, Class of 2008

From PreSchool through graduation, my teachers nurtured and encouraged my interests, curiosity, and self-expression. The entire school community – parents, faculty, and students – come together to create a uniquely supportive environment in which to learn, create, and grow. I consider myself very fortunate to have spent my formative years among such caring, dedicated people.

– Matt Roberts, Class of 1989, Executive Producer of The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS Television

I am happy when I go to school. School plays an important role in my life, not because I’m a nerd, but because of the memories my friends and I create. My school campus is beautiful. It is the old mansion of Joseph Bettendorf, the founder of the city. How cool is that?

– Kelsey Qu, Class of 2013

When I struggled in math, my teacher continued to work with me until I had a firm grasp on each area I was having trouble with. Even after I felt I had mastered the concept, she continued to provide additional problems to reinforce the idea and pushed me to apply the concept until it was set in stone.

– Victoria Mbakwe, Class of 2014

There are a lot of things I like. The teachers are really nice and caring and watch your back.  I like the students – I have a lot of friends. I am shy outside of school, but here I feel safe and am not afraid to try things. I am happy here. The work is hard but it is worth it for me. I want to be a therapist after college and help people. I’ve learned leadership skills and teamwork, patience, hard work, creativity. Nobody judges me.

– Aislinn Geedey, Current Middle School Student

I like Rivermont because the teachers let you do fun projects like one in science when we got to get dinosaur footprints and dip them in black paint and make trace fossils. Last year I researched the Cheyenne Indian tribe for my academic fair project. I liked making a wooden bead necklace that the Indians made. Then I presented it in front of my class and to lots of people at the academic fair. I also like that the classes are small because it’s easier for people to get along.  The teacher can focus more on us.  I’ve learned a lot of math methods, prepositions. I really like doing science experiments. Last year I learned French. I’m excited to continue learning Spanish next year.

– Karin McDonald, Current Lower School Student

I like when we make lizards and ducks. I like it when we work on our letters. I will never forget my teacher! My favorite job is music helper because I like to pick the song for the day. The teachers teach me good things.

– Michael Sherman, Current Early School Student

The students at Rivermont are just as excited to learn as I am to teach them. I continue to be amazed by their ability to express themselves and their desire to understand the world around them. This makes my job amazing!

– Colleen Tomlinson, Visual Arts Faculty Member

Rivermont has a great learning environment. The sense of community among teachers, parents, students, and staff is genuine and very contagious.

– Lesli Shaheen, Current Parent

Simply amazing. A great place to cultivate the intellect, spirit, integrity, creativity, leadership, and mindfulness of a child.

– Muna Strasser, Current Parent