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Early Childhood
Our Early Childhood program employs developmentally appropriate, holistic approach to teaching. It focuses on academics and social emotional growth. Throughout the program our team works hard to cultivate the inquisitive nature of children to encourage learning in all environments. The Nursery program at RVIS, offers the internationally recognized Reggio Emilia learning approach. The Nursery program is designed using an emergent curriculum where projects and themes are inspired by the children’s own interests.

The Nursery program offers the internationally recognized Reggio Emilia learning approach. The program is designed using an emergent curriculum where projects and themes are inspired by the children’s own interests. The program promotes students’ learning by encouraging their natural inquisitiveness, initiative and independence. The  Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs are inquiry–based, differentiated programs that foster independence and explorative learning. Teachers use developmentally appropriate practices that allow students to explore a variety of ideas and concepts using first-hand experiences and manipulatives. The program adopts a holistic approach involving the teacher, school, child and parents. Children are cared for in a safe, warm environment that fosters their cognitive, physical, language and social and emotional development. Positive reinforcement, having fun and acquiring social competence ensure well-adjusted, happy and successful learners.  

 
Elementary
Offers an experiential curriculum that focuses on the development of the whole child through a wide-range of innovative teaching practices and activities. Teachers at RVIS also have a wide-range of teaching tools to enhance the learning for each student. We believe that children are motivated to learn when they experience success and develop their understanding. They make connections and build their learning around important concepts. In the elementary school student development is nurtured by highly trained, caring, passionate teachers and support staff.

We believe that children are motivated to learn when they experience success and develop their understanding through making connections and building their learning around important concepts. In the elementary school, student development is nurtured by highly trained, caring, passionate teachers and support staff.

 

Literacy is a particular focus for elementary children. Students are exposed to the latest educational practices in balanced literacy based on current research and best practices from around the world. Continuums are used to monitor their progress in reading and writing and to ensure that instruction is differentiated for each child.

 

Learning in the elementary school is exciting! Classrooms are bright, colorful and equipped with the very best resources, including laptops for each student. Student work proudly decorates our hallways and each grade level enthusiastically shares their learning achievements throughout the year with parents and the wider school community.

A balanced standards-based academic program and deliberate attention to the development of the whole child ensures a successful transition of our Elementary School students to Middle School.

 
Middle School
The RVIS middle school curriculum is relevant, challenging, integrative, and exploratory. It is based on challenging international standards and includes learning activities that create opportunities for students. The curriculum provides direction for what young adolescents should know and be able to do. It supports them to achieve the attitudes and behaviors needed for a full, productive, and satisfying life.
  • Students are provided with multiple learning and teaching approaches. Since young adolescents learn best through engagement and interaction, learning strategies involve students in dialogue with teachers and with one another. Teaching approaches enhance and accommodate the diverse skills, abilities, and prior knowledge of young adolescents, and draw upon students' individual learning styles.

  • Interdisciplinary teams of teachers working with a common group of students provide the building blocks for a strong learning community. It provides a sense of family, where students and teachers know one another well, feel safe and supported, and are encouraged to take intellectual risk.

 

Our middle school curriculum seeks to empower students to strive for personal excellence. It is built around established standards from leading international organizations and incorporates best practices in curriculum, assessment and instruction.

The curriculum is designed to be relevant and engaging to students, and to provide them with the foundation required for success at the high school level.

 

 

 
High School
Riffa Views International School is a College Preparatory school based on U.S. and International Standards. Starting in 9th grade, the students are introduced to a rigorous and supportive academic program. It begins to prepare them for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in their 11th and 12th grade years. As student wrap up their 10th grade year, they have the opportunity to select from three different graduating paths: a U.S. equivalent diploma, IBDP Certificate, or IBDP Diploma.

 

RVIS’s high school applies special emphasis on the global mindedness. Through the use of our International Standards, community service projects around the world, and active participation in Model United Nations, our students have the chance to look beyond the walls of the classrooms to experience the dynamic world that we we call home.

 

RVIS prides itself on our ability to provide a rigorous program within the context of a supportive environment. Our small class sizes allow student to receive the individual attention they need to take their learning beyond a normal classroom. Our well-trained faculty works hard to make sure every student has the tools he/she needs to be successful both, in the classroom, and beyond.

 

 
Secondary Guidance and College Counseling
The Counseling Program mission is to maximize each and every student’s potential in the academic, personal/social, college/career, and global domains. The program is comprehensive, developmentally and culturally appropriate. It supports lifelong learning and global citizenship.

Secondary Counseling

RVIS Secondary offers students from grades six through twelve a wide variety of counseling services. The guidance program is comprehensive and developmental in its approach in meeting the academic needs of our students while providing for opportunities for appropriate social and emotional growth. RVIS uses the “The International Model” for school counseling programs.

 

Academic

Throughout the year, the counselor is available to meet with students and parents to discuss and help with academic issues. During the ninth grade, students are introduced to the expectations and demands of the high school, including transcripts, graduation requirements and the IB Program. In each of the grade level registration meetings in the Spring, the counselor addresses the issues of course selection and program planning throughout the high school years.

 

Social/Emotional

The counselor at RVIS has extensive training and experience in helping students who are struggling with social/emotional issues. She works in confidence with students in identifying strategies to deal with a variety of issues affecting their personal lives and interactions with fellow students. Encourage your child to seek out the counselor if they need someone to talk to in a supportive, trusting setting.

 

Transition

Transition programs are specifically designed for several groups of people: those students entering grade sixth from elementary years; entering grade nine from the middle school; new students in all grades; and graduating seniors. For each of these groups, we offer general counseling services as well as a special program dealing with the specific type of transition.

 

Career

All RVIS high school students will have an individual account through Naviance, a web-based program for students’ recording personal profile information, resume creation and many other features. Students will utilize various tools on Naviance to assist each student to learn more about what they are good at and what they like to do, in order to reflect on what particular courses might suit them for future studies and career. This aids in planning their courses for 11th and 12th grade.

 

College/University

Although several of our counseling programs throughout high school lead toward college planning and placement, the junior year is the formal start to the college search and application process. During early 2nd semester, the counselor presents an introduction to the process for the juniors and their parents. At this meeting, the process is explained in general and then parents are asked to set an appointment (the Junior Conference) during the month of March/April. During the Junior Conference, the counselor, student and parent go over the college search process including Junior and Senior year timelines, college selection criteria, the application, the college essay.

While the counselor is available at any time to answer questions regarding the college process- for any grade level student – the junior year is the critical time to begin the process because vital academic information is available (first semester junior year grades, past academic performance, preferred extra-curricular activities, etc.).

Throughout the year, students have opportunities to meet with college representatives from around the world who visit RVIS individually or as part of large group tours. These visits are advertised on Naviance and in through e-vites.