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Early Kindergarten Program

We are excited to announce that Riverside Academy will be implementing an Early Kindergarten Program starting in Fall 2023! The Early K program is a dedicated class that focuses on preparing your child for academic success.

Developed with the ACCEL Schools Academic Team, our Early Kindergarten Program focuses on each child’s physical, social, and cognitive development. Our teaching approach uses meaningful playtime and learning materials that are centered around young children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.

·        Free, full-day program for children ages 4-5

·        Full year (August – May) program

·        Applicants must turn five years old by January 1st

·        A brief Kindergarten assessment is required during the registration process

Our Early Kindergarten Program teacher will be in regular communication with you throughout the year to discuss your child’s progress toward his or her individual learning goals.

“Starting school is the beginning of a special journey for each child,” says Principal Donley. “Our Early Kindergarten Program gives Riverside Academy students a strong start and foundation for lifelong learning.”

For more information, call (513) 921-7777 today, or apply by clicking here.


Riverside Uniform Ordering from French Toast

We are pleased to announce that dress code compliant clothing may be purchased from French Toast.  Please visit the link below to access the school store or visit their website at www.frenchtoast.com and use school code QS6141E to access our online store. 

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More Value: Shop our online uniform store! Visit FrenchToast.com and search by the school name or click HERE!

More Kid Focused: Find your perfect fit. At French Toast, we know kids come in all different sizes…it’s called growing up for a reason! View our size charts: FrenchToast.com/size-chart#

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Schoolwear Made for Kids to Shine

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Join the Wellness Committee!

The Local Wellness Policy is a written document that guides a local educational agency’s (LEA) or school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. The Wellness Policy Committee has been created as an effort to manage and develop our school’s healthy habits.

» A Wellness Committee will be appointed to each school

» The committee may include parents and guardians, students, representatives of the school nutrition program, physical education teachers, or any other interested stakeholder that is aligned with the goals of the policy

» The committee shall meet a minimum of four times per year

This is a great opportunity to help promote and support student health and wellness, and create a positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environment. Please contact mealcounts@accelschools.com for more information.

We want to hear from you. Please contact us at: mealcounts@accelschools.com


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Introducing Principal Donley

Mrs. Donley is a Cincinnati native, having grown up on the West Side of the city, and a graduate of New Richmond High School. She is a proud Bearcat, completing her undergrad at the University of Cincinnati and received her degree in Educational Leadership from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus.

Mrs. Donley brings 17 years of experience in education ranging from classroom teacher to principal. She has served as the Regional Director of Academics for ACCEL Schools and supported Riverside Academy staff, students and parents over the past 3 years. Her current role has been focused on teacher support and development which ultimately leads to student success in and out of the classroom.

“I love the students at Riverside! When I walked into Riverside three years ago, the students made it so easy for me. They motivated me then and continue to motivate me today to work hard, learn and have fun. That’s how we succeed.”

Mrs. Donley really enjoys the comradery with the current group of teachers at Riverside. The team environment developed at Riverside is something she will continue to support.

“All children can and will learn. This is a theme I want to bring to Riverside and something I strongly believe in as an educator.”

Fun Facts
  • Married to her husband Chris for 10 years
  • 3 daughters (Lydia, Natalie and Julianna)
  • Spent 9 years as a classroom teacher
  • Scored 6 points in the staff vs. students basketball game

Durk Rorie Award

Congratulations to our finalists and award recipient, Oren Gill!

Back row – Nathaniel Busch, Michael Benge, Camerin Leary, Chryston Cubit, Roxanne Fain, Oren Gill
Front row – Stephon Hearn, Emily Sheaf, James Bernardo Tomas
Not pictured – Breanna Seibert
Ms. Lucas and Oren Gill – Durk Rorie Award Winner

8th Grade Celebration Content Area Awards

Congratulations to our award winners!

View photos from the awards presentations during the 8th Grade Celebration.

Durk Rorie Award Finalists

The Durk Rorie Award

In Honor of Durwood G. Rorie – Board President 1999-2021

Established by the Board of Directors and awarded to an outstanding graduate of the Eighth Grade Class enrolled at Riverside Academy for at least two years who has demonstrated superior growth in one or more of the following areas: Academics, Character, Leadership, Community Service, or who has overcome significant personal the challenges. 

This year’s finalists are: Stephon Hearn, Nate Busch, Oren Gill, Breanna Seibert, Michael Benge, Roxanne Fain, Chryston Cubit, James Bernardo Tomas, Emily Sheaf, Camerin Leary

Back row: Stephon Hearn, Nate Busch, Oren Gill, Breanna Seibert, Michael Benge, Roxanne Fain, (Ms. Whapham)
 Front row: (Ms. Brents), Chryston Cubit, James Bernardo Tomas, Emily Sheaf, (Ms. Isidore)
 Not pictured: Camerin Leary