Riverstone International School

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Riverstone International School Photo #1 - Riverstone International School is the premier, IB day/boarding school in Boise for Preschool-Gr 12 students. The school's 14 acre campus is nestled between the Boise River and the Greenbelt in Southeast Boise.
Riverstone International School Photo #2 - With 370 students enrolled from preschool through high school, 45 countries are represented in the school community.
Riverstone International School Photo #3 - Small classes and strong relationships with teachers facilitate a highly personalized educational experience. With a 7:1 student to teacher ratio, students are encouraged to share their perspective and learn from others. These engaging classroom discussions continue when students explore Idaho`s mountains, rivers, and deserts with classmates and teachers.
Riverstone International School Photo #4 - Riverstone is Idaho's first International Baccalaureate continuum school, offering the PYP, MYP, and DP. Student learn through inquiry, become critical thinkers, and apply their knowledge to real world applications. Art, music, PE, and a second language are core subjects, in addition to language arts, humanities, math, and science.
Riverstone International School Photo #5 - Idaho's mountains, rivers and deserts provide the backdrop for our outdoor education program.
Riverstone International School Photo #6 - Outdoor education includes fall, winter, and spring activities.
Riverstone International School Photo #7 - Riverstone House, our dormitory, is a home away from home for our boarding students. A maximum of 30 students from the U.S. and around the world in grades 9-12 are enrolled in Riverstone`s boutique boarding program.
Riverstone International School Photo #8 - One hundred percent of Riverstone graduates are accepted into 4-year colleges and universities, worldwide.
Riverstone International School Photo #9 - Riverstone athletes--the Otters--represent our school as they compete in volleyball, soccer, swimming, cross-country, basketball, skiing and snowboarding.
Riverstone International School Photo #10 - Boise, Idaho is the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest, with easy access to skiing, kayaking, and mountain biking. Our four-season climate and safe city provide opportunities for students and families to recreate, shop, and explore all that our beautiful city and state have to offer.
Riverstone International School is a premier, private International Baccalaureate World School in Boise, Idaho, offering day and boarding students challenging opportunities and the personal support to develop into independent, creative and collaborative thinkers.
With 370 students enrolled from preschool through high school, 45 countries are represented in the school community. A maximum of 30 students from the U.S. and around the world in grades 9-12 are enrolled in Riverstone`s boutique boarding program.
Our Five Pillars-Academic Excellence, Community and Service, Leadership by Example, International Understanding and Outdoor Education-provide limitless opportunities for students to explore academically and personally.
Small classes and strong relationships with teachers facilitate a highly personalized educational experience.

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Riverstone International School places among the top 20% of private schools in Idaho for:

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia, Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded1997

Student Body

Total Students371 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
18%
State avg.: 13%
Students by Grade Riverstone International School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers49 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
57%
Average Class Size15 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesIB Diploma Programme: Biology, IB Diploma Programme: Chemistry, IB Diploma Programme: English, IB Diploma Programme: French, IB Diploma Programme: Geography, IB Diploma Programme: Global Politics, IB Diploma Programme: Mandarin, IB Diploma Programme: Math (Higher & Standard Level), IB Diploma Programme: Math Studies, IB Diploma Programme: Music, IB Diploma Programme: Physics, IB Diploma Programme: Self-taught Language, IB Diploma Programme: Spanish, IB Diploma Programme: Theory of Knowledge, IB Diploma Programme: Visual Art, IB Diploma Programme: World Religions, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Average SAT score1306
Average ACT score29
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 15 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition and fees vary by grade level. Please see http://www.riverstoneschool.org/admissions/tuition-fees/
% on Financial Aid
25%
Acceptance Rate
80%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorRachel Pusch
Admissions AssociateLeslie Bergstrom
Endowment Size$4 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, VolleyballAlpine SkiingBasketball,
Cross CountrySnowboarding,
SoccerSwimming,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Dungeons and Dragons Club, Language Club, Model United Nations, Outdoor Leadership, Robotics Teams, Science Bowl: High School, Science Bowl: Middle School, Social Change, Student Council: Elementary School, Student Council: High School, Student Council: Middle School, Sustainability Club (The Green Team), Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Music Ensembles: High School, Music Ensembles: Middle School, Rotating After-School Activities: Elementary & Middle School

School Notes

  • Please read a letter from our Head of School here.
  • Alumni credit their connections to teachers, friendships with classmates from around the world, the global context of the IB curriculum, and outdoor experiences as having the biggest impact on their future success.
  • One hundred percent of graduates are accepted into 4-year colleges worldwide.
  • Idaho`s mountains, rivers and deserts provide the backdrop for outdoor education.
  • The school offers concierge college counseling and athletic, musical, and academic extracurricular activities.
  • Before- and after-care and bus transportation are available.
  •  The school`s 14-acre campus is nestled between the Boise River and the Greenbelt in southeast Boise.
  • The  recently-built dormitory for the boarding program is located in downtown Boise, the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest, with easy access to skiing, kayaking, and mountain biking. Boise's four-season climate and safe city provide opportunities for students to recreate, shop, and experience the local culture.
  • Families are encouraged to explore the application process for tuition assistance and scholarships that do not need to be repaid. Nearly 25% of Riverstone students receive either tuition assistance or scholarships.
  • Riverstone offers Malone Scholarships for motivated students with financial need entering grades 7-9.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
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Riverstone is an exceptional school - in my opinion, the best in Boise. As a university professor, I appreciate the high level of academic excellence with a focus on critical thinking, interdisciplinary projects, and small classes that foster individual learning styles. The skills my son is learning there are giving him an ideal preparation for college and for life.
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It is the People, the Place and the Culture of caring and learning that matters Riverstone International School has all that to offer to its students. As one of the proud parents, it brings great confidence that we can turn over the workplace, and our society to leaders coming from students graduating at Riverstone International School, where a great inspiration towards collaborative learning and service to community is clearly demonstrated.
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Riverstone was a great environment for our son who really thrived in the small classroom setting, with a rigorous academic curriculum and with teachers who were truly mentors throughout his 8 years there. Riverstone is the best educational opportunity presented to students in Idaho and beyond. I have taught in public and private schools and so, as a former teacher and as a parent, I can say that Riverstone has its vision, mission and act together.
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