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@ The Center for Arts and Learning

46 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: 802-223-4700

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About River Rock School

Our Mission

River Rock School will join with families to:

  • love and respect children of all ages as unique individuals;
  • support children in their journey towards a healthy and successful development;
  • help children grow into responsible and active citizens;
  • foster a life-long love of learning and creativity in our students;
  • strive to serve any child who would benefit by our approach to education, regardless of ability to pay.

River Rock at a Glance

River Rock School is a progressive, independent, state-recognized day school for children ages 5-14, and a proud founding member of Montpelier's Center for Arts and Learning. We offer hand-crafted education in a multi-aged setting. The school was founded in 2003 and maintains a program based on the emergent curriculum model.

River Rock enrolls roughly 45 students from the Central Vermont community. We have a low student/teacher ratio and create a caring learning environment based on respect for each individual. Students learn through the style and pace that is best for them, within small or large groups and individually.

At River Rock we educate and foster the growth of all aspects of being human — intellectual, emotional, social, physical, spiritual, and creative. We recognize the importance of helping children become strong, self-assured individuals who know how to live in and contribute to a community that respects and fosters the growth of each member.

Our Educational Approach

Curriculum is built from emerging interests of each and every person, while incorporating essential academic components. Those components are naturally addressed — rather than artificially imposed — in the process of exploring thematic areas and projects.

There is focus on individualized learning and expression, concurrent with emphasis on the exchange of ideas through collaborative work and the development of a dynamic democratic community.

River Rock School inspires its community to actively seek knowledge and understanding, think independently and creatively, act responsibly, and embrace challenge.

Our Teachers

Our teachers are the heart of our school. They are dedicated, inspired, well-trained, and experienced. Their integrity, insight, creativity, resilience, and humor make each day at River Rock rich. Individually, they are extraordinary people; together, they are truly a dynamic team.

Our Board and Advisors

River Rock is governed by an active group of volunteers serving as its Board. It includes parents, teachers, and friends of River Rock, many of whom also chair or serve on volunteer committees, and meets monthly throughout the school year, drawing on the guidance of River Rock's Advisory Board.

Our Community

River Rock School is a community composed of students, teachers, families, and friends of the school. All are essential and vital to our mission to help children develop to their fullest capacity — intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

Our Location

Our Montpelier location gives us access to the many opportunities afforded by Vermont's capitol city: state buildings, libraries, museums, studios, and places of business. Additionally, we have out-the-door access to wooded and open lands to explore the natural world and exercise our bodies, and our school environment provides space for visual arts, drama, dance, music, cooking, pottery, woodworking, and a variety of other art and craft activities.

River Rock School is a founding member of Montpelier's Center for Arts and Learning, occupying the bottom floor at the rear of 46 Barre St, previously St. Michael's School.

Our Space

River Rock occupies the bottom floor of an historic school building in downtown Montpelier, with four large, bright classrooms; a small room for reading, games, and small-group work ("Little Room"); and a larger room for all-school gatherings, performances, and special projects ("Big Room"). Additionally, the space includes a kitchen for students to prepare lunches and pursue cooking projects and an office for River Rock staff.

We offer space for rent at River Rock as available, in accordance with these guidelines. Please contact us by e-mail or phone for more information.

Big Room/Single level stage

  • Weekdays evenings post 4:00pm, $25 an hour, 1 hour minimum
  • Weekend days and evenings $30 an hour, 2 hour minimum
  • Half day $100, Full Day $200

Classroom (800 Sq Ft)

  • Weekdays evenings post 4:00pm, $25 an hour, 1 hour minimum
  • Weekend days and evenings $30 an hour, 2 hour minimum
  • Half day $125, Full Day $225