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How is TRCS unique?

Three Rivers Charter School is a small school of choice. Our student population is an ideal 110 students, grades 4th - 8th. There are approximately 20-24 students per grade over the span of five years. Experience and research informs us that this size will allow us to invest in a more holistic way with the students and families who attend our school. Our learning environment combines learners of all ages allowing for leadership as a distinct aptitude to be cultivated and used to inspire each student to reach his/her highest potential. Our long-term connections with students foster the ability to look for patterns in learning and a historic perspective to assist students to better understand themselves. This trust encourages students and adults to take risks, where a safety net protects those who are at risk.

Organizational skills and strategies for study skills and test-taking are interwoven throughout our curriculum. We put an emphasis on work ethic so students can see their highest potential and work to reach it. 

We provide flexible, thematic curricula utilizing subject integration, contextual learning, and the application of technology to develop skills needed within the 21st Century. Our curriculum uses technology, as a cornerstone of our future, and emphasizes it as its own discipline, as well as using it to enhance the instruction and assessment of all learning. We infuse critical thinking and creative experiences that allow students to communicate effectively through listening, speaking, writing, reading and visual forms into our daily school lives.

Our governance structure fosters collaboration between administrator, teacher, parents, students and community partners to create a network that encourages reflection, refinement and growth. We work to forge community partnerships that allow students the opportunity to put their learning into context, as well as deepen their understanding of the larger community.

Three Rivers Charter School is run on a democratic model, where the administrator is also a teacher, and where students are asked for input when decisions need to be made. Open communication where students, teachers, and parents use dialogue to explore differences, create dreams, and resolve issues is a critical element of our governance structure. Through these experiences, members of Three Rivers Charter School are learning to articulate their ideas, as well as to critically listen and value the ideas of others.

Learning Community
Three Rivers Charter School serves children from 4th through 8th grade. The school as a whole is limited in size to ensure a low student-teacher ratio and we often mix age groups to help students learn from each other. Small groups are employed to increase student-teacher interaction. Students are not assigned to particular teachers; rather all teachers are responsible for all students. This allows for each student to have experiences with multiple teaching styles within multiple settings. Mentorship and leadership are utilized at all grade levels based on talent and skills. Students also focus on leadership attributes and work to be a positive member of a larger learning community.