Riverside School Board came into being on July 1st, 1998, as a result of the Government of Quebec's intention to create linguistic school boards throughout the Province of Quebec. Riverside is one of the nine English-language school boards serving the Quebec English Community. Its vast territory encompasses both rural and suburban areas. The present territory of the Riverside School Board encompasses more than 4,600 square kilometers and stretches along the St. Lawrence River and Seaway starting at Ste. Catherine and St. Constant to the West, through to Sorel and Tracy in the North East, and East past St. Hyacinthe. From our northern boundary of the St. Lawrence River, the board's territory stretches as far South as Lacolle and the American border to include St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and other major communities such as St. Constant, Delson, Candiac, La Prairie, Brossard, Greenfield Park, St. Hubert, St. Lambert, Longueuil, Boucherville, St. Bruno, Chambly, McMasterville, Beloeil and Otterburn Park, to name but a few. In brief, Riverside School Board serves 115 municipalities, which are also served by five French-language school boards.
Prior to July 1st, 1998, students presently enrolled in schools of the Riverside School Board attended schools and centers organized by the former school boards of: Eau-Vive, Jacques-Cartier, Taillon, Greenfield Park, du Goéland, Brossard, South Shore, St. Jean-sur-Richelieu and Argile Bleue. Within its thirty-two schools and centers, Riverside School Board provides elementary, secondary, adult and vocational education to youth and adult students.
Prior to the creation of Riverside School Board, most boards in Quebec traditionally offered English and French-language education and French Immersion. However, since July 1st, 1998, as a result of Bill 109, Riverside School Board offers instruction in English. This includes both an English Language program and, as part of our French Second Language instruction, Immersion. Riverside School Board is the birthplace in Canada of French Immersion as a result of the efforts of committed parents and staff members.
Incidentally, approximately eighty percent of our students are bused to school, given the large attendance areas attached to each building. Also, our schools are served by a team of professionals responsible for subject coordination and animation, as well as program development. Our Instructional and Complementary Services Department continues to actively support classroom teachers to meet the challenges of an integrated program for students with handicaps and/or learning disabilities. Approximately 1.5 M $ is spent on maintaining special education technicians and behavioral technicians. We are very proud of our achievements in this area and we continue to work closely with institutions located on the island of Montreal, such as the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf, which integrates students within Riverside School Board classrooms.
Like every school board, our strength lies in the professionalism and ability of our staff members and the involvement of parents. At any given time, teachers, support staff, parents, administrators and non-teaching professionals at the Riverside School Board will be found participating in professional development activities which we believe are very important in light of the need for continuous improvement. Many of these activities are organized internally by our Educational Services Department, using in-house expertise, which helps us to acknowledge the ability and achievements of our own staff members.
In addition, the school board and the teachers' professional development committee invest heavily in offering Riverside professional development activities to help our teachers face new challenges.
Visitors to Riverside School Board continue to be impressed by the school board's commitment to bilingualism, multiculturalism, student-centered schools, community involvement as well as by the professionalism of Riverside teachers, who offer instruction and complementary activities beyond normal classroom time to enrich both the academic and social lives of our youngsters. When the bell rings to end the last class of the day in our schools, extracurricular activities begin. Academic, as well as leisure activities and sports are conducted after school in all Riverside schools. This is one of the hallmark traditions in Riverside School Board schools.
While visiting our web site, it is our hope that you will learn more about our schools and services. No doubt you will discover why Riverside schools and centers are great places to learn and work. – less–ZoomInfo