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Welcome to RiversideFrom the Desk of Julie D. Wingfield, Head of School
Riverside School is more than just a school to me, it is a family. In fact, it was my mother, Patricia W. DeOrio, who founded Riverside in 1974. Her commitment to children who were “falling through the cracks” in public school had started with her tutoring students in the basement of my childhood home. It was one of the struggling student’s parents that encouraged her to start a school and made it possible by selling the land and original building that houses our school library today to the newly established Riverside School Board of Directors.
Her commitment lives on today at “the little school that makes a BIG difference.” We have grown so much through the years, and are now serving 75 students in grades K-8. It is amazing to see some of our first students now sending their children to receive the unique specialized education that only Riverside can provide.
I hope you will spend some time getting to know Riverside by exploring our website. Please keep coming back to read “Our Blog,” where we will be highlighting the latest information about dyslexia, spotlighting events that are going on around campus, posting the dynamic writing and creative works of our students, and sharing with you moments of wonder that we experience every day working with these amazing children.
Current research indicates that one in five children in the U.S. will be affected by a language based learning difference. If your child is the one, we may be the one little school that can make a BIG difference for your child. If this is the case, we look forward to receiving your application and scheduling a visit to our campus. No one tells our story better than our students, our faculty, and of course, my mom, Mrs. D. This is truly a special group of people and very soon you will see that they will become like family to you, too.
Julie D. Wingfield,
Head of School