International Understanding in the Middle School


Students develop a global awareness and appreciation for others

At Riverstone, our students cultivate a diverse global view and appreciation for the world’s peoples and cultures via academic endeavors and personal experiences. Through classrooms, in-home exchange programs, the outdoors, and international travel experiences, students form an international understanding that will help them contribute to our global society.

We promote international understanding and celebrate diversity

Language Learning

First, every student learns to speak, read, and write another language beyond English. Our students in grades 6 and 7 choose to study either Spanish or Mandarin Chinese. Our students in grades 8 and 9 choose to study either Spanish or French. They learn the culture, traditions, and perspective of other countries. Additionally, through the process of learning another language, we help our students develop empathy.

A Global View

In the Middle School at Riverstone, we guide our students so they gain a global view through our curriculum. We challenge our students to look for perspectives, patterns, relevance, and bias in literature, languages, and world events. They use these skills to understand complex social issues and make informed decisions.

International Student Community

Representation from 35 countries at our school — with students studying and exploring alongside of each other — is our greatest means of fostering an international understanding. In classroom conversations, our teachers encourage sharing perspectives on a single topic.

Additionally, our students gain a greater appreciation for each other as they learn together during our outdoor education, advisory, athletic, and extracurricular activities.

As our students, staff and parents of all ages and backgrounds spend more time together, we all come to understand that at our core, we are all human beings who wish to be respected and welcomed.