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Riverstone International School Positions Idaho Students’ For a Life of Success

Last updated May 03, 2022 by Mariah Hebbeln

Riverstone International School is thrilled to once again be recognized as one of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools”  by Jay Mathews of the Washington Post. Since 1997, the school has provided a superior private and independent educational opportunity for both Idaho students and international students from over 45 different countries. 


Riverstone International School blends their Five Pillars, core values, and the International Baccalaureate programs, which provides a solid foundation as students finish high school and move on to college or postsecondary schooling. 


Keep reading to discover how Riverstone is building a better Idaho, one student at a time.


A High-Quality Independent Education

Located in Southeast Boise, Riverstone International School accepts students from Preschool through Grade 12. Riverstone's mission is to provide the best education and preparation for its students long after they leave their doors. Every student masters not only humanities, English, science, mathematics, and the arts but will also have the opportunity to study two foreign languages, Spanish and Mandarin. 


Riverstone has a global reach but knows how important it is to provide small, well-balanced class sizes to assure students have a high-quality education. These young learners are guided through classes in all the subjects mandated by the International Baccalaureate program, but also allows for some differentiation within the classroom setting. 

Riverstone's Five Pillars

Academic Excellence

At Riverstone, every student arrives with his or her individual knowledge, strengths, and needs, and will be challenged and supported accordingly. By creating a shared expectation between students and the school to strive for personal growth and academic excellence, we help students become independent thinkers whose curiosity, creativity, and commitment bring life-long success.

Community and Service

Riverstone International School is a diverse community of parents, students and staff who challenge and support one another while learning, sharing, exploring and serving together. Their individual passions, interests, and cultures combine to create a connected community that supports the mission of the school, as well as our local and global communities.

Leadership by Example

Riverstone values leadership. Students develop into leaders by influencing those around them through the examples they set and how they lead their lives.

International Understanding

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

Outdoor Education

Riverstone’s outdoor education program provides its students with learning-based experiences that build self-confidence, teamwork, leadership, and responsibility, while fostering a greater appreciation for nature and the environment. Through activities that extend the classroom curriculum to the outdoors, the students learn to overcome challenges and forge lifelong skills that help them succeed at Riverstone — and prepare them for life beyond our doors. 

Award-Winning International Baccalaureate Programs

Riverstone is Idaho's first International Baccalaureate World School and one of the few International Baccalaureate schools in the U.S. authorized in all three IB Programmes: Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme. The IB curriculum focuses on critical thinking and the breadth and depth of knowledge with the ultimate goal of creating global citizens. 


Registration is Always Open!

Riverstone is an outstanding schooling option for Idaho-residing national and international students. Together, students remark on the extraordinary opportunities to make friends with new people from all over the world. Registration for the upcoming year is open, so head to the website link below to get started.


Educating your child with Riverstone International School is an investment in their future. Head to Riverstone's social media channels to get updates on awards, enrollment periods, and other fun news from the world-renowned school.


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