501 3c Organization

Academic Enrichment

What is Academic Enrichment?

Academic Enrichment programs and facilities provide support to enhance the learning experience for all students at Riverwood.  These programs provide access to additional resources beyond what is offered in the traditional classroom space. Unique to Fulton County, the Writing Center provides tutoring by professionally trained peer-students.  New in 2018, the Math Center will provide tutoring, focusing on Algebra and Geometry as well as higher level math support. In conjunction with the Sandy Springs Society, the Riverwood Foundation will support the opening of a ground level Maker Space in Fall 2018.  The Maker Space will provide powerful contexts and opportunities for students to learn and develop new skills, empower students to be active creators and innovators.

Why Academic Enrichment Important to Riverwood?

Academic Enrichment helps the learning experience be more meaningful, substantial, and rewarding. These programs and facilities strive to support the improvement of the learning experience at Riverwood.  In order to promote and support students, the Riverwood Foundation supports these programs to ensure that writing, math and innovation are fully funded and provided for Riverwood students.

How you can support Academic Enrichment?

Funding for the Writing Center, Math Center and Maker Space need external funding to be maintained.  Without funding provided by the Foundation, these programs would cease to exist. We need your donation to maintain, sustain and build these unique programs!

 

Program Achievements

how we make a difference

  • Writing Center held over 1300 tutoring sessions for the 2017-2018 school year
  • Math Center to support all Math subjects PLUS Chemistry and Physics
  • Outdoor Garden had a huge yield in the Spring of 2018 and the produce and herbs supported Culinary Arts instruction
  • Phase 1 of the Makerspace opening is scheduled for November, 2018

What Teachers and Students are saying

“The teacher is not the expert, doesn’t hold all the information. The kids can come to the Makerspace with a problem or something they want to do and they are going to go through the learning process the way it works for them. They will make mistakes, but we encourage that because we feel they learn a lot from their mistakes. We encourage them to start over and try something new.  The Maker Space is a great springboard to find something they are interested in. We can use the Makerspace to leverage their interest to get them to do the things we need them to do. If I want them to read a novel, but they are interested in film, I can have them act out a scene or create a virtual reality of a setting within the novel.”  Scott Kent – Vice Principal

“The Riverwood Makerspace is a place for individuals of all backgrounds to explore the world of STEM and discover how it can be applied to all disciplines. This space is a huge leap for Riverwood into the Maker Movement and the future of education.”  Max Siedel, Class of 2019

“We are brainstorming the direction we want take the space. It is important to us to create a space that builds community, represents diverse cultures and influences, and also represents multiple disciplines.”  Ethan Wells, Class of 2019

“This Outdoor Garden and Classroom is the consummate opportunity to bring a diverse group of students together to learn important STEM lessons with real-world applications, while also benefiting the school and greater Sandy Springs community. Riverwood is unique in its ability to include and challenge students from a broad range of ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds.”  Patti Lawrimore  – Science Department Chair

“This is an amazing opportunity for students to understand where their food comes from seed to table and how to prepare it in a healthy and tasty manner. This outdoor classroom and garden is teaching students, teachers, and community members sustainability and is a excellent tool for experiential learning and nutrition. We will eat what we grow, a true hands on experience for all!”  Chef Elissa Oliver – Culinary Arts

“We will have daily tutoring sessions, workshops use a graphing calculator, review for test days with games, and Milestone prep so students can prepare for Milestone test.  We will be able to tutor all of the Math courses, as well as Science and any other course that may have math involved! We had major growth in our Milestone test scores in Algebra and Geometry last year and the new Math Center is only going to improve that growth even more!”  Laura Taylor – Mathematics Teacher