Apple Education Recognizes Mead’s Riverpoint Academy as a Distinguished School
Spokane, WA - Apple Computers has awarded Mead’s Riverpoint Academy the Apple Distinguished School designation. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple's vision of exemplary learning environments for the 21st century.
“We at Riverpoint are thrilled with this honor from Apple. “ says Dan Butler, Riverpoint Academy. “Apple’s Distinguished School designation highlights Riverpoint’s success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.”
Riverpoint Academy strives to assist all students, in creative, challenging and personalized ways, as they prepare for college programs and the 21st century economy. This is accomplished by providing open, flexible learning spaces where students engage in rigorous and authentic product based learning. In a safe learning community, students participate in radical collaboration, learn to fail fast, dive deeply into relevant content, connect with professional experts, and become innovative problem solvers. Riverpoint Academy is another educational option for Mead School District’s juniors and seniors.
About Riverpoint Academy:
The Academy has a STEM+Entrepreneurship focus (science, technology, engineering, and math), and compliments this focus with the Arts, humanities, and social sciences. Learning occurs as it does in “real life” -- in an interdisciplinary way, grounded in real and challenging problems, assisted by cutting edge technology and connectivity. Riverpoint Academy is for all students who want to engage in their learning.
Riverpoint Academy is a full-time high school in the Mead School District for juniors and seniors that offers college readiness coursework, college credits through Eastern Washington University Running Start, professional partnerships in the community -- engineers, biomedical scientists, and entrepreneurs, internships, and individualized college planning guidance.
Riverpoint Academy students become confident learners because they are required to be makers, innovators, risk-takers and communicators. The smaller, personalized school allows students to follow their passions while being challenged to grow, to stretch in their individual skill set. Students will say they’ve never worked so hard in school and never loved school so much.
In a recent survey, parents of Riverpoint Academy students shared that they’ve seen substantial growth in their daughter or son in the areas of leadership, collaboration, innovation and analytical thinking. University faculty, who serve on Riverpoint Academy’s Advisory Council, confirm that the depth of learning taking place is equal to that of the first two years at most colleges.