Students attending Riverside take courses that are approved by the Board of Education, leading to a L'Anse Creuse diploma. New high school course expectations, as outlined by the State of Michigan, have been integrated into Riverside's course offerings. These courses are taught using alternative teaching methods and strategies to prepare students for post-secondary training and the real world of work. In addition, to ensure students can get through the rigorous work, a framework of support initiatives have been implemented to guide the students towards success. Some of these include:
Positive Behavior Support
Hold Grade Policy: Allows students additional time if necessary to master content
Integration of Technology into instruction
Small Group tutoring
Reinforcement opportunities through time-make up
Riverside offers content-driven courses using the small school philosophy. Students have access to a wide variety of courses including: Literature, Composition, Poetry, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Personal Finance & Statistics, Biology, Conceptual Physics, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, U.S. History and Geography, Economics, World History and Geography, Civics, Michigan Merit Exam Preparation Course, Sales and Marketing, Discovery, Group Psychology, Publications, Art, Commerical Art, Ceramics/Pottery, Studio Art, Health, Physical Education, Nutrition, Parenting, Self-Defense and Stretch, Computer Applications, Business Prep., and others offered in a self-paced instructional model.
Riverside has articulated up to 17 college credits with Macomb Commuity College. This means that students who meet the academic criteria set forth by the college will begin their MCC experience with 17 earned credits, which also apply to their high school graduation requirements. Many students have successfully met this criteria.
“Graduation felt like a long way off until I enrolled at Riverside Academy. The staff made me feel at home, and they taught me how to commit myself to achieve my goals.”
Riverside graduate: Amanda V.
Understanding that social development is essential for teens, Riverside participates with 17 other alternative high schools from Macomb, St. Clair and Lapeer Counties to provide intramural activities in the areas of basketball, softball, bowling, chess, and billiards. ALNET also sponsors a quiz bowl and student prom each year.
“I love participating in ALNET activities. Bringing home trophies is a great way to add to my education.”
Rodney H.– Riverside Student
Riverside also sponsors many of its own social events. In particular, student picnics, staff/student tournaments, and after hours soccer programs are some of the highlights many students enjoy.