I imagine a school system that recognizes learning is natural, that a love of learning is normal, and that real learning is passionate learning. A school curriculum that values questions above answers…creativity above fact regurgitation…individuality above conformity.. and excellence above standardized performance...

Key Components of Running River’s Curriculum:

Inner development and outer knowledge go hand in hand…a balanced education cultivates abilities beyond the verbal and conceptual to include matters of heart, character, creativity, self-knowledge, concentration, openness and mental flexibility.


  • Experiential, personally meaningful curriculum
  • K-8 spiraling curriculum in all subjects (see curriculum maps)
  • Skill development corresponds to Common Core for L.A. and Math
  • Integrated, trans-disciplinary academics
  • Project based, in-depth learning (not just facts or information)
  • Nature is always part of our learning
  • Children develop intrinsic motivation, responsibility and self-reflection
  • Learning how to learn and transference across subject areas

  • Life Skills: cooking, gardening, chicken care, composting, cleaning, building, and more

  • The Arts: Dance, Theater, Art, Music
  • Physical Fitness
  • Outdoor Education
  • Communication/Harmonious Living
  • Parent Education

The Daily Schedule includes:

  • Opening Circle/Discussion
  • Contemplative Practices
  • Group and Individual Learning
  • Outdoor Play and Indoor Choice Time
  • The Arts/P.E.
  • Community Lunch
  • Chores (All School Beautification)
  • Class and All School Councils
  • Closing Discussion/Group Read-a-loud/or Journaling of the Day
  • Weekly hiking, environmental and outdoor education and field trips