Riverfield School Celebrates Its 35th Year

HEAD OF SCHOOL WITH STUDENTS: Riverfield Head of School Jerry Bates with Riverfield students. Riverfield has classes for students ranging from infants to 12th grade.

Riverfield Country Day School was founded in 1984 by Marty Clark and a small but dedicated group of faculty and families. Over the last 35 years, RCDS has grown in size and reputation while staying true to its core values of providing an excellent education in a caring and creative environment.
There has been amazing growth since Riverfield first opened its doors.
Its first location was an old post office building in Brookside. The campus now sits on 120 wooded acres in West Tulsa at 2433 W. 61st St.
The school began with 40 Pre-School – 2nd graders. It now serves 630 students from infants through 12th grade.
For many years, Riverfield was known as “Tulsa’s best-kept secret.” Today, its programs and educational philosophy are benchmarks for other schools locally, nationally, and internationally.
While many things have evolved, the essence of the school remains the same. Riverfield’s hallmark continues to be its commitment to a family-oriented atmosphere. The unique campus environment serves as a resource for learning at all ages. The “Birthday Song” is still sung at Friday’s Round-Up assembly. Every November, the strong sense of community is felt as families celebrate their students’ learning at Visiting Day. In the spring, every 8th grader gives a well-honed speech as part of Closing Exercises and the Upper School Head shares fond and often humorous individual memories of each 12th grader during Commencement.
This 35th year has started strong for the Riverfield Ravens. The Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) approved its reaccreditation, commending the school’s student-centered culture and its exceptional strategies for teaching and learning. The Run for Riverfield fall fundraiser had its best year ever. Momentum is growing for the iNSPiRED Campaign to build a Center for Creativity and expand the Clark Gymnasium, with construction funding well underway.
Head of School Jerry Bates, who succeeded Clark in 2012, is proud to be leading RCDS during this exciting time in the school’s history. “It is a great time to be a Raven! Riverfield continues to provide quality education throughout a student’s school experience. That’s ‘The Riverfield Way.’”
For more information about Riverfield’s history, curriculum and iNSPiRED Campaign, visit www.riverfield.org.