Founded in 1999 and located in the heart of Washington, DC, The River School educates young children from 18 months through third grade, using a unique co-teaching model that pairs a master’s level educator and a speech language pathologist in each classroom. Children at The River School engage in active learning; they work collaboratively in groups, solve problems, make mistakes and learn from them, and develop the confidence to take risks, share ideas and speak up. The River School is an inclusive and diverse community of learners. Our innovative approach to teaching utilizes a thematic curriculum, providing a dynamic, child-centered and cohesive context for learning. The River School’s faculty includes specialists in the visual arts, music, science, physical education, drama and yoga. By expanding children’s opportunities for social, physical and creative development we enhance their personal and academic success. Our Social-Emotional Learning Program begins with teaching toddlers to identify their own emotions and works systematically up to a social justice focus in third grade. Children learn to recognize and express their own emotions and to develop positive and empathetic relationships with others.