May 4, 2014

New Rock Hill charter school to host open house

Riverwalk Academy will host an open house Tuesday.

Rock Hill’s newest charter school will host an open house Tuesday at what will be their facility, at least for the first year.

Riverwalk Academy plans to open in August, with students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. So far, said board chairman Brian Keith, about 100 students have been enrolled for the school’s inaugural year. The academy, which is part of the South Carolina Public Charter School District, has a first-year capacity of 460 students.

“Our goal is right now to to focus on getting the word out,” Keith said.

It’s been easier to do that, and to raise interest about the new school, since an agreement for a facility was finalized several weeks ago. Riverwalk Academy will work out of Trinity Bible Church on University Drive, across from St. Anne Catholic Church.

York Preparatory Academy, Rock Hill’s other charter school, used to use the Trinity Bible Church space until moving to its campus on Eastview Road two years ago.

Riverwalk Academy is a tuition-free public school open to any student in South Carolina. But what makes Riverwalk different from other public schools is its approach to teaching and learning, focusing on project-based learning, where teachers are more facilitators than they are lecturers, Keith said.

“I am excited to bring project-based learning and Riverwalk to the Rock Hill community,” said principal Naomi French. “I look forward to families working together to achieve success for our children.”

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