Founded in 1956, River Valley High School (RVHS) is a forward-looking educational institution steeped in history and eastern culture. Since it was founded more than 67 years ago, RVHS has nurtured many generations of Singaporeans that have went on to contribute significantly to the nation in various areas as leaders of distinction for Singapore.
In 1979, owing to her strong Chinese roots, RVHS was designated as a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) School to develop all students to be bicultural and effectively bilingual in English and Chinese. In 1994, RVHS was selected to be in the pioneer batch of six schools to be granted the Autonomous Status (AS). In 2006, RVHS was given the green light to run the Integrated Programme (IP). These give RVHS its present status as an S.I.A. school, where S stands for SAP, I stands for IP and A stands for Autonomous.
The school is committed to providing our students with a holistic education and we develop each child to his/her fullest in the intellectual, social, moral, emotional, physical and aesthetic domains. This is done through our Balanced Education Curriculum (BEC), which comprises the Cognitive-Interest Development Curriculum (CIDC), the Leadership-Character Development Curriculum (LCDC) and the Civic Literacy and Global Awareness Development Curriculum (CGDC).
CIDC nurtures good habits of mind, critical thinking skills and knowledge construction, as well as prepares students for university admission. It is designed based on the ASK (Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge) learning culture and implemented with the TfU (Teaching for Understanding) Framework from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
LCDC seeks to provide Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) for students. Through components like the Overseas Experiential Learning Programme (OELP), Enhanced National Education (NE) and Values in Action (VIA) Programme and platforms such as the Y.LEAD Seminar, LCDC aims to nurture students who practise values-based citizenship and leadership.
CGDC focuses on developing students’ civic-mindedness and global perspective. The main components of the CGDC programme are the Construct, Integrate, Differentiate (CID) programme, Appreciation of Chinese Culture (ACC) programme and the six academies.