Rivers Day Program

Covid-19 Fall 2020 Update: Rivers will not meet in-person, indoors this fall and we are sad to see that option go away for now, but look forward to the time when we can safely return to our classroom community. This is a temporary adjustment and the info below is our typical Rivers format and will resume when possible.

All-Virtual Rivers with Weekly Online Check-in (includes Thrively): One-hour weekly online zoom community connection time.  During this time together, we will build community as well as a love of learning.  In addition, we are thrilled to provide Rivers learners with a Thrively account (not the basic free version, which is also cool), where the teacher will occasionally check-in to see what interests (academic and beyond) your learner is pursuing independently.  Cost: $200/10-week Session

Optional Add-On Rivers Fresh Air Learning Session:In-person, small groups of up to 12 learning-together time on the Beaverton Campus (we will utilize the backlawn, rain or shine). The in-person sessions will be arranged in family-based cohorts (siblings together), so age ranges will be wider than usual. During their time together, we will use a variety of learning activities for in-person connection (community circle, read aloud, etc).  Social distancing measures and other health and safety protocols will be in place, including state-mandated requirements for masks (details coming).   
Cost: $40/session.  Available as a one-off add-on, for those enrolled in All-Virtual Rivers

What is the Village Home Rivers Day Program?

Happy learning happens here. In Rivers, learners are academically and socially engaged, and inspired to take ownership of their learning. This program is designed for homeschooling families looking for a classroom community part-time.

The Village Home Day Program enters our 5th year in Fall 2020/21 with multiple cohorts in Beaverton.

To join Rivers, submit an application, pay the Application Fee, and then schedule an interview. After the interview a class visitation may be arranged with the instructor. Upon acceptance a 10% deposit will is required to hold the spot in the cohort.

Please note, this is NOT designed to be a comprehensive program — it is part-time only.



Two-Day Option, Monday and Friday, Beaverton Campus, 5150 SW Watson

Ages 5 – 7, Instructor – Shannon Reilly
Ages 8 – 9, Instructor – Emily Souther
Ages 10 – 11, Instructor – Aimee Sharp

Meets 33 weeks a year, from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm with optional 8:30 am drop-off. Optional 1 pm pick-up for Ages 5-7 only.

Rivers Focus

  • Experiential, inquiry-based, student-centered learning
  • Interdisciplinary group projects
  • Time to play and think together
  • Build tool belt for learning through math and language arts practice

Rivers Outcomes

  • Cultivate the student’s natural desire to learn
  • Build self-awareness and appreciation of the world around them
  • Develop problem-solving and creative-thinking skills
  • Build learning skills in language arts and mathematics
  • Enhance interpersonal skills

Typical Rivers Day

Each day will have a schedule that includes some free exploration time, some guided group learning opportunities, some individualized online learning, group project-based learning, and some independent work. We maintain our commitment to making learning fun and engaging, while also holding a high expectation for participation. We are applying over 13 years of experience with facilitating learning engagement to design this program to be a learner-friendly approach to education, with developmentally appropriate academic and social opportunities that support learner autonomy.

Click to see a Sample Daily Schedule

Rivers Calendar 2019-2020

Classes begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:30 pm, with optional 8:30 am drop-offTerm 1 (Fall): Friday, September 6 – Friday, November 22 (23 days)

No class: November 25, 2019 – January 2, 2020 (Winter Break)Term 2 (Winter): Friday, January 3 – Friday, March 20 (21 days)

No class: Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King Day), Monday, February 17 (Presidents Day), Week of March 23 – 27 (Spring Break)Term 3 (Spring): Monday, March 30 – Monday, June 15 (22 days)

No class: Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day)

Inclement weather make-up days will be held during the week of March 16th

Who Is Rivers For?

Families who value high quality educational opportunities as much as learner autonomy, and who are seeking academic and social enrichment on a part-time basis for their children. In the Village Home Day program, the parent is still seen as the student’s primary educator. Because this is a cohort-based program, learners in the program need to be functioning academically, socially, and emotionally at or above their grade level.

2020/21 Tuition & fees

APPLICATION FEE (non-refundable): $60

Two days a week (Mon & Fri 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, Beaverton): $3,500/year
10% non-refundable deposit to secure spot for 2020/21

Monthly Payment Plan and 10% Sibling Discount Available.
No Financial Aid at this time.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Learn: Read through the information on this page, then email dayprogram@villagehome.org with any questions, or apply now. We will be happy to briefly chat about the program and how it may serve your child.
  2. Apply: CLICK HERE
  3. Interview: A member of the staff will set up an interview time for you and your child. There is an Application Fee that must be paid prior to the interview being scheduled ($60, nonfundable).
  4. Visit: set up a visit to the classroom, if possible (classroom visits are not always possible)
  5. Admission Decision: An admission decision will be emailed to you.
  6. Deposit and Contract: A non refundable deposit is due with a signed contract within two weeks  to hold your spot.

Participating in Village Home Classes

Rivers families have priority registration and can register for a la carte classes on other days at the regular per-class tuition rate. Village Home rules about unattended children on campus (must be in a class, have a parent on campus, or have a gap exception) apply.

About Village Home

Village Home is a dynamic, choice-based learning community that creatively integrates family, education and real life to empower learners in of all ages. Since 2002, Village Home has been providing a new model of education for 21st-century home-based learners in preschool through high school. At the core of our approach is the belief that learning is a natural, inherently enjoyable process when learners are empowered to make education choices with their families. Our caring teachers create a collaborative, fun-filled, grade-free environment where the focus is on real learning rather than test performance.

All learners are welcome at Village Home Education Resource Center regardless of race, age, religion, creed, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, or disabilities. Village Home Beaverton and Salem are located on church property, but are not programmatically affiliated with any religious organization.