River's Edge Academy (REA) is a tuition free, EL Education charter high school.
REA educates students to become environmentally responsible, socially conscious, and scholastically prepared for college and active community life. The mission of River’s Edge Academy is to challenge students to discover their greatness by learning through experience in a small, supportive community.. At River’s Edge Academy, the focus is on learning by doing – an experiential approach! We are a part of a network of schools using the Expeditionary Learning Schools Outward Bound model. This model, a New American Schools design, embraces the spirit of adventure and discovery, the spirit of teamwork and collaboration, and a commitment to community involvement. The EL Education network encompasses 150 schools reaching 50,000 students across the United States. The model is based on researched “best practices” in education that provide a foundation for academic success as well as success in life. Our goal at River’s Edge Academy is to bring about a transformation in the way teaching and learning occur and to foster resilience, curiosity, tenacity, self-discipline, and compassion in our students. In EL Education schools most of the academic work is done in “learning expeditions”. Expeditions are long-term in-depth interdisciplinary units of study aligned with state and district standards. Expeditions are developed around compelling topics that often relate to local community issues embracing multiple perspectives. Topics are shaped and enriched through questions posed by students, teachers, or experts in the field of study. Students also participate in Outward Bound expeditions throughout the school year. These experiences include paddling the Mississippi River, rock climbing at Taylor's Falls and spending three nights on the Superior Hiking Trail.