Brenda L. Scholl, Executive Director
It is my honor to serve as the Executive Director for River Islands Academies (RIA).
We started our program in 2013 with one school, River Islands Technology Academy.
We had about 350 students. There were no homes in the River Islands Development
when we first opened. We have been proud to grow along with the community. We
now have three elementary schools, STEAM Academy, River Islands Technology
Academy, and EPIC Academy, and we opened the 9 th Grade Academy this school year,
River Islands High School. We now have a student population of over 2,000 students.
Our students and staff are equipped with the finest and technology and are continually
growing and learning through professional development opportunities. These are some
additional reasons for our success:
1. We know of the importance of equity as a driver of, and goal for, educational
opportunity and achievement. Equity is a focus at our school, with the long-term goal
of ensuring ALL students have access to a high-quality education. We celebrate
diversity and opportunity for ALL!
2. We know that the RIA Staff, along with our parents are essential to developing the
future generations that will maintain our country’s status as a world leader. We take
that responsibility very seriously and as a result not only focus on core academics but
also on fine arts and good character.
3. We know that it is essential to have parents involved in their child’s education and
we ask that you volunteer in the classroom and at special school activities;
communicate in a positive manner with the teachers and administration (share your
ideas and concerns); and join/participate in the Parent Clubs.
The educators at our school are life builders — preparing kids for their future, which in
turn ensures a brighter future for all of us. It is our shared belief that schools play a
critical role as the bedrock of our civic society and in preparing students to be successful,
contributing members of our local, national, and global communities. So, our goal is to
have fun while preparing our students to be successful.
We are College Bound!
The Theme for this year is “SYNERGY!” Together we can do ALL things!
All the Best to Each of You!
Brenda L. Scholl
Executive Director, River Islands Academies