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Kindergarten & 1st Grade

River Tech K-1 lays the foundation for lifelong learning and character building, blending hands-on educational experiences with core Christian values. In a nurturing environment tailored for our youngest learners, we focus on developing reading skills and creative exploration through STEM and performing arts, setting the stage for success in grades ahead.

For Elementary School, click here .
Middle School, click here .
High School, click here .


Open House 

April 25th at 5.30 pm (lasts approx. two hours).​​​​​​


Missed the deadline? You can still enroll today with a late registration fee 

Please email to let us know you are coming.

At the heart of River Tech's educational journey lies our Kindergarten-1st Grade program, a nurturing ground where the seeds of lifelong learning and character are sown. In this pivotal stage, we blend the wonder of early discovery with the solid foundation of essential skills, all within the embrace of our core Christian values.


Our intimate class settings ensure personalized attention, fostering strong reading skills and creative exploration through hands-on STEM activities, arts, and active play. This balanced approach is designed to spark curiosity, develop motor skills, and instill a deep love for learning, underpinned by a commitment to kindness, empathy, and respect.


From the collaborative joy of circle time to the immersive experience of story times, we weave a rich educational fabric that celebrates each child's voice. Our adventures extend beyond the classroom through field trips and the innovative use of resources like GIZMO Makerspace, bringing lessons to life in the vibrant world around us.


Entering River Tech's Kindergarten-1st Grade is the first step in a journey that promises more than academic achievement; it's a passage to developing a heart for learning and a spirit guided by faith. We warmly welcome you to explore this unique environment at our next open house, where you'll see firsthand how we cherish and nurture each child's individual potential, setting the stage for a fulfilling educational voyage.

Why Choose River Tech K-1?

In this section, we unveil the nurturing elements that foster our youngest students' holistic development, setting the stage for a future brimming with potential.


Unique Program Highlights:

  • Our student-teacher ratio for kindergarten and first grade is capped at a maximum of 9 students per teacher and classroom. This smaller group size enables us to provide substantial individual attention to each student.

  • Our foremost goal for kindergarten and first grade is to nurture proficient readers. Central to our K-1 program is learning to read, achieved through individual one-on-one tutoring with a teacher, phonics, songs, and games.

  • Physical and Creative Development: The program includes a wealth of hands-on STEM and arts & crafts activities, aimed at boosting motor skills and creativity, complemented by our indoor minigym and outdoor play areas.

  • Early Tech and Arts Exposure: Children get an introduction to performing arts and technology, including choir participation and foundational tech activities, laying the groundwork for advanced learning in these areas.

  • Field Trip Adventures: The students will do active play at Real Life Training grounds two times a month on Wednesdays.  In the spring and fall they will join the older students on school field trips to outdoor parks, playground, farms and more. The students will travel together in our school bus. These outings are designed to complement classroom learning with practical, real-world experiences.


School Hours & Accessibility

  • Kindergarten Schedule: Classes are held four days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

  • First Grade Options: First graders have the option to attend school either four days a week, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, or extend to five days by including Friday, with classes on this day running from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

  • (Starting from Second Grade: Students have the flexibility to choose a three, four, or five-day school week)

  • Accessibility Note: Please be aware that our program currently does not support students with special needs requiring dedicated resources.


 Registration Details and Timelines:

  • Guaranteed Continuation: Enrollment in River Tech's K-1 program ensures a continuous educational path within our K-12 system, promising a seamless journey through to High School.

  • Limited Availability: With only a few spots available, we urge early engagement for open house and enrollment. Registration Deadline is April 15th. After this date, the fee increases to $375/household. Register early to secure your spot.

  • Priority Enrollment: River Tech families who register by March 1st are assured a spot for their child. After this date, enrollment is open to all on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Registration Fee: A fee of $250 per household is applicable until April 15th, post which it rises to $375.

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“After a year of public school and a year of homeschool...we found River Tech. My son has loved River Tech from the very beginning."


01. Student Enrollment Criteria

At River Tech Elementary, we welcome young learners who are enthusiastic about the arts and technology. Our ideal students are curious about the world, enjoy reading, and are ready for exciting learning adventures.


02. Tuition Payment Options

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At River Tech, we offer flexible payment options for our families, as per the table above.

  • Annual Payment: Receive a 5% discount when paying for the entire school year in one lump sum.

  • Monthly Payment: Spread your payments over twelve months, beginning at the end of July.


Registration Fee:

  • Registration is $250 per household for those who register by April 15th. After this date, the fee increases to $375/household. Register early to secure your spot.

Annual Payment Details:

  • Discount: Pay the full year's tuition upfront and enjoy a 5% discount.

  • Method: Please make your check payable to “River Tech School” and mail it to: River Tech, 1517 E 1st Ave, 83854 Post Falls, ID.

Monthly Payment Details:

  • Setup: Automatic payments must be set up via our website here.

  • Initial Payment: Your first payment is due no later than July 25th.

  • Mid-Year Start: If starting mid-year, two months' tuition is required initially. For example, starting the 4-Day program in January would require 2 x $575 = $1150 by the end of December.

  • Reason for Initial Extra Month: This covers start-up costs like desks, books, and equipment.

Sibling Discount Policy:

  • 2 Children: Receive a 5% discount on total tuition.

  • 3 Children: Receive a 6% discount on total tuition.

  • 4 or More Children: Receive a 7% discount on total tuition.

Please note that the maximum discount available is 7%. For instance, if you enroll 2 children and opt for upfront annual payment (which normally qualifies for an additional 5% discount), the total discount applied will still be capped at 7%.

Scholarships and Financial Aid Opportunities:

  • For detailed information on our available scholarships, including how to apply, visit our Scholarships page. In addition, financial reimbursement options are accessible through partnerships with programs such as School Trep and Harmony. ​


Tuition Coverage and Personal Technology Requirement:

  • Tuition at River Tech includes all textbooks, and access to advanced tech equipment (like computers, robots, 3D printers) and musical instruments (keyboards, guitars, etc.). Students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet for classroom use. This personal device, which is not covered by tuition, should be brought in a protective case. For specific device requirements, please see the 'Technology Requirements' section below.

Questions or Assistance Needed?

  • Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at for any queries or further information.


03. Technology Requirements

In our Kindergarten, we focus on hands-on learning and social interaction through physical materials, so kindergarteners do not need to bring a device.

Your 1st Grader will need a modern tablet for their learning journey at River Tech.

We recommend a tablet that's no more than a couple of years old to ensure it can effectively run educational apps designed for early learning in literacy, numeracy, and creativity.


While iPads are favored for their robust performance and kid-friendly interface, we understand the importance of flexibility for families, so the choice of tablet can be based on what best fits your family's preferences and budget.


04. Registration

To secure a spot for your child in our Kindergarten-1st Grade class, please complete our online registration process and submit the fee. We're excited to invite you to our school so you can see firsthand how we make learning an engaging and joyful experience for our youngest learners.

Open House 

April 25th at 5.30 pm (lasts approx. two hours).​​​​​​


Missed the deadline? You can still enroll today with a late registration fee 

Please email to let us know you are coming.


05. School Logistics 

Our Kindergarten-1st Grade classes are thoughtfully scheduled from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, to accommodate the needs of young learners. We start our academic year before Labor Day, just like the rest of the school.

For more details or to discuss your child's start at River Tech, please reach out to Principal Dan Hegelund at We're here to answer any questions and help make the transition to school life smooth and positive for both you and your child.

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