Rivertree Academy was founded by Dr. Randy Brown, who has been working with children in the Lake Como community since 2002. Founded in 2011 as BURN Ministries (Building, Uniting, Restoring Neighborhoods), we changed our name and mission in 2014 after determining that after-school and summer programs were insufficient to affect true change. Dr. Brown envisioned an education that would equip students to become magnanimous leaders - using all they have and all that they are for the service of others.
Rivertree Academy opened in August 2015 with 46 students in grades PreK 4-year-olds through
2nd grade. Each year, we have added students and grades. We currently have a capacity for 96
students PreK 3-year-olds through 5th grade.
Rivertree Academy’s primary focus is to engage and educate students through project-based
learning and interdisciplinary thematic units so students can learn through real-world
application. Our education model addresses the three dimensions needed to truly affect
change; academically excellent in terms of what children know in their heads, bible-based so
that children are inspired in their hearts; and character shaping to influence what children do
with their hands.
In addition to our campus on Bonnell (PreK3, PreK4, and Kindergarten), we also partner with
Lake Como Church of Christ for our Lower Elementary campus (1st and 2nd grades) and Hope
Farm Como for our upper elementary campus (3rd through 5th grades).
The long-term strategic vision for Rivertree is to educate Pre-K 3-year-olds through 8th grade.