February 27, 2018—The governing board of Riverwalk Academy, a tuition-free public charter school in Rock Hill, voted to offer interim Head of School, Dr. Robert Compton a three-year contract at its meeting on February 26, 2018.
“Dr. Compton's constant effort, positive attitude and focus on learning is what led us to move quickly in securing Dr. Compton at Riverwalk Academy for the next three years. His focus on our children, our staff and the dynamic learning outcomes for our children in a project-based learning environment requires an effective and progressive leader. His leadership experience and vitality for learning makes him an excellent choice as we look to the next phases of Riverwalk Academy.
The Board could not be more pleased with our future.” said Board Chairperson, Mariann Carter. Dr. Compton stepped in as interim principal on September 25, 2017, after previously serving as transformation coach with the South Carolina Department of Education and assistant superintendent at the South Carolina Public Charter School District. After earning his undergraduate and Masters degrees from Winthrop University, he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University. He holds a South Carolina Educators License in the areas of Superintendent and K-12 Principal. Additionally, he was a member of the 2015 cohort of the Leaders Program of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). He has strong ties with the surrounding community as he’s been a resident of Rock Hill for over 12 years. He lives with his wife, an ESOL teacher in Rock Hill School District 3, and two daughters (10 and 7).
“I said this on my first visit and I still believe it today. There is something special about Riverwalk Academy. It’s a place where students thrive. Our project-based learning (PBL) approach and inquiry driven model allow for students to take an active role in their learning. In addition to our top-notch staff and supportive parents, I have also been impressed with Riverwalk Academy’s connection to the community. Our PBL model connects our school and students to the community as our students work to solve real world problems and address issues important to them and to our community. Riverwalk Academy is doing some great things today, and we are poised to do even better things in the future,” said Compton.
Riverwalk Academy is in its fourth year of operation as a free public charter school. They currently serve students K – 8 who come from seven different school districts. Next year, the school will expand to 9th grade where they will welcome the Class of 2022.
“I am excited about the opportunities that Riverwalk Academy has to continue to grow. As we look towards our future, our students will experience more authentic and impactful projects. I believe our students, with the facilitation of their teachers, have the ability to make a real-world impact through their projects which will give our students a sense of purpose. I want our students, even our youngest, to realize that they can make a difference in their school, community, and beyond,” says Compton.
About Riverwalk Academy: Riverwalk Academy is a tuition-free public K-8 charter school located in western Rock Hill. Riverwalk Academy is in its fourth year of operation, and it serves about 450 students from seven different school districts. Riverwalk Academy’s uniqueness is its approach to learning identified as a project-based learning model where students engage their learning by solving real-world problems at school and in the community.
For more information about Riverwalk Academy or to schedule a tour, please visit www.riverwalkacademy.com or call 803-327-8400.