Imagination is the doorway to wonder and inspiration. It is the place where creative ideas are born, and from which new stories are given life; it is the way we see the world for the grand reality that it is. It is also the human faculty which helps us discover our gifts, and see the grace of God at work in creation.


In the Tutorial the Riverside apprentices experience the full pedagogy of Imaginative Learning. They enter into a culture of deep learning and brotherhood.

Through an active and engaging series of creative projects the apprentices grow in imagination, work as a team, and journey into great stories where they find their creative voice. The Tutors foster in the boys a love for imaginative learning.

The apprentices act out dramas on stage, radio, film, and even in the outdoors; they sketch the natural world around them, they build imaginary worlds; write new stories; recite poetry at great feasts; put to memory and sing ballads; and most importantly they see the connection between meaningful creative work and culture.

Tutorial is a place where boys become a brotherhood of creative and courageous men of culture, who see this life as an adventurous pilgrimage to heaven.

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“Your boys are fortunate in having their poetic imaginations nourished on this fare. You are most certainly carrying on the work so gloriously inaugurated by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien. If only boys were getting this sort of thing in all the schools of the country! The world would change! “

Dr. Thomas Howard  (Highly acclaimed Author and Speaker, Professor of English, noted for his work on CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien.) 

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Boys ages 8-13

First Years: ages 8-9
Second Years: ages 10-11
Third Years: ages 12-13 (Boys turning 14 during the year)
1 Tutor per 12 apprentices


1-day, Full Day: Mondays
9:00am – 3:00pm

1-day, Full Day: Wednesdays
9:00am – 3:00pm

1-day, Full Day: Thursdays
9:00am – 3:00pm

1-day, Full Day: Fridays
9:00am – 3:00pm


1-day per week, Full Day from September – May: $2800

*A list of supplies are purchased separately by each apprentice & a small fee for the year end ‘Bardic Dinner’ will be collected in the May.


The Riverside Club for Adventure & Imagination

St. James at Sag Bridge
10600 S. Archer Ave.
Lemont, IL 60439

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