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The Riverbend School

Private | 1-8 | 165 students

Our school is best know for providing outstanding Montessori programs.

 
 

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Posted January 1, 2014

My daughter went through the Children's House program for 3 years, starting when she was 3. Her teachers have been truly excellent. They pay very close attention to each child and their interests, strengths, and areas for growth. They are skilled at guiding children in a positive and constructive way, so the classroom always feels orderly and respectful as well as active and busy. The school really takes the Montessori method and principles seriously, and everyone who works there puts the kids first. There are a lot of high-quality enrichment programs, from languages to chess to sports. The atmosphere is friendly and kind. The only criticism I have is that the school's parental network is mostly stay-at-home or flex-schedule moms, and so working moms and stay-at-home dads may find it hard to connect, get involved, setup play dates, etc. Expectations for parental volunteers can be unclear, and the Parent Association can be clique-ish. Overall, though, these are minor issues.... Riverbend is truly a great school. Well worth the money.
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Posted April 8, 2013

My daughter is in her 3rd year at Riverbend, and the changes I have seen over that time are amazing. She has such a love for learning and exploration because of all the wonderful things she has been exposed to at school. As she herself recently said, she has so many questions in her head that she wants to learn the answers to. I credit Riverbend for helping instill that curiosity in her. This year, we also sent our younger son to follow in our daughter's footsteps. He was a bit young for his class, but has made leaps and bounds with his capabilities in a short time. The amount of care, and I dare say love that his teachers show him has given him the confidence he needed to really spread his wings and take ownership of his classroom. Even though my daughter and son have different teachers, I have to say that the common characteristic I've found between the kids' classrooms is the care, warmth, and love that the teachers show toward my children. It makes all the difference to know that your children are in good hands, and I can't think of a better place for my kids to be than Riverbend. They love school, and that is only going to continue serving them well through the years.
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Posted June 20, 2012

We moved our child from public school to Riverbend mid-way through the 2011-2012 school year. We are so happy we made the switch! Our child entered 1st grade with strong academic skills, but in our local school she was losing ground, was starting to hate subjects she had previously adored, and was so unhappy that we had to find another school. We looked at 8 private schools, searching for small classes, individualized curriculum, robust math and reading programs, and a friendly atmosphere. Many schools had classes almost as big as public school, and their math and language instruction had the whole class learning the same things at the same time. At Riverbend we saw students move at their own pace through their work. The Montessori model builds enthusiasm by challenging students at an appropriate level daily, not by making them wait or by rushing them. Students also research and report on topics of interest throughout the year, giving kids a chance to hone writing and public speaking skills. Our daughter is flourishing at Riverbend. In the classroom and on the playground, everyone treats each other with kindness & respect. Riverbend is a gem!
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 69%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian 6% 5%
Hispanic 6% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 0% 8%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Karen Riccardi
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AISNE
  • MSM
  • NAEYC
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (508) 655-3867

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Running Club
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Running Club
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Model UN
  • Robotics club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Cambridge School of Weston
Beaver Country Day School
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5 Auburn St
Natick, MA 01760
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