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The River School

Private | PK-3 | 240 students

Individualized and inclusive model with an emphasis on language and literacy.

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $750,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,620.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
No new ratings

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Posted April 10, 2014

Fantastic in every aspect! I have gotten to watch my niece first hand & the changes have been phenomenal! Thank you to all the teachers and staff for all that you do!


Posted December 10, 2013

Exceptional combination of competence and nice people at River. They teach our kids hard skills as we'll as social and skills that make them good people. Skills such as empathy will be critical toe kids future success in their personal and professional lives
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2013

I love the education that River School has provided my two children. We have been attending River School since 2007, and have watched my kids grow through each academic program. They have been loved as students and encouraged to become independent learners and thinkers. Not only have they pushed my kids to excel at reading, writing and math, they have also developed their problem solving skills. Starting in Kindergarten, they have been reading several grade levels above their grade, writing essays as well as stories, and completing word problems in math. Most of all, I love the fact that my child is being taught by a masters level educator (some even have 2 masters degrees) and a masters level speech and language pathologist.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2012

I recently visited this site and was glad to read that someone wrote a review of The River School that I can agree with. Good daycare, but weak academics in the school age program. I wish I had pulled my child out of the school after Kindergarten. My child was not ready for the academics of 4th Grade. In my experience administration were unresponsive to my concerns and seemed more interested in play activities for 3rd Graders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2012

The River School provides a good pre-school environment. Unfortunately, the administration of the school consists of people who lack experience in school administration and their incompetency inhibits any potential for a decent school age program. The result is a school age curriculum that lacks academic strength, low enrollment and a high turnover of staff and shockingly unprepared Fourth Grade students. The school should scrape the school age program and concentrate on continuing to provide quality daycare.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 21, 2012

Our son is attended River school for three years. This is a dazzlingly good school, with an exceptionally low ratio of students to teachers. My son is never been in a class with more than 12 children and two teachers. Most classes also have a student intern, making the effective ratio for students to one teacher. We couldn't be happier with the growth we've seen from our son since he started attending River school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2008

I'm amazed to see anything negative about this school. My son has been there 2 years and I think it is so amazing, I can't even put it into words. The Director is truly an inspiration- I look to her for guidance on all things education-related. The programming is so out of the box and my son's development is outstanding, I attributed much of it to the school environment. Aside from that, it's been a really nice community for my husband and I. I considered leaving DC before we started this school, and it's made me feel so rooted I've decided to stay for the long haul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

Excellent school. The teachers have been great and the parent/teacher communication is second to none. We have been very pleased with the development of our son. The quality of education has been equal and in some ways better than our other childen that go to somewhat better known schools. Nancy is a wonderful Head of School and has addressed any issues we have had personally. The River school is one of the best kept secrets in DC. private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

This six year-old private school expanded rapidly and successfully during its first years. Its early success contributed to the overbearing pride of members of the school administration, who now give more attention to growth and expansion, while ignoring obvious problems related to the quality of education, communication, and support network of information to families as established by its mission and objectives. Communication skills of some teachers and director of programs are shockingly poor. School administration is oblivious to problems in the classrooms and does not promote parent evaluation of teachers and director. A comprehensive evaluation of the school and staff is long overdue.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 7%
Two or more races 9% N/A
Asian 7% N/A
Hispanic 7% 12%
Black 6% 80%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
French
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Hearing impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:25am
School end time
  • 3:00pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Nancy Mellon, Head of School
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (202) 337-3534

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Hearing impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring / OT / Speech
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • after-school sports clinics
Girls sports
  • after-school sports clinics

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • 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
School colors
  • blue,green,white
More from this school
  • The River School has limited enrollment and a highly-focused mission. We work diligently with families to determine if The River School is an appropriate placement, and to find a classroom that best meets the needs of the individual child. As with any educational program, we encourage parents to visit the school to be sure that the program meets the needs of the individual child and the priorities of the family.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$25000 - $30000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Application fee
Yes. $50.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. Patrick's Episcopal School
Georgetown Day School
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4880 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Phone: (202) 337-3554

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