Where Small Steps Become Giant Leaps.

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Welcome to The River School

An Internationally Acclaimed Model for Teaching and Learning

The River School’s inclusive program challenges each child to work collaboratively, to think critically, and to develop the confidence to take risks, embrace their curiosity, and find their voice.

Unique elements that define our program.

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Life at The River School

Co-Teaching & Personalized Education

Our co-teaching model pairs a master’s level educator with a speech-language pathologist in each classroom, a unique and effective combination for cementing strong language, literacy and social skills.

Active Learning

Children engage in active learning; they work collaboratively in groups, solve problems, make mistakes and learn from them, and develop the confidence to take risks, share ideas and speak up.

A Community of Learners

Relationships between children and faculty are strengthened by collaboration among faculty, administrators and families.

Progressive Education

By expanding children’s opportunities for social, physical and creative development we enhance their personal and academic success.

The River School News & Events

6:30 pm Learn to Unleash Your Child’s Po...
Learn to Unleash Your Child’s Po...
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
On Thursday, April 24 at 7pm, join us for an engaging evening with William Stixrud, PhD and Ned Johnson to discuss their book, The Self Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control…
all-day RiverWalk Spirit Day
RiverWalk Spirit Day
Apr 26 all-day
To celebrate the upcoming RiverWalk on May 6, wear your vintage RiverWalk t-shirt! If you don’t have, we have a few available from last year — or wear your class tee. This event has a…
8:00 am Family Library Time Tuesdays
Family Library Time Tuesdays
May 1 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
During this hour, Ms. Russell will be available to help find books that your child will love. Families can check out up to ten books for a one-week period. This event has a Google Hangouts…
8:30 am Set-up & attend RiverWalk
Set-up & attend RiverWalk
May 6 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
More details to come. Check grass height on Friday, 5/4/18
10:00 am River School RiverWalk and Sprin...
River School RiverWalk and Sprin...
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
This much-loved event is coming up on Sunday, May 6! The River School’s RiverWalk and the Spring Picnic bring together current and alumni families, as well as friends and new families. It takes place at Carderock Rock…

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