Where Small Steps Become Giant Leaps.

We’re 18 months through Grade 3 because
we know first steps are foundational.
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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.

Learn about our curriculum and how it builds each year.

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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

8:45 am We Are The River School Presenta...
We Are The River School Presenta...
Apr 26 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am
Come Experience Choice Time! Join us in the Library on Friday, April 26 at 8:45 am to participate in this fun, interactive presentation to learn about River’s unique PreK-Grade 3 curriculum. You’ll get to do…
all-day SPIRIT DAY! RiverWalk Tees
SPIRIT DAY! RiverWalk Tees
Apr 30 all-day
RiverSchoolers and RiverTeachers wear your RiverWalk t-shirt from any year! We have many great designs over the years – we would love to see them and your RiverWalk spirit! If you ordered a 2019 RiverWalk…
8:45 am Positive Parenting Workshop Series
Positive Parenting Workshop Series
May 3 @ 8:45 am – 10:15 am
https://riverschool.net/parenting-workshops/ River’s Positive Parenting Workshop Series Plan to join Dr. Elizabeth Adams, Child Psychologist, for this year’s last 60-minute workshop designed to address common parenting challenges and supply you with long-term solutions. You’ll also get…
10:30 am RiverWalk and Spring Picnic
RiverWalk and Spring Picnic
May 5 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Text RSWALK to 71777 The River School’s RiverWalk and the Spring Picnic bring the school community at Carderock Rock Pavillion in the Carderock Rock Recreation Area. RiverWalk at 10:30 am is a walk in memory…

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