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Quick Facts

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.

  • Ages: 18 months through Grade 3 since 2000. Grade 4 applications are now being accepted for Fall 2022!
  • Total Enrollment: 222
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 5-to-1
  • Average Class Size: 8-16
  • Percentage of Students with Hearing Loss: 10-15%
  • Percentage of Students receiving financial assistance: 24%
Faculty & Staff
  • Total Faculty and Staff: 70
  • Master’s level educator and speech-language pathologist in each classroom
  • Transdisciplinary support teams (occupational therapy, audiology, psychology)
  • Percentage with advanced degrees: 95%, including four doctorates
  • Graduate student interns in most classrooms
  • Progressive, thematic curriculum
  • Strong literacy and language focus
  • Arts and Sciences classes for all age groups--science, library, maker space, art, drama, physical education, and yoga
  • 25% of the children's day is spent engaged in physical activity - PE, yoga, playground, outdoor field time
The River School Hours
Morning Preschool Program: (2-Morning, 3-Morning and 5-Morning): 8:25 am - 11:45 am (dismissal runs from 11:45 am - 12:15 pm)
5 Full-Day Preschool and Elementary Programs: 8:25 am - 2:45 pm (dismissal runs from 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm)
Extended Day Programs
Before Care: 8:00 am - 8:25 am

After Care: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The River School is located in northwest Washington DC, west of Georgetown and is convenient to the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. MacArthur Boulevard offers the advantages of a neighborhood setting along with a public library, shopping and parks.

Association of Independent Maryland and District of Columbia Schools (AIMS-MDDC)

Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington
National Association of Independent Schools
National Business Officers Association
Palisades Citizens’ Association
American Cochlear Implant Alliance

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