Where Small Steps Become Giant Leaps.

We’re 18 months through Grade 3 because
we know first steps are foundational.
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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
  • Total Enrollment: 200+
  • 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: 23.5%
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 classroom
  • Progressive, thematic curriculum
  • Strong literacy and language focus
  • Specials 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 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
Parents Council of Washington
Palisades Citizens’ Association
American Cochlear Implant Alliance