Where Small Steps Become Giant Leaps.

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“The River School’s focus on the early years of childhood education is one of the things I am most grateful for. It sends its graduates off in to the world as fully formed, confident students able to assert themselves as leaders no matter where they end up after 3rd grade.”—Max Culhane

Alumni parent of a “lifer” who graduated after 7 years at The River School and now attends Maret.

Life After River

Third Grade is an exciting year for our students. In their last year here, students write and star in the Spring Musical, participate in a series of Politics & Prose writer’s workshops, spend a day as a Falcon “teacher”, serve as book buddies and mentors to younger children, welcome prospective families, and spend a night away on an overnight camping trip. Each year we watch our Falcon students become newly poised and confident. By Third Grade, each child has found his or her voice.

Third Grade is the year when families begin the Outplacement process for their next school after River. The Outplacement Team works with this class throughout the process to find the best fit for a student’s next school.

This process includes:

  • A parent group meeting in spring of Second Grade;
  • Individual parent meetings early in the Third Grade year to discuss outplacement, your child and next school options;
  • In February, the Outplacement Team visits the admission officers in each school to advocate for Third Grade students; and,
  • Support during your decision-making process in selecting your next school in mid-March.
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River School students have graduated to the following independent schools:

  • Blessed Sacrament School
  • Bullis School
  • Georgetown Day School
  • Grace Episcopal Day School
  • Green Acres School
  • Green Hedges
  • Holton-Arms School
  • Landon School
  • The Langley School
  • Lowell School
  • Maret School
  • McLean School of Maryland
  • National Cathedral School
  • National Presbyterian School
  • Norwood School
  • Potomac School
  • Sheridan School
  • Sidwell Friends
  • St. Albans School
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
  • St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School
  • St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School
  • Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
  • Washington Episcopal School
  • Washington International School
  • Washington Waldorf School
  • The Woods Academy