The River School

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The River School 5

The River School is dedicated to children 18 months through Grade 3. The school's one-of-a-kind, research-based educational model pairs a master’s level educator and a speech-language pathologist in each classroom, and focuses on language, literacy and social development. Classroom practice emphasizes experiential and collaborative learning, using play-based thematic curriculum to seamlessly integrate literacy, math, science, drama, music, visual arts, physical education and yoga. The River School’s unique inclusion program is internationally acclaimed. Most students (85% or more) are children with normal hearing; each classroom includes a few children with hearing loss who use cochlear implants or hearing aids. The teaching team supports all of the children in the classroom, with every student greatly benefiting from the rich educational experience. River maintains a 5:1 student-teacher ratio. The River School is located in the Palisades neighborhood in northwest Washington DC, west of Georgetown and convenient to the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. It offers the advantages of a neighborhood setting with a public library, shopping and parks nearby.

Basic facts

  • Available Spots:  10/17/19 We have spots in our Kindergarten program as well as our 2-morning and 3-morning Preschool classes for the 2019-2020 school year
  • Age Range:  18 months - Grade 3
  • Years Established:   1999
  • Enrollment:  215
  • Average Class Size:  8 - 16
  • Tuition:  $12,850 - $37,800
  • Who you serve:  Co-ed, Elementary, Preschool
  • Mission/Philosophy:  

    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.

  • Available Hours:  8:00am - 5:00pm

Contact Details

  • Address: 4880 Macarthur Blvd NW Washington, DC 20007
  • Zip Code: 20007

  • Phone: 202.337.3554

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  1. Agree with JB. Teaching kids how to work together in harmony is such a wonderful concept. We have all the confidence in the world this type of education will take our children to the next level they deserve.

    Check. It. Out!

  2. Please come look at River! We are a “graduate” family so I can say with confidence that you must look at River. If we were still there we’d steer clear if we were trying to enroll a child. The staff a teachers are warm, friendly, and experts! Hands down I would send my kids to River again and again!!

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