Rocky Hill School

Rocky Hill School is a college preparatory, coeducational, family-oriented school for 300 students in preschool through grade 12, serving just about every city and town in Rhode Island. In a unique waterfront setting, Rocky Hill students experience our rich history and a challenging, college preparatory curriculum. Through small classes, accessible faculty, a diverse and rigorous program, integrated technology, and an engaging environment, we are especially skilled at helping students discover and develop their full potential.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1934

Student Body

Total Students 284 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade Rocky Hill School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 60 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 12 students
Number of AP Courses 15 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, English, Environmental Science, French, Latin, Physics, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art 2-D, Studio Art 3-D, Studio Art Drawing, US History
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Preschool Program (3 & 4 year olds): 2 half days - $5,500 3 half days - $7,900 5 half days - $10,800 2 full days - $10,100 3 full days - $12,100 5 full days - $17,700 Kindergarten-Grade 2: $27,400 Grades 3-5: $28,300 Grades 6-8: $31,900
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $14,000
Admissions Director Catherine T. Washburn
Admissions Associate Sarah Taylor


Total Sports Offered 9 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, TennisBasketballCross Country,
Field HockeyGolf,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 25 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Band, Certamen, Chinese Club, Chorus - "Narragansett Sound", Community Service Club, Deckhands Theater Company, Diversity Club: Students Making Activist Choices (SMAC), Drama, Environmental Club, Film Club, French Club, Interact Club (Rotary International), Lifetime Fitness, Literary Magazine - "The Hill", Mathematics Team, Nathan Hale Society of Tour Guides, Outdoor Recreation, Polar Bear Club, Robotics, Sailing, Spanish Club, Student Government, Student Prefects, Yearbook, Yoga Band, Certamen, Chinese Club, Drama, Film Club, French Club, Robotics, Sailing, Spanish Club, Yearbook, Yoga, Chorus - "Narragansett Sound",
Community Service Club,
Deckhands Theater Company,
Diversity Club: Students Making Activist Choices (SMAC),
Environmental Club,
Interact Club (Rotary International),
Lifetime Fitness,
Literary Magazine - "The Hill",
Mathematics Team,
Nathan Hale Society of Tour Guides,
Outdoor Recreation,
Polar Bear Club,
Student Government,
Student Prefects,

School Notes

  • The Harkness discussion-based learning and teaching method is applied in Rocky Hill School`s grades 6-12 classrooms. An oval table, seating students and the teacher, replaces traditional desks and rows and the standard lecture format. This student-centered classroom encourages self-advocacy, collaborative problem solving, and an exchange of ideas.
  • Rocky Hill's small class size, averaging 10-12 students and with a 5:1 student to teacher ratio, allows our faculty to focus on the talents and strengths of each individual student.
  • Rocky Hill School`s 84-acre campus is used as a lens through which students better understand science, art, literature, and history topics. Rocky Hill`s campus includes a 10,000 sf community garden, the 1.5 mile Land of Fires Nature Trail, and direct waterfront access. The availability of these resources particularly supports Rocky Hill`s emphasis on marine and environmental sciences. 
  • Rocky Hill School`s curriculum extends beyond the strictly academic. Employing the philosophies of Responsive Classroom and Developmental Designs imbues a sense of community, responsibility, and camaraderie into our classrooms. In 2015, Rocky Hill began an initiative to bring the beneficial practice of Mindfulness to our students. Faculty members in each Division were trained in mindfulness practices and use them in their classrooms daily to both model specific behaviors for students as well as to explicitly articulate the benefits of them. For us, community service is not simply a graduation requirement, but is a value woven into our school through numerous activities, clubs, and field trips throughout the year. At Rocky Hill, we live into our mission to educate the whole child.
  • The Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE) serves students who need additional academic support to reach their full potential within the context of a college preparatory school. Through enrichment classes, academic support, study skills, remedial techniques, and active student participation, ACE strives to produce independent, confident learners who emerge as self-advocates in their learning.
  • For over 20 years, Rocky Hill School has hosted international students from multiple countries. This year alone, Rocky Hill is happy to welcome students from China, Japan, Germany, Norway, England, Kuwait, Thailand, and Italy. This international focus reaches down to the Middle and Lower Schools where each year these two divisions choose one country or region of the world to study in depth during their cross-divisional World Cultures Week.
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School Reviews

Our child's first year at Rocky Hill has gone really well so far. The high contact with faculty and small class sizes are a great improvement over public school experiences. Also, the round table seminar format and use of technology is a huge leap over public schools for preparation of the future college environment. We have seen great improvement in ability to use computer and techology, as well as a significant improvement in self-confidence and a maturing approach to debate and discussion.
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
Our second eldest (of four) is a sophomore and this is our first experience at RHS. Frankly, it has been tremendous. The beautiful campus setting and the welcoming student body are wonderful. Make no bones, freshman year was not easy due to the adjustment to a new school and the intensive academic load. However, the engagement between students and faculty, certainly enhanced by very small class size and the Harkness methodology, is exceptional. For a small school, the breadth of extracurricular offerings are expansive with opportunities to play sports, engage in the arts, or follow an individual passion with an independent study. In fact, the smallness affords kids a chance to play on a team or experience an activity which might not happen if they were at a larger institution. Would strongly urge a visit to make an informed decision and highly recommend RHS.
- Posted by Parent, 07/15/15
Rocky Hill is a nurturing educational environment. The staff knows each student very well and are advocates for them. The classes are small and the harkness tables give every student a front row seat. The experiential learning with their waterfront campus is awesome. The students are encouraged in the arts and technology. While they do not compete in D1 sports, the teams are cohesive and competitive.
- Posted by Parent, 07/15/15
My son is in his third year at Rocky Hill, and we''ve found the school a terrific fit for our family. Small classes mean a great deal of personal attention, and students have a freedom to learn as participants in their own education. There is a sincere focus on diversity, recognizing and celebrating all people for the individuals they are, which will be valuable and important when moving on to college and a diverse professional life.
- Posted by Parent, 07/15/15
As a parent I am delighted in the quality of the education, support and staff that Rocky Hill School provides my daughter. My daughter looks forward to school; she is challenged academically and has grown so much as a person since entering Rocky Hill School as a freshman. The forum the school provides to learn and interact with staff and students is amazing. The choices they offer for classes and for afterschool sports and activities is extensive and larger than I thought a small school could provide. I wish I could have attended a school like this when I was a student.
- Posted by Parent, 07/15/15

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The average private school tuition in Rhode Island is $7,524 for elementary schools and $24,045 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Rhode Island is 77% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).