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 Type School with Special Program Emphasis
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
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1934

Student Body

Total Students 280 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 20%
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 - $4,900 3 half days - $7,000 5 half days - $9,700 2 full days - $8,400 3 full days - $10,200 5 full days - $15,100 Kindergarten-Grade 2: $25,900 Grades 3-5: $26,250 Grades 6-8: $28,800 Gr
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $14,000
Admissions Director Catherine T. Washburn
Admissions Associate Sarah Taylor


Total Sports Offered 10 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, TennisBasketballCross Country,
Field HockeyGolf,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Band, Certamen, Choral, Community, Drama, Environmental, Karate, Kayaking, Lifetime, Math, Multicultural, Polar, Robotics, Sailing, Yoga Band, Certamen, Choral, Community, Drama, Environmental, Karate, Kayaking, Lifetime, Math, Multicultural, Polar, Robotics, Sailing, Yoga,

School Notes

  • The mission of Rocky Hill School is to educate the whole child-mind,body,and spirit. As a school community,we encourage our students to become good citizens and life-long learners, guiding them as they strive for knowledge and self-awareness. Rocky Hill School is a family-oriented and energized educational community. We are proud of our heritage, traditions, academic programs, and the people who create the pulse of our daily activity: faculty, students and parents. Together, we are dedicated to encouraging our students in their intellectual, physical, creative and community pursuits, which both support and challenge. We are a community that strives to demonstrate mutual respect for one another, as individuals, by incorporating kindness and caring into positive interactions among our classmates, teachers, mentors and colleagues. Visiting families often ask what makes Rocky Hill School unique. First and foremost, is our size, which affords us the opportunity to interact in small learning groups, provides us with an opportunity to connect with each of our students, and provides children with opportunities for growth they may not get at larger schools. At Rocky Hill, every child may participate in activities they have never tried before, encouraged, and supported, in the pursuit of individual interests. Valuing family is not a cliché here; it is reality. Rocky Hill School fits the concept of a true country day school and we intentionally want to retain who we are and what we do best, as we move forward in the 21st century. Secondly, we offer a superlative location, with 88 acres along the Potowomut River and Narragansett Bay. Our curriculum is multifaceted, incorporating experiential learning; we are ideally located to take full advantage of the outdoor classroom concept. Our biology and marine science curriculum allow us to use our environment for on-task field work, while the river and bay serve as a water laboratory. Of prime importance to our uniqueness is the Rocky Hill School model for teaching and learning, which reflects our mission and builds on the two aforementioned qualities: size and location. Our collaborative model offers students and faculty the opportunity to interact with one another in round table, laboratory or mini-seminar style classrooms which encourages active and engaged participation among students and teachers. The Harkness Table - an oval table with seating for 10-14 students plus a faculty member - serves as an anchor in our classrooms and laboratories, ensuring that students are focused, engaged, and accountable. Furthermore, the technology in our wireless environment provides myriad "anytime, anywhere" learning opportunities. The Rocky Hill School Model encourages all students to articulate and champion their own ideas, as well as listen and respond respectfully to their peers. Authentic understanding is only accomplished through experience, and experience is only meaningful when students enjoy frequent and diverse opportunities to practice skills, test ideas, and apply knowledge. Our direct, hands-on approach to learning centers upon such experiences.

Profile last updated: 07/16/2015

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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 $7,269 for elementary schools and $23,785 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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