The River School

4880 Macarthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20007
Tel: (202)337-3554
Grades: NS-3 | 224 students
The River School was founded in April 1999 to provide successful educational experiences for children from 18 months through 3rd grade.
The River School`s Innovative Model Includes: an Arts and Sciences focus - drama, visual arts, music, library, science, yoga and physical education are offered to children as young as 18 months; at thematic curriculum and a collaborative approach - promoting experiential learning; a unique teaching model - a master`s level educator is paired with a speech-language pathologist in each classroom providing an ideal setting for social and language and literacy development; small class sizes - helping each child fulfill his or her innate potential; and low child-to-teacher ratio - providing individualized attention and the ability to nurture each child`s ideas and interests. Our teachers create classroom communities that are child-centered, challenging and dynamic.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other school association(s)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-3
Year Founded 1999

Student Body

Total Students 224 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 49%
Students by Grade The River School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 14 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 17
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Courtney Magnus


Total Sports Offered 5 sports
Sports Badminton, Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBadmintonBasketball,
Indoor SoccerTrack and Field,

School Notes

  • Our program begins with children 18 months old and ends after the 3rd Grade.
  • Our application process includes: a Parent Tour of the school, a completed application and fee, an applicant play/classroom visit and testing for applicants 4 years and older.
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