Charles River School
5.00 (7 reviews)
Tel: (508) 785-8281
Charles River School Photo #2 - The Wetlands lab allows for exploration of natural habitats that support the curriculum.
Charles River School Photo #3 - Students are consistently asked to observe, hypothesize and investigate allowing them to develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Charles River School Photo #4 - Highly trained teachers work one-on-one and in small group settings to tailor instruction to the needs of each student.
Charles River School Photo #5 - Creativity, collaboration and connection are encouraged in each grade level.
Charles River School Photo #6 - Students learn the importance of their role as community members within the school, locally and globally.
Charles River School Photo #7 - The thematic curriculum provides students with an immersive experience to solidify understanding and enhance the love of learning.
Charles River School offers a balanced approach that inspires both inquiry and creativity.
Offers a challenging academic program that teaches practical skills, through an intellectually and culturally rich learning environment.
A faculty of highly experienced teachers create a community of connection, diversity and commitment. The very fabric of the school is built on the individual focus and attention each member brings to the needs of each student.
Challenges and inspires students to observe and influence the world around them.
Asks students to explore both the "what" and the "why" within a classroom framework that promotes cooperation and collaboration.
Believes that children learn best when there is a hands-on, interactive learning experience and therefore the curriculum revolves around themes such as Marco Polo's journey, Greek gods and goddesses or immigration.
Subjects are integrated so that students can visualize the vital learning that comes from looking at concepts from a global perspective.
Responsibility, empathy and compassion are important pillars at each stage of development at Charles River School.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-8|
|Total Students||175 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 23%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||37 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||5:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||18 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Jan. 15 / rolling|
|Tuition Notes||Tuition ranges from $30,500 to $44,200|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Admissions Director||Kat Whitten|
|Admissions Associate||Lane Dussault|
|Total Sports Offered||7 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and FieldBasketball, Cross Country,|
Field Hockey, Lacrosse,
Track and Field
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||7 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
Community of Color Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Green Team, MathCounts, Model United Nations, Robotics Club
Recreational Athletic Programs:
- Charles River School is a PreKindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.
Profile last updated:
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Cambridge Grades: PK-12 | 1015 students
80 Gerry's Landing Rd
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-6100 12.7 PK-12
Charles River School is committed to ensuring that their students become lifelong learners by enjoying learning. The thematic curriculum creates a learning environment that engages the student and makes meaningful connections to what they are learning. We are so grateful to provide this education to our children.
- Posted by Parent - kmurph
The Charles River School (CRS) was a home for our recent graduate for 10 years, PreK-8th grade. I am grateful to CRS for the academic and personal foundation that my son developed during these critical developmental years. My son is more than ready for high school and beyond. The smaller class sizes along with the 2 teacher method allow a child to learn at their own pace, whether it be reading at a younger age, to taking on high school math topics in the middle school years. The faculty are top-notch and provide such joy in the classroom while providing a project-based learning that I could never have imagined as a child myself.
- Posted by Parent - DDL
Charles River School is an incredible school that will engage, challenge, and support your student. The individualized approach to education allows your child to become the best version of themselves. The faculty, administration and community are incredible and we are thrilled to be a part of it!
- Posted by Parent - LMcE
I attended CRS for grades 5-8 and credit the school for teaching me how to learn. I really liked collaborating with my peers on projects and hands-on activities such as mock trials and science labs. My teachers were super supportive and welcoming, and they made students more invested in their work. I also really enjoyed the sports program, electives, and opportunities to perform in class plays. Now that I'm in high school, I particularly appreciate how well I learned study skills and the importance of asking teachers for help when needed.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - NHW
I am currently a rising 8th grader at Charles River, and I have loved this school since day one ten years ago. The CRS atmosphere is filled with care, motivation, and excitement. Our academics are rich and well taught by very experienced teachers. I have been through every grade that CRS has to offer, and I can tell for sure that CRS's very personal and thematic learning just gets better with every new grade. This school let me grow into myself while allowing me to learn with understanding teachers and friends.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - kalyp
Our two children are graduates of CRS. It is the best educational experience we have ever had. We fully credit the wonderful teaching and leadership for the curious, articulate, kind and independent people they are.
- Posted by Parent - rldew
It is a very small school where everybody knows everybody. The teachers are very caring, the atmosphere is friendly and the program is excellent. My two boys are in 8th grade. I am very happy with the choice I made last year to send them to CRS. I only wish I had made this choice earlier in their lives. CRS is the best!!
- Posted by Parent - lorle
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