Charles River School

Charles River School shapes critical thinkers and resilient, creative problem solvers by helping students understand the "why."
CRS offers a challenging academic program that teaches durable, transferable skills that are the foundation of students' future success.
A faculty of highly experienced teachers creates a community of connection. The very fabric of the school is built on the individual focus and attention each member brings to the needs of each student.
We believe that an education that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood must have equity, inclusion, and belonging at its core.
Children learn best in a hands-on, interactive learning environment that encourages discovery, collaboration, and a global perspective.
Students across campus, from PreKindergarten to 8th grade, are part of a community that prioritizes kindness, compassion, and joy.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 191 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $34,360
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Charles River School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
191 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Charles River School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition ranges from $34,360 to $49,640
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Kat Whitten
Admissions Associate
Hannah Sokol



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
7 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Community of Color Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Green Team, MathCounts, Model United Nations, Student Council

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness Club

School Notes

  • 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.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Charles River School cost?
Charles River School's tuition is approximately $34,360 for private students.
What sports does Charles River School offer?
Charles River School offers 9 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field and Ultimate Frisbee.
What is Charles River School's ranking?
Charles River School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for: Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Charles River School?
The application deadline for Charles River School is Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (10 reviews)
Charles River School focuses on academic excellence and the joy of childhood. Academic excellence is demonstrated through my children's strong reading, writing, math, and--most importantly--critical thinking skills. The school's curriculum is presented thematically, so my children approach their academic work with curiosity and a growth mindset. My children also find so much joy at school. They love getting out of the car every morning to see their friends and teachers, and play on the new playgroundI cannot say enough about the CRS community. The partnership between parents and faculty is unparalleled: My children are supported academically, socially, and emotionally to be the best version of themselves. My entire family is so grateful for everything that CRS has done for us and we feel lucky to be a part of this amazing preK-8 independent school. I know that if you come visit campus, you'll see the mission in action in the classrooms, playground, gym, and throughout campus.
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CRS provided our 2 children with an outstanding education that fostered independence, confidence, and ambition. Both attended Pre-K through 8th grade and entered high school academically prepared with confidence and enthusiasm for learning. CRS's two-teacher model, interesting experiential learning programs, and small school environment were perfect for our children. I highly recommend this school.
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As someone previously unfamiliar with the independent school world, we could not have found a more nurturing, empowering, and child-centered environment. The care and compassion are felt throughout every area of campus. Our son is excited to go to school. Never thought I`d see the day.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!!
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 191 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $34,360
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Norfolk County, MA is $26,713 for elementary schools and $34,736 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Norfolk County, MA is 65% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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