Riley School

The mission of Riley School is to fully support the needs of young children and adolescents during their critical years of cognitive, emotional, physical, and social growth.
Riley School believes that self worth is the key to success in academic achievement, creative expression, personal happiness, discipline, and community service.
We champion the ability of all people to collaborate and to help others through cooperative work.
We support the ability to recognize and value each individual's unique gifts and talents.
We foster a sense of responsibility toward our natural environment and strive to promote all of these goals within an educational setting which provides appropriate adult role models and a secure, loving atmosphere for learning.
Riley offers a unique and creative approach to learning. First, it matters greatly how the child constructs knowledge and learns.
Then specific skills and facts become meaningful and useful tools for the child.
A curriculum that supports this stance is continually evolving based upon the child's interests, needs, and experiences.
This in turn nurtures the child's self-worth and creativity, encouraging her/his continued participation in the educational process.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.State or regional independent school association
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-9
Year Founded1972
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students42 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 10%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers9 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(children wear play clothes - Riley offers many hands on learning experiences)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition Notes$7800= Lower School $9000 = Middle School $10000 = Upper School
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$2,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorRebecca Greenleaf Clapp

School Notes

  • Riley is physically located in Glen Cove (a part of Rockport Maine). Riley is a Progressive School which offers a unique and creative approach to learning.  First, it matters greatly how the child constructs knowledge and learns.  Then specific skills and facts become meaningful and useful tools for the child.  A curriculum which supports this stance is continually changing based upon the child's interests, needs, and experiences.  This in turn nurtures the child's self-worth and creativity encouraging her/his continued participation in the educational process. Since learning occurs within the child's own timetable, he/she does not become frustrated by unreasonable levels of achievement but, rather, is stimulated to reach personal goals or expectations suitable to their own developmental stage. At Riley children progress through the program at their own rate, given the necessary time and provided with stimulating learning experiences designed to support continued growth which enhances his/her life.   Because learning is a natural process for children, we create an environment in which individual achievement is reflected in an exciting academic and arts program while also providing opportunities for each child to grow emotionally and socially with responsibility and self-discipline. Riley is not an exclusive learning environment but an inclusive one which uses the diversity of its children and adults to achieve a sense of genuine community.
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The average private school tuition in Maine is $8,286 for elementary schools and $29,801 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Maine is 76% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).