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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-9
  • Students: 75 students
  • Acceptance rate: 98%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-9
Year Founded
1972
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
75 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
4%
State avg.: 13%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
20%
Average Class Size
8 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(children wear play clothes - Riley offers many hands on learning experiences)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Day Care : variable Preschool $7500 Elementary $9500
% on Financial Aid
30%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$3,500
Acceptance Rate
98%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Rebecca G Clapp

Sports

Total Sports Offered
2 sports

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.
Profile last updated: 07/22/2021

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Our two boys both graduated from Riley. They are very different individuals with different strengths and interests. Both have followed their paths to become successful, independent, and happy adults saying "Riley prepared us for college!"
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-9
  • Students: 75 students
  • Acceptance rate: 98%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Maine is $15,216 for elementary schools and $30,795 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Maine is 75% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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